On Friday, I graduated from Kripalu Center for Yoga and Heath – I am now a certified yoga teacher.
I’d like to pay my respects to how it all started…
Standing Bow in Cape Town
I will do yoga until the day I die. Yeah, I know. That’s a big statement. Especially for me.
I can have some bandwagon tendencies. I jump on and ride along for about six months until a more interesting wagon rolls on by. For a while, thought I needed to buy a potter’s wheel, I looked for apartments to rent in South Africa and went through a phase where thought I really needed to be able to read hieroglyphs.
This is different. Yoga is a keeper. This is a lifelong practice for me and if I ever stop doing it, someone needs to kick my ass back on to the mat because I’ve temporarily lost my mind.
Yoga taught me how to manage my panic attacks and anxiety, it has lessened my depression and made me a much happier person. It’s made my marriage stronger and has given me the supportive community that I’ve always wanted.
And then there is the physical stuff.
*I’m working hard on my new book and finding myself with little time for new blog posts. I decided to bring back some older posts that you might have missed… Hope you enjoy!
It’s surprising to me that people actually ask me how much money I make.
I guess they have heard about “residuals” and are just curious to know how that works, but it seems like a ridiculous thing to ask. I feel like they should follow-up by asking for my weight and the date of my last period.
But people wonder about these things so I need to come up with some sort of answer. Continue reading
My badge reads:
Lisa: experienced cat socializer
It has paw print stickers all over it.
I expected to walk dogs when I started volunteering once a week at the no-kill shelter. I saw myself as firmly Team Dog. But they needed help with the cats so I went to help with the cats.
I soon found that I had a knack with the…um…”difficult” cats. The ones who take a chunk out of your arm if you make eye contact. The abused, traumatized, aggressive felines. For some reason, I can touch the cats no one else can get near. I can take the wild-eyed maniacs and turn them into the cuddly lap sitters that everyone wants to take home.
I don’t have very many valuable skills – but I am the Asshole Cat Whisperer. Continue reading
I’m starting up my online writing class again and I would love for you to join me! The class is starting to fill up already, so I wanted to make sure that you guys had a chance to sign up if you were interested.
This class is for everyone – from those with no writing experience to professional writers. We’ll read great work, workshop pieces, explore ways to get the most from your creative process and have a super fun time. I’ll give you feedback and help you shape your story. (Don’t worry, I’m Canadian, so I’m always really nice about it.) It’s a relaxed environment where we all learn from each other. Best of all, you’ll finally get your story down on paper.
The class will be held ONLINE – seven Sunday afternoons, 12–2 p.m. PST/3-5pm Eastern. You log on wherever you have an internet connection and a webcam – then, it looks like the Brady Bunch! We can all see each other, which creates a lovely sense of community. (Click here to see a demo of what a class looks like.) Continue reading
I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend full of flags and barbecues and beer.
I also hope you are able to take a moment to acknowledge the meaning of the day – a reminder to think of those who died serving this country.
I always had respect for American military holidays, but they felt a little removed to me. I am Canadian, I don’t have family in the military and I’m not sure that I’ve ever spent much time with a veteran before.
Until last weekend.
I went to Texas to teach a writing class during a yoga retreat for vets. Expedition Balance is a non-profit organization based in Houston that helps veterans cope with post traumatic stress disorder. We gathered together and we did yoga, we wrote, played games, watched movies, made art and cooked dinner. We did outdoorsy Texas ranch things like fishing and horseback riding and hiking and sitting around a campfire. Continue reading
I am so honored to be involved with the Virginia Festival of the Book this year!
My event is called Walking Away From Life in the Fast Lane – I’ll be doing a reading from You Look Like That Girl as well as answering questions and signing books.
Join me Wednesday, March 16th at 2pm at City Space and let’s nerd out about books!
I’m giving away five Advanced Reader Copies of my memoir – enter to win at Goodreads. (And friend me while you are there, so we can talk about books!)