Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Timeless Love

I'm having fun expanding my writing style and topics. Here is my latest up at Elephant Journal!

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If you look up at the top of this blog you'll see a new page heading: I Also Write For... . If you click there you'll find links to all my other writing sites. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Now I'm Writing at Rebelle Society!

I am so excited!

My first post has just been published at Rebelle Society!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Really Real Reality Of Life As A Single Mom

Please click the link to my newest Elephant Journal post.

I shed a few tears while I was writing it.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Making My Own Yoga Sanctuary

Ah the blissful joys of a yoga sanctuary. I'll enter the separate room of my home and hear my yoga fountain bubbling in the background. I'll look over to the windows where the sun is shining and see my thriving bamboo plants creating a healthy air quality in my sacred space. 

Someday, yes someday.

But right now I live in the real world in a house not big enough for six kids, two dogs and never-ending dirty dishes.  And since I recently lost my job, going to a local studio and paying the $18 per class fee is out of the question. The good part though is it has forced me to get reacquainted with my home practice.

My home yoga space has only three criteria:
  • Fit into my already over scheduled, chaotic life
  • Be portable
  • Be multi-functional
So this means no bubbling fountains or large expensive Buddha statues.

It does mean keeping my yoga mat, bolster and block ready and waiting in my bedroom. I don't have much open space in my room, but it's enough to pop in a DVD and roll out my mat. Assuming, of course, all the laundry has been put away. 

Even with the windows open, it feels quiet and safe back here in my room. My own little secluded area. Except, of course, when the younger kids come in and lay on the bed and talk to me while I'm flowing vinyasas. Even that is OK. Multi-functional is the priority.

When the weather is really nice, my favorite place to practice is my backyard deck. The deck provides ample space,  the perfect mixture of sun and shade in the morning, a nice breeze and even birds chirping. 

I've planted some flowers around the deck and cleared off a nice open space where I'm still secluded by the privacy fence. I'm practicing out in the open, yet still feel safe and free. Savasana is even more enjoyable when I can lay on the mat, looking up through the trees at the blue sky and fluffy clouds.

The deck is also big enough that I can invite my yoga friends over to enjoy the space. A few years ago when my regular teaching center got flooded, class continued on the deck every Wednesday morning. We slathered on the sun screen, let the kids run around the backyard and we got our yoga on.

Now that I have the deck to myself again, I'm taking advantage of this rare solitary time in an otherwise crazy life. I love the quiet, the breeze, the sun and the space to roll out my mat. And there is still plenty of room for the dogs!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Will You Listen To Me One Last Time?

Story Starter Wednesday

Let's just stop.

It's been almost 3 years. No, it's been more than 20 years.

You're mad at me. OK I can live with that.

I'm mad at you. I've lived with that a long time too.

The kids are hurting and the lawyers are getting rich.

Do you even remember why? Me neither.

Can we call a truce?

Let's move away from the hate and go back to the way things used to be. Let's go back to a time when all the fighting and anger wasn't there. Let's go back to better times.

Let's go back to indifference.

We lived that way a long time. It seemed to work.

Let's try that again.

Find weekly Story Starter Wednesday prompts at Wolf and Word.

2am phone calls

Friday, April 24, 2015

Time To Take My Writing & My Yoga To The Next Level

A couple years ago I wrote down some life goals. Each year I check in with my list and I'm surprised how many of those goals have actually come true.

So, I'm going to stick with what works and write down my current career goals. As I've always wanted, my ultimate goal is to do what I love and reap the financial rewards from living a life I love.
  • Be invited to collaborate in one of the Reverb projects. Hello,  Kat McNally and Alana Lawson? Can I play too?
  • See my book for sale on Amazon.
  • See my book Creating A Joyful Life: The Lessons I Learned From Yoga and My Mom sitting on my book shelf.
  • Sell a copy of my book to someone outside my social circle or to someone who doesn't feel obligated to buy it.
  • Sell many copies of my book.
  • Embark on a book tour. I'd like to do a reading/signing back home in Pennsylvania and at some of my favorite places in California, Seattle, Portland or anywhere anyone is willing to host me!
  • See my byline on Huffington Post.
  • Develop and teach a writing course for our local community college.
  • Attend writers workshops.
  • Develop and teach local writers workshops.
  • Continue my yoga teacher training.
  • Continue to be able to teach yoga locally.
  • Develop and teach a workshop on teaching yoga to seniors.
  • Travel for my writing.
  • Travel for my yoga.
  • Just travel more.
  • Take advantage of this time to finally become the person I am meant to be.