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New Year, Same Old Recap

It's that time of year. The weird week between Christmas and New Years where you're not quite sure what to do with yourself. 

I always want to start planning, plotting, and rolling new things into action - but without wishing away the last week of the old year. It's a tough balance to find and a weird line to walk.

For me, taking time to review what did and didn't work in the previous year helps me chart a course and decipher a plan for the next.

So let's see what went well in 2017:

1. My business, as a whole. I took on more classes, taught more trainings, and created more opportunity than ever before. And it showed. As the year closes, it's pretty neat to see that I literally doubled my revenue from 2016.

2. Yoga retreats! I held my first two wine and yoga retreats in 2017. They were a test. Would anybody even want to go? Would working with my parents be successful? Would I even like leading retreats? Yes, yes, and yes. So in 2018 we welcome on two more retreats (there's ONE space left for the weekend of July 26-29- otherwise they are sold out) and a single day mini retreat (that is all full). And perhaps think about adding a third? A local San Diego option? Hmmmm...

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3. Teacher trainings. I co-lead my first 200 hour yoga teacher training at Spirit Yoga in 2017 and had an amazing experience. Not only did I get to impart my specific knowledge upon some amazing now yoga teachers, but I got to soak in the immense wisdom of my co-leaders. 2018 finds me heading back to Spirit from January to April to co-lead 200 hour teacher training once again (it's not too late to sign up!). I'll also continue to teach the anatomy portions of teacher trainings at other local studios. And I'm in the early stages of discussing hopping on board with co-production of a brand new teacher training with a dear friend (and amazing yoga instructor) for sometime at the end of 2018 or early 2019.

4. Anatomy. Publishing my first book was a huge highlight of 2017. Perhaps even more exciting was teaching the intensive course to yoga instructors here in San Diego. 2018 brings another local intensive (dates TBD), taking the course on the road (hello, Los Angeles in May), and beginning work on a second book and deeper level anatomy training. A large goal of mine is to teach this course outside of California - so any leads on studios that would love to partner to bring Critical Anatomy to their communities would be appreciated.

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5. Balancing personal life with work. We finally got a dog! We put in the love, time, and effort to make sure his first year of life was setting him (and us) up for success. And I think we nailed it. 2018 will bring more adventures with Arlo, bonding trips with Angelo, maximizing the quality of the time we spend together as a family, and making lots and lots of memories. 

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And where to improve...

1. Health and fitness. 2017 was another year spent battling injury. While it had many more highs than the previous year or two, it was still a year with more mornings of "ouch" than I'd like. I'm committed in 2018 to being better rounded - more yoga (my personal practice has been lacking), more strength training (yes, yes, yes it feels so good to be strong), appropriate recovery (hi foam roller), optimal nutrition (for performance, but also life). Because I'm committed to achieving big goals (Boston Marathon, a long trail race of some sort) and to having a year of being healthy.

2. Blogging. From a business standpoint, my weekly blogs, monthly blogs, and occasional in betweeners aren't doing much. And from a personal standpoint it's become something that I honestly am beginning to dread writing. I do not like having to write when I'm not inspired to. It feels less than authentic. So this year I'll be posting blogs when the inspiration strikes, and only when it strikes.

3. Run coaching. As the past two and a half years have led me down a yoga-centered road, I've let my run coaching and run specific teaching take a backseat. And while I had the opportunity to coach a few amazing people in 2017 (Antonette, Jessi, Jenn - to name a few) I want to do more! So in addition to more marketing and making space for more clients, I'll be continuing to teach runner's yoga every week and adding a Run Strong class to my weekly schedule. Plus, stay tuned for hopefully big announcements coming this year about expansion of my Rock Solid Runner programming!

4. Making more time for fun! I get caught up in the feeling that I should always be working. Because if I don't work, my business doesn't grow, and I don't get paid. And while that work ethic is one I appreciate and want to keep I know it is important to sprinkle some fun in. So here's to a year with more time spent with friends, enjoying coffee dates, ice cream scoops, tv shows, movies, reading more books, and playing more games. Also, planning more free events (because those are always fun) through Bodies in Motion. And generally smiling and laughing without holding anything back.

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Lastly, what's coming up immediately in January?

1. I'm keeping my theming going for yoga classes. January's theme is "foundations". It's impossible to build a sturdy house without a strong foundation and it's impossible to attempt or achieve an advanced yoga posture without the same. So we'll be focusing on one foundational aspect of our asana each week and building it up to a peak pose.

Come play: 

Mondays - 12PM at Buddhi Yoga

Tuesdays - 9AM at Spirit Yoga

Wednesdays - 7PM at Spirit Yoga

Fridays - 630AM at Buddhi Yoga and 9AM at Spirit Yoga

Keep up to date with my schedule here. 

2. I'm also keeping up with the small changes to my daily routine that I've coined "Maximize my Month". They may not stick as monthly challenges, but they'll be around. The current challenge? To buy less processed and packaged foods. Yup, grocery shopping is changing. No more browsing the middle aisles for crackers, snacks, cereal, and canned foods. Let's stick to the outsides of the store - produce, fresh protein sources, bulk items - as well as visiting farmers markets. Not only will it be better for us, but it will be much more friendly to the planet. Of course, some packaging will be hard to avoid (eggs are a good example) but the less the better!

 

What I'm Into Wednesday

Prior to beginning this post, I had a running list of what was going to be included this week and a general idea of what I was going to talk about. And while much of that running list has stayed the same, I want to start in a different fashion than I had originally planned.

I'm just going to open this post with a plea. To be smart (and to practice what you preach). Listen to your body. It knows what it wants. And sometimes it doesn't want to run a 50k. So why run it? 50k or not, you have nothing to prove to anyone besides yourself. And as my friend Mike so eloquently put it the other day, we all do this "fitness" thing to feel good - mentally, physically, about ourselves. If it stops feeling good, why are we still doing it that way?

So, 50k out - trail marathon in. And I'm feeling better already.

Onward.

SEE

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A couple of years ago I was introduced to a local San Diego sunglasses brand, Knockaround. We all know how it goes: buy super cheap and ugly sunglasses and they'll last you years but splurge on a fancy pair and you'll break or lose them within weeks. Knockaround solves that conundrum. Make super cool, unique sunglasses at a price that is easy on your wallet and that won't make you sad for days if something happens to them. Their stuff is the shit. Great colors, a few classic shapes, and fun designs. AND they're into community - they'll be throwing shades my direction for my 2018 retreat attendees!

SMELL

Again and again, the smell of coffee is one of my favorite things. Even coffee that is spilled allllll over the table, chairs, and floor in my living room. And it wasn't just any coffee. It was Four Sigmatic Mushroom Coffee. What? Yup. Tim Ferriss is my guy and a few months ago I finally got around to trying this superfood coffee that sponsors his podcast. They have two coffee variations - chaga and cordyceps and lion's mane and chaga. Cordyceps and chaga is their "stay awake" varietal while the lion's mane and chaga is their "think" varietal. They each only have 40mg of caffeine (way less than coffee) but keep me awake and focused without any caffeine headache or energy drop. A serving is less than $2 - well worth trying out, at least. I'm sold.

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Let's just stick with coffee. I'm on a neverending search for the best almond milk vanilla latte in San Diego (and the world). After a fantastic Sunday morning (more on that below) a group of us went to Copa Vida in East Village for coffee and brunch. My first time there and this fancy ass coffee spot did not disappoint, despite somehow completely losing/forgetting our order. When the AMVL finally did show up, it was one of the best yet. It's moved to top three in San Diego for me!

HEAR

My wonderful friend Amanda makes quite a few appearances in this blog and today is no different. She's (perhaps) the biggest Vulfpeck fan on the planet. Don't know who Vulfpeck is? You should listen to their Spotify immediately. And then specifically listen to their new release, Baby I Don't Know Oh Oh. They're magic. 

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Bodies. In. Motion. The end. It really was the most fun. Here's the simple concept that Angelo and I have developed for BIM: bring people together, out of their comfort zones, to get their minds active and their bodies moving, in creative and unique ways, in new places in their cities, with people they don't know. It's a simple idea of comm-UNITY. And Sunday's re-kickoff to more regular events couldn't have been more perfect. 60+ people ran, rode bikes, or rolled on blades along the waterfront to a top secret location to practice yoga. They ended up under one of my favorite public art pieces in San Diego, Roman DeSalvo's Riparium in Ruocco Park. The morning couldn't have been a better launch to all of the amazing events to come. Follow on Instagram to make sure you don't miss out!

What I'm Into Wednesday - The Travel Edition

So, initially I was going to make this all about Portland, using it as a recap of sorts of my very first Vinyasa and Vino retreat this past weekend. But then I realized that I'm travelling again this weekend and that while some of the things I've been thinking about this week have been all about PDX, many others are about travel in general.

So in the spirit of jetsetting... What I'm Into Wednesday - The Travel Edition!

See

One of my favorite parts about travelling, specifically back to the PNW (Pacific NorthWest), is seeing the different terrain and landscape. And my absolute favorite part of the landscape up there is the mountains! They are huge, covered in snow, and breathtaking. I snapped this quick photo after dropping my friend off at the airport at 5AM on Monday morning. The sunrise and the outline of Mt. Hood took my breath away.

Want to see more of Mt. Hood? Go check out November Project PDX - yup, they're official! I happened to be there for the Wednesday they became part of the family and it was special, like it always is. Their workout location sports a sweet view of the mountain on a clear day. Not that you needed any other reason to visit the tribe.

Smell

There's something so unique about the smell of the forest. It's clean, damp, fresh, and weirdly green smelling. We took the retreaters on a Saturday morning hike/adventure through the woods up above the winery. We learned all about the forestry history of the area, the types of trees, and what plants and animals hang out up there today. Not only was it visually stunning and blast to stomp around in old rubber boots, but the smell just got me. 

Taste

I've tasted wine many times before, both officially and just drinking, but not like this. We pulled wine straight outta the barrel, compared the smell and tasting notes to a collection of pure scents of different things (think blackberry vs. bilberry vs. black currant) and then put together our very own unique blend. We landed on a 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot, and 8% Malbec blend that is just delightful! And then we proceeded to filter, bottle, and cork it ourselves. So fun!

Hear

While I travel I like to listen to podcasts and this trip I got into some Stuff You Should Know. Specifically, "What's the 10000 Year Clock?". I learn something new every time I listen to one of these podcasts and I had never even hear of the 10000 year clock prior to this. A little tidbit about me, I love learning history and I feel like the information sticks in my brain...but I have zero ability to relay it. So I'll spare you a mixed up attempt of explaining the podcast and just suggest you listen to it yourself.

Do

Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. And go visit Powell's Books while in Portland. We did, and of course an hour and a half wasn't a long enough time there, and of course I bought books, and of course I read an entire one on the plane ride home. I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid is one of the better thriller/mystery novels that I've read in a long time. And by better I mean creepy as fuck. In the best way possible. It was a literal page turner that I couldn't put down... and didn't until it was over. 

Off The Mat - Let's Have Fun, Ok?

For many of us, our days are filled with "adulting". We have work obligations, family obligations, kids, pets, volunteer opportunities, healthy eating, and exercise needs to focus on. 

And while we may enjoy these activities and the people that we do them with, they might not all be fun.

Can you remember back to being a kid on the playground? You had no cares in the world. No sense of time. No worries about where else you could (or should) be or what else you could (or should) be doing. You did things purely because they were fun. And you skipped the things that weren't. And if you saw someone do something that looked cool, you tried it out. Without stopping to think or wonder what might happen or to worry about what would happen if you failed.

When you were a kid on the playground you were in the moment. You truly were present. 

Stepping onto your yoga mat gives you that same opportunity. Your yoga mat, your yoga studio, can be your playground. Can you allow yourself to take your practice less seriously - in a good way? To approach it with a sense of playfulness, with a sense of fearlessness, to do things simply because they are fun. And stop doing things when they stop becoming fun (hello, 100th chaturanga of class). 

Let yourself be present in your body for your time on your mat and set an intention to experience joy. In this week's flow we practice baby crow and (what has been dubbed) teenage crow. They're goofy names and goofy variations of postures. They beg to be taken lightheartedly.

And when you move off of your mat after your practice can that sense of playfulness come with you? 

Even just for today, let's have fun. Ok?

xoxo

LP

Recapping August - And Looking Towards September!

Recapping August - And Looking Towards September!

As one month closes and another approaches, I enjoy taking a trip down memory lane and recapping my monthly activities. I find that it's easy for me to always be focused on what's next - the next goal, objective, project, etc. - or to remember only the things that didn't go according to plan in the past month. Writing this blog recap allows me to express and feel gratitude for the cool shit that happens in my life - and then get stoked on the next big thing!