The Magic of Slowing Down

By Maggie Glisan

I’ve often worn the label “busy” like a badge of honor. How are you? I’m doing well. Busy! How are things? Things are good! Just staying busy… To be busy meant I hustled. I worked hard. I was important. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has tied her own worth up in how many things get checked off the to do list in a day or how filled the social calendar is.

When I was growing up, my mom often commented that I wasn’t happy unless all the squares in my calendar were filled. I thrived on doing. And I operated this way for much of my 35 years, filling every crook and cranny of my day planner with projects, classes, coffees, lunches, happy hours, you name it. A full calendar meant a full life. The fuller the better!

Then, in March 2020, that all came to a startling halt. Suddenly all my plans, my to-dos, my carefully filled in calendar squares were wiped. And you know what? As scary and uncertain and strange that time was, there was something incredibly refreshing about the space and prospective it provided. Sure, I made my share of self-imposed to-do lists (hello, sewing throw pillows and organizing the spice cabinet), but there was also time where what was once “go, go go,” shifted to “just be.” Gone was the constant FOMO, because guess what? There was nothing to “MO” on.

But what that space opened up was something unexpectedly beautiful. I spent afternoons in the backyard reading in the sunshine. I took my pup for more walks than he could dream. I enjoyed the simple pleasure of tidying my garden. I practiced sitting in stillness. I watched thunderstorms curled up on the couch in our sunporch. I cranked up music and danced in my kitchen while making dinner.

About a month ago, when it felt as if the world was finally opening back up, I noticed myself once again filling in my calendar with frenzied enthusiasm. Girl’s night! Family brunch! Birthday party! Networking dinner! Breakfast meeting! I was thrilled to be once again connecting with friends and colleagues, having places to go, and things to do. But when I took a step back and looked at my jam-packed schedule, I suddenly felt very tired.

Maybe you’ve been feeling the same. Excited about the “return to normal,” but feeling a bit overwhelmed at the same time.

It’s for that reason that this summer I’m tucking the busy badge away. Instead, I’ve created 3 simple intentions for myself and my life that I’m using as my North star. And for every invitation, commitment, project, etc. I write down in my planner, it has to align with and support one of my intentions. If it doesn’t, it’s simply a no.

Here are my intentions:

  • I show up for myself. This is often the hardest, but 100% the most important. It’s like they tell you on an airplane: Put on your own oxygen mask before helping others. For me, I’m saying yes to my morning and evening routines because I know how great that makes me feel and how better equipped I am to be there for others throughout the day. I’m making time for yoga and movement and journaling. I’m embracing stillness and quiet so I can check in with myself and how I’m really feeling to avoid burnout.
  • I show up for my people. This means I’m saying an enthusiastic yes to dinners, brunches, and parties when I crave connection and know I can be fully present. And I’m saying no to the same invitations when I when I feel drained, need to recharge, and just be. I’m saying yes to more 1 on 1 coffees and lunches when I know I can listen and engage fully. And I’m saying no to events that require the kind of small talk that ultimately deplete me.
  • I invest in projects that set my heart on fire. I often say yes to things because I don’t want to disappoint someone else. Or I simply should because I have the time or could make the time. But what I’ve found is that only leads to resentment and lackluster work. So instead, I’m politely declining opportunities when they don’t make me giddy excited, because that gives me the time and energy to fully invest my whole heart into those that do.

So, tell us, are you a busy bee looking to hang up your badge? What intentions would you set for yourself? What are you making more space for this summer?


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About Kirk: 

Kirk was working 80-hour weeks and wearing his shoulders as earrings when he found yoga in 2005. Forever the competitive athlete, he loved the physicality of yoga. When the spiritual and philosophical side of yoga were exposed to him, Kirk was hooked. Yoga provided him with what other activities couldn’t -- the ability to foster the benefits of practice both on and off of the mat. Yoga was something that Kirk could bring into all aspects of his life. 

Kirk knows that yoga can be intimidating, so he crafts a class that is playful and inviting, while still being challenging and safe. His creatively planned classes build strength and flexibility in your body and mind while establishing clarity, giving you more confidence to overcome obstacles in your life, and keeping you injury-free. His classes are themed with a message that is relatable and will inspire you to take it with you off your mat. Kirk has been teaching yoga since 2008 and lead his first teacher training in 2012. Where Kirk truly shines is in coaching, developing and bringing out the best in others.  

Kirk enjoys traveling (40+ countries to date!), snowboarding, and cherishes time with his wife and two daughters. 

About Christen: 

Christen Bakken’s yoga journey began in 1998 in a Bikram studio that provided a safe and secure place to practice. She saw the yoga mat as a place to remember her purpose and a place to play. As she continued her studies and began her journey to teaching in 2006, Christen infused yoga classes with devotion and the yoga mat became a place of personal transformation and healing. Her classes are filled with laughter, song, sweat, and usually heart openers. In 2013, Christen began training yoga teachers. This is the place where she finds the most joy - in community with folks looking to grow and be of greater service in their homes, on their mats, and in the world. Over the years, she has led trainings in Denver, the Midwest, Florida, and now abroad. She has trained in continuing education modules, 200-hour, 300-hour, and 500-hour programs. Beyond the mat, Christen is a passionate adventure seeker - she loves to bike, snowboard, and spend time with her husband and pups. She sees each day as a blessing and hopes to remind all who interact with her of this truth.  

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  • Two Light garage located directly north of the studio. Please bring your ticket inside for validation.

  • Three Light garage at Main and Truman. Garage entrance on Truman. Please bring your ticket inside for a validation sticker.

  • Power & Light garage at 13th and Grand. Please ask for a parking pass at the studio front desk. (Hot tip: the Power & Light garage has a ton of space! But be sure to give yourself a little extra time to walk to the studio.)

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  • We have partnered with our friends at Greenslate to provide 1 hour and 15 minute validated parking for Power Life students in the lot at 36th and Harney (just south of the Cottonwood Hotel). Read below to learn how to take advantage of this perk:

    • Step 1: Scan the QR code located in the lot.

    • Step 2: Select your destination (i.e. “yoga studio”).

    • Step 3: Ask for the validation code at the Blackstone studio front desk and enter it on your phone.

    • Step 4: You are all set! Have fun at class!

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    • The validation provided by Power Life and Greenslate is for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Need to add additional time to your parking space? You can do that conveniently from your phone!

    • This option is valid once per day per license plate.

    • Please do NOT park in the Crescent Moon lot − you will be towed!

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  • All meters are free on Sundays and major holidays.

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