Just Try It!

Since getting up and running, I have come in contact with a lot of either new yogis or people who have never tried yoga but would like to start or are at least willing to dabble. This makes me so excited! I would love to take each and every one of you on your yoga journey! I remember starting out like it was yesterday. My first few studios in Oklahoma City were run by women that I emulate in my flows today. I was so blessed with such experienced teachers.

My first studio was Cadence Yoga, run by Mandy Latham, which was the perfect starting point. Specific cues and a traveling teacher really helped me learn my first sun salutation (Surya Namaskara A). Used as a common warm up in almost every yoga class, most yogis have done many sun salutations, even if you didn’t know what it was when you were doing it. Having a teacher who was willing to adjust my pose and make sure I was in the correct position was invaluable early in my practice.

Surya Namaskara A

After Cadence closed, I switched over to a yoga class in my gym at Lighthouse and while I can’t remember my teacher’s name, her impact on my practice is definitely lasting. She was in her early 70’s and extraordinary. Her ability to hold space during closing (Savasana) is something I strive for in every class.

I sought out a studio feel instead of the gym classes, because I missed the community that comes with a regular practice at a yoga studio. I was directed to The Yoga Room with Laura Haggard in a studio so comforting and homey that I never wanted to leave. Here, I met the teachers that truly inspired me to do teacher training. I don’t know where my practice would be today without Laura, Betina, Lindsey, Alexis and the other women who sculpted the practice I call my own. I still imagine laying in Savasana in this studio when I go to my happy place.

My final studio before we left OKC was This Land Yoga. After the Yoga Room closed, Betina Wills opened up This Land Yoga. The studio was modern and beautiful. I had been practicing for.. 3 years? at this point. I moved locations, but all of my favorite teachers came with me and my practice grew.

These women are wonderful, I still text them today when I have questions, I still look to them for inspiration, and I still strive to be the teachers they were for me. I hope that yoga will provide that same growth for you. Just try it!


200 RYT

After years of an individual practice, I decided it was time to take the plunge into expanding my yogi life. In January, I began my yoga teacher certification journey with Black Swan Yoga. I was nervous at first, sure that I didn’t know enough to go down this path. But, the amazing leaders of Black Swan Yoga provided a comfortable, safe space for education and growth.

Focusing on anatomy, asanas, and alignments has been amazing for my mind, body, and personal practice. Every Tuesday and the first Saturday of each month, I met up with a wonderful group of humans who experienced physical and emotional growth.. and 9 months later.. I was done!

I am so happy to have had the opportunity to meet these amazing women and men. I know these are forever friendships. They’re my forever support system. My sounding board. And my accountabilibuddies. Making sure I keep up with our community, my practice, and our friendships!

I will be forever grateful for this year. I can’t wait to give back to our community here in San Antonio. I am excited to see what comes next! Goal: transition into a studio family! Stay tuned for updates, blog posts, and hopefully! a class schedule. More to come soon!

What’s That Smell

I went in search of information regarding the old wives tale that oils will smell differently based on your body’s needs. I spent the morning trying to differentiate between an energy oil and an oil directed at PMS.. they should have completely different aromas but to me they smell the same.. and neither of them smell great.. supposedly that means I need them both? But why?

I found this old blog post by a seasoned aromatherapist:

“Some essential oils you will have a love affair with the fragrance, and others you think you will be happy if you never smell again. Essential oils work on all four levels, Emotional, Mental, Physical and Spiritual. They are a powerful tool for bringing the body back into balance.
So when you have an essential oil that has a “horrid” smell, its just a signpost along the way to showing that there is something out of balance or unresolved in your life.
If you Love the smell thats great, I use that oil to help bring me back to myself because it makes me feel like I’ve come home. (Note: this rule only applies to a pure therapeutic grade essential oil like Young Living’s, because if its not therapeutic grade, its possible that you will be experiencing negativity from the synthetics or unbalanced constituents in the essential oil.)

How does it work?

When you inhale an essential oil, the fragrance travels via the olfactory nerve and sends an electrical pulse directly to the limbic region of the brain, our emotional centre. This area is known as the amygdala and it plays a major role in storing and releasing emotional trauma. The interesting part is that the only way to stimulate this gland is through your sense of smell. This means that the emotional brain only responds to smell and not to words read, spoken, heard or felt by touch ie: braille.
So it shows how powerful a tool essential oils can be for releasing or clearing emotional stress or trauma in your life.
The other thing that happens when you inhale an essential oil is that particles travel through the nose and into the lungs, where they are absorbed into the blood stream. Chemical interactions can occur between oils and our bodies that also result in physical changes. Our bodies can become sedated, stimulated or relaxed by the action of certain oils. Pain may be relieved, wounds may heal, inflammation and spasms may cease.
So as much as I love rubbing oils onto my body, the smell alone is VERY powerful and can bring effective permanent transformation in your life.

So back to the stinky oil.
My secret to dealing with the oils I can’t stand the smell of is to rub 1-2 drops on the soles of my feet, put my shoes and socks on and then go and wash my hands. It means that I’m getting the essential oil into my blood stream and its gently shifting my frequency and helping to unlock/unblock the issue that I have, with out the smell assaulting my nose.
I’ve found that after using the oil for a period of time that the smell becomes less abhorrent and moves into the “its not my favourite, but I don’t hate it realm”.
Its up to you how long you choose to use the oil but I’ve found that the smell is a great indicator of where I’m at emotionally.

Oily Desserts

This weekend we has a last minute get together with a few of the other couples in the building for what was supposed to be a poker night for the boys and a wine night for the girls! No cards were ever brought out.. the boys made duck and bao, the girls brought desserts, and we all ended up in a circle scream-singing lyrics to old 90’s rap songs for the better portion of the night. AMAZING.

Since we didn’t have time to go grab dessert – I decided to make brownies! And of course I had to find a way to oil them up. PEPPERMINT. Now, I don’t want you to think that I was unable to run to the store but totally had time to make brownies from scratch.. false. I grabbed a brownie box and added two drops of peppermint oil. Big hit. I also didn’t have time to take photos (thank goodness, since the brownies were baked in a circle cake tin – not the prettiest brownies) so here is a photo of brownies to make you hungry and some info about the amazingness of peppermint! If you want to try this “recipe” Peppermint has 100 drops in a bottle that will make over 50 brownie batches! Plus there are 1000 other uses for peppermint, some of which I’m sure don’t involve food.. but it is so so delicious!


Spring Cleaning!

Under my sink you will find 10 bottles of method cleaners.. One for granite, one for glass, one for wood, one for steel, one for the bathroom, one for the shower, one for the toilet, one for the wood floors, one of the hard floors and of course one all-purpose because why make one cleaner for everything if you’re going to make oodles of other cleaners for very specific purposes or surfaces..

But this Spring there is change (and cinnamon!) in the air. In my monthly oil box, I am getting thieves cleaner! It is truly all-purpose. Thieves is a blend of 5 oils: Cinnamon, Rosemary, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Clove. All of which are amazing, all-natural, effective cleaner.

The synergistic effect of these oils is antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic! Plus they smell amazing. There are also some pretty cool Folklore stories about where the name Thieves® came from! While there are quite a few variations, but the basis of the story is surviving the plague. The story goes something  like this.. there were four thieves who used this recipe to steal from those who were dying from the plague. Once in prison for stealing from the homes of the dead, they were sentence to haul the plagued bodies piling up. One of the thieves had a mother who was an herbalist; she made an herbal vinegar the men used on a fabric handkerchief over their mouths and noses while they robbed the dead. She supplied more of the same as the thieves took on their assigned tasks. The men survived carting away dead and decaying bodies without catching the plague, and the magistrates took note. The magistrates offered them a deal: the thieves could hang for their crimes, or divulge their secret and go free. They gave up the recipe! The tale continues to say that many others used the herbal vinegar and survived. A wonderful story, you can read more here.

This year I won’t have to bring 5 cleaners to the bathroom. Bring on the Thieves.


**WARNING** This post may be a little bit heated.. I started diffusing peace and calming before I wrote this but I don’t think there is anything out there that will make me any less sad/mad.😡

Two weeks ago, Friday morning apparently someone broke into (snuck into) (freely gained entry into) our “secured-access” loft complex.. We found out TUESDAY. How you ask? By email? no. By word of mouth? no. By the police? NO. I got all dressed up and ready to ride and went downstairs to the basement and into the LOCKED bike room to remove our chained bikes from the cement bike rack.. only to find that they were NOT there. I ran up to the front office.. their response was not shock.. or concern.. just “oh, yeah.. there was a break-in”🙄

Let me explain what it would take for someone to get in. You would have to use a remote to scan into the back gate, then again to get into the building. THEN you would have to go ally the way down the hallway to the staircase/elevator that leads to the basement. THEEN find your way through the labyrinth that is the basement to the opposite side of the building where the (supposed-to-be) locked bike storage room is located. Then pull out your bolt cutters to cut both of our bikes free… then transport those bikes up a back staircase (which I can’t find and I live here) then get BACK into the building to steal another tenant’s bike and power tools out of his storage unit.. Totally seems like random strangers did this right..😒

I cannot express the anger and disappointment that we’ve experienced in dealing with our southtown loft complex. There are no words.. There are no oils. But there is a community with Young Living. The day after I found out, I also had to contact Young Living in their amazingly helpful live chat. Iva helped me figure out a Young Living question, but also asked me about my day. I couldn’t help but express my sadness for my missing bikes and her response was priceless. “Bikes are replaceable, don’t let them take your joy”, and she was right, they don’t deserve to take everything. They already took our bikes, they don’t get my happiness.

So today we choose to forgive.. but not to re-lease.

February Flew By

Can you believe it is already February 28?! I feel like I blinked and this month is gone.

At the beginning of February, I was moved out to jail court! So instead of going to the courthouse for work everyday, I go to the jail. I packed up all of my things, loaded them all into a pliable chariot (Costco’s fancy name for a wagon) and off we wheeled!

One of the first things I grabbed was my diffuser and purification oil, because I was sure that an office on the inside of the jail was going to be gross and terrible.. but its not! It is great, I love the people and the office (which is 2 desks and 1 couch larger than my last office!) I DID wipe down every surface with lemon oil and ran purification for at least a week, cause safety..

I like the opportunity to confer with defense attorneys in my office. Every time someone walks in they say.. mmm, what is that smell. OILS. it is always oils. It gives me the opportunity to explain the amazing benefits of purification or stress away! Every attorney in the world could use these (insert busy attorney joke here..)

Stay tuned!

A New Journey: Young Living

Hi friends! I know it’s been so long since I have updated our life! Oh my gosh, so much has happened.

First off, WE PASSED THE BAR! Then we went to Europe (check out our travel blog to look back on our adventure!) for like three MONTHS. amazing. We got ENGAGED! and MARRIED! We are now back state-side, working in San Antonio, living our life. So you see why I haven’t had time to blog! Recap: Bar, Europe, Engagement, Jobs, Wedding. YAY!

So. Why am I back, making time for this update? Because I started down a long windy beautiful road known as OILS. Oh. My. Gosh. When Michael and I started dating he would try to get me to experiment with oils.. but at the time I was still all about that spaghettio’s and boxed wine life, he could barely drag me into a whole foods. I know, crazy to think about. #pinnacleofhealth but as time went on, he wore me down.. and I liked them, they smelled nice.. he was right, whatever. Plus, wine in a bottle is the way to go.

Fast forward to present day! Connoisseur of whole foods, red wine, and anything outdoorsy. A few months ago (probably  longer) my beautiful sorority sisters started posting about oils. How they clean with them, how much they’ve helped their health.. you get the idea. Of course, always obstinate, I rolled my eyes at them.. lavender and eucalyptus oils smelled nice and peppermint oil was a nice way to make a cold compress, but I didn’t need whatever they were peddling.

After arguing that my whole foods oils were the best out there, I decided to compare. Boy, was I wrong. I finally gave in and drank the kool-aid in January. New year, new me? Well, maybe same old me but a balanced, healthier, happier, well-rested version. Soo side-hustle = oils. Because if I need them, you need them. (clearly none of us need spaghettio’s.. unless you want some.. I’ll share with you..)

Anyways, spaghettio’s are neither here nor there.. I am so excited to go down this oily road and share my life with you again!

Budapest. A Week with Friends. 

Budapest would probably not have made the list original list, but we could not come to Europe and not visit our friends! Spending a week in the city, living as ex-pats instead of tourists, was an eye-opening experience. We still did all of the touristy bits, like sight seeing and exploring the city, but we also got to meet a lot of great people temporarily living in Budapest, going on with their daily lives. Budapest has a wonderful company that gives free walking tours of the city, including a general tour, a communism tour, a tour of the Jewish district, and a pub tour. We learned a lot about the city and the history of Hungary. With more information to come in a guide to Budapest, here are some of our favorite photos!