On Healing, Resonance, and Reflection

I try to keep a look out for patterns. They always reveal something to me: my mindset, what I’m expending my energy on, what’s at the forefront of my mind. There are times where themes seem almost too-conveniently expressed in my life; every conversation will bring it up somehow, I’ll come across quotes left and…

In the Flow.

No two ways around it: life is crazy right now. The past few weeks, I’ve been spending full weekends up at the Luminary Farm assisting Just Be Yoga’s teacher training, going to school full-time, maintaining a weekly teaching schedule in Santa Cruz, and going on a semi-tour with the film. I’ve spent a lot of…

The Power of Love Notes: An Act of Resistance

Recently one of my teachers undertook a challenge: writing a love note to herself every day for the month of February. It’s a twist on a month usually dedicated to love of others through an amalgamation of cheesy cards, overpriced flowers, and boxes of chocolates. But while not everyone may have a partner to celebrate with…

On Weight Gain, Body Ideals, Before-and-Afters, and More.

Recently on Instagram, I noticed a hashtag floating around called, “#gainingweightiscool.” Each picture under the tag displayed a different kind of before-and-after photo than you may be used to: instead of displaying weight loss, perhaps one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions in modern times, women were posting photos of their weight gain.  The participants…

Take Your Fear With You

I have a binder for my English class that I scribble my thoughts down on. When the binder is open, there’s a margin along the side, about two inches or so wide, that is the perfect place to get words out of my head and into the world. I exclusively write in pen, because I…

Faking It to Become It

Like many young girls, I struggled with self-confidence for years. My perception of myself, whether tied to my external appearance, physical or mental capabilities, or personality traits, never measured up to a person that I saw to be “worthy” of pride. I could always be smarter, prettier, more accomplished. There was always something to be…

On Seeing Yourself in Hi-Def

For the month of December, lululemon athletica wrote about different ways to Fuel Happiness on their blog. One of those ways was to nourish your connections- to take seriously the relationships you’ve brought into your life, and to seek out new ones that will support and challenge you. As an introvert, I tend to forget about this facet of happiness. I like to…

The Here and Now

It’s officially 2016, which means we’re going to be hearing a lot about resolutions and goals over the next few days and weeks. Every new year brings with it promise of new opportunity, new beginnings, and new changes. It inspires in many people hope that, perhaps for the first time, things will change- things will…

FAT: Science and Body Image

Fat. It’s an ugly word, isn’t it? It’s rare that we find it used with any sort of positive connotation- more often than not, it’s an insult (one that is, sadly, often directed not at others, but at one’s self). We associate “fat” with all the things we strive not to be: gluttony, greed, laziness. The…