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I'm a Mom!

I had always known that when the time came I would want a natural birth without an epidural. So last October when I found out that I was pregnant I knew I had to do my research to find the right place to give birth. With the business of birth being so huge, it is really our duty to be our own advocates and research to understand the implications of the socially accepted birth practices in this country (USA). For me, a natural and unmedicated birth was of utmost importance but birthing centers are not covered by my insurance so I chose to deliver at a hospital in Houston that has a midwifery division and I am so happy with my choice! Life is a bit different these days.  I was just thinking about how my brain has been on sabbatical for what seems like an eternity - throughout the entirety of my first pregnancy and now the past couple of months. I am 4 months post-partum and am just now beginning to re-access the majority of my vocabulary. What better time than now to write out my birth
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A Decade

10 years ago I was introduced to yoga 9 years ago I expanded my horizons by traveling across Europe for 10 weeks visiting  28 cities in 15 countries 8 years ago I was diagnosed with a serious medical condition that I have since healed naturally 7 years ago I traveled to my ancestral homeland of Italy and developed overdue bonds with my sister 6 years ago I traveled to Costa Rica alone, realized it was my life's calling and passion to share yoga, graduated with my MBA and completed my first yoga teacher training program 5 years ago I packed my four bags, left my hometown of Houston, Texas, moved to NYC and continued my endeavor for growth 4 years ago I moved in with my best friend and love of my life 3 years ago I grieved when a friend who was like a little brother, one of my closest girlfriends, my dad and my dog departed this earthly plane. I completed my second yoga teacher training program and backpacked across the Himalayas of Northern India where I learned more about m

A Love Story

I have not yet mentioned here on this platform how my husband and I became that - husband and wife! What a fun ride and a story I love to share. Josh lived in NYC and visited his family in Houston where I lived for Christmas 2011. He grew up with my best friend Christina in Saudi Arabia and she dragged me out to meet him for a drink. I had zero interest in going out that night but relented after Christina made a bit of a stink about it. Boy am I glad I did!! I can still see Josh walking out of his parents house to get into the car in my mind's eye very clearly - he was very good looking and wore a plaid button-down shirt. He and I immediately hit it off and he came to the yoga class that I taught two days later even though he had never been to a yoga class before, ever! It was so sweet and I was touched, not only was he hot but he was adventurous and clearly interested in me too. Three months later, I moved to NYC!! I visited him twice during that time between our meeting and

Life is a Journey

Almost two years ago, we left NYC and moved across the country to Venice Beach! Not sure what has taken me so long to talk about this fun adventure we chose to take... It sure has been a wild and fun ride though! Since moving here, we planned a wedding, faced two periods of unemployment, got married, took our honeymoon to Maui and Kauai, and decided to take our lives and futures into our own hands. This post will be dedicated to our decision to take a leap and move to Los Angeles. First, we just decided to jump and live a more laid back and nature filled life... without the promise of a job! How scary and exhilarating!! We made the decision when we wanted to go hiking one morning in NYC and it took us two whole hours just to get out of the city. A few days later we watched a documentary called When the Iron Bird Flies (amazing film and well worth your time!!) and decided that we were not living our truths and decided right then and there that we needed to escape the concrete jungle,

Tech Attack

Recently I was thinking about how quickly I can jump from one thought, feeling/emotion, desire, to another and found that deeply unsettling. How are we ever to find joy and peace in such a dynamic state - when our whims and desires are subject to the next passing fancy? Many say this "ADD" is heightened by the so-called age of technology. Sometimes I feel that this age of technology has separated us from grasping what is important in life - those underlying ideologies, values and thought processes, but then other times I feel strongly that it can actually do quite the opposite - it can help us discover our own. Gramercy Park, NYC; Fairytale I was chatting with a friend the other evening who decided to just leave Texas and go to Australia with her husband and young child for 3 months - just because. She is able to do this because of technology and working remotely - how awesome! She mentioned that most people would think she is crazy for doing this, but I say those othe

Himachal Pradesh, India: The Land of the Gods

Chandratal, Lake of the Moon I don't have the adequate words to describe the beauty and wonders of the Indian Himalayas and the Himachal Pradesh in a meaningful or comprehensible way. The diverse and remarkable landscape, scenery, culture, food, people and experience are beyond measure. What at first glimpse seems like complete disarray reveals itself as organized chaos - much more organized than a westerner might expect. I must admit that I, initially, had slight reservations about the trip in monsoon season; there is a great likelihood of landslides and floods on the perilous roads after all. I like to think that we were blessed with the beautiful unimpeded journey that we had. Blessed not only because we held positive thoughts, but also because it was due, dammit. After the loss of three close and precious souls in only four months, it was time for good things. Jamaica's Campsite at Chandratal with Rishi & Raju After reading countless travel experiences

Perfect Imperfection

I've been reading a wonderful book by Brene Brown, "The Gifts of Imperfection". This book has specifically imparted upon me thus far that the key to living in a whole-hearted, happy, joyful, grateful, way is to embrace vulnerability. Spending time lately working a bit on my blog design and working on posts, I found myself getting nervous and thinking some of those negative things that the author mentions like "I am not ______ enough to have a great blog space" or "Who am I to write on a public platform?". These limiting beliefs have unfortunately lead to sporadic posts and dozens of drafts gone unpublished. A beautiful thing has happened though as a result of my reading this book, awareness. Awareness that I was running away from vulnerability. Awareness of the actual root of not posting; that I wasn't too busy as I had told myself, but that I was afraid of being vulnerable, being judged and not good enough. Those terrible little "gremlins