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The Beginning of an Era

This past year has been filled with many ups and downs. With the inevitable downs, I’ve consistently stepped out of my body to evaluate myself and what I want. Since 2005, the answers to my own questions have been the same — I want to travel and explore new places, perhaps living in a new area at some point and inviting new experiences. So with the many signs pointing to moving out of my comfort zone (including numerous failed short-term relationships and getting laid off at my job), I took the leap last week and crossed across the country to do my passion: YOGA.

Yoga has been a spiritually healing tool for me for the past 6 years, originally with the purpose of coping with a bout of depression and severe anxiety. With yoga, I found peace by letting go of the past, and I learned to love myself more and more each day. Many years of experimenting with various styles brought me back to the core practice of Hatha and flow yoga.

I found the most amazing studio and teacher training program, Pilgrimage of the Heart, located in the North Park and Normal Heights areas of sunny San Diego, California. From the moment I stepped foot in the studio, I immediately knew this was where I needed to be. After some meditation, I followed my heart and put down the deposit for Fall 2013 Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) led by the beautiful Nikole. One week later, I found myself sitting in a room surrounded by 3 teachers, 2 admins and 16 other students chanting the cosmic sound “Ohm”.

But this wasn’t just any “Ohm”. With the direction of the studio’s founder, we were all gazing with half open eyelids into the center of the room and I witnessed the circle of beautiful souls around me undulating…almost vibrating…to the voices and radiant energy around me. I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life and so many emotions came up as a result: excitement, nervousness, hesitation, fear, ambition, calmness. The next day consisted of a 6-hour workshop where we broke down in meticulous detail the first half of Sun Salutation. Although the volume of information was overwhelming at first, I was constantly brought back to feelings of awe for the positive, supportive, non-judgmental energy around me. In fact, I kept stopping to reflect and count my blessings for this incredible opportunity!

So with the intro class and first full workshop day complete, I continue to bring myself back to my intention (which may or may not change while I embark on this  transformative journey):

Let go of the past, and make way for new and positive experiences.

Namaste ❤

15 Weeks Going Strong and a Brief Reflection

Yesterday was my official 15 week mark and I feel amazing. Combined with my pescatarian diet and consistent exercise regimen at Lifetime Fitness and Bikram Tysons, I have a tremendous amount of newfound energy and sense of spirit. Which, I might add, is MUCH needed right now as I sprint to the finish line of my grad school program at Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. December 8th marks the date of my last class and I am officially a Master of Professional Studies in PR & Corporate Communications. I hope to find more time to write and keep everyone updated after the 8th.

With Thanksgiving coming up in just a couple of short days, I’ve been doing some internal reflection on what matters to me the most. I promise that I’ll be giving much more attention to half the items on this list as soon as my time frees up…

  • My family – Mom, Dad, & Sepp. And of course my long lost sisters (i.e. cousins) Tala & Raha ❤
  • My friends (aka extended family) – Caroline, Amanda, Maria, Shaady, Anita, Audrey, Tauna, Tiffany, Albert, Ling, Prali, Chanel, Teresa, Liz, Erin, & Kim
  • My health…and my willpower & drive to keep a healthy lifestyle
  • My education… all my professors at Georgetown, the many friends I’ve made throughout my journey, and the invaluable knowledge that has become a central part of who I am
  • My career… and the endless possibilities that lay ahead
  • My newfound joy… Rob. I’m so thankful that you’ve entered into my life this Fall. Thank you for making me one of the happiest women on this planet. Can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in 2011…

On another note, if you have  a blog that you’d like me to link to from my blogroll, please comment and let me know… all I ask for in return is a link back from your page. I’d be eternally THANKful!

What are you thankful for this year?

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I’m in my final 2 semesters at Georgetown grad, and am currently enrolled in a Global Communications class. The focus is on social media, and we study a new country every week. It’s been quite a journey, and we finish with a blast in London for a week starting August 14.

So, despite what you may have been thinking, I HAVE still been writing! Just not on my personal blog. Visit the class blog to read all mine (and my classmates’) blogs. More specifically:

This is the group blog for the Georgetown University Global Communications class taking place over the Summer semester in 2010.  The format of the class is to focus on a different region of the world every week and the students research and share insights from their research into interesting and unique ways that social media is being used in each country.

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