What rocks your bliss?
Putting myself in the way of nature, love and beauty, like observing the turn of the day in a sunrise or sunset, or appreciating the turn of the seasons, whether I'm alone or with a loved one. Staying present and celebrating the passage of time is something that is so important to my soul. Daily I look for the the amazing moments and embrace them as they pass.
Describe your perfect day
Every day is perfect in Michigan where I spend time in the summer. I get up early and make strong coffee, then enjoy it outside on the deck with my boyfriend Josh. I'll usually do an hour or so of yoga in the backyard before taking my dog Bowie for a long beach walk on Lake Michigan. The afternoons are satisfied by reading and doing some work on my classes, curating the music or sequencing. After enjoying cocktail hour and lawn games in the yard, we cook dinner and eat outdoors. I end the day with a bike ride down to the beach to watch the sunset. True perfection!
Share a huge goal you are rocking
Like so many others in a non-traditional work field, I am constantly trying to figure out how to perfect my work/life balance. My goal right now is to expand my career while maintaining a low stress life filled with time off in my happy place: Michigan.
If you could get on a plane right now, where are you going?
Michigan. (See: perfect day/happy place) I'm a creature of habit.
How do you handle setbacks?
Reminding myself that everything is temporary, everything passes and is impermanent is what gets me through the challenging times. Also breathing helps. And for really tough times, some wine. Or the whole bottle.
3 ways you rock the self love:
1: Getting to my mat pretty much daily. Whether it's for 20 minutes or 2 hours, I emerge with more love and clarity. Every time.
2: Eating well. Feeding myself well was an issue in my late teens, 20's and 30's as I always battled eating disorders and diet pill addictions. These are lifelong struggles for me and so many others. 90% of women I meet in the yoga community have faced food as the enemy at some point. Healing from these issues is a lifelong practice and a lesson in self care.
3:Rocking the aging process. Living in LA, it sometimes feels like women aren't allowed to get older. For my part, right now at least, I am choosing to embrace my wrinkles, freckles, bags and sags, every mark life has left on me. Of course, yoga helps keep a person young and vibrant, but it also teaches how to let go and accept: aging is part of life, if we're lucky!
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