Hard Work Actually Pays Off?

Surprising as it is, all of the hard work I’ve been putting in has finally paid off. For months, I told myself that it would be that way; that working hard and spending hours upon hours in pursuit of one goal was worth it. And… and despite months of relative failure, I finally have some…

Christmas Travels and New Beginnings

Now that I’m reading the title of this post again, it’s looking a bit more cliche than I would like. I realise that I haven’t written a “personal” post in quite some time. Excuses, while I do have them, aren’t exactly the way I want to start out: so let me give you some background…

Election Detox

In the last months, weeks and days leading up to the US election, I’ve found myself feeling… as horrible and not-myself as I have in quite a while. I wake up tired, exhausted and unmotivated to do anything other than wallow. Rachel Maddow’s show lightens me, but only to the point where I want to…

Self-Worth

It’s funny to me that this post will be a yogic-centric post… Since I haven’t gone to class in a week. Before reasons to go come pouring in, trust me on this: I know. I can recite all the reasons to attend class by heart because I’ve told them to my friends, my family and…

You Obedient Servant – Yoga Video

Apologies for the poor camera angle, and also the fact that I kind of just did this routine spur of the moment (i.e probably/potentially not balancing for your body) – but I had so much fun coming up with a quick on-the-spot routine for Your Obedient Servant from the Hamilton soundtrack, and it was absolutely…

Somehow… a productive week has emerged

To be perfectly candid, I expected last week to be absolutely horrid. I had nothing to do, not counting a couple journalism assignments… and well, you know the quote: “Idle hands make the devil’s workshop.” Though, I can’t say I knew that quote until I just googled it a second ago (It seemed reasonable). Luckily…

Greetings from Berlin

Well, here I am once again moving locations (this time – to Berlin of all places!). Yes, I’m an almost-official Berlin resident until July of 2016… Isn’t that crazy? I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I live in the city that was once the epicenter of the Cold War. As…

Books and books… (Oh and a headstand)

Life in Cologne is many things, but one thing I didn’t expect was for it to be difficult. Of course language school is no breeze in the park, but adapting to new cities and cultures is usually a particular strong point of mine. Keyword there: usually. Take away all that mumbo-jumbo about adaption and cultural…

The Power of Language

While I would normally love to spend hours waxing on the power of words as it relates to stories and novels, this post deals with a much more prevalent kind of language: the one we use with ourselves. I can’t number the amount of times I’ve spoken poorly of myself internally. Whether it’s after receiving…

Music, Museums and Some Hot Yoga

It seems like I can’t get away from music, even though I left my flute behind in America and haven’t played in an orchestra in years. No matter where I go, music continues to be this constant force in my life (usually a positive one). How does this topic come up currently? Well, I’ve recently…

Chanting Meditations

Chanting is kind of weird. If you’re not a spiritual kind of person, then it can actually be very disconcerting to begin any sort of meditation that includes vocal chanting, it just seems… too hippie. When I started Teacher Training earlier this summer, I was in fact very put off by it. After all, as…

There’s Germany… and then there’s Doctor Zhivago

Now, it’s logical to think that I have an excess of travel information to regal readers with about Germany, Cologne and German speaking tips. While that’s not necessarily false, I don’t have the heart to simply talk about German related things. Because on one hand there’s Germany… and then there’s Doctor Zhivago. If you’ve been…