“Create a vision board for yourself, capturing all that you will have achieved over the next five years. Then, hold a five minute speech on it, talking about your goals as if they’ve already occurred.”
It was a fun assignment, for sure, but a little bit nerve-wracking as well. To look 5 years into the future… I remember times I wasn’t even able to look ONE year ahead. But I have to admit, once I got started, things came together really well.
During the presentations of our vision boards in class today, I was blown away by the positive energy in the room. It is amazing how people light up when they share their dreams, desires and goals. And, even more than that: tell it as if all of it has already happened. You could literally see that they had (already) grown from the experiences!!
I do not want to keep my vision from all of you, so ‘Enter a 30 year old Saar’ and let her take it from here:
I can’t believe how much has happened over the past five years. Let me track-back to a couple of weeks before I graduated from IHN. I moved to Toronto and attended Tracy McBurney’s Energy Medicine course, while setting up my online business and getting into a consistent yoga practice again. I started contributing to several blogs, and got asked to write articles for newspapers such as the Huffington Post. After the course ended, in December, I went to Thailand, to spend Christmas there with my brothers, mother and her boyfriend. It was great to meet my boyfriend’s parents again, as I had not seen them for 2 years.
I stayed in Thailand for a couple more months, and attended a hot yoga teacher training on Koh Samui in March. I returned to Canada once the snow disappeared, and started teaching my first yoga classes, while focusing on my business more strongly.
It is amazing how things just started flowing from here. As I really struggle thriving in winter, I felt empowered knowing that – which the abundance that was coming my way, thanks to proper goal setting and income tracking – I would never need to spend another winter in cold weather, unless I would choose differently.
I offer online programs, starting with a short Jump Start program, which often leads to clients working with me 1-0n-1 or in group-settings after that. I mostly work with travelers and expats, that struggle finding their center and roots, while being away from home. With my experience as an international student, backpacker and expat, I find I have a lot to offer to them. And I firmly believe that I lead by example in many ways. Recently I’ve noticed a bit of a shift in the clients I’m attracting, most of them seem to suffer from depression or an eating disorder – or a combination of both. As I’ve grown more comfortable with sharing my own life story, I find it has gotten easier to work with them.
Over the past years, I’ve taught yoga classes and nutritional workshops wherever I was able to – spending a lot of my time on Bali, in Thailand, South America and Berlin. This experience has led me to running retreats on Costa Rica and in Thailand, I especially love teaching aerial yoga with a background of lush, green forest.
Even though I started this journey as a holistic nutritionist, I find I’m focusing a lot more on my coaching nowadays. I am a certified transformational coach, and it is my passion to help people move through breakthroughs. I have started running retreats for teenagers with eating disorders, where we focus a lot on self-empowerment and boosting self-esteem. The social aspect of being together, in a positive and supporting environment, has shown to be very effective.
I celebrated my 30th Birthday this year, which was awesome. A large part of my friends and family were able to fly in (to Thailand) and we had an absolute blast.
I have published several e-books over the years, and just signed my first book contract.
It excites me to be very involved in the yoga community, having taken a leadership course with ‘Off the mat, into the world’ and attending several conferences and festivals each year.
It is such a blessing to be location independent, and I am so grateful for the abundance that has come my way. Looking back, it has been so useful to create a vision of myself during the last months of school, and not question if I would ever be able to achieve my dreams.
I am living them, right now, and the rate at which they’ve become reality still blows my mind!