During my senior year at Oberlin, a group I was in called Sisters of the Yam (SOY) decided to perform a belly dance for Oberlin’s annual Colors of Rhythm Dance Show. The idea actually came from the mind of one of my nearest and dearest friends, and she had the wonderful ability to make everyone feel comfortable regardless of size, shape or ability. We had so much fun that semester, learning...
Almost a year ago my beloved exploded into my...
Walking the Dog
Consierge: wow you look really nice.
Consierge: Are you really about to walk your dog in those heels?
Me: Of course! There is no point in changing.
Consierge: I know I could never do that, too painful.
Me: My legs look fierce though ;)
Happy New Year
The past few days I have dedicated more time than usual to meditate. Not necessarily because it is the start of a New Year, but more so because I have been overwhelmed with a feeling that the different puzzle pieces of my life are being moved at a divine pace to form a picture that is far from what I expected. I have never enjoyed feeling like I am not in control. That being said I must admit the...
Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time...
One Christmas, when I was about 5, I saw Santa Clause. My sister Candice and I were hiding behind the couch, and we saw Old St. Nick putting presents under the tree. As a child and a teenager, I would barely be able to sleep on Christmas Eve—- waking up when it was still dark the next morning to tear through my presents. Aunts and Uncles were always there to read a book with me or get on...
To Be A Good Steward---
With the New Year quickly approaching, I have been taking a good amount of time to think about what I have accomplished in the past year, and what I hope to accomplish in years to come. While I have not come to any firm decisions around resolutions or goals for 2012 (I will share them in a future post once they are fully developed), there is one thing I am positive of. This year, so many...
I am probably the biggest Dr. Oz fan in the universe. Leaving my love of all things Oz for another day, I will focus on his wonderful health and wellness advice. Of course, no person has all of the answers. That being said, I believe just about everything that wonderful specimen of man says. So, when he said that rather than focusing on the number on the scale, we should focus on our waist size,...
Impossible does not exist—
The Dog Days Are Over
Dog Days: 1. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) the hot period of the summer reckoned in ancient times from the heliacal rising of Sirius (the Dog Star). Typically recognized as the time between early July and September. 2. a period marked by inactivity. A period of stagnation This summer I turned 25. This summer I moved to my new eco- friendly apartment. This summer I reached new...
Who's That Chick ?!?
While I was getting ready to go out for the night, I decided to see if I could squeeze into the size 9 jeans hanging in my closet (yes I bought them in the juniors section). They slipped on with ease! When I was finished getting ready I experienced one of those rare moments where all of the background noise in my head quieted as I walked past the mirror and I really saw myself as I existed in...
They Say It's Your Birthday!
So the big day has finally arrived——25. 25 years lived. 25 years full of laughter, joy, love, hope, hard work, sadness, regret, determination, failure, and success. I don’t feel any different. I didn’t wake up and start crying (Truth Moment: Yes I did cry today, but that was a direct result of the overwhelming sense of love I felt). What I did do was wake up, run with my dog,...
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you...– Pablo Neruda
Oh My Gosh, That's 90 Pounds Lost!
It has been about a month since I posted, and there is much to celebrate. I will celebrate 25 in two months, and I am excited to say that I feel like I might actually be warming up to the idea of being 25 years old. So many great things have been happening in my life in terms of mind, body, and spirit, but for this post I am choosing to focus on my body. After 3 years of working hard in the...
It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Charlotte Falling...
On a blustery day about two months ago, I went sky diving with one of my favorite people in the whole world. I must admit, while we were both excited before we left the ground, I quickly became panic stricken when it was time to jump. The only thought in my head was “who in their right mind would jump out of a plane?1?”. Sure I was attached to a professional (we opted for...
Uh Oh, Burrito.....
This week I had a MAJOR lapse in judgement. I was exhausted after a long day. I didn’t feel like cooking dinner. So what did I do? Did I toss a salad quickly? Perhaps I made some soup? Maybe I went to my favorite easy meal of steel cut oatmeal and fruit? No, not I. I obtained a burrito from a local resturant. Of course I justified this choice by telling myself that I had not had...
Fired Up and Ready to Go!
The past two weeks I have been so busy that I really lost sight of my goals. Sure I was doing the things I set out to do, but after some honest reflection I can admit that I was simply going through the motions. My workouts were lack luster, my meditation time was spent thinking about everything I needed to do rather than listening for the voice of the divine, and my random acts of ...
Cry Baby Cry?!?
The quarter life crisis beast has shown just how versatile she is by making me cry all the time! OK, not ALL the time. But A LOT more than I typically would in the past. I have always been sensitive, but this is a bit ridiculous. I can’t even make it through a pampers commercial without the waterworks kicking in! Wedding shows, baby shows, animal shows, talk shows, music, books…anything that...
Ready, Set, GO!
The past few years I have devoted a lot of energy to health of mind, body, and spirit. Overall, I am pleased with the outcome. I feel stronger, peaceful, joyful, and content. I have a job that I absolutely love, good friends, a wonderful family, and a dog that keeps me on my toes. Life is beautiful, and I am thankful. OK, truth moment: every so often I feel the pangs of what I can only...