Darrah Richardson

Educator at lululemon athletica

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I am whole and perfect

10 years from now I am 34-years-old. It is very early on a Sunday morning and I have gotten up before my husband and our two young children to meditate and practice yoga in the converted barn on our property where I teach yoga to a handful of dedicated students a few times a week. Our modest but comfortable home stands on a large lot sheltered by trees that is so near to the Atlantic ocean that I can taste the salt on the breeze that floats in through the open window as I peacefully sip my tea. My home is filled with love, laughter, music, and warmth; on almost every inch of wall space are proudly displayed photos and souvenirs from our annual family trips to a new country or city and summers spent at our lakeside cottage at Blue Point Bay. Once my husband and my children wake up we'll prepare an elaborate Sunday brunch – our weekly tradition; everyone will help with the preparation and the clean-up. We'll sing and dance to lighten the workload.

After brunch we'll pack a picnic and go for a hike or a bike ride with our Boston Terrier or hop in the car and set off to some unknown destination for a few hours, stopping at local markets, bakeries and cafés along the way. The majority of the organic food and goods my family buys are produced and distributed locally. 

I glance at the writing for the upcoming week on my desk. I have the weekends off and work and volunteer from home during the week so that I can see my children off to school and my husband off to work every morning and welcome them home every afternoon. I work solely for the satisfaction and sense of contribution I derive from it and not out of financial necessity.

My Goals

10 YEAR:

Personal

I teach the inaugural class in my newly renovated yoga studio

I devote 14 days per year solely to self-reflection and self-empowerment

Career

I publish a book about my observations and interpretations of my life experiences

Health

My balanced diet is 80% organic and locally produced

5 YEAR:

Personal

I prepare and/or modify one new recipe per week

I am a regular columnist for a digital and/or print self-empowerment magazine–journal

Career

I upgrade to a BA with Honours in Spanish and Latin American Studies

I work in a leadership and development role that I created with lululemon athletica

Health

I am certified to teach Anti Gravity Yoga

I receive my 500-hour YTT certification

1 YEAR:

Personal

I read one book for pleasure and one book for personal development per month

I update my blog once weekly

Career

I am a full-time Educator at lululemon athletica in Halifax in Keyleader training

My writing is featured in DANIELLE Magazine

Health

I walk 24k on Sept. 28, 2013 and raise $1000 to promote Pancreatic Cancer Awareness

I complete Craig’s Cause Pancreatic Cancer Society’s Maritime Bike Tour

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