Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Glow Baby, Glow

I know 2016 was a rough one for a lot of people. The heartbreaking results of the U.S. elections aside, I feel like I was one of the lucky few to have a pretty good year. It was busy, but blessed.

But regardless of how 2016 treated you, we are now moving on and into 2017. Hello new year! Don't you just love that new year smell? Ripe with new beginnings, and fresh with energy and intention. I know I do.

Those who have been reading along with me for awhile now, know that I always pick a theme or mantra for each new year. This year's theme is Just Glow. It's how I want to feel day in and day out, inside and out. Sitting at work? Just glow. Driving in the car? Just glow. Performing onstage? Just glow. Working out at the gym? Just glow. How about that? It works for every occasion.

It's that just got done with yoga/mediation/good sex/great book/chocolate cake contented, tranquil, and happy feeling. It's finding gratitude in the ordinary and inspiration in the every day. It's shining your light and glowing bright.

Specifically, a few glowing goals I'm hoping to accomplish this year are:

1. Glow bright in the Lunaria Moon Over Manhattan show. (P.S. tickets are on sale now!)
2. Hike the Inca Trail in Peru. Tickets are booked for June!
3. Witness the solar eclipse (happening in August)
4. Finish (finally!) the draft of my novel
5. Create a midday mindfulness practice for the workday
6. Get my outer glow on using a combination of programs from Tone It Up, Pop Pilates, and foam rolling
7. Read a poem at a poetry slam
8. Attend a yoga festival

Ready to glow your own way in 2017? Here's a few brainstorming ideas of what might light you up:

Here's to 2017. For the glow.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Au Revoir 2016!

This time of year I always like to take a moment to reflect on the year and what has transpired. I'm a big believer in goal-setting, and I think it's vitally important to regularly reflect on progress toward goals; assessing what went well, what still needs work, and what just needs to be celebrated.

Looking back on 2017, it was in short, a pretty epic year for me.

The year started with me joining Lunaria Dance Theatre as a company member. It's been amazing and inspiring to work with this group of talented women, as we perfect our acts. Throughout this year we've been working on choreographing and producing our own full-length cabaret show, which will debut on March 11, 2017 at Hale's Palladium in Seattle.  If you're interested, tickets can be purchased here.

This year also proved to be the year that my husband and I finally bought a house! The Seattle housing market has been skyrocketing over the past few years, with demand greatly outpacing supply. It took us two years and five offers, but we finally were able to close on a home that we love.

During the summer of 2016, I also had the opportunity to attend Aziza's Dream Camp in Canada. Aziza and the guest instructor, Mercedes Nieto, were superb. You can read more about my experience at camp in this post

I also was blessed with being able to spend three weeks overseas in Austria and Switzerland. In these countries it seemed that around every corner was yet more beautiful countryside, stunning architecture, and cities blossoming with history and culture; it was a fabulous trip. You can see additional pictures from my adventures here

Some other fun highlights of the year were getting my picture taken as a mermaid, going overnight backpacking for the first time, completing a Wanderlust triathlon, spending the weekend inside a converted railroad car at the Red Caboose Getaway, dying my hair purple, and as always, lots of costumes.

With everything that happened during 2016, the one goal of mine that really got put on the back burner was finishing a draft of my novel. I started the year with 38,000 words written, and ended the year with 48,500. So progress, but not all the way to my intended 65,000 words. 

Well, that's a wrap I think. After all that activity, I plan to spend these last few weeks of 2016 being as tranquil and low-key as possible! Wishing you a very merry holiday season, and hoping you saw some of your dreams actualized this year as well. Let it sparkle!