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Kula: Family: Community: Love

My heart is so full of pride for my Kula and their contributions to my book being released on Friday November 4th.  In So Many Words is my honest and personal view of a small group of women who helped me change my life through yoga and spiritual guidance.

In this video from my YouTube Channel, Shanti Mom For One, MaryAnne reads an excerpt from the chapter we wrote together. It is a loving conversation about how dancers can spot each other anywhere.

My book will be available on Amazon and on my brand new website, also being launched on November 4th. I hope you will join in on the conversation.

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Author in Waiting. Is the hard work done?

I am an author in waiting. Waiting for my publisher to say it is time to approve the lay out. Waiting for my videographer to show me his amazing work on the promo videos. Wondering if there is something I should be doing. But I did my part already. The hard work is done.

Or is it? Maybe waiting is harder. 11/4/16

Another sneak peek…

“Little did I know that a yoga community of women 20-25 years older than me would help me do this. They had been there, done that. They had grandchildren. They were enjoying retirement. Yoga was an everyday thing. They already had their man (or not). An outsider would say that we had absolutely nothing in common. Maybe we didn’t. But we had something. And it blossomed, gradually and fully, into deep relationships. It changed me. Forever.”

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My Kula, enjoying a good laugh. Photo by Eriden Images.
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Saying something profound, I’m sure. Photo by Eriden Images.
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Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Season

Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 23– Season

A beautiful and loving season of yoga and community ended last weekend. After 15 years in business, Ocean Yoga Center closed its doors. We laughed a lot and cried a bit, but vowed to meet again somewhere. The friendships remain. The lessons continue to be learned. Many lives will never be the same because of the positive energy within those walls.

Before I left, I kissed this window goodbye. It felt a bit silly, but I didn’t care. I’ve probably expressed every emotion possible in that space. It was safe. It was my sanctuary.

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Book Update: Introducing My Kula

Book Update: Introducing My Kula

Kula (Sanskrit): A community of the heart, a group coming together of its own free will. An intentional community, a family.

As mentioned before, my first book is a collaborative effort. My mind is still racing from our first gathering on Wednesday. It brought me right back to our coffee talks, book discussions, and ongoing mutual respect. They are all so excited about this venture and are happy to be included. So, it’s time to introduce this group, my kula.

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Donna: Dedicated to yoga, meditation, and spiritual growth; one of the kindest souls I know.
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Kate: The woman who changed my life with her caring yoga instruction and loving friendship.
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MaryAnne: A fellow dancer, yogi, and writer; she embodies grace and beauty.
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Mary: She sets me straight with her sense of humor and acceptance.

 

 

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And our honorary kula member and my publisher, Jamar Suber; a kind-hearted man with a desire to inspire.

 

 

 

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. They say that seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child is the best way to experience it. I wholeheartedly agree. My daughter has yet to care one single bit about getting within two feet of Santa, let alone sit on his lap. What she does like to talk about is Hanukkah and the birth of Jesus. We celebrate both. I often joke that she would rather sit on Jesus’ lap than Santa’s. That would be just fine with me. She keeps the light of Christmas bright with her giving spirit and sweet love.

Here are some things we’ve enjoyed so far as we anticipate the glorious day!

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Celebrating Hanukkah on day one.
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Bought this for our front porch in honor of my Grampa.
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We enjoy the Jackie Lawson Advent Calendar every year.
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Getting a few items from the Angel Tree at Emma’s school.
We enjoyed Nocatee-a-Glow Friday night. Our community goes all out.
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Our house.
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Come and sit a spell.
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Celebrating the 3rd Sunday of Advent with our make-shift Advent candles.