I have so much to write about, from Alaska adventures to our engagement, to things I want to share about my yoga practice and classes, to personal and business-related growth, to updates on my going-wonderfully-so-far pregnancy.
To get started, though, here are a few of my favorite moments from Summer 2015.
I am blessed to live less than 20 minutes away from some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This year I've enjoyed many Saturdays, early in the morning, with friends and family practicing yoga by the sea. Love that picture of my dad drinking coffee in Upavistha Konasana, or Wide Angle Seated Forward Bend.
Jim taught a series of self defense classes at Wild Lotus Yoga Studio, and I had a blast getting to assist him. I'm definitely a beginner in this world, so it was great to have his mom Lil on hand to help.
Summer also featured fun times at Picnic Island Park in Tampa. Anik Clemens, Cory Rider, Yen Loyala and I led a great group on our retreat in May, and we had a blast paddling through mangrove tunnels and experiencing nature coupled with the beautiful practices of yoga, meditation and group work. Love these photos on the water taken by one of our retreat participants.
Jim and I can't go long without disappearing to a river or springs somewhere. I took only a few shots on our way to Ocala National Forest and then put my phone away for a couple days. Paradise. Here we are on the road, sun disappearing fast and still having no idea where we'll camp for the night. Luckily he nixed my idea of camping in the middle of the woods (with, uh, no stove or lantern or knife suited for the wilderness) and we found a very lovely KOA just in time.
June featured the opening of Inner State Yoga, a new studio in downtown St Pete opened by my good friends Jonathan Creamer and Mike Fecht from Yoga for Men. I'm so excited to be teaching and practicing in this beautiful space with such a great community having formed already in 3 short months. Love this shot from our first class in the space.
Solo adventures through antique stores. I'll always have a soft spot for old, unwanted, unusual things. There is something so beautiful about a junk yard full of very large plaster animals and wrought iron outdoor dining sets.
Finally, the meaning of life. That's pretty much it up there. Live fully, experience beauty, take communion in nature, love others, and repeat.
And don't forget to look up every once and a while.
Part 2 of Summer 2015 coming soon. Until then...