This time of year, as the days get shorter and our workloads seem heavier than ever, we become more susceptible to seasonal affective disorder, seasonal depression, and in turn negative self-talk. Those of us who battle depression year-round are especially likely to feel lower as the daylight hours decrease and the leaves begin to fall. I’ve felt this year after year. As the evenings become darker earlier, I find myself eager to get home and just cozy up on the couch. I skip yoga classes, and say no to plans with friends. Meals sometimes become secondary, as does my sleep schedule and my morning routine. I’m lucky to get out of the house with two matching shoes and a cup of coffee some days.
I have been told it seems like I have my life totally together. I’m here to clear that up. I see what you see: I’m 26, newly married, with two sweet dogs and a beautiful little home. I have a great job and space to practice my hobbies. What could be better? Here’s what you … Continue reading A Glance at My Truth
Happy Day 21, Light Seekers! It's our final day focusing on Balance. Tomorrow we'll move deeper into our journey, but before we do I want to recap some of the lessons we learned about Balance. I consider my life fairly balanced, which has certainly not always been the case. Logistically, our families are extremely spread … Continue reading Day #21, Seasonal Balance
Last night, while I meditated, I imagined myself sitting in the center of a large, open, wooden room. It was white, but sort of white-washed and worn. There were windows in front of me, behind me, and to either of my sides. Four pillars supported the ceiling in a square around me. The only door … Continue reading Spiritual Travel
I'm finally recovering from my cold, and I'm looking forward to getting back on my mat tonight. I did a few minutes of meditation and a soft flow last night, maybe 10 minutes. It wasn't much, but it reminded my body how it feels to be in that space. I forgot, for a moment it … Continue reading Community: A Journey
My friend and fellow yogi, Alyssa, has a phrase she uses to describe the endless coincidences and connections that surround her life. She says things are “weird, not weird.” You know when people say, “sorry, not sorry?” They’re acknowledging that socially it’s probably the right thing to be “sorry” and yet they are not.
After I post on my blog, or upload something new to Instagram, I always click through the posts with the same hashtags I used. At first, I think I did this to get more attention on social media. Now, I do it for inspiration. To see what other creative spirits are putting out into the … Continue reading Full of Life
If you're anything like me, your relationship with money is broken and it hasn't been your priority to fix it. This weekend I finished a book, Creating Money: Attracting Abundance, one that I'd been working on for a while. When I first picked up this book, I was prepared for practical budgeting advice, lucrative entrepreneurial … Continue reading Want, Need, Abundance & Bills.
I'm not very good at celebrating myself on a regular basis. Self-reflection is a big part of my life, but unfortunately I tend to focus on the areas that need improvement rather than the areas of success. Every year on my birthday, though, my thinking changes and for just a few hours I revel in how … Continue reading I Love Myself.
In Modern Lovers, a new novel by Emma Straub, the dynamics of this family's life are endlessly intertwined. I'm a true believer in the famous words, "friends are the family we choose for ourselves," and this story embodies that. Andrew and Elizabeth are married, and heading towards 50. They met in college, where they were … Continue reading Book Review: Modern Lovers