When Being Disciplined Just Doesn’t Cut It

What I was going to write about next were three other features of discipline. I had it all planned out beautifully. It was going to be great: the importance of being disciplined with our words, the significance of positive self-talk, the benefits of worrying less, of preserving time and energy for creativity. What I was…

What I’m Realizing About Discipline

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word d i s c i p l i n e ? The teacher in me thinks of kids, of consequences, of profanity scrawled on bathroom walls and subsequent lunch detentions. The not-teacher in me used to solely understand discipline as being a physical…

YTT-200: So Far, All Good

How in the world are we already halfway through? The program I began in May is a few short months away from concluding and I’ve done a terrible job of updating at the after each weekend, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start now. The gist is this: I am not the same person I…

Why Summer Is The Perfect Time To Try Gentle Yoga

Originally published on Thirty On Tap You’re probably thinking one of two things. First, gentle yoga is boring. I only do Bikram. Or second, yoga? I don’t know about that. Okay, maybe you’re not thinking either, but for a long time I was a member of the first camp. What you need to know about…

How A Chronic Pain Condition Unexpectedly Led To Self-Love

Originally published on Thirty on Tap Like a lot of millennial women, I spent most of my twenties striving for perfection (P90X + Pinterest + grad school + multiple jobs + the Whole 30 + the lob = a hangry, sleep-deprived perfectionist with an iron deficiency and a Master’s degree). But at thirty-one, a chronic…

Smartphone Free: A Post-mortem

Life sans cell phone is sweet and the cheapest vacation I’ve ever taken. Before the four day experiment, I would have naively described my cell phone usage as moderate to heavy, but certainly not as an addiction or anything close. It took all of an hour to realize how unaware I was. Within minutes of…

Breaking Up With My Smartphone 

I’m breaking up with my smartphone. Access is too easy anymore. (As my husband says, information costs are far too low.) Short of blocking phone numbers and deactivating social media accounts, it’s difficult to create healthy boundaries-even for myself; let’s be honest, smart phones are a recreational drug. Does anyone else miss the landline? It…

YTT-200: Weekend I

  Weekend I of YTT wrapped up on Sunday and I can’t believe that I’m finally getting to do this. Now. After and in the midst of so much Hard. We spent roughly twenty hours from Friday to Sunday in an intensive learning environment, covering everything from the history of Yoga, to anatomy and alignment,…

On Unwanted Anniversaries & Sharing Burdens Through Social Media

A year ago yesterday Scott and I were reading about Complex Regional Pain Syndrome for the first time and freaking ourselves out with Google images after an appointment with my neurologist. • We’ve kicked a lot of CRPS butt since May 10, 2016, but yesterday was marked by a new pain experience, one my doctor…

Yoga, Then and Now

In November of 2009, I’d had two knee surgeries, was overweight, and had just moved home after graduating from college. I needed a change and, at the encouragement of one of my sisters and some friends, began doing P90X in my parents’ basement. It was awkward. (You try exercising in a house with six other…