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    My Quest for Less

    I have been on a serious cleaning frenzy for the past month! If you’ve been here before, you may have read my Out with the Old post about clearing out, making space, and evaluating my relationship with consumerism. I basically haven’t stopped since. Back then, almost exactly a month ago, I had been working on my office space – getting rid of unloved books (the tragedy!), organizing papers from more than 2 years ago, and just putting shit away. After that process, I realized how much better I felt. There…

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    Lessons from the Moon

    I have always had a fascination with the moon, but as I have made it part of my brand, I spend even more time thinking about it. I’m constantly questioning what it represents and what it has to teach me. Maybe this will become a series where I share what I’m learning and new ways I’m connecting with that big, beautiful rock in the sky, but today I want to focus on one specific lesson – equally embracing the dark and the light. Growing up, especially as a teenager, I…

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    A Gratitude List

    Last week I was feeling the love! I taught backbends in my classes and we discussed how love relates to vulnerability. We all feel fear at the thought of putting ourselves in a vulnerable position and expressing our feelings. But by doing so, we let love in. I have been working on being vulnerable, and last week it felt like it was all coming together and the vulnerability had been worth it. Riding off this love, I started reflecting on all of the positives in my life and came up…

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  • In Life/ Yoga

    The Power of Community

    I haven’t held back about expressing my difficulties with friends this year. I did make a video about friendship breakups after all. I am a relatively shy introvert, and truthfully I think friendships are hard in your 20’s as we’re all moving through life at a different pace. People come in and out of your life all the time. I have been lucky that fate (and social media) has brought a couple of friends from my past back to the present. I trust them both dearly and I have loved…

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    Out with the Old

    While Autumn is not here yet, it is definitely in the air. And every time I start to feel the shift of seasons, I am ready for a clear out. Over the past week, I’ve been sorting out my desk, clearing unloved books from my shelves, and ditching the clothes that no longer fit or aren’t worn enough. Truthfully I’m not the cleanest person, but when I get in these moods, I am all in. There is something liberating about clearing out the old, the things that have served their…

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    Time is Precious

    I have never liked the feeling of being bored. And I’m not talking about when you’re sitting in a lecture or in class and don’t find the topic interesting. Or when you’re at a party or event and not having a good time. I mean those times when you’re sitting at home, have nothing to do, but also have no clue what to do. Nothing sounds interesting or exciting. Nothing can hold your attention. I’ve had this feeling a few times recently. I have Friday afternoons off and I usually…

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    Alternative Methods of Meditation

    Over the weekend I came across an article on MindBodyGreen about art being a great alternative to meditation. I haven’t been very open about it on here, but meditation is actually very difficult for me. Now that I know I have OCD and anxiety, I think that might be a contributing factor. I have tried visualization, mantras, pranayama, and more. No matter how hard I try, I still go down thought spirals. Sometimes I do find myself more relaxed after a 10, 15, 20 minute session, but the effects only…

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    Riding the Struggle Bus

    My theme for the week is “struggle.” I struggled through last week when life kept hitting me again and again and again. But I survived. Are things wonderful now? No. I still have messes to deal with, emotions to process, and disappointment to accept. But I made it through and this is a new week. I don’t do well when things fall apart, especially not when everything falls apart at the same time. My defense mechanism is to distract myself, listen to music, busy myself with work, and shut off…

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