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A Sacred Brewery

Last weekend was the new moon.  And Friday the 13th.  And the attacks on Paris. And the first day of my period.

All this, and also my last day on the mushroom farm.

It was certainly a time full of emotion and a feeling of massive shifts going on in the world and within myself.

Despite all this, I was prepared to leave behind the “known” and the comforts of the farm, ready for new adventure.  Next stop:  a hostel/brewery … Read the rest

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Live in the Heart

“At the root of human misery, Buddhism sees three destructive impulses: greed, anger and foolishness, which it terms the ‘three poisons.’ These are the essence of all the delusions and negative workings of life that impede the realization of our full potential for happiness and creativity.”

SGI Quarterly

“Our ability to hear and act on the information being sent from the heart, can make the difference in whether we experience life as a series of stressful events or one … Read the rest

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TrickORTreat! Halloween Sale!

Dearest friends,


It’s that time of year again…  When it’s normal to walk around with fake blood on your face and plastic vampire teeth in your mouth.  When fishnet stocking companies rake in the millions.  When fake tombstones take the place of plastic flamingos in your neighbor’s yard.

That’s right.  It’s the perfect time to start watching “A Nightmare before Christmas.” It’s…Halloween.


I love how on this holiday, we can rejoice together in our weirdness, and let go … Read the rest


Digging Deep– the Whys, Hows, and Whats of this Adventure

It’s been a month since Joel and I arrived in Colombia.

Perhaps you may be wondering, “What is this yoga-doing, shirt-making, mandala-drawing human being doing in South America?”

The short answer:  Gaining new experiences…  Exploring new perspectives…  & Challenging myself to create a life that lets my soul sing.

The long answer: ……..


Part I:  The Travel Bug Unleashed

When I first met Joel, during one of our getting-to-know-eachother convos, I asked something like, “What is one thing you want … Read the rest

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Baltimore & The Joshua Tree

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The city from which I hail.

…So how could we not stop for a visit?

If you watch the show “The Wire” and have never been to Baltimore, you might be disappointed (if you were hoping for gang fights and drug busts.)  In parts of town like Fells Point, the streets are lined with brownstone homes, Irish pubs, mixology bars, munchy/hangover-food diners, yoga studios, and preppy-city boutiques.  When you visit the Inner Harbor, you’re met with landmarks such as … Read the rest

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On the Road: Discovering Asheville & the Local Designer Scene

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[[ Travel details: Monday July 6th marked our first day of driving.  Of course, with all the things I saved for last-minute, we didn’t leave until 8pm.  So that meant driving through the night.  Joel is my driving-hero, so I slept while he drove until about 2am when I imagine he was on the verge of passing out behind the wheel before waking me up.  So from 2-4am, I drove through the nearly-empty highway cutting through Atlanta and up into … Read the rest


Why Do Yoga?

Why do yoga?


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


Featured Artist: Chris Castillo of Coalescent Minds

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This week I am excited to have Chris Castillo of Coalescent Minds as ShockT’s “Featured Artist” !!! — Rejoice, art community! Embrace and enjoy the magic Chris has come to share with us all.

Chris Castillo is one of those people who emits a glow. He seems to always be smiling, and he is often wearing a lively tie-dye shirt from M-Dub Designs. But it’s not just his personality and his style that shine; there’s something vibrant about his Read the rest


April Showers bring May flowers — SPRING NEWS for ShockT Designs!

Staying dry, dear ducklings?

Yes, rain is sweeping across the nation.
America needed a bath, apparently.

In other news…

–Sunny Markets, music festivals…
Ah, tis’ the summer season.

–Men are gonna look GOOD in these.

–Ladies’ apparel for frolicking around beaches and festival forests and the like.


Mother was in town last weekend at market.
…Hence the accompanying poodle-sidekick.
(Before/After shots)

The heat wears us out.
Or maybe it was the excessive partaking of vegan cookies…

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How to Change a “Flat Tire”


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