Winter Diary: Just Move

The biggest challenge for me in the long winter is continuing to move. It gets dark much earlier, and, let’s face it, it’s cold outside. In order for me to have the most success with exercise, I have to do it in the morning. I will do it in the evening sometimes, but there’s always […]

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Twisting Into Myself with Stevie Wonder

“I cannot wait for the weekend,” I told a coworker on Friday. “I have to get away.” “So where are you taking yourself,” she asked cheerily. “I’m going to hide,” I said, and I meant it. I could think of nothing better than to curl up in my house, light some candles, take some naps […]

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An Old Dog Can Learn New Tricks

I’ve been creating new habits. I started Jessica’s Fit Camp in January, and that program is 12 weeks long. I have two weeks left, so I’m going to commit to doing all the workouts this week. It will be tough. But, since it’s almost over, I should be able to do this! This week I […]

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The Reflection of Me

In this beautiful space with glass from the walls to the ceiling, I’ve had a change of perspective. Practicing on my lotus flower yoga mat, I was startled to see a reflection of myself in the glass ceiling. It felt weird at first to look down on my body. Eventually, it was a bit interesting. […]

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Don’t Mess With Me, Polar Vortex!

I am sick of the inside of my house. I’m quite sure my dog is sick of the inside of my house, but she’s not so happy outside the last few days. Her romps in the snow last seconds instead of minutes, and when she comes in she looks at me like “what the hell […]

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Accepting Support #ywadedicate

Yesterday’s practice from my 30-Day yoga series featured a supported side plank. Adrienne urged me not to power through and do an unsupported side plank at first. We eventually worked up to an unsupported side plank which tested my mettle, but I followed her advice to start with a supported side plank. This version uses […]

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Creating Space #ywadedicate

This morning’s practice (Day 13 of the Dedicate Yoga Journey) was about creating space. In the first few minutes, I moved stiffly into a twist from a standing forward bend. Mind you I had been in bed only 30 minutes before. After the initial resistance from my creaky joints, my heart opened up to the […]

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The Dark Season

My boss handed me her “Happy Light” today and told me to use it while she was out. “It works,” she said. “It’s already making me feel better.” The darkness in Michigan starts to take its toll around this time of year. It gets increasingly worse for awhile even though the days are getting longer. […]

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It’s More Fun With Girls in the House!

There’s a line in the lady’s room at the Capitol! Woohoo… things are looking up. I have found myself smiling more than once this week and outright chuckling a few times at the splash of color – both figuratively and literally – in a typically old white man’s parlor. Our youngest congresswoman is playfully enjoying […]

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Day 3: Channeling Winslet

In this morning’s yoga practice, Adrienne encouraged me to imagine myself as Kate Winslet “flying” over the sea at the bow of the Titanic. I know the story doesn’t end all that well. But, really, do any of us know how this day will end. What if these were our last moments? Would you want […]

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