Recovery

How to Find Your Center

I walked outside the other day to notice something quite miraculous. The lavender bush my mom gave me had actually sprouted a new little lavender! With my newfound awareness of my own center, I studied the tiny blossom with great care - such centered poise as it balanced calmly there on the very tip of its delicate green branch!

Have you ever had someone say to you - whether in a workout class, meditation...

Emotions

How to Get Un-Mad At Yourself

I met these lovely green beings at the beach the other day. They looked so peaceful and content, growing up round and (to my eyes) perfect alongside one another. I couldn't imagine either of them ever being too hard on themselves for anything!

I don't know about you, but I can be pretty hard on myself!

Somehow I've always been like this - like being hard on myself came with my basic operating system...

Relationships

Meet the New & More Flexible You

My parrot, Pearl, doesn't like to be separated from his mommy - ever. So every morning now, we do "yoga with Pearl" - he learns to be more flexible by accompanying me to the other room as we listen to Adriene on the video, and I learn to be more flexible by finding a way for him to join me in my daily practice!

When I hear the word "flexible," I usually think...

Relationships

Discovering the Difference Between Comfort Versus Happiness

Unlike his mama, my avian, Pearl, has never met a stranger. And on the rare occasion when someone new doesn't instantly adore him, he definitely chalks it up to them and moves right along to the next potential new friend.

If I had to pick my top personal weakness (other than math or cooking, of course), I would have to choose "relationships."

Sometimes I suspect my interpersonal radar got a little bent on my way...

Love & Feathers & Shells & Me

Your Body Has a Life of Its Own

While out walking, I noticed this baby oak tree growing right between the roots of its mother oak. Each has its own life, yet they will also share space for a lifetime on terms they must negotiate together.

In November of last year, I was diagnosed with severe hypothyroidism.

Loosely translated, this means my body's thyroid gland hasn't been pulling its weight for who knows how long.

When I was finally diagnosed, mysterious symptoms that had...

Recovery

How Do You Move?

My precious avian, Pearl, proudly displaying another carefully curated collection of his molted feathers.

In many ways, I feel like my yoga teacher, Adrienne, has become a life coach as much as a fitness instructor. She is an old soul in a young, beautiful body - just the kind I wanted to be when, well, for my whole life now.

When I completed my first 30 day yoga journey, we celebrated with a lovely musical...

Emotions

Why I Love the Phrase “Be Brave”

My box turtle, Bruce (right), being brave enough to approach Malti, my redfoot has a little crush on her!

In my last post here, I shared my somewhat grumpy thoughts about the phrase "be fearless."

But that was the last post. And today in my 30-day yoga journey (which is sort of like a 45-day or 60-day journey by now) our teacher, Adrienne, chose the theme of "be brave."

And I...

Emotions

Does Anyone Else Have Trouble With the Phrase “Be Fearless?”

My business partner (with feathers) attending the Insta-webinar with his mommy.

Am I the only one who struggles every. single. time. I hear, read or, well, write, the phrase "be fearless?"

I aspire to it. I admire it. I envy it. And I think it is a catastrophic liar.

After all, if I was ever actually totally fearless, that would put my (highly job-attached and perfectionistic) fight-or-flight syndrome out of business.

If I ever actually managed...

Faith

How to Pray for Help (When You Don’t Know What You Need)

One evening after a particularly vicious rain storm, I walked out on my porch to see the HUGEST full-sky rainbow I've ever seen! It was so big I couldn't even get it all into this picture. But I felt sure, watching that rainbow, that any prayer I prayed in that moment would be received by a deity who was in a good mood.

Lately as I've been blogging here, I've noticed myself mentioning prayer....

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