Year in Review: 2017

As with all years, 2017 had its ups and downs. It was magical and it was painful. It was filled with fun and hard work. It was, above all else, a time of change: something that is as necessary and exciting as it is terrifying. The hardest part, as with most things, is in the…

Taken Care Of.

Sometimes I think people believe I have it all figured out. I’ve always been characterized as an “old soul.” I’ve been called wise-beyond-my-years, “the most self-aware teenager” someone’s ever met, and more than a few times been assured that I must be at least 500 years old if we’re counting past lives. When I was…

The 19th Year.

As I write this, September 12th, 2017, it is the day before my 19th year begins. It’s truly been a whirlwind of a year, though to be completely honest, it feels as though my life has been a whirlwind for the past three or four years. But in the last 12 months I’ve started and…

The Mantra That Let Me Travel the World

I traveled to Mexico this past week for the first time. In fact, this trip encompassed many “firsts:” my first time out of the country, my first time going on an extended vacation since my eating disorder treatment, my first time saving up my money for a trip that would be all my own and…

Grit & Tenacity

I’ve been thinking a lot about success lately. Namely- and without getting into the semantics of what “success” truly is- what causes a person to be successful? I’ve become fascinated with the work of Angela Duckworth, a researcher, author, and recipient of the “Genius” grant. Angela studies success, and what kinds of personality traits lead to…

Happiness Is Created By You, For You.

There are many times I’ve paused during a conversation with my boyfriend to write things down. He sprinkles truth bombs as liberally as he seasons meat- and he’s frequently reprimanded me for under seasoning. “You can’t go wrong with more flavor,” he’ll say as we stand in the kitchen, grabbing the pepper from hands and…

Living Life with an Audience

In the past year, I’ve been lucky enough to work with a really talented photographer a handful of times. All those fun pictures floating around of me doing yoga in pink yoga pants on the streets of San Francisco, or standing on top of  a mountain, or practicing in my beloved Just Be studio were…

And I Still Haven’t Forgiven Myself

This past week, on a whim, I threw on Trevor Hall’s album “KALA” as I drove home from teaching. I have a lot of beautiful, nostalgic associations with Trevor’s music. I first heard his song “The Mountain” the first time I practiced at Just Be, and it brings me back to that first space of playfulness and…

Tell Me I’m Not the Best

When I was in third grade, I got in trouble for talking in class. We were still at that point in school where our behavior was tracked with colored cards: “green” was a good day, “blue” was a pretty good day with some slip-ups, and “red” was parent-teacher-conference-level bad. From my first day of kindergarten,…

On the Way Home

I spent the past four days at the Squaw Valley Wanderlust Festival. That meant four days of mountain air, practicing under the guidance of masterful teachers, meeting interesting people, hiking and exploring nature, and connecting with the warm yoga community as much as I could. Walking through the festival was like finding my own special…