Surviving the Expansion Hangover

You’ve been there: After a retreat, workshop, or even a deep conversation–the kind  of mind-blowing, perception-altering experience that leaves you unquestionably changed–it hits. You’re inexplicably tired, or moody, or just want to be alone. Enter: The Expansion Hangover. The Expansion Hangover is what I’ve affectionately come to call the natural contraction after a period of … More Surviving the Expansion Hangover

Yoga, Plants, Spirit, Activism: Working with Open Eyes

The past month has been a whirlwind. A blessed, bellowing, autumnal whirlwind. I completed my prenatal yoga teacher training with two of my incredible teachers, helped out at Yoga Journal’s Game Changers event, and the scooted my sweet self down to Costa Rica to hang out with my curandera/mentor Rachel, under whose tutelage I completed … More Yoga, Plants, Spirit, Activism: Working with Open Eyes

Wanderlusting: How to Move on a Whim in 5 Easy Steps

This past month–no, these past six months have been a whirlwind. A good one. Costa Rica, Chicago, Colorado. Love, adventure, travel, yoga, love again. My head has been hazy with transitions and airports, sea and sun, city then mountains. It seems I have packed up my life a dozen times, shoving things into a backpack or so … More Wanderlusting: How to Move on a Whim in 5 Easy Steps

Costa Rica: A Solo Trip Downloaded

I left for Costa Rica in March. After 3 months teaching, learning, and becoming incredibly tan and bug-bitten, I’m just now realizing how transformed I am. Coming back to Chicago is bittersweet. It’s almost like I’ve never left. I’ve traded the exhilaration of jungles and mountains for the comforting familiarity of my neighborhood. It’s loud … More Costa Rica: A Solo Trip Downloaded

How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

It’s almost here! Saturday, June 21–the first day of summer, or the summer solstice–marks the day with the most hours of sunlight; from here on out, the days get shorter as we wind down to the winter solstice. Ancient Egyptians, Mayans, Incas, Druids, and many other ancient cultures revered equinoxes and solstices, building megalithic structures to … More How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Traveling Trysts: Define & Refine Your Standards

Romance on the road is not easy. Sure, the random hookup or make out on the dance floor is fairly straightforward, but sometimes you want more connection. It seems like it would be simple: this totally hot person you just met loves adventure and rootless existence–just like you! Except you’ll both be headed to opposite … More Traveling Trysts: Define & Refine Your Standards

Better Sex, Better Sleep: Kick Technology Out of Your Bed

One unexpected blessing about arriving in the Osa peninsula is that I do not get wifi from the adorable shipping container that I will call home for the next two months. “Does this mean I’ll have to indulge my illicitly procured Game of Thrones habit in full view of others?” I thought immediately. Yes, it … More Better Sex, Better Sleep: Kick Technology Out of Your Bed