Chicago Girls Weekend

There is nothing better than a spontaneous trip. 

It was a Saturday when Rachel, one of my long time friends, calls and says: 

"hey, wanna go to Chicago Thursday?"

UMMMM yes! 

And that was that. 
We had an amazing weekend in Chicago. So much fun to spend time together. Even thought we've all been changing and doing different things in the world, we know that when we come together it is bound to be wonderful. 

We ate REALLY good food, visited wonderful museums, strolled through the park, shopped a little too much, and drank way too many soy vanilla lattes. 

(killer hotel view)

(some lady offered to take our photo...she was so sweet... but really?! This close? we laughed for a good 15 minutes)

(I'll do yoga with this view ANY day.)

Time with friends is always time well spent. 


If you are every in Chicago DO NOT MISS these:

(cool interactive exhibits!...I loved the space area)

(Killer deep dish pizza)

(amazing shopping) 

(Amazing things to walk around and look at)


I've got the travel bug....

Tom and I looked through all our travel photos last night. 

Now I'm craving a trip...For now pictures will have to do.

The best time of the year

Oh fall, I've missed you.

Spent the weekend decorating our little apartment, walking outside, sipping lattes, baking pumpkin bread, and reading on the patio. 


The Eight Limbed Yogic Path

Yoga teacher training is truly amazing. 
I grow more and more every week. 
I came across this in my reading and LOVED it. 

The eight limed yogic path is a step-by-step path toward the realization of yoga, or union with the universal self. 

1. Yamas: Restraints which apply specifically to how you behave outwardly towards other beings.
(non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, sensual moderation, non-grasping)

2. Niyama: Observances which apply to how you conduct yourself on a more personal level. 
(cleanliness, contentment, discipline, self-study, devotion)

3. Asana: Getting control over our physical bodies. 

4. Pranayama: Ones own vital energy and life force. By manipulating the breath, we learn how to manage our energy more skillfully. 

5. Pratyhara: "withdrawal from the senses." Energy and attention is directed inward to the heart and mind. One stops reaching out through the senses toward external stimuli. 

6. Dharana: Training the mind to focus on a single point, or object for a prolonged period of time. 

7. Dhyana: Meditation. The choice to focus. 

8. Samadhi: Complete evenness and equilibrium in the mind. There is no separation, only love and oneness. 

5 Questions to Bring More Meaning and Awareness to your Marriage

My first two days of grad school have been AMAZING. 

It feels so good to be studying topics I am passionate about and truly interested in. Although I spend hour upon hour reading and studying mental health, I find that I enjoy what I am studying. YAY! 

One of my classes is marriage and family therapy. However the material we are covering applies to all relationships (friendships, marriages, partnerships, family members, etc)

The following five questions can be asked to both people (or a small group of people) and discussed to help strengthen, evaluate, and become aware and mindful of our relationships. 

Each person spends 3-5 minutes answering each question. In between each question you take 1 minute to document in 1-2 sentences the sensations you were feeling as you documented your answer. Complete all questions, then use my guidelines below to begin a discussion. 

1. What is the purpose of a partnership? 

*note how you felt while writing this down in 1 or 2 sentences. 

2. Partnerships and relationships are successful when? (fill in your answers)

*note how you felt while writing this down in 1 or 2 sentences. 

3. Partnerships fail when? (fill in your answers)

*note how you felt while writing this down in 1 or 2 sentences. 

4. What are your non-negotiables in a relationship?

*note how you felt while writing this down in 1 or 2 sentences. 

5. What do you want out of a relationship?

*note how you felt while writing this down in 1 or 2 sentences. 

After you complete the exercise discuss the feelings you wrote down and compare and contrast the emotions you felt. Which of those emotions improve or hurt your relationship? How does that emotion impact your body? Listen and learn from your partner in this exercise and use it as a guide to bring more meaning and awareness to your relationship. 

Tuesday 10: 10 things Yoga has taught me

Here is my Tuesday 10 for today:

10 things yoga teaches you

1. Honor your body. You are exactly where you need to be. Treat your body well. It deserves your utmost respect. 

2. Breathe: In yoga I use my Pranayama breath. Meaning your life force and vital energy drawn out through your breath. It helps me control my anxiety and center myself in the present moment. I honestly believe that this has been the most beneficial thing I have  learned in my yoga practice. I use it everyday. 

3. Be in the present moment. Only focus on what is happening hear and now. 

4. Let go of things that don't serve you. 

5. The light in me honors the light in you (namaste.) Yoga teaches us to honor one another. 

6. You are capable of much more than you think. Your body can endure more than your brain will tell you. 

7. Perpetuates inner awareness. Recognizing what is going on inside your body. 

8. Quiet the mind. Focus on silence rather than the business of your life. Dedicate time to yourself to focus on the beauty and peace found in silence. 

9. Community.

10. Compassion for all living things. 

Yoga has changed my life. I don't know where I would be without it.