Sundays are our rest days:)

Today marks the first Sunday in Advent. Advent means arrival, appearance, emergence.

Today we rested and read. I just had a little fruit.

We went to a wonderful church service.

I went to Yoga.

We had brunch of eggs, bacon and a little sweet tater.

We put the tree up!

I went to Target(which was a zoo).

We relaxed and read and had more Tea.

We finished with the best thing ever:

Paleo nachos from Pinterest! Thanks Sam!

Today was all about Rest

This morning I read and prayed:

I did a JessicaSmithTV 30min yoga video! I did 30min of finishing up work before the busy day/week tomorrow, and then I went to a beautiful church service.  

I visited Goldline church (different from my home church where my husband was serving and ushering).  My good friend from On Level Ground Storytelling class, Bianca, a Fuller student preached the good Word of God to us!  

I loved being surrounded by warm, loving people. I loved the Liturgy and responsive reading and the lovely praise chant songs.  The community prayer time gave me hope and refreshed my dark week and tired spirit!  

I really appreciate them and respect their mission and their ministry, it was very moving and comforting to see that in my local neighborhood.  

We had a healthy brunch of eggs, bacon and Trader Joe’s “Sweet Potato Ribbons.”

I fed my friend’s cats:). We rested allllllll afternoon(as you can tell if you’re a Fitbit friend of mine).  It was a warm day so we relaxed and read and snoozed with the dog. 

This afternoon I played piano and I menu planned and meal prepped.  I made chia pudding and I chopped celery, carrots and cucumbers for snacks.

Tonight we had leftovers we had to eat up: salad, chili, and man, oh man, my new favorite discovery: Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash “fries”! It actually feels like you’re eating fries!

Have a restful end to your Sabbath weekend all!

Tres Dia de “Whole30”

Toi. Tri.

I’m listening to Carla Bruni so I’m in a silly mood…

Day Three has been hard, maybe because it was finally slower and quiet today at work (M-W were super busy), so maybe boredom made me munchy?

This morning I tried to sleep in (didn’t make it to Spin class).  I organized my Leggings drawer into Shorts, capris, and Long (lularoe, yoga pants, etc) 🙂  Lefty my Yorkie has this thing about that drawer. He hears it open and runs to lunge at it, hoping to yank and pull to play tug as I try to put them on!

I made a smoothie and coffee, as well as packed a great salad for lunch.

I went to Yoga, which was hard maybe because I was tired, but it was so good.

The best part of today?! Acupuncture!!

I once went many years ago as a teen for headaches.  Today went to Ercaclinic community acupuncture but still so relaxing! I almost cried (emotional release -in a good way), I deep breathed the whole time, she gets me, it didn’t hurt, it’s affordable. I even had a slight out of body experience for a second too!!!  I bought a Chinese herb and two mini inhalers for calming and for female hormones and wellness.

Then work was actually ok: )

Next best thing?! My husband made me salmon and asparagus (and he had rice for himself)!  

Good night world<3

An epiphany during Yoga

The last few weekends I’ve been trying to make it to one or two yoga classes if I can!  During the week is more hard HIIT classes or running, spinning and other stuff.  My mama wanted to do a Pilates challenge with me, and I didn’t stick with it. I always have lofty goals of doing stretches or other videos in the evenings but if I already go to the gym in the morning, I’m tired and just walk my dog at night and I forget to do other exercises.  

So Sunday is my rest day. I sometimes do a fun run or long hike, but lately I’m trying to add in a yoga class.  It’s nice to meditate on the sermon you just heard or pick a song from church or your praise playlist (or however/whatever you want to meditate!):)

Last weekend in Palm Springs I told you about Holy Yoga🙂

This past weekend I was really concentrating on my breathing.

Two weekends ago though, I had an epiphany! For a couple years I struggled knowing the difference between and trying to learn a cobra versus Updog.  I “knew” it in my head, but I didn’t feel it. I saw it and watched teachers or friends do it but I could not grasp it.

All of a sudden it hit me two weeks ago: 

OMG! THE MORE I START WARMING UP WITH A FEW COBRAS, THE EASIER AN UPDOG JUST HAPPENS!!! I was ecstatic! I couldn’t believe I never even knew or realized this mind blowing idea!  My baby cobra got me ready for a cobra which in turn helped my back and core do an Updog! It felt incredible!!!  

I ended class by thanking God for my health, my body, and thanking myself and my husband for allowing me to get there.  It was awesome!!

What do you do to help yourself slow down? A cup of tea? A bath? Wind down by watching tv? A good book? So thankful:)

Starting your day off with Breath, Breakfast, and Movement!

This is it. The most important lesson anyone can teach you (or that I can teach myself).  The importance of balancing your mind, body, and spirit in the morning is so HUGE!  A lot of people who want to lose weight, or those that “really think they don’t have time” just rush into their day, their office, or their kids’ school or a playground, with nothing to eat!  That’s like, um, ahem, THE WORST thing you could do.  And if we are rushing around stressed we can also injure ourselves by not breathing or stretching properly. Continue reading Starting your day off with Breath, Breakfast, and Movement!

My Yoga Journey

You can read more about my Yoga journey and how I won gorgeous PRANA clothes here:

You can read my friend Lyndsay’s version here.

But let me tell you about the perfect prAna yoga photo shoot we had!   Continue reading My Yoga Journey

Africa Yoga project!!!!

I am so excited and honored to be featuring this organization.  Have you heard of the Africa Yoga

Founder Paige Elenson started yoga training under Baron Baptiste, and then visited Kenya.  Her life was radically changed.  She saw poverty in a whole new light and right then and there started the wheels turning.

The way she puts it: “Instead of the cliche of ‘don’t give a man a fish but teach him how to fish’ they are revolutionizing the whole fishing industry!”

They go in and teach Africans yoga instruction, and pay them to teach. They are planning big things like a yoga fashion company, a yoga retreat company, an enterprise for opening new studios, a yoga for special needs, leadership trainings, and a kids yoga program.

Why am I connected?!  I fell in love with Africa when I visited Uganda and taught fine arts in Congo, and ever since I have been hooked!  So when Liquido Active with McKell Media approached me about reviewing these awesome pants, I was ecstatic.  (I wasn’t compensated and all opinions are my own.  I want to build awareness for AYP).  They give 10% of the proceeds to AYP!  From their site: “Liquido’s African Sunrise legging is designed exclusively for the Africa Yoga Project in order to support their education and wellness projects throughout Africa. Liquido is donating 10% of all sales of the African Sunrise legging to the Africa Yoga Project to help them continue their programs and spread joy and awareness domestically and abroad.”

I slipped them on and they were super comfortable, like I was walking in rainbows through the clouds!  I know that sounds a little sappy, but it’s true. IMG_1517

First I thought Arizona had amazing sunsets, then I realized California has the best, and then I realized that Africa tops them all. These pants are just as bright and fun as a sunny hot day in Africa!  I loved wearing them to Yoga today; they helped me stretch and relax.  Bonus:They are easy to wash too.  They helped me feel more alive and awake!:) This is me GLOWING in the Sauna after yoga the other day:

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They brought me joy, don’t you want to share some of that joy with Africa and the rest of the world?

IMG_1523 IMG_1522 IMG_1520 (yoga selfies are hard. I need a professional photographer!) Thanks, McKell Media and Liquido and AYP!!

How Taking the Leap changed my life

My phone dinged and buzzed while I was at work.  I was shaking as I read my friend THE BALANCED BRUNETTE‘S texts and I checked my email…

PrAna and Fit Approach had drawn my name in the Take the Leap Yoga challenge.  What does this mean?


It means I did yoga and or meditation for 30 days and I absolutely ate it up!  It means I feel stronger and healthier!  It meant that I am 100% more relaxed and at peace with things like:  financial anxiety, trying to conceive, work stress, my cousin’s wedding& other events, and my grandmother’s passing. All of these things in the past used to stress me out and I would turn to food. But learning more yoga and slowing down to breathe and meditate really have helped!!

The thing I’m learning about yoga…no, from meditation…no, about LIFE in general, is that we are all on a different journey and path in life…  We tend to compare ourselves, online, internally, in person, share openly or keep it private, but yes, we do compare… I know I do.  But when I do yoga, I finally surrendered all those thoughts.  I just gave in, I said, “No longer am I going to pick myself apart and say that I’m too crazy squirrel to do this!”  (We joke in my spin class that sometimes we go too fast like a crazy squirrel, like a crazed hamster in its wheel)!

For the month of February, I really did slow down.  I purposefully and mindfully walked and ate and tried to talk slower! I breathed more and listened more and took in more of the world around me.  For Lent I’m reading more and eating cleaner and less sugar.  It means that I don’t rush so much from room to room or place to place.  I also got more organized with the help of Thirty One bags and I am learning essential oils and doing more therapeutic things like stamps or scrapbooking.  In February I started using the Passion Planner and I do my to do lists daily.  I am learning to set achievable goals.  In February I set aside time to have real date nights and am making time for girls nights.  In February I became more Content – learning and listening to God’s love!  Yoga has helped me so much in this area- becoming more in tune with His Spirit and the voice of reason! Bringing awareness to good causes, to my husband’s voice and to positive thoughts!  I used to try and do, now I slowly take in.  I have heard “Christians shouldn’t do Yoga” or “Yoga is only for Hindu or B’Hai or Hippies or…” (fill in the blank!)  I have heard it all.  Now I believe that anyone can do it! I even tried Stick Yoga which is excellent for seniors, I tried different styles of teachers and videos and am now doing Osho‘s meditations and learning so much more.  I wanted to go to my new friend Spoken Yoga ‘s  event (but I had a family thing and didn’t make it) where they did WRITING AND BREATHING AND YOGA ALL TOGETHER!!


I used to think Yoga was only for strong people of a certain religion or its only for very slender people who don’t have ADHD:). Now I am getting it.  I am seeing that it’s good for everyone to do, whether it’s taking a class, finding a video, studying a word or a verse or holding a pose for a moment or a minute or for five.

I learned so many new poses and networked and followed some inspiring and motivational yogis!!  I met new friends and am enjoying this journey so much.

IT MEANS THAT one of my friends and I WON THE $$gift card$$ to PrAna!!!