Give the New Year New Meaning

Posted: 1473 days ago in Everything Else Inspiration

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With the new year here, I can now ask… how many of you made inner peace a stipulation of your new year’s resolution?

I know for those of us who work on a yoga practice those couple hours a week can make a big difference.  But if you leave the mat just to get pissed off the moment you realize your kid didn’t do their chores…. again… then what good has your yoga practice really done?

Here’s what I’m getting at:  I’m talking about practicing that whole Namaste thing throughout your day and throughout this new year; and not just when your yogi is watching.  It takes practice – that is why they call it yoga practice, right?  But doesn’t it crack you up when the same chick that was OM-ing like her life depended on it gives you the finger when you inadvertently cut her off while leaving the parking lot?

Please don’t be one of those girls.

And don’t just play nice with each other, practice yoga off the mat by finding traits within yourself that bring out your peaceful nature. Such as selflessness.  Or patience.  Yeah, I gotta work on that one myself.

I came across this story of a guy named Scott Harrison on one of my favorite websites, Marie Forleo dot com. Scott was once a NYC club promoter who more regularly did drugs than he did volunteer work.  He partied, jet-setted, and generally exploited every living vice there was to offer.  Until he realized that life was about a whole lot more than that.  Scott has now raised over 100 million dollars for wells in developing countries; 100% of the proceeds donated to his cause, ‘charity: water‘, go towards digging wells.

I’m sharing this with you because no matter how selfish or greedy our hearts can be sometimes — deep down we long for something so much more meaningful. Please watch.

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With lot of practice, I am finding it easier to hit my own little ‘pause’ button, do a few yoga breaths, and move forward with much more focus and calm. Bringing what good I can to a world that needs it.  Desperately.

Much love my friends, and best wishes in 2015!

Thank You. Gracias. Danke. Merci.

Posted: 1516 days ago in Parenting

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Wowzers!  

What a difference a year makes! 12 months ago I was doing a back handspring as we approached 3,000 Facebook likes. Can you imagine how excited I was when we hit 10,000 fans recently? I might just have peed my pants a little.

I am humbled. I am excited. But most of all, I am so incredibly grateful for all of you.

Whether you just occasionally read a post or come back day after day after day to support me, you are the reason I have a love affair with my laptop. When something funny or profound happens to me I can’t wait to share it with you. When I stumble upon a great recipe or piece of advice I immediately start working on a way to get it to you, ASAP.

boardYou are my people. And I am so, so grateful we found each other.

I wanted to share a little art project my hubs and I put together last year for Thanksgiving. We love it so much that we left it up all year, and our friends and family continue to add to it. Check it out:

We nailed a few pieces of barn siding together, added tacks and twine, and voila: art with a (grateful) attitude! I find myself going back time and again to feel the love. The love of: pumpkin pie, hot yoga on a cold day, dark chocolate, holding hands with my husband, being fortunate enough to help others, happiness, love.

There’s aren’t guidelines for this sort of thing because what you’re grateful for is unique to YOU. I wish you and yours a day filled with full tummies, close friends and family, and a whole boatload of things to be grateful for.

Hugs and kisses,

The “Other” Coffee Break

Posted: 1523 days ago in Everything Else

theothercoffeebreakIf you are like me, you need a little pick-me-up in the middle of the day.

Sure, coffee can do it for you, but what has coffee done for you lately, except give you yellow teeth, bad breath, and the jitters?

Why don’t you try the “other” coffee break?

Let me explain…

A good friend of mine took my advice and invested in a Lelo.  Don’t know what a Lelo is? I suggest reading my post, “Have You Met My Friend Lelo? You Should!

Anywho, she was feeling a little schlumpish one mid-afternoon, like most of us do, so she made an appointment with herself to get to know her ‘new friend’ Lelo.

Well. What do you know? After her little “session”, she was simply bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.  Her skin was glowing, her eyes were sparkling and there was a spring in her step. What a great idea! 

Now clearly, this can only work if you are lucky enough to work at home or can find a private space with a locking door. I don’t recommend that you do it on a sales call (though it might improve your sales if you let them watch). I’m kidding!

I don’t think my little recommendation will put Starbucks out of business any time soon, but it might just get you through the day in a better way!

Cheers-zzzzz!

FALLing Apart

Posted: 1599 days ago in Everything Else Lifestyle

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I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day this past week.

I had a mini-freak out this morning when I realized that since Labor Day has now passed, my favorite summer breakfast – fresh berries, yogurt and granola – wouldn’t be possible for much longer.

Attempting to eat only seasonally fresh produce means you have to change what you eat a few times a year. But I love my summer breakfast! And I love summer! And long days! And since I’m not relocating to Southern California anytime soon, I will attempt to transition into fall gracefully.

Here are some things that I look forward to in the upcoming, chilly season:

  • Sleep: Follow the sun, people, and embrace your circadian rhythms. More dark = more sleep.
  • Comfort food: I will miss my fresh berries, but I also love my cool-weather, go-to breakfast: steel cut oats with apples, walnuts, cinnamon and a bit of agave nectar. So warm and hearty on those cool mornings. If you throw it in the crockpot at night, you will wake up to the most delicious smell.
  • Hot yoga: You know I love me some yoga, but the idea of hot yoga on a hot summer day does not make me happy. But on a bone-chilling, fall or winter day? It’s blissful.
  • Fireplaces: There’s nothing like reading or snuggling in front of a fire.
  • Skiing: I get a little wiggy if I don’t get outside enough, and not much can beat being on top of a mountain on a crisp day.
  • New boots!: Shallow, I know, but come on….

If you can’t beat it, you may as well join it, right? Enjoy your last bits of summer in the upcoming weeks!486975527

A Rude Wake-up Call (Turned Silver Lining)

Posted: 1600 days ago in Everything Else Lifestyle

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This post is being awkwardly written, as my left hand has been in a cast, and then a splint for the last eight weeks.  

Eight. Long. Weeks.

Flash back to an amazing summer morning on the water. The paddleboard yoga class I was taking was nearing its end, and I decided to get fancy and do a “behind the head” bind. It’s tough enough to do on land, but I’d worked on it for the better part of a year and felt pretty confident about it. That is, until I lost my balance, rolled off my board, and damn near tore my thumb off. One semi-emergent surgery later, and my exercise regime came grinding to a halt. Hence my rude wake-up call.

————————————- Oh, shit. ——————————————

Exercise keeps me feeling and looking healthy, but much more importantly, it keeps me from being a raving bitch/lunatic. So I knew I had to get on top of things, and quickly.


Yoga and weightlifting, my two go-to activities of choice, were an obvious NO.

Running didn’t work either, as the cast made me majorly lop-sided, and once I was splinted, the fear of catching or bumping my  thumb made me cringe.

I walked a lot, and took the opportunity to get back in the pool, awkward though it was.


Still, I felt a bit like a caged lion.179275702

And then, I exhaled. Maybe, just maybe, the universe gave me exactly what I needed. A little more time and space to stop and smell the roses. Our oldest just left for college, and the ‘baby’ is now a junior in high school. We had some pretty magical moments this summer, many of which probably wouldn’t have happened if Mama was at the gym all morning.

So though I’m still pissed that I’m not firing on all cylinders, and likely won’t be for a few more months, I can see that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. And therein lies the silver lining, my friends.

What’s not going well for you that you could find some silver lining in? Please do share!

#icebucketchallenge in slow motion (TOO COOL)

Posted: 1614 days ago in Everything Else

Hangover Helpers

Posted: 1624 days ago in Everything Else Lifestyle

hangover-helpersdivider2From time-to-time, even though we’ve sworn to ourselves ‘we’ll never do it again’ — we wake up with a throbbing headache and queasy stomach from indulging in a few too many cocktails.  

I’m a lightweight. I rarely have more than a drink or two per week (hush-up, those of you who knew me when. I’ve got some secrets on you, too!). On the rare occasion that I do have more than that, I try to uphold some strategies so I won’t waste an entire day or weekend in recovery.

divider2So in no particular order… here are some hangover helpers:

  • Find a drink you enjoy that has little or no sugar. I used to love a good margarita, but now I sip white tequila on the rocks with a big squeeze of lime. If I do shots of tequila, my panties fall off, but if I sip it, I get a nice, slow buzz. One of these cocktails, sipped slowly, lasts me  through most evenings out.  On the odd night that I might be out for the duration, two of them get me through a long night of partying with no hangover in the morning.
  • Have a nice big glass of water before you drink, and in between each cocktail you consume. Alcohol dehydrates you, which will make an alcohol-induced headache significantly worse.
  • Eat a little throughout the evening. This will slow alcohol absorption significantly.
  • Before you hit the sack, chug another big glass of water (and an OTC ibuprofen if you wish). You should be miles ahead in the morning if you do this.

divider2drunk-owlDo I have to say that I do not condone overindulgence, underage drinking or the use of any medication – OTC prescription or illegal – for any use other than intended? If I do have to say it, well then, I just did.

Be responsible. Be healthy. Be alive. And for Pete’s sake, never, ever drink and drive.

Unkempt Fingernails Gross Me Out

Posted: 1638 days ago in Mirror Mirror

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Here I go with another rant because I just can’t take it anymore.  

Funky fingernails. Dirty fingernails. And nail polish that has been chipped or even gnawed off.

The above three? Gross. Me. Out.nailclippers

I’ve had my share of days where I roll out of the house with bedhead or sheet marks gracing my face. I may even be sporting some gnarly toenails in the dead of winter inside of my boots. But never, ever, will you see me with funky fingernails.

Maybe it’s because I’m a chiropractor and have worked with my hands my entire life. Or perhaps my mom drilled this basic hygiene item into me (over and over again!). However I got here – I stand here proudly.

It just makes me want to gag when a waiter plunks down my soup with remnants of who-knows-what jammed under his nails. And the girl at the check out counter who taps away with her ragged nails? Please, please, just clip them nicely.

removerFinally, to all the teenage girls – including my own! – who tire of the latest Essie or OPI color – please, just swipe it off with some remover and a cotton ball, instead of gnawing and picking at it until only bits and pieces remain.

cottonballsTrust me when I say, unkempt fingernails cheapen your whole look, even if you are sporting a great outfit, smile and hair.

Wash. Clip. Remove. It’s pretty easy. Got it?

Live Whole-Heartedly

Posted: 1641 days ago in Wellness

wholeheartedlydivider2“I whole-heartedly agree”  

How many times have you said that in your life? A bunch, I bet. After all, it’s an extremely common phrase. But do you ever stop and wonder what exactly it really means?

One of my favorite yoga instructors was focusing on ‘heart openers’ in class the other day. For those of you who don’t have a clue to what that means, heart openers look like shoulder stretches and backbends. You see, we spend so much of our day in postures that protect our heart – hunched over a desk, our chests sinking in. Yoga undoes this with extension exercises – exercises that stretch the front of your body, and allow your heart to move forward, opening it up to endless possibilities.

Deep, I know, right?

But what exactly does living whole-heartedly mean? On that day, Suzanne talked about the three C’s of living with your whole heart: Connection, courage, and compassion. That really resonated with me.

Connection. To others, and to a higher purpose. That is truly food for the soul, isn’t it?

Compassion. The ability to see the world through another’s eyes. Well, that’ll give you perspective, won’t it?  

And Courage. That’s really personal. Courage to take a scary next step, be honest with yourself, or to confront a difficult situation. That can make your heart beat faster, can’t it?

I took the message from that day to heart – literally. I find myself seeking out more connection with others, having more compassion, and digging deep for the courage to do the difficult work that results in a much more fulfilled life.

Why don’t you marinate on that for a while, and see if living whole-heartedly doesn’t bring you just a little more peace and joy, like it has for me.

Namaste. And hey Suzanne, thanks!

Shine Bright Like A Diamond

Posted: 1657 days ago in Inspiration

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divider2I can’t tell you how many people I’ve met that measure their lives only by the positives. Things like financial success, and notoriety.

How empty a life that must be, since the negatives – the failure, lack of financial success, anonymity  – don’t count as life lived? I’m calling bu!!sh*t on that one.

Today’s words of enlightenment, “It is our trials that cut our facets and our triumphs that polish them. Without both we could not shine as bright,” by Margaret Mullarkey Mayer actually came from a Kombucha I drank the other day. Margaret is simply an aspiring yoga teacher from Boston, Massachusetts that has tasted the bitter and the sweet of life, and has found an appreciation for both.

We all can take a page from her book, or in this case, a sip from her Kombucha.

If you need a reminder that life consists of ups and downs – and that everyone has them – take a look at this: 50 Famously Successful People Who Failed at First.

My favorite story is of well-known and beloved author J.K. Rowling.  According to this website, “Rowling may be rolling in a lot of Harry Potter dough today, but before she published the series of novels she was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, trying to raise a child on her own while attending school and writing a novel. Rowling went from depending on welfare to survive to being one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years through her hard work and determination.”

Do you think if J.K. (which stands for Joanne Kathleen, BTW) hadn’t gone through the lows in life, that she would have had the color, and the imagination to create the elaborate story lines and characters that we all have come to love so much? I don’t think so.

diamondI’ll leave you with one more quote today that, I believe, emphasizes this same point.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart even when it leads you off the well worn path; and that will make all the difference.” – Steve Jobs

Find beauty in the whole of life – not just an ideal. There you will find true joy.

Shine Bright Like A Diamond.