It’s been a long time since I reached out to you. There is actually a good reason why you haven’t heard from me in a while. First, I have continued my travels abroad for studying and teaching. Secondly, it has been a super intense year: Family, health and businesswise.

The first half of the year was spent in Cyprus, with a few trips back to Canada and Germany/Italy in between. I spent a few autumn months in Canada and will head over to Germany in the New Year for another five months.

For many, this has been a turbulent year. Family, health, and work, coupled with increase in public terror, unstable politics, environment issues, and economics. Many people I talked with are feeling physical exhaustion and are emotionally overwhelmed. It is difficult to stay focussed for too long due to so much information.

Where could we be in our lives without these distractions and turbulences that seem to take us away from how we want to live and what we want to achieve?

In this last year, I too have experienced such turbulence in my life.

When talking to my husband, who said, ‘Business is going great. Imagine if the family crisis hadn’t happened, we would have been able to focus and develop the business even better and have less stress. We would be way ahead of where we are in our business endeavors and future plans.’

I chose to challenge this, I believe that it is because of the problems and issues we faced, we are where we are now. We were forced to face and go through the mud. We are exactly where we are supposed to be. And we are even stronger.

I still look for the good that comes with the darkness – even when it feels like the darkest hour.

For instance, quite recently, because of a family crisis, Tobias and my ex-husband were brought together. It was the crisis, and discomfort on the familial level that forced a chain of events and circumstances where we were brought together to figure out the best way to move forwards. In doing so, friendships and alliances were forged.

Communication strengthened. Laughter abounded. It was the strangest outcome for me. But it turned out my ex-husband just so happened to be in a field of expertise, where he could advise Tobias on some valuable information for his business.

A common ingredient, was these both men were both open to working together for the greater good and out of something more important than themselves. And also, without the crisis or turbulence, the growth in our relationship would not have happened.

Life can become brighter when we focus on the good, when we look for and hold to the light in times of darkness, and when we look at our challenges with an attitude of what can we learn? How can we grow? And where can we let go and move forward?

What lies ahead in 2017 for me? My return to teaching Yoga. Announcing my new website and offerings. And very much continuing to grow.

With gratitude and blessings,

And, to a calmer year around the sun in 2017!

Love and light,


PS: Michelle is still studying Sports Science at a British University called UCLAN, and is also teaching yoga there.

PPS: Tobias continues to grow his supplement line in the USA. He currently offers 40+ products that support happy and healthy lifestyles. My favourite product is ‘GutMeister’. Check out his Facebook page here.

Annette Garcea

Certified Anusara Yoga teacher and Assessor for Certification for the new Anusara School of Hatha Yoga, is on the committee of Ethics representing Canada in the International Community, has taught yoga and Meditation in Canada since 1999 and abroad since 2012.

“I don’t care whether the world’s going to end tomorrow or it’s going to go on forever. What difference does it make to me? I’m still going to do the same thing I do every day which is to love, serve, remember, love, serve, remember, love, serve, remember…” –Ram Dass