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Today I turn 34 years old. I think this is going to be the best year yet, until the next one. I used to think getting older would be depressing, but the opposite has proven to be true. I look back on my 24 year old self with fondness, but also with a loving pat on the...

Six Pack of Peaks-Mt San Gorgonio

Mt San Gorgonio was the last peak left for us to summit to complete the Six Pack of Peaks challenge by the September 30th deadline. We chose September 23rd to hike, hoping that the heat would have subsided and we would have a cooler hike. We chose to hike on the South...

Seva (Service) Yoga

Since January of this year, I have been teaching yoga every Friday evening at the juvenile detention center in my community. In my work as a yoga teacher, I know it is imperative for me to take my teaching to places where it is not conventionally accessible. I know...

Six Pack of Peaks-Cucamonga Peak

We conquered our second peak in the Six Pack of Peaks challenge! Last weekend, we crossed Cucamonga Peak off our list! This hike was definitely challenging, but not as mentally confronting as Mt Wilson. Just like Mt. Wilson, the actual mileage we hiked was more than I...

WHY I Teach

As an adult I have had a hard time finding mentors. I think it was easier as a kid when I looked up to most adults and had the mindset that grown ups knew more than me and I had something to learn from them. As I got older, it became harder and harder to find people...

The Yogis Path to Forgiveness

Forgiveness has been one of the greatest roads placed in my path that I have at times been pushed down, ran away from and slowly found again, only to stumble along eventually making small steps forward. Forgiveness has been such a significant force and source of...

Six Pack of Peaks-Mt. Wilson

I finally checked off one of my peaks in the Six Pack of Peaks Challenge. I thought Mt. Wilson would be a good peak to start off with. I thought it would be one of the easier climbs since the elevation is only 5,710. I thought it would be a 14 mile hike. I was wrong...

Five Years & Understanding

It's been five years today. Five years ago someone shot my and killed my dad. Five years ago my life changed forever. It was one of those moments where we split our history into two, before that day and after it. I have thought a lot about if and what I would write...

WIAW-Gluten & Soy Free Vegan Edition

Thank-you so much for all the responses and support for my last post about my migraines and reconfiguring a healthy diet for myself that was still vegan. I had a few questions about how I get enough protein in my diet now that I have cut out soy and wanted to share...

The Story of the Migraines: Is Veganism Healthy for Me?

A high amount of vegans or vegetarians return to eating animal products. According to this study, 84%, in fact. Ex-veganism is definitely a thing that concerns me. That percentage is high and makes me uncomfortable, sad, but also, empathetic. There is a part of me...

Run Through Redlands 2017

This past weekend, I ran my first race in 3 years. It was my 12th half-marathon and either the 4th or 5th time I ran the Run Through Redlands. It's one of my favorite races, but I have sat out the past couple of years. After running it in 2014, I got all dramatic and...