Women’s March

The Messy Heads

Time has passed since the election and the Women’s March, the flurry of images from both have begun to dwindle as other news catches peoples eyes. The fight against injustice shouldn’t end when it’s no longer in the media spotlight. If anything, when it becomes less talked about is when we need to rally together with even more vigor.

I’ve been thinking lots about this as of late. I began feeling hopeless, like it was all out of my control. Then I went to a rally at NYU hosted the Muslim Student Union to discuss and show our support to those impacted by the ban and the threat of the wall. As we left, I finally understood the driving force within me, that as small as I may feel, still puts me out there rallying and educating myself; I realized that feeling helpless, and letting that distract you, is abuse of privilege. If…

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November Favorites

Eek! Long time no blog, but that’s what happens when you take life offline for a little bit, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But I’m back, with a vengeance! Lots of ideas have come to mind over the past month since I was with you last, and while those are all in the works, check out what’s been by my side as I create…

To Watch:

Jane The Virgin – This had been recommended to me SO many times, and I finally got around to watching it. And it’s amazing. Get on over to Netflix for laughs & brillliant actors & a show full of love.

Janis Joplin Documentary – I had the intention of watching the Amy Winehouse doc, but stumbled upon this one instead. I’ve listened to her music for a couple years now and I had skimmed her Wikipedia page, but I never knew just how hard she worked and what she went through in her lifetime.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – I have no words for this one, but those last four words they’ve been dangling in front of us all these years? They’re killer. Go watch.

This Is Us – Thanksgiving break meant discovering new shows as I curled up in my cozy bed at home in Maryland, and I was lucky enough to find this one. You can watch on NBC for free, and it’s a magical lil show. Plus, the young Mandy Moore in the show looks freakishly like my mom at that age.

Nerve – This adrenaline rush of a movie took up my time on my flight back to Denver, and it literally had me on the edge of my seat. I was skeptical based on the trailers, but it’s a fun movie to watch if you want something to keep you up and entertained as you travel cross country.

To Read:

Just Kids by Patti Smith – I’m still digging into this one, and it’s a joy everytime I flip open to my cornered page. Patti’s words are beautiful (duh) and her story is remarkable. The tale of two artists, unlike any others, and it’s inspiring, in every single word and sentence and syllable that you glance over.

Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders

7,300 Days by Isabelle Mente

Tunes:

Click here for this month’s playlist!

AND a happy Christmas playlist, as well 🙂

 

To Eat:

Cinnamon on your coffee – Absolutely brilliant, adds the perfect amount of sweetness if you aren’t into artificial sugars or syrups in your cup.

To Wear:

Denim jackets – The ’90s (styles) are back, if you haven’t already noticed, and I can’t complain when I’ve got a bomb denim jacket (vintage) from It’s Honey Vintage.

Fuzzy/knit socks – Squeeze these babies into your converse or vans, and you can still rock your comfy sneakers in the winter time!

Mirrored sunnies – Perfect for some extra edge to add to your everyday look.

Big rings – I have tiny fingers, but I love big rings anyways. They add statement to your everyday attire, and can make it extra fun to type away on your computer, flip through pages of Just Kids, etc. etc. etc. – they just make life a bit more fun.

Fluffy coats/faux fur – The temps are dropping, and my closet is barely keeping up with the quick Colorado transition, but my cozy jackets are doing the trick for now. Check these out:

Misc.

Candles – Try hazelnut for a fall/winter transition smell

Unplug – No wifi cafes exist! Find one, plant yourself down, and see what happens when you can’t use the data on your phone & your laptop has no use.

Journal daily – Try a couple of prompts, like these:

  • You’re in a red dress.
    • And go from there. Guy, girl, whatever – you’re in a red dress, but where are you? Who are you with? Why a dress, let alone a red one? What shoes, if any?
  • Your eyes change color based on your mood.
    • What color are they now? Or create a character and see how this lil quirk affects their everyday life? What color matches with which mood or emotion?
  • Your favorite song is on replay for the rest of your life.
    • What song is it? At what point does it get old? Do you try to stop the madness? Does it fit in with your everyday life events?
  • Write up a list of all the reasons you love yourself, your dog, cat, mom, dad, brother, sister, best friend. All of the above,maybe! Just fill a page or two (or three) with lotsa love.

Lights, lights, lights – String em up! The easiest way to make your space more festive and home-y.

Poetry readings – Hit em up! Stalk your local newspaper, school ads, ask your professors, etc. The best way to get inspired, chill out, take a deep breath, and appreciate some spoken art. Nothin’ better.

That’s it for now! Check back in the coming days (before finals take priority) for a couple special pieces I’m working hard on…

Until we (internet) see each other again,

Caroline

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Yoga = Art

There are a lot of themes I try to weave into my classes.

Self-love, gratitude, acceptance, living in the present moment, the list goes on and on.

Two people from different “parts” of my life (for lack of a better word) gave me some solid advice a couple weeks ago.

Yoga is an art. Treat it as such.

Art is a good way to cope, to have a safe release.

So, I asked my classes a couple weeks ago to make art. Dance in your space, paint the air with your breath, I said.

And, to add some extra art to the class, I shared three poems throughout class as well from my favorite book of poems as of late, Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur.

One being:

You

are your own

soul mate

Art takes so many forms. Paintings and sketches. Dances and plays. Musicals and film festivals. Coachella and Firefly, Bonnaroo and Merriweather Post, and Red Rocks. Red Rocks is natural art, forever changing with every crowd and artist that graces its landscape. Records and cassettes and CDs and lyrics scrawled on napkins, melodies hummed under your breath as you ride the bus to work, school, home. Books and novellas and poems and prose and novels and Kindles (yes, even Kindles have art) and old, smelly, yellowing pages from the back shelves in your local library.

Art is on our bodies. Stretch marks on hip bones and freckles in constellations across our cheekbones. Birth marks and scars, stitches and staples, bruises and band-aids. Colored hair, natural hair. Tattoos and piercings. Bright colored sneakers, black jeans, distressed denim jackets, earth toned beanies, shiny baubles on our ears, noses, wrists, fingers, resting on our collarbones. Toe rings and anklets, belts with shiny gemstones, worn belt buckles with a better story than I’ll ever be able to tell.

Art moves through us. In our minds, through our breath, off our tongues and onto another’s. Through the ripples of fingertips on keyboards, clinging to pens and pencils for dear life, against guitar strings.

Look at the way the clouds paint the sky, different every day. Art can never be replicated. You can try to recreate a Picasso, but it won’t be the same. Not that it won’t be good, but it won’t be the same. The shades of yellow and orange will be different, because you can’t mix the exact way he once did. Maybe your yellow is brighter, but the human eye can’t tell. Maybe you swirl your brush right, and he swirled it left. There’s art, the act of looking at it, analyzing it. And there’s creating art. Neither can be replicated. No one sees one song the same as another. A song might bring me joy, and bring you sadness. It could take me back to a happy time, and you to a time of heartbreak. Warrior II doesn’t feel the same in my body as it does in yours. My stance might be shorter, longer, heel to heel rather than heel to arch, but it’s still the same posture, and it’s still beautiful.

Different bodies do yoga for different reasons. Different minds, backgrounds, colors, sizes, shapes do yoga for different reasons. I don’t come to the mat for the exact same reason you do. On Monday, maybe I needed to detox from the weekend, and you needed to wake up from a weekend sick in bed. On Tuesday, I’m stressed, and you’re already zen. On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, I want a mental practice, to meditate in my flow, and you want the physical workout. No matter the reason, no matter who you are, you’re an artist on your mat. You’re creating a masterpiece with your body, mind, and breath.

Even as you’re sitting still, perhaps in child’s pose before class begins, or easy pose with a tall spine, you’re making magic happen. And your breath, even as we breathe as a tribe, inhale, exhale, listening to your teacher’s cues, could never match your neighbors. Yours might be deeper, your neighbor’s might be louder. Yours might be ujjayi, your neighbors might be out their mouth.

Art is magical in that it is unique to the artist. Yoga is magical in that it is unique to the yogi. Art is creating something new, every time you begin to create. Yoga is creating something new, every time you step into your studio, your mat, your safe space.

Art is a safe haven, yoga is a release, art is calming, yoga is enlightening. Art is beautiful, yoga is powerful, art is a choice, yoga is a lifestyle, art is healthy, yoga takes bravery. Art takes willpower, yoga takes commitment, art is a perspective, yoga is learning new things every day.

Switch up ‘yoga’ and ‘art’ and every word, in my opinion, in those sentences are still the truth.

When I plan my classes, I journal beforehand. All the thoughts in my head pour out onto paper and then I speak these words, as best I can, to my class later on. Sometimes I journal for days before a class, trying to figure out what message I want to paint in our vision to be our guide for 60 minutes or so. Sometimes, the message doesn’t come across as clear as I’d like it to, because I myself cannot fully understand what I’m trying to speak.

I’ll speak of ancient teachings. The Yamas and Niyamas, ahimsa, svadyaya, etc. etc. etc.

And I’ve only briefly studied these, in teacher training and on my own time, in books and online and with other teachers. But I still speak to them, because they add depth to this practice.

If you look at a piece of art, you’ll see a lot of things. Color, brush strokes. Word choice, syntax. Melodies, the bass, the drum beat. But then you look deeper. You analyze. Why did the artist choose to do this? Why that word over that word? Why this rhyme scheme/rhythm/shade of purple? And you, in most cases, infer, unless the artist is there beside you.

Why did we go from Warrior II to Crescent Lunge? Why did we breath out of our mouths instead of our noses this time? Why are my hips tight, shoulders rounding in, core engaged? Why are we doing what we are doing? Breathing this way or that? Flowing or meditating? Opening our eyes or closing them? Why did you choose this intention over your usual one? Why this song during this part of the flow?

I’m a bit neurotic, in a good way, when it comes to my classes. I change the playlist until it feels perfect for the message, the energy of the class, the time of day, the size of the class I’m expecting or accustom to. I’ll change the flow as I go if a particular class seems more advanced, or less so. I’ll add extra time in savasana on sleepy days, and build more heat before we start to flow on cold, snowy, I-would-rather-be-in-bed-but-I’m-here-anyways days.

When I write, it’s not too different. I take deep breaths when I’m feeling frustrated or losing focus. I step out of my space when I need to clear my head, similar to how I step into my yoga space when I need to clear my head. I find a balance between the two, and they keep me grounded. I can’t write while in bed, that’s where I rest. Rather, I write with two feet on the ground and my hands constantly moving, even if they escape the keyboard or the grasp of my pen to lift my coffee mug, clear dishes, leave a tip, put my jacket back on in a chilly coffeeshop, adjust my hair, answer the phone, doodle on a napkin. I close my eyes when needed, and keep them open to welcome in the light, color, inspiration surrounding me in every environment I take on. I switch up words. I play certain songs when I want to delve deeper into a certain mood. I turn my phone on silent and don’t answer it for an hour or so, and I dread turning it back on again. The flood of messages ruins my zen. I find solace in my safe spaces. In my journals, books, pages on my laptop, on my mat, my meditation pillow, walking to yoga class or writing class or one of my favorite writing spots.

There are two things, besides friends/family/etc.etc.etc. that got me through high school fairly unscathed. It’s not that I didn’t love high school, I did, I do, it was a blessing to me, it shaped me into who I am today. Those years gave me so much. But those years, those drastic, ever evolving, painfully full of feeling teenage years. They gave me my yoga practice and my writing. My love for art didn’t truly come about until the end of senior year, I would say. I dreaded museums, now I crave them. I enjoyed music, but I never truly felt it until more recently. I skimmed paragraphs of books I bought, but now I have too much respect for writers and musicians and artists to skim over their work. I glue my gaze onto every word on the page, off their lips, into my ears, through my eyes. I appreciate all that went into a work of art. Including a yoga class. I’m grateful for all my teachers and the flows they create, the wise words they speak, the advice they give me, the support in their presence, the life in them is art itself. The way my teachers, my fellow yogis, students, writers, friends, family choose to live their lives is my greatest inspiration.

Yoga and writing. Two things I sometimes lose track of, but they’re the foundation of who I am. I love words, sharing them, meditating on them, scratching them out and starting from zero. I love yoga, flowing and finding stillness, breathing and tuning in to the inner works of my mind, body, breath. I love the community that comes from both of these things. Yoga gave me CorePower, Yoga Love, some of my favorite people in this world. Yoga has given me experiences I’ll never forget. I crave feedback now, rather than fearing it. Writing gave me a new purpose. An internship, writing jobs, a second major I was never planning on. A community that gives me critiques and compliments, ideas and “this is a terrible idea.” Writing gave me one of my best friends, and she taught me to accept the critiques, to embrace them, to see where they take me. She taught me to be brave with my words, that they are good enough to take me farther than I thought. Writing gave me HerCampus, The Tab, Folk Rebellion. Connection and friends, kind words and encouraging feedback, building blocks and stepping stones, a foundation that began in high school has created a magical life for me now.

I spend my days writing, reading, yoga-ing, breathing, creating, finding inspiration, seeking new connections. I’m not afraid of this life anymore, I crave more of it. Deeper breaths, more meaningful words and friendships, strong connections, understanding of all that going ons in my life. Stillness, energy, love, love, love. I find all this in my work. And I’m blessed to say I work in both these areas that I love so dearly. Not all yogis and writers can say this. But if you work towards it, manifest it, build your life around these things, whatever your favorite things are, you’ll find they come to you as easy as the breeze bites your exposed cheeks in winter time.

Until next time,

Caroline xx

October Favorites

October was filled with Saturdays at the market, Monday mornings in coffee shops, early evenings falling into late nights with friends, a weekend home on the East Coast, and lots of new opportunities, adventures, dream-come-trues. Here are some of my favorite finds from the past few weeks!

To Eat:

  • Maple-brown sugar/maple-pecan lattes — My go-to flavor for this season. Especially delicious with almond milk. Found @ Whole Foods on Pearl Street or Alpine Modern Cafe on The Hill.
  • Amrita Health Bars — SO yum. I was lucky enough to get some free samples. Vegan, high in protein, and they actually do taste good! Expect a giveaway in the near future, keep an eye out 🙂

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To Watch:

  • Black Mirror on Netflix — Black Mirror really gives you something to think about during your Netlix sessions. I could easily spend an entire day watching and re-watching these thought-provoking episodes, all following different storylines while successfully raising questions about technology and the part it plays in our lives, and where that will take us.
  • Before the Flood on YouTube, etc. — You can find this most everywhere, at least for the time being. Follow Leonardo DiCaprio around the world as he speaks with super important people in the fight to halt climate change and save our planet. Truly inspiring and informative, it’s just over 90 minutes and totally worth your time.
  • The Witch — I love horror films, and this was one subtle, slow building, but totally thrilling to watch. Take a step back in time and embrace the witch hunt era one more time for this eery film. No jump scares or cheap thrills, and it’s a refreshing take on the witch theme in horror.

To Follow:

  • Waylon Lewis — Boulder at it’s best. The founder of Elephant Journal shares his day to day life with the rest of us on this page.
  • hellorednails — The name explains itself, but the gentle art of this page is beautiful and the contrast of red among so many different places, faces, colors, cups is jarringly gorgeous.
  • kate_nyc — A breath of fresh air in a world full of filtered faces and extra brightned and contrast scenes of NYC.
  • fireandjoy — Bright, full of childlike wonder captured in photographs, nature at it’s best, love in couples and families and friendships and human + animal meetings.
  • Rupi Kaur — Words, mostly, but who doesn’t love a good poem amongst all the faces on your Insta feed?

To Read:

  • Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur — Want to cry in public? This book will do the trick! (Only saying this because Rupi’s words brought tears to my eyes as I sat waiting to board my flight back home a couple weeks back.) Rupi Kaur is a young poet, and her words are wise, refreshing, honest, relatable, all of the above. Grab a copy at your local bookstore, probably tucked in the Bestseller shelves, or here.
  • SPRAWL by Danielle Dutton — I’m currently reading this for an assignment in one of my writing classes, and it’s a different writing style. Seriously, I’ve never read anything like it, and it’s inspired me in my own writing. If you’re looking for something unlike anything you’ve ever read, this thought-provoking and poetic novel is just what you need to flip through.

To Listen:

Best of the best:

  • Lady Gaga’s new album Joanne —
  • Guys My Age — Hey Violet
  • Man on the Moon — Zella Day
  • Rebel Rebel — David Bowie
  • Words — Daya
  • Cocaine Jesus — Rainbow Kitten Surprise
  • Oblivion — The Foxies

To Wear:

  • Fluffy jackets — It’s certainly getting chillier, at least in the mornings here in Boulder, and fluffy jackets are my life-saver. Snuggle up and add some extra fun to your outfit with a jacket like this
  • Layering and shapes — Layering is always in, and hopefully this stays. Try switching up the look and creating some shapes by wearing bras with cutouts under low-cut tanks or baggy flannels with a cute crop and an asymmetrical skort. If those words sound like gibberish, here’s the idea: Screen Shot 2016-11-07 at 11.17.15 AM.png
  • LF — Furst of a Kind, their vintage collection, has pieces unlike any other, and no one else will have them, like ever. It’s worth the price with the high quality and the unique style of each piece.
  • Vegan leather mini skirts — My current go-to, and so fun to style from day-to-night.

Sending love & gratitude as we head toward Thanksgiving,

Caroline

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Perspective On: Horoscopes

Read on to see the words that come to mind when I think of the sweet souls that I know in each sign:

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

  • Loving
  • Friendly
  • Strong critical thinkers
  • Interested in everything
  • Loves to talk
  • Passionate
  • Hard working
  • Zealous

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Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

  • Great sense of humor
  • A chameleon
  • Enjoys reflecting on the past
  • Quiet
  • Loves love
  • Humble
  • Romantic
  • Peace seekers
  • Love traveling
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Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

  • Highly intelligent
  • Spectacularly hilarious
  • Jack of all trades
  • Humble
  • Quick thinkers
  • Nostalgic, often times
  • Mischievous
  • Youthful
  • Fun to be around

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Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

  • Open-minded
  • Modest
  • Balanced
  • Caring
  • Level-headed
  • Opinionated
  • Home oriented
  • Sensitive
  • Offers nice compliments, almost always

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Leo (July 23 – August 22)

  • Passionate
  • Spiritual
  • Wonderfully enthusiastic
  • Happy with themselves
  • Social
  • Fun loving
  • Optimistic
  • Gives good advice

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Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

  • Spiritual
  • Quirky
  • Forward-thinking
  • Observant
  • Dreamer
  • Humble
  • Tend to be quiet
  • Love knowledge
  • Fearless

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Libra (September 23 – October 22)

  • Natural leaders
  • Genuine
  • Sweet
  • Put-together
  • Adventurous spirits
  • Determined
  • Flirty
  • Quick on their feet (thinking wise)

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Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

  • Great listeners
  • Good memories
  • Sensual
  • Enjoy reflecting on the past
  • Fall in love easily
  • Adrenaline lovers
  • Worrisome
  • Careful

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Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

  • Picks up on emotions of others
  • Caring and compassionate
  • Sensitive
  • Creative
  • Authentically themselves
  • Lots of smiles
  • Bubbly
  • Socially conscious
  • Hopeless romantic, and they’ll admit it

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Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

  • Driven
  • Kind hearted
  • Successful
  • Creative
  • Environmentally conscious
  • Welcoming
  • Hopelessly romantic (but they’ll never admit it)
  • Hard working
  • Sensual

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Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

  • Focused
  • Goal-driven / goal-setters
  • Musical / music lovers
  • Innovators
  • Outdoorsy
  • Grounded
  • Excited
  • Fearless
  • Independent

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Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

  • Adventurous
  • Free spirited
  • Friendly
  • Fun-loving
  • Soft-spoken
  • Motivational and supportive, always
  • Emotionally motivated
  • Optimistic
  • Searches for happiness wherever possible

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Sending you love to the stars and back,

Caroline

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Get Spooky With It

Happy Spooky Season!

The leaves crunch beneath the steps of my sneakers and fall into my hair as it blows in the bustling breeze. Autumn is here, and Halloweekend is just a few days away. My outfits fill a drawer in my dresser, hidden behind the curtain of a dark wood. A flame burns in front of my as I type away, paper after paper, for my classes. My room leaks out pumpkin smells and I sip apple cider from the local juice shop. The weekends prior have been filled with costume shopping, hikes, and haunted houses. Now it’s time to really start celebrating before the leaves give up on falling and tired of changing, and the spirits mix with us for a quick moment of our lives.

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Let’s talk all things Halloween

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Try out one of these yummy (vegan) autumnal recipes:

  • Oatmeal
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Pumpkin Nog:
    • Juice of one small “pie” pumpkin
      1/3 C filtered water
      1/4 tsp ginger
      1/4 tsp cinnamon
      1 tsp local raw honey
    • Juice the pumpkin in your juicer (save the pulp and seeds to use in some of the other recipes). Pour fresh juice into a blender. Add spices, honey, and blend. Dilute to taste with water. Chill or serve immediately.

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You’ll probably see a lot of Harley Quinn’s this weekend, but if you want something different check out these shops:

If you’re in Boulder and still in need of a costume, check out these spots:

  • The Ritz
  • Goldmine Vintage
  • Buffalo Exchange
  • Ragstock
  • Goodwill

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  • 13 Nights of Halloween on Freeform
    • Find the schedule here
  • American Horror Story on FX
    • Wednesday is the Halloween episode! Who’s excited? This girl. This girl is so dandy-ly excited.
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show
    • Find a local showing here

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  • Check out a haunted house
    • Field of Screams in Maryland
    • Frightmare Compound in Colorado
  • Carve pumpkins
    • Get creative and outside of the norm with cool designs like these:
  • Paint pumpkins (if knives aren’t your thing)
  • But before the last two, pick the pumpkins first!
    • Munson Farms in Colorado
    • Larriland Farm in Maryland
  • Grab some apples, and make something yummy from what you collect
    • Like this vegan applesauce recipe:
      • 6 Jonagold apples, cores removed
        1 lemon, juiced
        8 dates
        1/2 tsp cinnamon
      • Combine ingredients in a food processor. Serves 4.
  • Create an autumn simmer bowl

And of course, a playlist for you to get spooky with:

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Happy Halloween!

Until next time,

Caroline

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On the Mat: Living Your Best Life

This week on the mat, I’ll be speaking about living your best life, and what that means for each and every one of us.

It’s different for everyone. What makes you light up? What’s your golden nugget? That thing you could do all day, every day, and talk about for hours before and after. Are you doing this/these thing(s)? If you aren’t, what’s stopping you?

This is your wild lil’ lifetime, so why not live your very best life!

For me, I’ve had moments on my mat, on trails in Utah and Colorado and Alaska and back home in sweet Maryland, where I think, “this is how I want to spend the rest of my life” or “I was born to live this way.” But then sometimes I fall off track. I won’t hike for months at a time, and I find myself missing the mountain air, or the feeling of dipping your toes in the water after a sweaty climb. My mat stays in the corner of my room for a couple weeks, and I feel my practice slipping from between my fingertips.

Why am I not living the way I want to? I could think of a million excuses. I’m too busy, it’s the holiday season, it’s summer and hot yoga doesn’t feel as good as it does in the chill of January in Colorado, I have an exam next week, and a paper due Wednesday, and my friends wanted to go out, I wasn’t feeling well, I would’ve been running late to something or the other if I had tried to squeeze it in, my stomach was upset, I had a headache, and on and on and on.

Are any of these valid? Well, yeah, occasionally. But why should I sink yoga, hiking, running, writing, reading, and all the things that make me feel most alive, lower on my to-do list when they are when I feel like my most authentic and happiest self?

So many questions, too many excuses, and yet there’s no denying: my best life is right in front of me. It’s in the car driving through the Rockies with my mom, watching my favorite shows with my favorite people, sitting in coffee shops in the city writing like I am now, on my mat in a sweaty yoga class, on the trail, with dirt on my feet and the wind whistling through my hair, the leaves jingling along to the tune the bird’s are singing from the tree-tops.

I’m done with the excuses, and you can be, too. When doubt or a ‘no’ rises to the surface of your mind as your contemplating how you hope to spend your day or your weekend, imagine an ocean wave crashing over it. The space between your brows softens, your jaws unclenches, and you’re going to do exactly what you want to do. The paper you’re writing can wait, and maybe a hike or whatever you’re craving will clear your head. Your exam won’t get any feelings hurt if you take a couple hours off from studying to do what makes you feel best.

As a firm believer in mental and physical and emotional well-being above all else, I’m always surprised by how easily I let my priorities slide to the bottom of my to-do list when the going gets tough.

Life’s all about balance, on the mat and off, in your mind and body and spirit, so this week, let’s work towards finding that balance. If you need a day off, take it. If you need to go to a nighttime yoga class so you can get your homework out of the way, sip some green tea as you work and then grab your mat, sling it over your shoulder, and get your yogi butt to class. (Kind of talking to myself here, it feels like?)

Essentially, find what makes you excited. What amps up your heart rate and where you would rather be when you’re sitting in lecture (while still living in the present moment, of course). Write these things down on the top of your to-do list, in sharpie, and don’t cross them out for anything.

When you want to go on a road trip, grab your friends and your keys and hit the road. Manifest how you want to spend your next summer, with a bomb internship, maybe? Or traveling the world? Or cozy at home with your pets and siblings? Cultivate your best life with your best humans around you, they’ll push you to be your best and motivate you beyond what you thought you were capable of. Plant yourself in the best city or town or wherever you need to be for the time-being to root down and grow, and never be afraid to dig up your roots and re-locate. Growth happens in the craziest, strangest, and sometimes the most subtle, ways. Embrace it all, this is all we’ve got.

For class tonight, we’ll be flowing and opening our hearts up to the future, and hanging out upside down for a bit. If you’d like to flow this week, find me here:

7 PM Monday Oct. 3rd — Mind Body Studio @ the CU Rec Center

6:15 PM Thursday Oct. 6th — Bear Creek Rec Center (@ William’s Village)

Tonight’s playlist can be found here:

 

Here’s to living the greatest lives we ever have —

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Until next time,

Caroline

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September Favorites

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Happy October! September, in my world within the Boulder Bubble, was filled with midterms, essays, workshopping, and adventures, to local coffee shops and yoga classes and sometimes, just to plain ole’ college class. My favorite things, though, are featured below!

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  • The Tab CU Boulder — An online news source/blog style site for college students. Head to The Tab for the latest news stories on and around campus, plus some fun “life” stories as well.
  • HerCampus CU Boulder — Another online blog, specifically for women in college. Head to HC for the latest trends, events around campus and Boulder, and tips for tailgating, dressing for autumn, and some wonderfully written words on any and everything. Ranging from self-care and mindfulness to how to survive your freshman year at CU.
  • Horoscopes — They’re fun to read, and sometimes they make a little too much sense. No matter what your opinion is on them, give them a chance, even just for a week, and see how it goes. My personal favorite source is Free People’s weekly horoscope.

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  • Retrograde (a short film style series) — Emma Mercury on YouTube that follows her weekly adventures in her new home of NYC
  • American Horror Story on FX — This season is different than any before, and I’m loving it so far. If you’re into horror, a little bit of history, and maybe you watched the first season (Murder House), you’ll be sure to enjoy AHS Season 6.
  • New Girl on Fox — Jess isn’t exactly a New Girl, but this series is a breath of fresh air each time I watch it. The script is wonderful and the delivery is spot on. And my mom likes it. If Mother Theresa likes it, it’s gotta be good.
  • Scream Queens on Fox — I’m giving this second season a chance, and it’s doing well so far. Emma Roberts kills it (literally?) and Taylor Lautner and John Stamos are in this season (so far, at least).
  • Cosmos on Netflix — This documentary series on the universe messes with your mind, and the images are absolutely breathtaking.
  • Easy on Netflix — Currently watching this series. The stories are relatable, for the most part, and entertaining in their down-to-earthness. The less known actors stand out, even with some famous faces popping in. (Dave Franco, anyone?)

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  • Sweet potato chips — One of my favorite things, year round, and in chip form? Nothing could be better about these.
  • Honey crisp apples — Or just apples in general, it’s their time to shine!
  • Fruit sushi — I came across this creation at the Whole Foods in Boulder last Friday. It’s sushi (vegan) with veggies and fruit. What genius brought this to life? I must thank them.
  • Complete cookies — Perfect if you want to indulge in some sugary-goodness, and avoid the animal cruelty bit. Vegan, delicious, and they come in an assortment of flavors. Also found, most likely, at your local Whole Foods or health store.

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  • Leggings with a fun twist — like these from Free People
  • Silk shorts — like these from Brandy Melville
  • Cozy sweatshirts — like this one or steal one from your mom/dad’s closet
  • Fun socks — like these or these

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Here’s this month’s playlist:

And some of my most listened to:

  • My Lair — Bear’s Den
  • Love You More — Joel Baker
  • Spirit Cold — Tall Heights
  • No Diggity — Chet Faker
  • Arizona — Frances Cone
  • Gemini Feed — Banks
  • River — Leon Bridges
  • Oh My Love — Layla

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  • A strong foundation during the transition to fall
  • Success in whatever you’re cultivating in your life right now
  • Health as the weather changes
  • killer Halloween costume
  • Adventure, travel, and well being for each and every human on this Earth

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  • Coconut Oil — For removing makeup, keeping your skin hydrated as the air cools down, and the list just goes on!
  • Hydro Flask — For keeping your drinks SUPER hot/cold. Seriously. I put ice in my water bottle almost 7 hours ago and it’s still freezing cold. That is some muggle magic, man.
  • Flowers on your desk — To brighten your space, add some life, and work on your parenting skills before you even think about getting a puppy.
  • Succulents on your windowsill — Again, these brighten the space, and aren’t terribly hard to keep alive (and yet, I have killed one before). Succulents add more oxygen/fresh air to your living space and are just so spunky and fun, how could you not buy one?!

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Happy October!

Here’s to pumpkin carving, apple cider in our veins, and leaves beneath our boots,

Caroline

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Thoughts on: Hope

Hope, for me, comes in the mornings when the sun’s rays are peeking in and skipping around on top of my bed. Or at night, after I put my journal onto the spot on the shelf above my bed, and the moon’s lines draw temporary tattoos on my face, my walls, my white pillow cases.

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Hope is what gets me up in the morning. It urges me to list the things I’m grateful for the moment my mind begins to stir and the planner in my head starts to fill up. I hope for a wonderful day, full of inspiration, creativity, learning, growing, loving.

Hope is why I have faith in this world despite the terrors of everyday life that have become expected. There’s a light in the future, and the dark can’t last forever. The sun will rise again, and I want to live to see the day. I want each and every being to live to see the day when violence is scarce, self-love is a top priority for all, no one fears being themselves, and veganism is the norm (my hope runs real deep on that note).

I have hope for my family, my friends, and the strangers next to me in whatever coffee shop I end up in today.

To be more specific: I hope for a magical future for my mother, filled with adventures and cuddles with my kitten, Cali, and long walks with my dog, Holly. I hope that whatever she wants, comes her way, at some point in time or the other. I hope we travel to New York City for my 20th birthday this winter, and back to California together real soon. I hope she sticks to her passions, her talents, her photography, and her greatest gift: loving. She loves deeper than any other human bean I’ve ever seen, and I hope I can love half as magically as she does. Her wisdom knows no bounds, and I hope she sees this in herself. I hope she loves herself as deeply as she loves her children, because we wouldn’t be the spectacular lil beans we are if it weren’t for her compassion, kindness, and constant hope and faith in our family and the relationships we’ve formed beyond parent and child. I hope (and she always reads my posts, so I guess I know) she realizes she’s one of my very best friends, and I sincerely hope that never changes.

(If you can’t tell by the length of that last bit, I miss my Mother Theresa & cannot wait for her pretty soul to be here with me in less than two weeks) 

I hope for a long life for my kitten and pup, full of food and play and naps in the sunshine, sometimes curled up beside each other.

I hope for a perfect school for my little brother. I hope for a perfect career for my older brother. I hope they know I have zero doubts that they’re going to lead the most awe-inspiring lives.

I hope my father finds adventures in his day-to-day life and continues to find success in his career.

I hope each and every one of my family members continues to astound me and inspire me to work as hard as they all have to come to where they are now. I hope their lives are filled with love, contentment, peace, and magical experiences.

I hope my friends grow beyond their wildest dreams and create the most fulfilled lives, the one’s we’ve always talked about.

I hope each and every being I cross paths with, whether it be once, twice, or a thousand times, finds peace within themselves, their relationships, and whatever they might be going through.

I hope you, sweet reader, find inspiration somewhere within my words, and that the word ‘hope’ still has meaning to you after I’ve repeated it so many times. I hope the very best for you, no matter where or who you are, because we’re all trying our very best to be the best at any given moment despite any roadblocks, and I hope you keep this in mind when you meet someone who’s in a bad mood, or someone cuts you off in traffic.

I hope you have a magical Monday after you read this, or whatever day you come across this.

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To the rest of the world, and say this with me (in your head, probably is best, or aloud, if you’re really down with this): I hope every being is free, content, wild, and finds some form of hope within their day-to-day life. Whether it be a cow grazing in a field, a child on the bus to school, a teenager driving to class, a working human headed to the office, a parent with their children, a grandparent with their grandchild, a bee buzzing around a flower, a raindrop falling off a leaf. I hope every molecule and all that these molecules create in this world find a piece of freedom, or whatever it is they are searching for, today, even for a fleeting moments. And if you experience this fleeting moment, grab onto it, or how it makes you feel, and invite it to stay for a while.

Hope will get us through all. Love is all that’s real. I hope for love, and I believe we’ll get to peace, real soon.

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Sending you all the love in my heart,

Caroline

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Manifest that $*!t

If you’ve ever been to one of my classes, or most likely any other yoga class, you’ve probably heard this word before: MANIFEST.

The question is, what does it mean? And the other question, how does one manifest? Don’t fret, I’ve got (most) all the answers to your (valid) questions!

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It can be difficult to find a set definition for manifesting, so I’m going to be lazy & give you the one I found on Google:

“Manifestation can be defined as bringing something into reality or a visible expression of something. As a techniques, manifestation is usually done using positive thinking or the Law of Attraction.”

My experiences with manifesting + what I’ve been cultivating recently:

I started manifesting, without realizing what I was technically doing, sometime in high school. About junior year, I suppose. And ever since, my life hasn’t been the same. My dream school came into my life, and now I’m here. My yoga lifestyle grew, and now I’m a teacher and forever a student. My vegan lifestyle became a priority, rather than just a small piece of my life. My relationships grew, my dreams shot further into the universe than I ever thought possible, and I’ve achieved more than I thought I would by this time in my life. And this, this is only the beginning!

  •  Adventures
    • In Colorado, Maryland, around the world
  • Travel
    • Specifically: California trips, NYC trips, and studying abroad next year.
  • Scholarly success
    • Always a top one for me. I’m never not imagining myself studying hardcore & it all paying off.
  • Consistent creating + inspiration
  • Loving friendships and new relationships
  • A more consistent meditation practice
    • HUGE for me lately. Most likely more on this to come real soon omies!

If you’ve ever felt stuck, or you do right now, I promise you, manifesting will help. Whether it be a little or a lot, the more you manifest, the better you’ll feel. And the bigger the impact will be on your life.

Some things to get you started:

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Some tips on manifesting:

  • Manifest as often or not-so-often as you’d like, there aren’t any (real) rules!
  • Manifesting around full moons is the very best time to do so
  • Journal your manifestations, putting pen to paper helps to clear up your head space for even more spectacular thoughts to come to the surface
  • Use crystals to aid in cultivating your dreams
    • My favorites: Tiger’s Eye, Citrine, Rose Quartz, Moonstone
  • Write your manifestations on notecards or post-it notes & place them somewhere where you’ll see them daily
  • Put mini-manifestations as reminders on your phone, so at 1:00 every day, you’ll remember why you’re gonna keep on keeping on!
  •  Rid yourself of any anxiety, doubt, or fear that comes up when you think of your manifestations. Don’t let these things block you from creating a magical life for yourself
  • Be clear in what you’re desiring. Use powerful words, send out a strong energy and emotion behind your manifestations. Really mean it. (It’s like a patronus spell in Harry Potter, there’s gotta be a whole lotta something going into this!)
  • Believe it to be possible. Imagine whatever it is, whether it be traveling to a new place or acing your midterm, daydream hardcore. How does it feel to accomplish/create/do whatever it is that you’ve done? Where do you find out about your new job? Who will you tell first about your new friend or the cute boy you meet at that coffee shop?
  • You can manifest anything, really. Money or material things, sure. Maybe dig a bit deeper. Positive relationships, new friendships, strength in old friendships, new creative outlets, a good grade, or just an amazing adventure. It’s your life, you have the pen & the paper, create whatever you desire. You’ve got the power.

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Sending you strong, you got this $*!t vibes,

Caroline

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