Counting Up and Counting Down

We've completed two weeks back to school, and we're settling into the comforting routine of it all. It feels good, the time I have back to myself, the ease of teaching without having to worry about dragging someone else around or dropping them off/picking them up. I love the routine of morning, time to drink my green tea on the balcony, walking Gwen to school. We're trying something new this year, at Gwen's request, and its been working out really well. She's getting to be so grown up and responsible, and I think this has been the easiest back to school adjustment yet.

The only thing off about it is the still very warm weather we've been having (lots of days in the 90s), which my body is confused by. School = Autumn to me, so my body is craving that delicious, cooler, crisp Autumn weather. Mabon, the Autumn Equinox, is exactly one month away... not that I'm counting. (Lies, I'm 100% counting.) I think this was the most I've enjoyed a summer yet, weather and all, but I will still always and forever be an Autumn girl.

I'm back to doing some doula work, working on call with a local midwifery center, which I'm very excited about. Its the best possible way I can think of to incorporate my yoga work and doula work. Still being on call (as is just part of the doula life), but on scheduled days to work around my teaching schedule.

Outside of school Gwen has had some rough days. She's growing so quickly, and getting to that prepubescent stage where the brain starts going crazy with changes, and we're learning together how to navigate it all. Some days we are the best team, and some days we don't want to be in the same room together by the end of it all. Thankfully, underneath it all, she's still the same amazing, loving, kind kid she's always been. But we'll take all the easy going vibes you want to send us!! 

Life feels so very good and sweet right now (despite the autumn longing, and the growing angst). Here's to more settling in, and finding ease.



Last Thursday was my 37th birthday, and it was absolutely lovely.

I did some shopping with friends, treated myself to my free Starbucks drink, and got my hair done...

I was treated to lunch by two of my favorites (James and Panda), where I got some amazing saffron risotto.

I got one of my favorite perfumes from my Babwa, as well as books, boots, and spending money. Not to mention so many amazing well-wishes.

Trav cooked me a favorite family dish (a Vegan Mac), which we ate with fried chicken and angel food cake. It was an absolutely amazing day!

Thank you to all who helped me ring in the new year with such cheer.



I got the chance to head back to Wanderlust this year, for my third time. It was different this year then my other experiences, in that it was a weekend long event, but it wasn't the full sleep away festival. I got to head home both nights to my own bed.

It was fun, so full of yoga, and some of my favorite teachers! Seane Corn, Chelsey Korus, Gina Caputo, just to name a few.

Hanny and Krystal were also there, which was an awesome surprise!

It was the most yoga I've done since before all our summer travels (and honestly, probably since the summer started), so I was a little tired and sore... but in the best possible way!

I love these little weekend recharges, me time on my mat to get away without going away!

The festival ended on a slightly lackluster note, with thunder canceling some of the classes, and not the best communication between festival volunteers and attendees, but overall it was a great experience!

Hopefully it will work out for me to be back again next year Wanderlust!