Does This Spark Joy?

When Marie Kondo is decluttering, she doesn’t focus on the things she wants to throw away, instead she looks at what she wants to keep. And when she isn’t quite sure, she takes the item in her hand and asks, “Does this spark joy?”

The author of the best selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is literally talking about material possessions here, but the entire process is 100 per cent a metaphor for life. Continue reading “Does This Spark Joy?”

30 Days of One Day at a Time

You know how the other day I wrote about not waiting for New Year’s to start taking action and making changes so you can live your best life possible? Well, I realized one of the themes that keeps popping up for me is my daily yoga practice, or lack there of.

Obviously I must do something about this!

I have decided to approach this goal in two ways. Continue reading “30 Days of One Day at a Time”

Don’t Wait Until January, Here’s How You Can Start Improving Your Life Today

Ah, December 1st, you have arrived. It is my annual tradition to spend way too much time this month reflecting on the past year. I love setting resolutions and goals, planning adventures, establishing steps to get closer to my dreams, reflecting on my memories, moments and the things that affected me. I try to focus on the good stuff and learn from the bad stuff. This year I’m also thinking a lot about myself as a person, and the kind of person I want to be (and the life I want to lead) going forward. Continue reading “Don’t Wait Until January, Here’s How You Can Start Improving Your Life Today”

Did I just Fall In Love With Kickboxing?

Yesterday I met with a personal trainer. I want to work towards incorporating inversions into my practice and I definitely don’t feel strong enough for these poses right now. I thought a few sessions with a trainer might introduce me to some targeted exercises to help me address the areas I want to strengthen. At the time it felt like a pretty demanding session, so I was a little disappointed that I only really felt it in like two areas today. Our workout started with an ab circuit, progressed through a series of exercises using free weights and machines, and ended with 15 minutes or so of kickboxing.

Kickboxing! It’s like I completely forgot this form of exercise even existed. Continue reading “Did I just Fall In Love With Kickboxing?”

Authenticity in Social Media, Writing and Real Life

I’ve been thinking a lot about Essena O’Neill, the Australian teenager who has been in the news this week for her viral video announcing her departure from social media because it is not real life. Continue reading “Authenticity in Social Media, Writing and Real Life”

Emotional Savasana

I knew as soon as I entered the room that I had made the right decision. I removed my coat and shoes and stepped into the space, embracing its warmth. Looking out, I could see the sun beginning to set through the glow in the windows. I was exactly where I needed to be.

We moved through the restorative practice slowly but strongly, holding the positions for as long as we needed, and then a little more. My body drank it in. It had been too long since I had practiced yoga or found time for myself that it was as though I had somehow forgotten the reason I started practicing in the first place: that it makes me feel so connected, so whole. Continue reading “Emotional Savasana”