Inevitable Dark Moments

When you finally get that call, meet that person or watch your dreams come to fruition, do you think you’ll even care that there were a few dark and scary moments in a journey that made them all possible? Most of the time, you won’t even remember and I think that is a beautiful thing.


“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all”

-Helen Keller

Take a chance

“Cause you know life is what we make it and a chance is like a picture, it’d be nice if you’d just take it.”

-Drake (The Buried Life)

Love for no reason at all

“The more one loves for no reason at all, the easier their life, the greater their friends, and the happier their times.”

-The Universe


I just like this one.

“Some of the coolest dreams that ever came true weren’t dreams at all, but standards that simply weren’t compromised.”

– The Universe

Be happy

“When you want your really gigantic dreams to come true, it helps to keep busy and stay happy.”

– The Universe

Everything’s a gift

“Think of every single thing that you “have to” do to get through a day as things you “get to” do… before your turn is over.”

-The Universe



“It’s often from a sense of discontent, feelings of incompleteness, or even a twinge of true unhappiness that the seeds of great accomplishment are sown.”

– The Universe

SUP Yoga

A few weeks ago, I picked up the local Get Out Chattanooga magazine and read the article “Standing Ovation” about riding rapids, dodging rocks and skirting hydraulics on the Ocoee and Nantahala – while standing up. It’s called Stand-up Paddleboarding, aka SUP. At the time, I was just weeks away from beginning my white water raft guide training, so the article really grabbed and held my attention. It’s an interesting take on the calm SUP I’ve seen before and it truly deserves a separate review on this blog. The intent for this post was to mention my excitement at a “new” thing I am going to try. A few days after I read that magazine article Livingsocial put on a deal for a 1-hour SUP Yoga by L2 Boards, which a local Chattanooga company. Once again, I recruited  my boyfriend to hit the water with me next time he came in town and he agreed to give it a shot. I feel very blessed that I have the desire and attitude to try new things all the time as well as the physical ability and a partner who will humor me in the name of love. I really have so much to be grateful for.

Local SUP Business

Mark Baldwin and his wife, Kim, opened the business less than 2 years ago.













SUP near downtown Chattanooga

Sunset SUP Yoga

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Wanderlust Festival

The first time I found out about Wanderlust was just over two years ago when I started to get serious about my practice. Attending this event is on my list of places to go, I can only hope it’s sooner rather than later. Since I cannot write on personal experience, I have copied the mission statement and description from their facebook page for those who are unfamiliar with Wanderlust. Check out this video as’s great!

2012 Wanderlust Festival

Wanderlust’s core purpose is to create community around shared values. It has been incredibly gratifying to see such a large community growing around the pillars of mindful living – yoga, the arts, personal spirituality, environmentalism, organics and conscious consumerism – and to know that Wanderlust is becoming a central gathering point for this community.
The cauldron of talent at Wanderlust never ceases to amaze, and while we continue to seek out diverse and gifted artists, teachers, speakers and leaders, it often feels like the festival is being equally shaped by the talent of its participants. The scholars, buskers, acroyogis, hoopers, and artists that have organically integrated into the event have created the kind of exchange of ideas and energy that could never be replicated by any traditional festival or concert experience.
Wanderlust continues to evolve to include a broader range of experiences, including hiking, biking, running and other outdoor activities, a more diverse array of lectures, expanded food and wine events, movement and burlesque workshops, and even a community garden project. Wherever possible, these new activities will involve interaction and interactivity, so our attendees can learn and create as part of the event.
Wanderlust 2012 will be bigger and better than ever. There’s a lot to do, and many more locations at which to do it. We hope you can come take advantage of all of it, but don’t plan too hard. Always let yourself wander, because life’s most beautiful moments come in the spaces.

The four locations of Wanderlust 2012

Wanderlust brings together the world’s leading yoga teachers and top-tier musical performers in settings of breathtaking natural beauty.
Festivalgoers spend their mornings getting centered in one of many yoga or meditation classes, chilling at a spa or in the pool, or engaging in outdoor activities from hiking to biking. A series of fascinating talks, acoustic music and food & wine tastings unfold in the afternoon, while nights are dedicated to musical discovery and a full-tilt dance party.

Now that’s what I call a yoga community!

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