The Sky Above Us All

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I am pretty sure I have felt every emotion there is to feel over the course of this past week, while processing everything that came with Hurricane Sandy.  We remained safe in our little apartment in Brooklyn.  We weren’t directly impacted by her wrath, other than not running 26.2 miles as I thought I would, we were spared destruction… but I still feel connected to the heartache.

The feelings started with relief + joy to have an unexpected day off from work, which then transformed into shock, and disbelief which opened the doors to:  sadness, discomfort, gratitude, helplessness, relief, internal conflict, selfishness, guilt, directed, unfocused, faithful, & questioning.

There was a lot to process and I still find myself working through different emotions & thoughts.  I wonder what I can do, and I feel ridiculous worrying about being productive and setting myself up for a good week, while others are dealing with massive destruction and figuring out how to put the pieces back together.

This storm brought perspective.

I feel incredibly  fortunate & grateful.  I will move on, just like everyone will – some maybe quicker than others.  I will do what I can to lessen this traumatic event for others and I will go on to set myself up for a great week back at work.   So I can connect myself back to my purpose so I can serve and be present to others.

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Starting the Day in a Deliberate Way

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I used to start the day by waking up and immediately reaching over for my phone.  I would automatically and mindlessly check my email, Facebook, and whatever else.. all within 1 minute of opening my eyes to a brand new day.  I began to realize I could start my day in a much more thoughtful way, and now this is what my mornings looks like:

  • Wake UP
  • Wash up
  • Drink water
  • Get down on my yoga mat and wake my body with some cat/cows + down dogs + cobras + childs pose
  • Sit and breathe for 10 minutes
  • Set an intention for the day

Then I am free to check my phone…

In order to feel grounded and ready for my day, I need to take this time to get clear about the day.  Lately, I have been meditating for at least 10 minutes before I move on with the rest of my day.  And don’t think when I say the word ‘meditate’ I am sitting with an empty mind, completely enlightened, watching my breath… haven’t gotten there yet!  My mind normally is a big swirl of thoughts, and I just work on watching them and observing rather than reacting.  A definite work in progress.  But from that quiet comes my intention that I create for the day.

One of my favorites from this week was:

‘I greet this day with fluidity, moving into the spaces of my day – present and clear.’  


How do you get ready for the day?

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Raccoon + Leaves + Acorn Squash

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We just moved into our new apartment and I am falling in love with living here.  You can’t beat waking up with sunlight streaming into the bedroom, doing yoga and watching the birds bounce around in the trees, and meeting our new neighbor who lives right outside our window. (no joke)

I went on a run in Prospect Park this morning, where I marveled at the trees and all their brilliant colors.  Then I stopped at the farmers market for some ingredients for our first meal at home.


I made acorn squash, a kale + apple salad with toasted pecans, with quinoa piled somewhere.  It was minimal prep, and super tasty and healthy.  Here’s what it looked like:

And here is what I did:


Preheated oven to 450

Cut acorn squash in half, removed seeds, drizzled olive oil, salt, pepper, and red pepper (or you can make it sweet with brown sugar / maple syrup)

Baked it for an hour

(So easy!)



Tore kale off the stem

Massaged with dressing: combination of  olive oil, lemon juice, sherry vinegar, salt & pepper to taste

Toasted chopped pecans

Cut Apple into bite size pieces

Mixed and Viola! Dinner is served.

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‘Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful.  Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desires must come to you.’ – Mahatma Gandhi

Clarity is something I search for every day.  When I get clear I become efficient, I get things done.  You may have experienced moments of clarity where everything seems aligned.  It feels magical.

When I am clear I move towards the life of my dreams.  When I take the time and space to arrive into my body, into my breath, and into my mind, I am able to create clarity and I find my intention.  When I nurture and feed my body the best food that I can, I feel light and aware.  We have this body that we use as a vehicle daily, but how often do we take the time to maintain it?  Check in with it? Really be in it and feel what is going on?

There are many ways to get back into your body but I have found there is something so powerful about yoga, about its ability to align the body and the mind.  As I move my body in a meaningful way, I am able to connect to my breath, which opens up space in the mind and leaves me feeling clear.

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My Evolving Healthy Story

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I want to eat what I want to eat, and that is that.  I don’t like diets, or the word RESTRICTION, so I just ate what I wanted to eat.  Which was all fine except for the occasions when I found myself wiggling into my pants, or when I looked at a photograph of myself and then asked my husband that loaded question “Do I look fat?” (which normally ended up in me giving him the silent treatment for a few hours.)

Both my body and my mind was in constant fluctuation.  I thought I was eating healthy, and I kind of was, but clearly something was stuck.  My stagnant diet started to reflect my then stagnant life.  I wanted to shake it up a bit.  So I spent three months working with my wonderful friend and health coach Alaina Muckell.  I started to learn about the power of food.  My perspective on what I ate shifted.  And instead of

‘I can’t/shouldn’t eat _______’  it became

‘I don’t even want to eat ________’

My 4:00 snack attacks shifted from a cappuccino and a biscotti to an Amazing Green Bowl, with blended kale, spinach, acai, banana, and almond milk.  I became obsessed with super foods, in love with Whole Foods, and maybe slightly addicted to reading the ingredients of my food – for better or for worse.  I found myself extremely passionate about what I was discovering and I soon realized I wanted to take this to another level.  So now I have started my journey to become a holistic health coach, and thrilled about the possibilities.

Although, even with my new relationship with health I still occasionally find myself eating many, many chocolate covered peanuts at the end of the day.  But the thing is – that happens less frequently, and I realize the craving is coming from a much deeper place.  So maybe one day I will maybe be chocolate covered peanut free, but I doubt it, and I don’t think I’d really want to be.


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A Thoughtful Read

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It’s not often I find a magazine that has rich and meaningful content on nearly EVERY page.  So when I stumbled upon Origin Magazine I knew it was something special.  With meaningful musings about YOGA. ART. MUSIC. CONSCIOUS LIFESTYLE. HUMANITARIANISM. &  SUSTAINABILITY,  it is jam packed with interesting and inspiring articles.  I haven’t even finished this issue yet, but here are some of the gems I have found so far.

On Yoga:

“We watch our depths rise to the surface, and if we are sensitive enough, allow that which does not serve us to be released without judgement or disdain.” – KK Ledford

On Life:

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as in being able to remake ourselves.” – Mahatma Gandhi

On Food:

“Energy is like money; once spent, it’s gone. – Will the nutritional return justify the digestive energy expenditure?”              – Brendan Brazier

So pick up your copy at Whole Foods and see what you find.  :)

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