Small Talk: What’s On Your Plate?

In February, I ran a little exercise titled Small Talk, which remains one of my all-time favorite posts. Not because of the content, but I love going back to read the tiny details of your lives…the kinds of things we often skip over in blogging. With today marking my first day of self-employment, my to do list is looming large. And, I thought, what a great candidate for a follow-up small talk. We all have a lot going on, much of which falls outside our blogging relationships. So, I’ll share my plans for the summer, and then hopefully you’ll share…

Hearth to Hearth: Monica McCarthy

I’m excited to be back to a regular schedule for Hearth to Hearth. Two weeks in a row! Yay consistency. This one is special, in that it exposes a secret shame of mine. I’ve never been to the host city. Yes, I’ve traveled to Lima, Cuzco, London, Mexico City, San Francisco…and a host of other amazing cities. No, I’ve never visited New York. Until today, that is! Monica McCarthy, take it away! Let’s start with first impressions. What is the personality of your hometown? New York City personifies just about every lyric ever written about it, from “I’m in a…

It’s Called Practice for a Reason

Buy it: Breathe by PinwheelDesigns   Last night, I rolled out my mat around 8:30 for a bit of yoga. The hubs and I spent 5 hours in the garden, so my back needed a bit of a release. I didn’t make it 10 minutes before my head started popping with ideas. Like a bag of microwave popcorn, first the ideas pinged singly and slowly. Before long, they were coming every few breaths. I reached for my journal, hoping that if I scribbled down the ideas fast enough, I could refocus on my practice. I couldn’t hold them back. I was…