F A I L U R E.

Every once in awhile someone will make a comment about me packing up + moving back from Australia.

Comments might be - you should have stayed, or don't you wish you never left or look how that turned out....somehow making the reference that moving back was a fail. 

I sat in meditation about it the other night + my heart flooded with 'look how that did turn out'. 

Australia was the start of the last four years of self discovery. 

Australia pushed me to find yoga. 

Australia pushed me completely out of my comfort zone + made me realize the reality I was capable of creating. 

Australia pushed me to surrender + trust the divine timing of my life. 

My yoga teachers in Australia ignited the desire in me to become a teacher + travel to India. 

All of the above doesn't sound like a 'failure' to me.

Did it all make sense while I was there? No. None of it made sense while I was there but it all makes sense now.

"You can't connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path." - Steve Jobs

That 'failure' of living in Australia + coming back was the catalyst for the past four years which have been nothing short of amazing. Has there been struggle? Yes. Has there been more epic fails? Definitely. But failure means you tried. Failure means you stood up for what you believe in. Failure means you let love win, you pushed past the fear. You pushed out of your comfort zone.

Failure has a negative connotation in our society, it's perceived that failure is bad. I say we shift the inner dialogue of failure + shift it to 'opportunities for growth'. Lessons learned. That's where growth happens, you fail, you get back up + you try again. + again. + again.

Whatever your failure might be, the lover, the career, the dance class. No matter how big or how small, there are huge lessons in it. Growth. So put yourself back out there + fail again. 

It'll lead you to exactly where you need to be. 

photo cred. Kaihla Tonai

photo cred. Kaihla Tonai

LISA HILLYER