Wednesday, July 29, 2009

pandora love

I am in love with pandora radio. If you're not familiar with it, check it out at (it's free!). My current radio stations are:

Natalie Walker
Thievery Corportation
Brian Eno

Enjoy the music!


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

creativity list

Today's yogathought comes from the fab little book Dream It. List It. Do It.

"Being creative isn't about makinga masterpiece. In fact, it's not really about outcomes at all. Being creative is about process--it's about letting your imagination take you on an exhilarating ride with every ounce of your attention so caught up in the moment that the hours slip away like minutes. Don't wait around for divine inspiration or a visit from the greek muses. Get out your watercolors and try to capture the light in your garden. Sketch a design and silk-screen it on a T-shirt. Or simply cut up old magazines and glue the words and photos into a collage to hang in your bedroom. Create something from nothing--the finished product could be terrifying or terrific, but the experience is guaranteed to be thrilling.

*Sketch one thing every day
*Play, record, mix, and produce my own music
*Design my own tattoo
*Fill every notebook I own with new ideas
*Write a children's book
*Refashion a really funky T-shirt
*Publish a coffee table book of my photography
*Make homemade candles
*Crochet an afghan
*Design and make my own jewelry
*Landscape my yard
*Design and print my own stationery"

How do you get your creative juices flowing?


Sunday, July 26, 2009

grateful sunday

Today, I'm grateful for:

*family time
*a hot cup of decaf coffee w/ 1 teaspoon sugar and soy milk
*fresh flowers
*possible exciting changes on the horizon
*good books
*the sound of running water in fountains
*animal love
*one more week of vacation

What are you grateful for this Sunday?


Friday, July 24, 2009


Weekends just don't feel the same when you're off work during the week. Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely not complaining. I'm just saying Friday nights have a very different vibe when I've put in a long, hard work week. Speaking of working, I have one more full week of summer break left before heading back to a very, very busy month of scheduling and getting ready for the school year. This summer has definitely flown by. Summer break always does, but this one has been even busier and faster than most. I usually like to have long open spaces of time during my summer months with absolutely nothing planned, but I haven't this summer. It's been full of a lot of very good and exciting activities, though...opening a yoga studio, float trip, Father's Day BBQ, trip to KC, 4th of July celebration, and girls' weekend.

Tonight we're off to a wonderful theater in town, Ragtag Cinema cafe', to see the documentary Food, Inc. (We'll be eating dinner BEFORE watching the movie). I'm a little apprehensive about seeing this because I know there will most likely be scenes with animals who are living in horrible conditions, and I can barely stand to watch animals in any sort of pain. This time last year, I was actually doing a lot of reading and thinking about where the food I eat comes from, and I greatly reduced the amount of meat in my diet and pretty much stopped eating any meat that wasn't farm raised and humanely treated. This only lasted for a few months, though...not to make excuses, but my husband loves to grill and cook, and I know he got quite annoyed at me not eating his cooking, but instead asking him to throw a mushroom on the BBQ. We did start trying to buy meat that was farm raised, but saw our grocery bills sky rocket. Anyway, my semi-vegatarianism didn't last very long. We'll see if this movie resparks my desire to change my diet again...

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

positive affirmations

I was reading through my "personal growth" journal today and came across some great affirmations I wrote in it around this same time last summer. I have gotten a bit out of the habit of writing affirmations, and I'm thinking this is a good reminder to start again.

It seems like we are programmed to think negatively about ourselves, and it can be hard work letting go of the negative thoughts and replacing them with positive ones. This is where positive affirmations can help. I am a definite believer in the power of positive affirmations (although I must admit whenever I think about affirmations, the Saturday Night Live character, Stuart Smalley always comes to mind).

Here are a few affirmations I'd like to share (I think most of these came from the book I was reading last summer, Quantum Wellness.) I'd invite you to choose a few that resonate with you and try writing them down multiple times each day for the next week or two.

I see the magnificence of who I am and what my purpose is; I am manifesting great things because of this.

Abundance is mine when I live in a truthful way.

I have access to unlimited willpower, endurance, and focus within myself.

I embody the perfect balance of surrender and action.

I am willing and open to receive blessings daily.

I have choices in my life, and I always choose from a place of truth and love.

(Feel free to begin writing the one that resonated most with you right now as a comment.)


Monday, July 20, 2009

Self-knowing Reinventing Self-improver

This past weekend I had four of my long-time friends over for some girl time. We literally just hung out on my back patio and talked all day long. It was fabulous. One of my friends, who is especially gifted at giving great gifts, gave me a box of goodies for hosting. (If you're reading, Thank you!!!!) One of the items in the box was a book titled Dream It. List It. Do It! I've just started reading the book, and I'm loving it already. I also checked out the website associated with the book ( and took their quiz. I wasn't surprised when the results of the quiz showed I'm a Self-knowing Reinventing Self-improver! The quiz is quick, and I'd love for you to share your results, too!


Friday, July 17, 2009

girls' weekend

This weekend is the second annual girls' weekend, and I am hosting. I am so, so, so thankful the weather's supposed to be beautiful, so we can enjoy some time in my back yard! I am looking forward to some girl-time and catching up with some of my long-time friends.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend, too. And, if you're craving some girl time, call up a gal friend, and schedule a date!


Thursday, July 16, 2009

gratitude and recharge-athon

This evening as I was taking a little time to reflect and complete my launchwork (homework for the book Ladies Who Launch), I had a bit of an ah-hah moment. The launchwork assignment was to come up with a list of 100 things/ways in which I recharge. To use the words of Victoria Colligan and Beth Schoenfeldt, the authors of the book: 100 things that make me feel giddy, punchy, and almost drunk with pleasure--things that make me smile, make me more creative, and give me more energy.

About half-way through creating my recharge-athon list, I realized I haven't really taken the time to be grateful lately. In fact, this past week, I have been feeling rather down and not like my usual self. Because of this, I have totally ignored or been too wrapped up in feeling bad to recognize all the good around me all the time. It's a vicious cycle: you neglect to notice good and be grateful, and you feel feel down, so you neglect to see all the good around you and express gratitude...and on and on and on. So, I made the conscious decision to stop the cycle before it got the best of me and start focusing on the good and expressing gratitude.

Now, don't get me wrong. I realize we all go through periods of our lives when we feel down--some more than others. However, the best way I've found to deal with these times is to recognize it's a down time in my life, surrender to and accept it, while acknowledging this too shall pass.

It's just interesting to me how simply taking the time to start thinking about and creating a list of things and activities that made me happy kind of snapped me out of feeling sad. So, I would invite you to create your own recharge-athon list--whether you are feeling happy, sad, depleted, or filled up.

Feel free to share some of your favorite things on your list. I always enjoy finding out how others recharge!

Here are some of the items from my list:

1. spending time with my husband and family
2. teaching yoga
3. browsing bookstores
4. reading
5. having yummy smelling candles burning in my home
6. sitting at starbucks reading and drinking a decaf, non-fat, no whip, mocha
7. getting massages
8. manicures
9. pedicures
10.laying out at the pool on a sunny day
12.watching HGTV for creative inspiration
13.bargain shopping
14.writing on my blog and reading blogs
15.watching chick flicks

So, what are the activities/things that make you happy and help you recharge?


photo by One Tree Hill from Flickr

karma yoga

Tonight I will teach my first ever Karma Yoga class. This will be a donations only class, (people can donate any amount they would like) and I will be giving all the proceeds to the local women's shelter. I am looking forward to teaching many more Karma Yoga classes for different non profit organizations in the community in the future!

Here is your yogathought for the day:

"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." --Aesop


Sunday, July 12, 2009


One of my biggest sources of creative inspiration is browsing through books and magazines at Barnes & Noble. This afternoon, I spent some time looking through home decor magazines. I took pictures of the rooms that most inspired me for later reference and possible use. Here are some of the rooms I fell in love with:

What inspires you?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

nurturing creativity

If you haven't heard Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, talk about nurturing creativity on TED, you should definitely check her out here.


Friday, July 10, 2009

home and yoga month 09.2009

We are back from KC. It was a good trip (The Q Hotel & Spa was great), but as always, it's nice to be home again. Here are some photos of all the places we explored:

Vinyasa Flow Yoga at Maya Yoga was incredible. We took the noon class with Kathleen, and we definitely got our money's worth! It was a very rigorous class (to say the least). Half way through, I was wishing I had a towel because I was drenched in sweat, and it was running down my face and in my eyes. But, it felt oh so good to be challenged!

Speaking of yoga, Yoga month 2009 is quickly approaching! Creative Space Yoga will definitely be participating. Encourage your family and friends to receive the gift of yoga! Check out to see if a studio near you will be a part of the wonderful event!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

mini vacation 2

Tomorrow we will be going here for a noon yoga class:

Then, we will be checking in here:

Then, we will be hanging out here for the rest of the day and evening:

Friday, we will be heading here:

Then, back home again.


Monday, July 6, 2009

decluttering and p.s. question

After watching a rerun of an Oprah episode yesterday on decluttering, I was inspired to spend the morning cleaning out the storage space under our stairs. Overall, we do not tend to have a lot of clutter in our home. In fact, when I've had people over, I've more than once had them say:

"Where is all your stuff?"
To which I respond, "What stuff?"
"You know, your stuff."

I really try not to accumulate too much "stuff." As I've posted about before, I try only to buy things, both for my home and my wardrobe, I truly love. I also try to use the one in-one out rule--especially for clothing. This definitely helps with not accumulating too much clutter. We do live in a two story house on a slab, so we don't have a lot of storage space; hence, our closets often become quite full and the need to declutter and organize is about once a year. I always put this on my summer list of things to do.

It's always interesting to me how once I clean out a closet or storage space, I immediately feel a little lighter. It's like the space I create in my home translates to more space in my body and mind.

Creating space is a wonderfully freeing feeling! If you have a closet, room, or space that needs to be decluttered, light some candles, turn on some upbeat chill tunes, and enjoy the space you're creating!


p.s. On a side note, I've got my yoga studio blog,, up and running. I'm not incredibly techno savy, and I can't figure out how to get side bars on both side of my blog posts. I looked through the different layouts and don't see that as an option, yet I know it must be because some of the blogs I read regularly have side bar text on both sides. I would be oh so grateful if any of you lovely ladies or gents can help me out here! gracias in advance.

Friday, July 3, 2009

celebrations, freedom, and yoga

Last night my hubby and I went out for a celebration dinner in honor of the opening of my yoga studio. We went to a local Asian restaurant, Jina Yoo's, that I've been wanting to try out for months now. We had loads of sushi, and it was fabulous! We will definitely be going back!
We will be doing more celebrating today as we are having our father's day make-up celebration for my Mom's side of the family. And then, of course, celebrating the 4th tomorrow.
It really is such a blessing, that I find is sometimes easy to take for granted, to live in a free country. As I've written about before, part of my life motto is that we create our lives--through our intentions, thoughts, and actions. And, while I fully believe this to be true, I do recognize we create our lives within the circumstances/situtaions that we've been given. I am so thankful that the life I'm creating is here in the U.S.
And, as long as I'm on the subject of freedom, I also want to put a plug in for yoga (I'm sure you're not surprised). One of the many great aspects of yoga is how it literally creates space in your body. All the places that become tight, and tense, and contracted from daily activities and stress are opened up and released. With this release, comes a feeling of lightness, a feeling of freedom, a feeling of expansion and possibility. Now that yoga is a regular part of my life, I literally cannot imagine living a life where I don't make the choice to open my body (and mind) in this way. I cannot imagine living a life where I'm constantly feeling tightness, contraction, and closing in--both mentally and physically.
So, in honor of freedom, the 4th of July, and creating an authentic life you truly desire, try out a yoga class or just do something new that gets you a little bit out of your comfort zone. And, be thankful you have the freedom and choice to try.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


I am completely and totally in love with our back yard...

I know I have a small (ok maybe a bit large) flower addiction!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

first class at creative space

My first class in my new space is in just an hour!



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Yoga myth:

"Yoga is just about sitting cross-legged and saying 'om' while feeling at one with yourself and the universe."

This is actually something a little boy said to me a few years ago when I told him I taught yoga. At the time, I thought it was cute, but I also sometimes wonder how many other people have this mythical view. There is definitely a lot more to yoga! Those who participated in the Sun Salutation and Meditation Challenge could speak to that!

Overall, I felt the challenge went well. It improved my home yoga practice and meditation which was what I was hoping. As the number of sun salutations rose in the upper teens and twenties, I had to take some rest times in between the salutations, and I did find myself doing Sun Salutation A much more than B. Thank you to all who participated with me! I hope you found your home practice enhanced and learned a little more about yourself, too.

Today is my first class at Creative Space Yoga! We spent the day there yesterday finishing up getting the studio ready. (Thanks sweet husband, mom, & Tim). I am very excited to start teaching in the new space.

Here is a little yogathought on centering for the day:

"Here. Right here, right now,
bring your mind to this place
and time. Invite it, even if it
resists, to sit and witness
what it is to be alive. Let
there be no ulterior motive
in this moment but to be.

Rest on the waves of breath
and choose to experience
all of it. Let thoughts float through and leave again, as
the mind slowly settles like snow inside a shaken paperweight.

This is all there is. Here.
Right here and now."
--from Kripalu Yoga: A guide to Practice On and Off the Mat by Richard Faulds