I’ve started this blog to access my creativity and put my thoughts, via words and images, out into the world. The whole process of blogging is a little intimidating for me, but I see it as a journey, and I love to travel! I don’t get to do it very often, but when I do, I am supremely happy. Even though it’s sometimes unnerving being in a different culture or an unfamiliar place, it’s a chance to grow and explore. A chance to see new sights, meet people, and experience other lifestyles. I find joy in both the differences and similarities between us all; in our diversity and our common humanity.
I also find joy in taking photographs! I may not be the most skilled photographer with the most advanced camera, but I love discovering a shot, framing it, and editing it just a bit with the free open source software, GIMP. Photography is a way for me to process my environment and express my personal view, to frame it from my perspective.
My creativity leaks out through other outlets besides photography. I am hopelessly creatively compelled and inclined, sometimes making jewelry, or intricately folding origami. I love pieces and parts and bits of things, arranging them into visually pleasing arrays; stones balanced one on top of the other on top of another and so on, pebbles arranged into a sunburst or spiral…, yarn crocheted into a patterned blanket, pine cones in the winter and leaves in the fall, candles dotting the mantle, a collection of blue glass displayed and glinting on the windowsill… I haven’t worked with clay in a while, but I hear it calling me. Soon…
I’m a little offbeat, 🙂 and although I can sometimes be very chatty, I am an introverted thinker and observer at heart. I need quiet time, maybe more than most, to go within and get grounded to recharge my batteries. Lots of socializing, while fun, is, for me, draining. Which brings me to yoga…
I discovered yoga around the year 2000 at about the age of 40. I was a late yoga-bloomer! Being a person who can be fairly stressed juggling too many balls, feeling obligated to too many people, and becoming spread too thin, I found doing yoga to be like an idyllic vacation in a secluded paradise. Once I began attending yoga classes regularly, being on my mat became an effective trigger for relaxation. The practice of yoga encourages me to turn my focus inward and be the witness rather than the reactionary. This is the perfect way for me as an introvert to get grounded and recharge my batteries.
I loved yoga almost immediately, and by the end of 2004 I was enrolled to begin a yoga teacher training program. Due to an accident and other life and health issues, it was not until 2012 that I received my 200 hour Hatha Yoga teaching certification. I am very grateful to all of my teachers throughout the years, and to my wonderful students who enable me to share this gift of yoga a few times a week.
I am also a natural/alternative health enthusiast. I have somewhat worn out the ears of my husband and grown-up kids with this topic, so I’m sure it will somehow find its way here along with a few healthful recipes.
This blog will be fairly broad, a way for me to exercise my voice, communicate thoughts and ideas, via my words and photos. It is an experiment and an exploration. A way to not only create, but more importantly, to express and perhaps connect with others who have put themselves out into the blogosphere..
Please feel free to offer comments or feedback!