A Simple Guide

Since I want to have my (chocolate) cake and eat it too*, I’m going to let the most recent posts be on the main page, AND I’ll also put a list of links to specific posts on their topic pages. So, for example, when I get around to writing about the lady rifling through her purse…

Teachable Moments: Productivity and Perception – Part 1

6-26-16 I’m behind in my writing. Like, seriously behind. When I was in high school, people wondered how I could be involved in so many extracurricular activities and honors classes and still get good grades. There were two key reasons: 1) the more involved I was, the less time I spent at home, which made…

Teachable Moments: Sharing Space With Birds

I’m from Chicago, but I’ve lived in Denver, Colorado for almost 10 years. I moved here in search of (significantly) more sunshine, affordable property taxes, and a fresh start. It’s not like one terrible thing happened back home and I had to get away or anything like that; it’s just that aside from the sunshine…

30 Days of Yoga, Class #9: Boundaries

4-20-16 I am so f-ing sore. I’ve taken boot camp classes, barre classes, circuit training classes – and yeah, they absolutely wore me out, but sweet mother, I am currently sore in places I never knew could be sore. I get it, of course. I’m asking a lot of my body right now. Between the…

An Open Letter to the Universe

Dear Universe, Wow, what a week, huh? Block schedule four days in a row, senior finals, awards ceremony…school is crazy at this time of year! And then add in yoga, ukulele class, and my trip to Boulder on Wednesday night — it’s no wonder I can hardly keep my eyes open! Today’s plan was to…

30 Days of Yoga, Class #8: The Bladder Diaries

4-18-16 In the Cherry Creek location, the bathroom is outside of the studio, just across the hall from the reception area. The sign on the bathroom door emphatically reminds patrons that they MUST have their shoes on before entering. True confession: I almost never do. Yeah, it’s a little gross, I get it, but given…

Teachable Moments: A la prochaine

5-1-16 For the past two years, I have traveled with students to Europe over Spring Break. Last year, eight students and I went to Rome, Sorrento, and Capri in Italy, while this year, five students and I went to Paris, Loire Valley, St. Malo, Normandy, and Rouen in France. Other than one (amazingly awesome) exception…

Teachable Moments: Roadblocks and “Jimi Thing”

Huh. I need to merge into the left lane because the right lane is for…church traffic? Wait. University is completely blocked off past the church? How am I going to get to the yoga studio? And if I’m late, that means I’m going to have to put my mat at the front of the room.  Shit. …

30 Days of Yoga, Class #6: Conserving Energy

4-15-16 I wasn’t sure if I wanted to take this class, and the reason why is pretty terrible: The instructor doesn’t look like a very nice person in her bio photo. You’d think I was talking about someone’s online dating profile…although, in a way, that’s what this is, right? A bio and picture of the…

3o Days of Yoga, Class #5: Honking and Purses

4-14-16 Have you ever used Waze? It’s this cool app that takes drivers on side streets and less-than-typical routes to get places…faster. At least that’s what they claim. Sometimes, though, I question the clearheadedness of whoever assembles these routes. Do they know how difficult it is to turn left onto Cherry Creek Drive during rush…

30 Days of Yoga, Class #4: Absent, but Present – Part 2

4-13-16 Me: “Hey…did I just pass you near Parker Road and I225? I’m pretty sure I saw you – definitely a ginger in a green Saab.” Dave: “Hi – nope, that wasn’t me! Just some other poor guy who made a really bad life choice. :)” Me: “Is owning a Saab really that bad of…