my best of 2015

Here's a round up of my favorite things and personal highlights from 2015. Happy New Year!


1. Moving the studio over to the house + teaching at Inner Spring Yoga in New Albany. 

Both have been so great. Andrew and I were just talking about how awesome it feels to be running a small, but successful business right out of our house. And I love teaching in New Albany. I have met such fun, inspiring yogis there! It was a big yoga year...I thank everyone for their support!

Favorite Albums: Oh Wonder (Oh Wonder) and the Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording

2. Our trip to Moab, Utah and Colorado. Seriously, a flawless vacation.

Favorite Books: The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante and Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

3. Watching the kids at school create something wonderful and fun. Legos for everyone!

Favorite Movies: Ex Machina and Inside Out
I didn't go to  many movies this year and haven't seen Creed, Spotlight, or The Big Short, so I feel like this could change...

4. Simplifying my wardrobe. Getting rid of all non-dark/black yoga pants and regular pants had been oddly life changing. I feel much happier with my clothes in general.

Favorite TV Shows: The Jinx on HBO, Master of None on Netflix, Fargo season 2 on FX

5. Conquering my inversion fears...somewhat...
I'm still on and off the wall for inversions, but hey, compared to the this point last year, I've made huge leaps. Proud of myself!

Favorite Podcasts: Two Gomers Run for Their Lives, Slate's Double X Gabfest, Bon Appetit Foodcast, the One Part Podcast, and the list goes on and on and on....

6. Attending a bunch of teacher trainings at Asheville Yoga Center. Every time I get back from a training I feel inspired and renergized to teach. I love it there so much. I got a big chunk of my 500 done this year including vinyasa flow, yin, chakras, and therapeutics.

Favorite Drink: Old Weller 107, Cointreau, simple syrup in a highball class with one giant ice cube.

7. Having these guys right across the street!

Favorite "Things": this water bottle by Nathan, these sneakers and these sneakers, my new phone, Martha Stewart Whim collection bedsheets (I need the giraffe ones! They're always on sale in store at Macy's btw), and Adam Driver. Ha!

8. Six days of Ashtanga practice with Saraswathi Jois. It was a crazy experience that's for sure! 

Favorite Recipe: Honey Roasted Carrots with Tahini Yogurt from Yotom Ottolenghi's Plenty More cookbook.

9. Seeing dear Jacob and Laura get hitched! It was a super fun wedding and beautiful! I'm so glad that we've stayed friends since living in the dorms at UNCA. Seems like forever ago!

Favorite Website or Blog: Vox, This is Colossal, Minimalist Baker, Wine. All the Time


10. This guy and these dogs. Love them.

elementary library picks of 2015

Closing out another year. These were my favorites this year at work.


Lenny and Lucy
Phillip and Erin Stead are at it again. I love their illustration's so much. The story here is unique and slightly creepy. I paired this as a read aloud with Wild by Emily Hughes and Where the Wild Things Are. Kids loved these three together.

The Day the Crayons Came Home
I don't think it's possible to write this post without including it. They are insanely popular for a reason. So clever and funny.

One of the many beautiful wordless picture books out there year. I want them all for myself!

The Only Child
Another wordless--this time  with over 100 pages of brilliant, heartbreaking illustrations. It is a combination picture book/graphic novel. 

First time illustrator, quojing, is from China and this story addresses the overwhelming loneliness felt by the massive generation of single children now coming of age.




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Roller Girl by Victoria Jamison
Endearing graphic novel about roller derby. Great for girls or boys. It's funny, has a little edge to it, but with good taste.

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
Creepy story that takes place in the basement of the Biltmore Estate? Ca. 1920? Sign me up!

The Marvels by Brian Selznick
Over 600 pages which are gilded along the edges. Beautiful book! Over 2/3 of the pages are just pictures, similar to Selznick's other books. This is a very sophiscated tale of New York City, Shakespeare, and the theater in general. I was way impressed.

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
Boy, Katherine Applegate really knows how to make you feel ALL the FEELS. Her last novel won the Newbery, The One and Only Ivan. I read it aloud to third grade every spring, so when this came out a couple months ago, I snatched it up. We are about to finish this one with fourth grade. It is a bit of a downer, but so so good. Short chapters, it gets right to the point.

31 things on my 31st birthday

Here are 31 things that are on my internet and in my brain right now. Happy birthday to me!

1. It's officially Smartwool wearing, kettle corn eating, bourbon drinking, reading season!

2. Currently reading Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. 

3. This song. Again and again:

4. Feeling super inspired and accomplished in both my yoga practice and my yoga teaching lately. Special thanks to Christina Sell for her online classes. They are so great--She's one of my favorite teachers ever.

5. Turning 31 today and I am listening to the new Justin Bieber album on repeat.  You can laugh, but it's pretty great.

6. Love this photo from Joy Wilson's Instagram. That's really the one drawback to short hat game is pretty much non-existent.

7. It's gift guide season! I live for goop's annual holiday gift guide. My favorite items this year include a $260 wool unitard and an automatic nut milk maker..HA! You can't make this crap up.

8. Thanks Terry and Kayla. I just lost a good 20 minutes watching all the Tasty recipe videos. Hypnotic!

9. Instagram fatigue. I think I have it....bad!

10. He's back! I love this guy so much. I would love to see one of these in person.

11. We almost did this while we were out in Utah, but you know, we just couldn't find the time. Yeah right!

12. Home Alone gifs. 

13. I'm going to make my first batch of glögg soon. Yay.

14. We can rest easy, Carly Simon was talking about Dick Tracy.

15. The world seems to be very volatile right now. I'll just be here, doing this.

16. I am now in possession of a spiralizer! Let's do it! Thanks Suzie & Phil!

17. The One Part podcast. I miss it right now, but hey, Jessica's too busy writing that cookbook, so I wh

18. A Christmas Story gifs

19. A short story vending machine. Need I say more?

20. Still going strong with BOB (black on bottom). Makes my life easier when getting ready for work. However, it has only encouraged a slight shoe obsession.

21. I'm only two books away from my 2015 goal...all other resolutions already finished!

22. That reminds me, this year went insanely fast. Yes, I know it's cliche to say that, but HONESTLY.

23. Headed out later today for a yoga class and celebration at Orbis Yoga in Louisville. I'm planning to take some photos and share later this week. It is closing its doors after forty-one years.

24. Just discovered Sarah Close's YouTube channel. Amazing covers! Can we get on Spotify pretty please?! I could use you for yoga playlists!

25. This song has been on repeat for the past two my car, in my house, during my yoga classes, at the library, in my headphones. Not sure why.

26. I had intentions in 2015. I feel like I stuck with them!

27. This is why JGL is my dream man. I love that I woke up this morning with this in an email from my Mom with the subject heading, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  And apparently, more people feel just the way that I do.

28. I've designed a tote bag. It took about 30 seconds. I'd like to sit on a street corner and distribute them for free. I also need one for myself.

29. Elf gifs

30. This guy doing this dance.

31. And would really stink to be this guy. Stay strong!

Well, there you have it. I think I'll go watch 50/50 now. #jgl