March 24, 2016
A Story of Transformation
Aging, Buti & Breaking Down Preconceived Notions.
Let's talk about aging shall we? Aging is something your body begins to do naturally from the time of conception. When we’re very young, we can’t wait to grow up, and when we’re older, we want to be young again. Silly humans!
As I passed the half-century mark almost two years ago, the self-reflection has been touch and go. I try not to dwell on the past, but when I do, it's without regret. Instead it becomes a validating learning experience which then EMPOWERS me to live in the moment!
Women are obsessed with youth and beauty. I worked for Clinique cosmetics for 6 years, and one of their slogans was “Beauty is not about looking young, it’s about looking good." Such a true statement.
Beauty can't be defined because it comes in so many forms. Beauty is something that comes from inside and projects outwardly.
I believe the #1 priority for women of ANY age is to take care of yourself! You’re not going to perform on an optimum level in any area of life if you’re not healthy mentally and physically. When I found Buti Yoga, I was able to become who I was truly meant to be, in every way.
The Buti lifestyle encompasses total body wellness. Buti is NOT exclusive to the young, nor any particular shape, economic class, or race. It is for every single person that chooses to practice it.
One of the most important gifts that Buti gives us is empowerment. So many of us have emotional experiences when practicing, because we are releasing energy that has been stored for years. Most of this comes from some sort of self-loathing. Women have been taught to put themselves down for far too long by their mothers, grandmothers, and various societal infractions. I was one of those people who constantly found fault in my self and when my mother asked why, I honestly had zero reason! Little did she know, that for as long as I could remember I had silently observed her do the very same thing to herself.
Accepting who you are as an individual, and learning to love and care for yourself will set you free! Practicing Buti Yoga and nourishing my body with the cleanest, unprocessed foods available has truly unlocked the secret to the BADASS ME! I’m 51 going on 17 and there is no stopping me! I have the wisdom and the bulletproof youth wrapped up in one feisty package. I’m in the best shape of my life and definitely the sexiest!
There is no age that should ever define you. Turning 40 does not mean that it’s automatically time to take it easy, give up or stop reaching for your dreams. Remove any preconceived notions you may have! Success, love, health and wellness can happen at ANY age. The quality of life you’re looking for CAN be achieved. Yes, you have to work for it. You have to move, and sweat, and cook fresh meals. It doesn’t come in a synthetic pill or hinged contraption. Nor will it ever be found on an “As seen on TV”.
As women, we need to pass this message on to as many other women possible! Luckily we have a support system and network that spans far beyond what we could ever imagine. The Buti Tribe is filled with inspirational women that support and love each other and is open to all! We need to stop apologizing for everything. Beauty does NOT equal youth. Aging is inevitable and a natural process.
Focus on living in the present, set goals to do what you LOVE and what you’re passionate about, and take care of your body! Empower yourself and learn to live without fear of things that don’t even matter. Self-destructive behavior is illogical. Make the choice to break those patterns and behaviours. Most importantly live this life fully and completely - right now!
Deb Olson is a Butisattva living in Denver, CO. Her lifestyle includes practicing Buti yoga, a paleo diet, and maintaining the highest quality of life possible. She spends her time loving her family, friends, and sharing her passions and knowledge with anyone interested.