my tips for a new blogger

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I really don't feel qualified to give any advice about blogging. I talked a bit about it in this post a few months ago, but I'm really not in this blog game full force. I don't make any money from it and don't feel any need to move in that direction. I still use Wordpress.com rather than .org.

My advice if you want to start a blog? Make sure you like doing it. I've always told myself that I will continue writing this blog as long as I enjoy doing it. The minute it becomes a chore--I'm done. It's that simple.

Also, fully understand why you want to start a blog. I started mine and am still blogging because I wanted an online scrapbook for myself of things that "make daily life better." I try to work every post from that angle.

Please let me know if you start a blog. I'd love to subscribe and maybe work together! Stay tuned for details on the November 30 for 30 Blogging Challenge I have planned. It's going to be fun!

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my favorite things about the holidays

2013-11-24_1385306203 So this is not hard at all. I love the holidays and have some definite most favorite things about them. Let's do this.

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We had a version of this every year when I was a kid without the red wine that we called "hot punch." When we lived in Norway and I discovered that people love it there too only they add copious amounts of red wine, I about had a heart attack. It's heaven....like drinking potpourri. I don't make mine like most of the online recipes, but this seems to be a good one. I plan to post my recipe in November.

Harry Belafonte // To Wish You A Merry Christmas

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In my family, it is NOT Christmas without this album. Everyone got their copy upon turning 18. Like, an actual CD with a booklet. It's that serious.

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My Mom's side of the family have been making these homemade caramels for generations. They are much coveted around town. Mom has to make several batches each year and those who receive them squirrel them away. Various aunts and cousins all make them and a few years back, my brother started making them. Well, of course I'm supposed to make them. However, they take almost three hours...of CONSTANT STIRRING. It's crazy. I will say since iPads and Netflix came along, things have been easier. Each person who makes caramels has their own Sandy Softball. The official family mascot of caramel making

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It's ridiculous and wonderful. When my grandmother died in 2005, there was an extra Sandy. Last year she was given to Andrew who has proudly taken up the torch of caramel making for me!

These. Boxes and boxes of them.

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Barbra Streisand's version of Jingle Bells. Two minutes of spastic goodness.

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There is so much more. There are only a few things about the holidays that I dislike.

I can't believe October is almost over. It flew by and this challenge has been so fun. I'm thinking about making my own for November. Thirty posts for thirty days in celebration of my thirtieth birthday on the 22nd. Who's game!? Let's do it!

 

 

favorite workout (yoga) songs

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This is both the easiest and most difficult post of the month. I could go on for an entire month on just this topic alone. Because I no longer "work out," this has to be a yoga music playlist showcase.

First, there a few songs that have held up over time as the best to yoga to ever, in my opinion.

The Lime Tree // Trevor Hall

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Intro // The XX

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Colors // Amos Lee

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Making yoga playlists is fun, but tough. The possibilities are endless, yet you feel stumped at the same time.

In honor of this post, I've made most of my Spotify playlists public. You can find 36 and counting 60 minute class playlists here. 

top places I'd like to travel

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This photo was taken my junior year of college a few months before leaving for my study abroad.

Picking places I'd like to travel is not at all hard. There are only a handful of places I would not like to go. While I loved loved loved it, Europe is pretty much taken care of at this point.

So here's my top three as of right now:

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I would love to go to the Ashtanga Institute in Mysore, India. Not sure it will ever happen, but I would jump at the chance. I love this map from UK based illustrator Holly Wales. She's great!

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Funnily enough, the next two destinations are right here in the US. I would love to see the many unbelievable national parks in Utah.

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And like I said a few posts back, I would love to see California.

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San Francisco, Big Sur, the Redwoods. All on my list. e014f7f7601d37b40a805966ddb6e84b

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thankful thursday: poses 41/52

IMG_20141010_212307 I'm thankful for Tiffany Cruikshank + Yogaglo for getting me into this crazy pose. A variation of Grasshopper. There are many interpretations of this pose...baby Grasshopper, full Grasshopper, or the odd variation above.

This class on Yogaglo and this class will get you there. If you're not on Yogaglo and you'd like to try this pose, I suggest the following articles and tutorials. It is a massive twist and insane hip opener, but also requires a decent amount of strength. That troubling and puzzling thing in yoga when a pose becomes doubly hard because it takes a ton of flexibility AND strength. Also, it's one of those really rare poses that is actually much harder to get into than be in.

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Baby Grasshopper

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I'm thankful for the internet and its resources! Without it, crazy poses like this would not be possible!

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LH  This GIF....always and forever

I made a bunch of this soup to freeze yesterday. Pretty delicious. I cut back on the honey though...1/3 cup!? A little insane.

I love celebrities reading mean tweets. This one in particular because Bob Balaban. Just Bob Balaban.

I can't wait to read this to kids at school....it's going to get crazy!

 Because it never gets old.

Not that I'll ever go to the trouble to make these and we're already in fall weather, pumpkin baking, roasted vegetable mode, but dang these look good.

This Valentino Resort 2015 collection is crazy. Beautiful.

I'm in love with all the crazy wallpaper in our bathrooms and I can't help but look at Kim + Scott's guest room and think, "GIMME!"

Loving this cover, heard it at last weekend's wedding.

Uhhhhhhh....is this supposed to be a big deal?

That's all I have for today...I have to head out soon, I'm FINALLY getting my hair cut today!

**stay tuned for more about the painting featured above. It's part of a big project I've been working on for too long.

 

what's on my playlist

imgp8139 As I've shared before, each season I keep a playlist on Spotify full of what I'm listening to at the moment. Everything I remotely like even just a little bit gets added to this list. It's big and all over the place. Here's Fall 2014:

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Within that playlist, there is always a five or six song rotation that changes every three to five days. Here's what's on that list now:

Hozier // Sedated

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Nothing but Thieves // Graveyard Whistling

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Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen // When You Open Your Eyes

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Walk the Moon // Shut Up and Dance 

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Trevor Hall // Green Mountain State

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And unfortunately I'm really digging the new Taylor Swift song that was released today. Dang...

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favorite childhood memories

Scan0098 Yeah that's me. And one of my favorite dolls, Jessica (I'm pretty sure I named her that in rebellion. Having a weird name as a kid can be rough). Call me superficial and materialistic, but at the top of this list? DOLLS. Specifically, American Girl Dolls. Jessica was not an American Girl Doll, but she was amazing.

For three years, I received a new American Girl doll for Christmas--Samantha, Molly, then Addy. The amount of obsession revolving around these dolls and their various accessories was sick. I still love them. I make sure to be uber diligent about ordering the latest books for the library and love to gab with the girls at school about their dolls.

It's a sickness. Needless to say I about died when Project Runway had an American Girl Doll challenge this season.

Of course I have other great childhood memories. I'll be honest, I feel a little silly writing this post because I have so many things I could write about here it's insane. My childhood was pretty much perfect, in my opinion. I will never take that for granted. Some more highlights include:

  • First family trip to NYC when I was about seven years old. We got to see Miss Saigon and The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and go backstage at the latter. (A family friend was a makeup artist). Also, FAO Schwartz. OMG.
  • Musicals in general. We were a family obsessed. Before the age of 12, I had seen The Phantom of the Opera twice, Miss Saigon, Les Miserables three times, Cats twice, The Secret Garden, My Fair Lady, & Jesus Christ Superstar among others.
  • Dance class---tights, ballet shoes, leotards, and doing a jazz routine to "I'm the King of New York" from Newsies.
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  • Having the Original Hipster for a dad dad
  • Eating Nerds with my grandmother in a party dress....and that tricycle/bulldozer of my brother's, which was stolen off the sidewalk. DANG. Yeah, don't mind the reflection my hands and phone. I snapped a photo of this framed photo in our hallway. Processed with VSCOcam Like I said, I could go on and on. That's what I've got for now. I wish I had more old photos on my computer, but I'm seriously too lazy to scan them.

weekend highlights

10729419_364203493744113_1295683100_nThis was weekend was fast and furious!

Loved a surprise visit from Kayla and Graham on Friday. That baby is down right ridiculously cute and cuddly.

We got up and into the car super early Saturday and drove up to Michigan for a wedding of dear friends. We met them while living in Edinburgh--he's Scottish, she's from Michigan and they're back in the States for good now! Such a fun day and evening. Kilts! Long, hilarious speeches delivered with amazing Scottish accents! And some of the best dance moves I've ever witnessed by a cousin of Leslie's I will never forget.

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Everything comes full circle when Kayla texted me the most adorable photo of Graham Cracker and Kyle dog ever. It's my favorite photo right now 10724787_534534166690247_833134810_n So now it's pouring rain...forecast looks like that's how it's going to be again for my second week off. Not sorry to say that I'm perfectly happy with that. I have not one, but two 500+ page books going that are both crazy page turners. The only hard part will be deciding which one to read when.

 

 

10 things most people do not know...

wigg-out Ok. 10 things that "most people" do not know. Hmmmmm....

I think that defining "most people" is key here. Because a variety of people read this blog, I'm going to narrow this down by calling it "10 Things About Me yet to be shared on this blog." Make sense?

1. I work at an elementary school but I never went to elementary school.

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I was home-schooled until the eighth grade. Trust me, you were basically a freak if you didn't go to school in the 80s/90s. Especially if you were home-schooled for none religious reasons like we were. The hipster culture of "un-schooling" was slight at best, my parents were ahead of the game! It was the best thing ever. I know it might sound nuts since I now work at a public school, but I have no doubt that I'll do the same with my kids one day (if we're able to financially, logistically, yadda, yadda, yadda).

2. I played the piano for 12+ years

mompiano No that's not me....haha. This is a photo of my mom as a teenager. Mom has been teaching piano for 40+ years, so naturally we played our entire childhood. I'm pretty sure we learned to read music before books.

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3. I have never eaten a hamburger from a fast food restaurant or tried any illegal substance of any kind.

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They're basically the same thing right?! Just kidding. Don't get me wrong, I ate mountains of chicken nuggets and chicken sandwiches as a kid, I just never wanted the hamburger. Then as I got older, I just kept not ordering one because I had to keep it going and not break my streak. As for right now, I love a good burger, but still can't order one from a fast food restaurant because of this.

On the other thing, I'm not sure how I got through four years of life in Asheville, North Carolina without smoking marijuana, but I did. I have no moral objection, it just never appealed to me as something fun and.....it is illegal. However, as it gets closer to legalization (which I'm all for btw), I have no desire to ever have this experience.

 4. My family dog was one of the oldest dogs in the world.

christmas Yeah that's me in overalls. Whatever. More importantly is that we got our terrier mix, Hannah, when I was eight years old and my parents had to put her to sleep just two years ago. She wasn't a puppy when we got her, the vet guessed she was about two years old. Sooooo that means the youngest she could have been was 22. 22 YEARS OLD! A dog?!? During the last few months of her life, we found a list of the oldest dogs in the world, ranging from 29 - 20 years. So there you have it.

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Awwwww. I just wish you could see my puka shell necklace and Hollister tee better. Andrew and I kind of hated each other for the first three years of high school, then started dating our senior year. This photo was taken as the final bell rang at 3:10pm on our last day of school.

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6. I've never seen an episode of Friends.

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7. I haven't gone a day without coffee since high school

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Not sure what would happen if I stopped drinking it...

8. I've never been to California....or anywhere farther west than Kansas.

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Andrew and I hope to take a trip to San Francisco, drive down to LA through Big Sur maybe in the next year or so. We'll see though. I know I'll get there one day!

9. I've watched every season of Survivor. Am I proud? Kind of. Am I ashamed? Kind of.

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10. I can type over 85 words per minute. 

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And there you have it!

 

 

 

7 things I've learned this year

IMGP1597Today I'm sharing seven things I've learned in 2014. Now that we're over three quarters the way through, it's the time to start reflecting on the year that was. It was a great year. So many good things.

And, I turn 30 next month...sooooo....WHOA.

1. I think I might be more of a summer person?!

I never in my life thought I'd wish for hot over cold, but this winter was brutal. Unfortunately, everyone around here is saying we're in for it again...only this time we'll be living in a solid brick home built in 1890. Eden Pure heater, you might be my new best friend.

2. I will earn my 500hr level certification much quicker than I thought!

In February I decided to enroll in the Asheville Yoga Center's 300hr - 500 hr cert program. As of now, I've already completed four of the eleven modules. Looking ahead to the 2015 calendar to see which ones I'm headed to next!

3. My travel game is more than a little rusty.

After a trip to NYC and Boston in April, I was exhausted...uhhh what?! We stayed with friends or in decent hotels, flew there, took the train at a decent hour, etc. We've traveled in MUCH WORSE conditions. And I was exhausted. Just the thought of trekking like we use to makes me want to die. I cannot decide how I feel about this.

3. If you're patient and happy with what you've got, the perfect house falls right into your lap and it all works out and is perfect. Really

4. Life without cable of any kind works real well....until Netflix adds both House Hunters and Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives to their collection at the same time.

Shows we've enjoyed without cable this year include: Parks & Recreation, Veep, AHS: Coven, Project Runway, Survivor, Silicon Valley, GIRLS, Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, Mad Men, Top Chef, Human Planet, Call the Midwife. Yeah....so that's not deprivation...the tv cup runneth over I'd say.

5. Facebook is really not needed. At all.

exactly why I don't have one anymore!

I've been FB-free since April. The only time it crosses my mind is when something happens in the world (local or otherwise) and my first thought is "thank god I deleted Facebook."

6. Short hair. Short hair. Short hair. Short hair.

I'll never go back.

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7. My dogs. Just because they're the best things ever.

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6 pet peeves

395ed0b3dc259e77b0a97d52fb5fa5c0 Today I'm supposed to list six of my personal pet peeves. This blog is rarely a stage to air grievances or rants on various annoyances. I try to keep it positive. However, this doesn't mean I don't have many. I relish this opportunity to share some things that annoy the crap out of me.

1. While standing in a long, busy checkout line and the person in front of you doesn't help bag the groceries...

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I'm thinking of one store in particular that has red carts and no, not Target because as I've said before I hate Target (!!!!!!!!).

2. DOG HAIR....and how much of it is in my house

too-much 3. a crooked yoga mat

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4. NCIS, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, or any other show like that at all

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5. Walking through wet grass with sandals on.

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6. the OK Google commercials 

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Ha. There you go. See you tomorrow! #octbloggingchallenge lives on!

 

top 5 favorite movies

63b169dc512fa84c342af682c2ed35f5 I was so excited to do this post for the October blogging challenge. My family is obsessed with movies and since I was kid, making top ten lists has been something I love to do. At Thanksgiving, we would often take time after dessert and make up lists of top ten favorites, most hated, so-bad-you-love-it, etc, etc.

It's been years since I've made a list of favorites and I had to really sit down and rethink this...especially since I'm only allowed to choose five! Crazy. Of course, I'm leaving a bunch out and very important: these are in no particularly order. Mom and I drove down to West Baden yesterday and finalized this list....here we go!

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I have watched this movie over and over and over and over. When I was a kid, most of it flew over my head and I still loved it. Now, it makes me laugh even harder. Unfortunately, I can most certainly identify with Sally's neurotic behavior. I recently learned that "baby fish mouth" during the Pictionary scene was improvised by Bruno Kirby.

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Amazing. Whatever you do though, BEWARE of purchasing this movie off iTunes...many of the original songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Connick Jr, and Louis Armstrong are replaced with terrible big band nonsense. It's a tragedy.

2. A River Runs Through It

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This is one I watched as a kid and enjoyed, but didn't come to appreciate it fully until just a few years ago. The first six months we were in Norway, it was cold and dark. As in, the sun didn't come up until 10am and went back down around 2pm. This is also when I realized that Andrew hadn't seen many movies that I consider essential. We watched this one and it holds up incredibly well. We both decided that it's dang near perfect. And I can't help but think that a baby JGL brings a special something.

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3. Waiting for Guffman

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The funniest movie ever. Period. We rewatched it at the beach last month. 84 minutes of laughing so hard you're crying.

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4. Anne of Green Gables --miniseries produced for Canadian television

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I know this doesn't really count because it wasn't released in theaters, but it must be on my list. There is no way to know how many times I watched these VHS tapes as a kid. Picture this: an eight year old me, surrounding by American Girl dolls, markers, paper, a Coke, and a bowl of Chex mix with this playing on the tv. Pretty sure that's my entire childhood summarized.

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5. Steel Magnoliasmagnolias1

I know it's corny and a little sentimental, but I DON'T CARE. It is amazing. I can put this movie on mute and say every piece of dialogue from start to finish.

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I would love to hear your top five! Tweet me today!

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yep. indeed!

0b4410c8cf382af3f65d4630a5381609 Yep, today I'm supposed to explain my blog's name. Indeed I will!

I've answered this questions in my FAQs page, so here you go:

Why did you name your blog yepindeed? What does it mean?

I wish I had a better answer for this. I literally put little to no thought into this blog’s title. I just thought it sounded fun and quick. I also want it to be a space for things that bring happiness into my life, so the positive connotation of both words works I suppose. And Joy the Baker likes it, so there’s that

I've considered changing it because it doesn't make any sense at all, but people seem to like it so it's staying. That's right, the first two words that came to mind are my blog title...put together.

If you have any others questions about this blog, pop over to the FAQs page. I explain why I'm not on Facebook and why some sixty year old Norwegian women were my only wedding guests.

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outfit of the day?

2014-07-06_1404689354 Yeah...so according to the challenge, I'm supposed to post an "outfit of the day." The photo above is the first example of how this just can't happen. Taken this summer, I actually went to the park to walk the dogs in this get up...with this hair...

I read a lot of blogs. I love to grab some coffee, sit down at the computer, open up Feedly and look at everyone's beautiful outfits. I love to browse Pinterest for outfit inspiration. However, getting all dressed up, going outside and having Andrew take "candid" photos of me looking slightly off camera? That just isn't me. Don't get me wrong, I love looking at fashion blogs and admire those who do it well. But, I'm not going to try to be something I'm not.

I love getting dressed every morning. I rarely repeat outfits and love coming up with new combinations. I love to shop consignment and find interesting pieces, but this blog is never going to be an outfit showcase. It just isn't gonna happen.

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So instead, I found this.

When we were moving, I found a box of old cards and photos and this polaroid. I have no idea why I'm dressed like this. It was taken while working at CWW for the summer of 2008 after graduating college. I have no idea of what is going on here, but thought it worthy of an "outfit" centric blog post.

I look forward to getting creative again this month because there are multiple OOTD posts. BAH.

 

thankful for gomukhasana...yeah right

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As part of my October blogging challenge, I'm combining Day 2's theme of "Thankful Thursday" with my weekly pose post. This blogging challenge is already pretty fun. I took this photo yesterday afternoon right before teaching class. I had an overwhelming wave of gratitude come over me about this space. I am so lucky.

Yoga Cow Pose Gomukhasana

As poses go, this is #39 of 52 and it's all about flexibility. Gomukhasana or Cow Face Pose. This pose is SO HARD FOR ME. SERIOUSLY. How amazing is this bronze statue?!? I found it via this pinterest board, which is pretty incredible.

This statue does not show the arms of this pose, which are no problem for me. It's the legs that make me wish for any other pose on the planet. To say this is a hip opener isn't being totally truthful....for me, it basically feels like my hips might break off my body at any point. So, I must use props...lots of them.

I strongly suggest checking out Yoga Journal's detailed description of this pose. If done incorrectly, there is potential for strain in the knees.

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October blogging...every day to celebrate

2011-10-09_1318126478 This month marks my THIRD anniversary of blogging! This photo was taken in October 2011 during a visit with Tater, the month I started this here blog.

How that is possible, I’m not quite sure. What I do know is that every year I blog, I enjoy it more and learn more about what works and what does not. Each year I change it up a little bit and I’m excited about how it will evolve.

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To celebrate this blog’s third birthday, I’m going to attempt Gracie Gordon's October Blogging Challenge. Parameters above.

I'm not going to lie, it comes in pretty handy that my fall break is this month. I'll have time to do this thing! I discovered this challenge after reading Katie's lightning round September challenge post. Loved it. Love her really. I can't promise that I won't cheat on some like she did.

First up is goals for October. Ahhhhh easy! You all know how I love to make to do lists! I do that daily!

1. Get caught up on reading so that I'm on track to meet my goal (see!?!?! It's constant!) of 52 books read this year. I'm at 34 right now.

2. Put a pumpkin on my front porch.

3. Get out the paints. 

4. Hang up remaining art/photos in the house--start brainstorming about empty spaces.

5. Get to at least one class at 502 Power...I need to practice with others!