Craving learning and connection

I have a renewed sense of energy around my yoga practice, and I am eager for learning. I find myself searching the internet for the right kind of content I need to consume. I am looking for books and inspiration, and I want to learn things from anatomy to philosophy to peoples' personal experiences. I find myself gravitating towards some familiar names, like Jason Crandell, who has a great blog and whose wife has an excellent podcast. But I find myself searching for more. I want to read and listen to something compelling, something I can attune to daily for inspiration to motivate me to get on the mat and learn something new. How can I get this information on the daily? I crave blogs, information, podcasts, and an easy way to find workshops in my area. I find it surprising that I haven't found any new moon / full moon / women's' gatherings in my area. I'm disappointed to find that I need to travel all the way to San Francisco to find the connection, gathering, and …

My First Recorded Flow

I love  watching yoga videos on Instagram. I decided it was time to create one for myself! I follow the_southern_yogi on Instagram, and she recently explained how she shoots pictures and videos of herself and her flows when no one else is around to help. I decided to try it. It was so much fun just feeling out the flow, watching myself on video, and then adding music. I felt like I had created something artistic, like all the videos I so enjoyed watching on others' accounts. A couple things I learned from this experiment:
1. I need to make yoga (either at home or in the studio) an absolute priority in my life. This means making time for it daily, even if it is only ten minutes on the mat. This consistency is needed in order to improve my practice and feel better about myself and life in general.
2. Creating a video and the thought of sharing it with others is scary. Social media brings a lot of positivity, but also a lot of judgment, criticism, and self-doubt. I don't want th…

Growing up is overrated.

My dad flying his kite. He will never grow up...

Friday Morning Yoga

This morning I stepped into my Friday morning yoga class, again feeling "unprepared" for what I had coming up in the next month. September would start the beginning of my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, and I was feeling nowhere near the level I needed to be at to start "teaching" any yoga.

See, a couple months ago, I took a trip to New Orleans to visit my dear friend Lexi. While I was there, we took a free community yoga class, and about halfway through the class I thought to myself (for about the 100th time in the past four or so years), "I need to become a yoga instructor." I think there was something about traveling, being in a new place, and being around Lexi that really made me throw my practicality out the window and realize I should really take the leap and do it--- JUST because I really wanted to. I've always been the practical type- go to school, get a good job, work and save my money to eventually buy myself that freedom to do whatever I wa…

Friday Dinner

As I've previously stated, my cousin is a Vegan, and since we live together her food values tend to rub off on me sometimes. So, in an effort to cook as a family, my Grandpa Paul has decided to help us cook any vegetarian or vegan meals we want, as long as we provide him with a recipe. So, on tonight's menu, we have a Mushroom risotto and vegetable skewers. Mmmm... 
This is Paul, asking me, "How'd you miss that soup in the fridge? You never miss anything in the fridge!"
And the process begins...

I would've taken a picture of the finished project, but I was too hungry to even do that. It was delicious! =)
As you can see, Paul had to add some meat in there somewhere (chicken sausages and fillets on the kabobs). I'm grateful for having the opportunity to live with my family again and have delicious Paul-cooked meals. Who knows how long life will be like this before things change again... I'm trying to be cognizant of all of the things in my life th…

The Happiness Advantage

This is an awesome video about how to change our thinking to not only become happier, but to be more successful. What else can you ask for in life?

I want to train my brain! All I have to do is practice these five things for 21 days straight. No doubt this is harder than it seems. Exercising for 21 days straight is a challenge! But, in an effort to improve my life, I feel that nothing is too big of a challenge. Most of these tasks are simple and will only take a few moments. Look, I'm accomplishing one right now by journaling about this positive experience I've had today by discovering this video....

1. Writing three new things that I am grateful for each day.
3. Journaling about one positive experience in order to re-live it.
3. Exercise.
4. Meditation, to better focus.
5. Random acts of kindness.

"Giving Things Up Competition"... aka Lent.

In the spirit of Lent and having to "give things up" I'd like to share the following video my manager showed me. If you have the extra 20 minutes, it's pretty funny.

Anyway, it's the season of Lent and many people have joined in on the "Giving things up competition." Do people really strive to make true sacrifices for the 40 days? Or, do people only tend to give up things they find easy to live without. How many people will try giving up cigarettes? What I really want to talk about is cigarettes, anyway....

Cigarettes are a true addiction. I am surrounded by smokers and non-smokers, and I really had to delve into this subject when I felt that I, myself, had become a smoker. It began in college when my roommates and I started smoking "rollies," American Spirit rolling tobacco. It was one of those social things, where we would get together, roll a smoke, and share it amongst the girls.... ahh, the frills of a young, college existence. After coll…