Colorful Sao Paulo & the synchronistic world we live in… “Power Plate” anyone?
Within 2 hours of arriving at my hotel in Sao Paulo (a city where hardly anyone speaks English), I met a woman at the hotel pool. Bless her. She spoke English (I forgot my Portuguese phrasebook on the shelf in my Brooklyn apartment!) Turns out, she’s around my age and is living here in Sao Paulo for the next year on business. She’s from Germany. We chatted casually (towels, sunshine, denim and counterfeit handbags!) She suggested we have dinner. I agreed…and then cancelled. I was exhausted from my lack of sleep on the flight over.
Last night, we had that dinner after all. And it was absolute synchronicity. We just “clicked.” We spoke Yoga, Life, Love, Career…all of it, in depth.
As it came time to discuss my career, the story began “…approximately 4 years ago, I left a “corporate fashion” job…I taught my 1st yoga class in Brazil a few weeks later to a large class of students that spoke ZERO English…” And then it occurred to me. The start of this varied career journey (which is HEAVILY shifting under my feet at the moment) began in Brazil then. I had no idea why I left that job or what I would do next. But here I am years later, with an incredible life and no regrets but at another major career turning point. Around 6 months ago, I decided that the concept of getting great “jobs” (by someone else’s standards) was no longer good enough. It wasn’t sustainable or fulfilling.
As I come to the strange intersection of combining both my “passion” and “skillset” into my career, I know that “empowering others” is the business I should be in and inadvertently always has been (Mentoring, Volunteering, Teaching, Yoga etc.) So here I am full circle, back in Brazil.
“Power Plate”. This is the analogy that my new friend used as I admitted how scared (shitless!) I am of being in this uncertain place. (It’s a vibrating base that you stand on that shakes beneath you while you do everything in your power to stay on top of it.) Apparently, it builds your muscle memory and “hurts like hell” until it doesn’t. Eventually, you become crazy strong except you didn’t realize it was happening because you’d been trying so hard to stay on the damn machine.
Our foundation needs to shake beneath us sometimes in order to build the strength to support our growth and move us into the direction of our dreams. Cheers to new friends all over the world. And Brazil, full circle. “Power Plate”… bring it on!