Sometimes You Just Have to Put Yourself Out There

Friends, most of my life is heavily edited. I edit my actions, my choices, my ways of thinking, and my social media posts. Most of the time I would argue that it’s good to self-edit, especially when it comes to negative thinking patterns, or meeting new people, or just being in a world where everything is so documented, so quickly discussed, so often judged.

But sometimes the self-editing goes too far. It gets to the point where I edit so much, that I don’t actually say anything at all. And my point is missed. And people never get to know me.

And I want people to know me.

I definitely do want that.. though I regularly have to remind myself that’s what I want.

I’m in the middle of launching my first yoga class (a week from today!) and it’s hard. I have a goal of selling out – which is a great goal – but it’s probably not going to happen. Which is fine. But I still want a critical mass of people in the class in order to make it comfortable for everyone that attends.

This morning I woke up gasping from a nightmare that my business failed. It was 5am and there was no way I was getting back to sleep.

So I thought for a while, laying in bed, about the nightmare. I thought about why I had it, where it came from, and what I could do to fix the source of the stress.

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And the answer was a Facebook Page.

So I made it.

And I felt great.

Until I realized that I actually needed to share it with people in order for the Facebook Page to do its thing. And I just bit my tongue, gritted my teeth, and invited a whole bunch of friends to like my page.

And you know what? I have nearly 40 likes after just a few hours. It’s not a miracle, but it feels really good.

But I didn’t stop there.


No, friends. I kept going.

First, I did a Periscope (you can find me @juliegagen).

Then, I set up my YouTube Channel.


And then I wrote this post that you’re reading right now.

And only now, after hours of frustrating computer back end development, do I feel like – okay, I’ve put myself out there. Let’s see what happens.

And then I went to the studio where I’ll be teaching and passed out a bunch of fliers. Because you know what? I have to feel like I’ve done everything I can to promote myself. I fully believe that I have something valuable to offer, and the only way anyone else is going to know about it is if I promote it myself.

So there it is. A huge jolt of inspiration for your Monday morning.




Julie Love Gagen

After unexplained illness, with no diagnosis, forced me to take medical leave of absence in college, I chose yoga as a path towards healing. For me, it was a gentle way for me to get back into my body. And the experience, and practice, gave me the confidence I needed to believe I could heal. It worked. And it’s been magic ever since. In 2012, I chose to do a personal wellness challenge – 30 days of Hot Power Yoga – in celebration of my 30th birthday. The studio I picked was Baptiste Yoga in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The studio which, just a few years later, would be the inspiration and the setting for my RYT 200-hr Yoga Teacher training. The style of yoga I teach is a little different from what you’ve seen before. In my class, we focus on strengthening your core, elongating your spine, and finding the ideal position for each body, regardless of what it looks like.