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What’s on the Horizon?

Answer: ROADTRIP!

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It’s true.  I am a luster for the wandering.

 

Getting Here

During college, (I count my lucky stars) I had multiple experiences exploring overseas.  Europe, Southeast Asia, New Zealand, and Central America I can check off my list (and plan to check again, sometime in my life, if destiny so allows.)  After I graduated, I quenched more of my wander-thirst by opting to teach English in China (see CourtneyTravels.com for more detailed accounts.)

 

After returning … Read the rest

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Reflections & Intentions

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“King Pigeon” pose.  A deep heart opener, physically & emotionally.

Intention: Rawness.

 

You always hear how marriage takes work.

I’m not married.  Never have been.  But for the first time ever, I’m in a relationship that I foresee lasting longer than just a couple years.  And I’m starting to understand what this “work” is all about.  When you get to know someone on a deeper level, that means they’re getting to know you … Read the rest

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Why Do Yoga?

Why do yoga?

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How many times have we told ourselves, “I can’t do this” or “I’m not good at that”?

As a yoga teacher, I’ve often heard potential students say, “I can’t do yoga. I can’t even

touch my toes!” Usually someone chimes in and says, “Then you need it more than

anyone!” But yoga, I believe, is equally available and beneficial to EVERYone.

Yoga is a Sanskrit word that means, “to yoke” or “to unite.” The union that is … Read the rest

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Purpose, Practice, & Perseverance

It’s been an exciting time, this 2015, hasn’t it? I’ve heard from several tuned-in people that they feel this year is a time for great shifts in the direction of positive change. Can you sense it?

When you start moving in the right direction, you may find that the doors of opportunity start flying open. This past week has been a reminder for me that when you open yourself up to others, you may find that support and encouragement are … Read the rest

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Music Festivals: A Peaceful Revolution

Music festivals have been a part of our modern culture since the rise of Woodstock in 1969. Springing forth from the creative ambitions of counter-culture, these gatherings range from small local bands who play for a few hundred people, to world-famous acts that rake in hundreds-of-thousands of eager patrons from around the world. But despite the peaceful intentions that often lay the foundation of music festivals, festival-goers may find themselves perpetually linked to stereotypes of drug abuse, frivolousness, and social … Read the rest

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Hand-drawn Art: Transformation

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This drawing was inspired by “Transformation.” From the mind-expanding properties of natural medicines to the depths of wisdom revealed through meditation practices, our human potential to heal and grow continues to astound me.

I listen to a podcast called “RadioLab,” and one episode explored the process of a caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly. This expanded into a deeper question of our core essence– what still remains as “I”/”me” once an old identity is shed, and a rebirth, in … Read the rest

PassLove

Let’s #PassLove

 

 

PassLove

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Some days I have to remind myself that money is just money.  My worth is not defined by how much I earn, but by how much joy I receive from giving of myself to others.

It’s a challenge to hold onto this “pillar of happiness” during those times when I can’t go on a vacation to Costa Rica with my friends, or when I have to buy new tires for my car, or this morning—when I got … Read the rest

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Practice Makes Perfect Practice

Ah, Spring. Such an invigorating time of year. A breath of new life is infused into all living things, it seems. (In that breath of fresh air is also much pollen… but I’ll spare you that rant of allergy-induced frustration.)

With new life sprouting up and more sunshine to be had, I’ve discovered my creative urges are having a resurgence. My desire to sit and work on art was diminished in the late-winter months, and perhaps this lag of production … Read the rest

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How to Change a “Flat Tire”

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Happy Pi Day (3.14)

I hope you indulged in some sort of scrumptious baked good to celebrate.

When I had a second helping today of a dark chocolate concoction that I whipped up in my food processor, I found consolation by labeling this decadent decision as a homage to Pi Day (thank you to one of my 6am yoga students for enthusiastically pointing out this unofficial holiday to me this morning, so that I could feel less guilty about sneaking … Read the rest

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Great Expectations

There is a secret to happiness.

“Expect nothing.”

That’s right. That’s all it takes.

Imagine, if you didn’t expect your drive to work to take 20 minutes, so when traffic strikes and renders you late for a meeting (and everyone there wasn’t expecting you to be on time, anyway), then, no big deal, you’re just cruising and spending more time jamming out to the Foo Fighters. Imagine if you had no ideals of love, marriage, and family, with no wants … Read the rest