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Soulful

1 Apr

Life these past few weeks.  A story in photos.

photo-15Left the dance room and ventured to California to do some snowboarding.

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it was spacious and expansive.

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bright & refreshing…

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challenging & exhausting.

Then after 6 days on the slopes, I ventured to Mexico City to see my dear, dear friend in all her colors & patterns.

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we did a lot of talking about life, dreams, & general brainstorming.  Super soulful.

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Even had a photo shoot.

Vacation is delightful, but as good as it feels to leave, it feels just as good to return home.  Especially when I am greeted at the airport like this:

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(Aaron surprising me as my own personal taxi driver)

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Got back home, settled in, rearranging the pieces, and making some homemade green juice to fuel and nourish with wholesome goodness.

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And now I am back to it.  Feeling slightly anxious about returning to school tomorrow. But looking forward to getting back into the routine & to everything that I will create.

Happy Monday!

Another Day

26 Dec

 

A beautiful video with insightful words:

‘You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you today…. It’s the only gift that you have right now. And the only appropriate response is gratefulness.’

For all that was, and all that is – I am brimming with gratitude.

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Patterns

24 Dec

I am in the thick of family time and I am loving it, but I am very aware of old patterns that begin to show up.  All of a sudden I turn into a 16 year old with a messy room, bouncy energy, and little focus.  It is this weird transformation, and I don’t like it.  I feel ungrounded, uncentered, and not in control of my energy.  So the first step to change anything is to notice it, and once I did I started changing some of my actions.

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I cleaned up my room, I made time for my yoga and meditation, I went to the grocery store, and I asked what I can do to help?  These mindful choices led to a shift, I felt grounded and more like the 27 year old that I am.  (Ah, I am 27!) I am honoring my family and the roles that are constantly changing in big & small ways, helping to keep harmony & happiness on all fronts.  I am getting outside, breathing, journaling, & planning to do some yoga – so I can be present and open to more family interactions tomorrow.

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I’m looking forward to taking this class on Yogaglo tomorrow, led by the wonderful Kathryn Budig, and fully enjoying everything tomorrow has to offer.  Merry Christmas all.

 

From Paper to Paper

20 Nov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“In the universe there is an immeasurable, indescribable force which shaman call intent, and absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by a connecting link.” —Carlos Castaneda

In May I dreamed in my journal that we would find a beautiful apartment in NYC and our hunt will be featured in the NY Times.  I claimed it.  And then a few months later…this happened:

Manifestation.

Quick Change

15 Jul

I have changed cities as briskly as having to change costumes in 3 minutes time.  Getting out of my old costume and into my new costume with just enough time to get back on stage, and back to the show.  I left DC after a full day of camp on Friday afternoon, and arrived in NYC just in time for a Saturday morning training for my new job.  So my first week in my ‘new costume’ has been quick and filled to the brim with wonderful happenings.

It has included visits with many awesome friends both planned and unplanned.  Picnicking while listening to the Philharmonic in Prospect Park.  Being treated to a complimentary mango sorbet at Fig & Olive.  Making this tasty chocolate and strawberry smoothie.  Taking a heart pumping yoga class at 6 am that was only an elevator ride away.  Having the time to reflect and grow as an early childhood dance educator at the 92 St Y’s Wonderdance Summer Intensive.  Morning runs over the Brooklyn Bridge and watching the sunset right outside 1 Brooklyn Bridge.

So things have been good.  It feels incredible to be back, and I feel like I am right where I belong.  This week I will begin a two week training for my new job, get together with some more friends and family, see some apartments, and hopefully indulge in some healthier eating.

Fluid Transitions

28 Jun

I’d like to know who makes smooth transitions into the next phase of their life, because I certainly do not.  I never have.  My history runs long and deep of tumultuous transitions.   Tears accompanied every change I have ever made – whether it was moving to a new town in in middle school, going to college, being a teacher for the first time, moving to Italy, getting married, moving to DC, or now moving back to NYC – I become an emotional wreck.

                

While I am a sensitive and emotional being, I also consider myself to be relatively grounded.  But when one phase of my life begins to fade away and another is ready to take its place I melt down, I fumble, I cry.  Now this isn’t because I don’t want to embrace whatever is coming next, I just freak out because it feels overwhelming, uncertain, and unclear.

The rest of my world can feel this shaky energy too, since everything has been breaking down around me: the car, my bike, and schedule mishaps – you name it.  My outer world reflects the inner world of my mind– so instead of doing less yoga because I am so busy packing and running around (which is what has happened) I actually have to do more.   My next week will be filled to the brim with as many downward dogs and warriors that I can squeeze in.

Don’t get me wrong, my goal isn’t to eliminate tears, because I think it is healthy to let those lips tremble and tears flow freely every once in a while.  That is my current expression of letting go and processing one stage of my life in order to make room for the next one.  However, I’d just like to keep the melt downs to a minimum, and I am sure my husband would agree, and celebrate what is to come.  One more week and one day until I am on my way to back to NYC!