Hello, from Paradise!

Hello, from Paradise!

“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” — Caroline Myss Sooooo… If you’re wondering why I have been so quiet over here lately, it’s because I’m down in Boca Raton, Florida for a very intense yoga immersion. Scroll down to learn more about what I’m doing, and to answer some questions I have for you! I remember the first time I ever did yoga. I was seventeen years old, away at college, and part of our health and fitness curriculum included a yoga class. I had no idea what yoga was (other than just something Sting and Madonna did for fun) and I’m SO GLAD to have been exposed to it at such a young age. It was the first time I discovered I have the power within myself to quiet my own mind through simple techniques. Although I took several yoga classes and workshops in states around the US throughout my twenties, I didn’t develop a personal yoga practice until I was nearly 30. My health had begun failing, my stress levels were at an all-time high, I was depressed and anxious most of the time, my relationships were chaotic, and the yoga mat was the only way I could find peace. I remember telling a friend how beautiful the world seemed to me when I was doing yoga, and how I wished I could feel that way all the time. Later, I started dreaming of one day attending a yoga retreat, doing yoga on the beach, or even getting certified to teach yoga. At 29, I began...
Major Announcement (Hint: It involves Yoga and the Beach)

Major Announcement (Hint: It involves Yoga and the Beach)

Major, major news today… After years of filling up my bucket list with life goals such as “go on a yoga retreat,” “do yoga on the beach” (yeah, I live in a landlocked state, y’all) and “become a certified yoga instructor” I have a big announcement to make. I’m leaving TOMORROW to embark upon the journey of a lifetime. I’ve been awarded a scholarship to study yoga during a month-long teacher training immersion in Boca Raton, Florida. That’s right. I’ll be WALKING DISTANCE to the beach. I’ll be practicing yoga, ayurveda and meditation each and every day (surrounded by other like-minded folks who are doing the same thing). I’ll be eating fresh, healthy vegan meals. I’ll be soaking up the sun for an entire month (just as the weather turns cooler here in Kentucky). I’ll be living and breathing this stuff, aaaaaand I’ll be hopefully certified to teach yoga when I return. Wow. Seeing that in writing is crazy. Even crazier? This new chapter of my life starts in 24 hours. So, I really was on the fence about whether or not to announce that here on my blog. I mean, this is 2014 and technically, if I wanted to, I could continue just scheduling blog posts and social media updates. You’d never really HAVE to know I was gone. But I want to be transparent. I want you to know what’s up (because hopefully, this yoga and self care stuff interests you, too). And, most importantly, I’m just wayyyyy too flippin’ excited to keep this a secret any longer. Here’s a photo I snapped of Ella the Wonder...
Catching My Breath (and Raffling Some Prizes)

Catching My Breath (and Raffling Some Prizes)

Did that title say “raffling” and “prizes”? Why yes, yes it did… More on that in a moment. But first… There ain’t no party like a Facebook party ‘Cuz a Facebook party don’t stop! (Literally, though… it keeps going 24/7/365) And, for that very reason, I’ve launched a new Facebook page where you can keep up with the latest news and updates from my blog. Introducing: Catching OUR Breath. Now, YOU get to choose… Do you prefer automatic email updates delivered to your inbox? Or is Facebook your kinda thang? OR do you prefer both (because, let’s face it, Facebook hides pages from your newsfeed; so we can’t really trust ’em to show you ALL of my updates!) Whatever the case may be, head on over to my snazzy new Facebook page and click that pretty little LIKE button…pretty please? And now for something completely different… Let me ask you a question: Do you like FREE stuff? Um… OF COURSE you do! (Don’t we all?) In honor of the site launch this week, I’m raffling off a super sweet self love gift to one lucky person. Hurry and enter to win! Details are at the bottom of this post… Oh! And last but not least, I’d like to extend a warm, fuzzy WELCOME to all of my new subscribers this week, and a huge THANK YOU again for signing up to receive these updates. I’ll do my best to keep you informed about what’s working (or not working) for me, and let you know how my journey is going. Now, what are you waiting for? Enter the contest below,...