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July 22, 2007

Here's a shout out to Pratibha Patil

Because she is the first female president that India has ever seen.

Because at 72 she is a wonderful example to women everywhere that intelligence and hard work can make any dream possible.

Because she represents the future power of all women in this world.

Because maybe, just maybe, my own country can learn something from her and realize that a woman's place is not always beside a man but sometimes out in front leading many of them.

Because I have been planning to visit India to further my yoga studies and now with her at the helm I am more determined than ever to do so.

Because I am proud to be a woman today. I am proud to my bones.


Be peace, my sister. Be peace!

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August 3, 2007

It's all about balance...

I am free. I finished my five day photo shoot yesterday and it kicked my butt. I have bruises up and down my backside and legs. I sliced a finger to the bone cutting up ginger for the star photographer who wanted carrot, apple, and ginger juice every day. You remember the handsome photographer I mentioned before? It turns out his girlfriend is a freakin’ super model. Figures!

I got a call to assist Anthony's yoga class over at City Yoga this morning and I gladly took it. It was a total vacation for me after a long week of 10-12 hour days! It was almost shocking how easy it was for me to jump back in and I realized how much I have learned. I was on fire! Anthony, who I adore, told me after class that I am damn good at what I do. He always did support me and he told me I'd be a great teacher one day.

I am becoming one now...

I am creating great balance in my life. Slowly but surely, it is finding me.
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More on my upcoming trip to Antigua Guatemala below!


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August 5, 2007

Giving thanks

It is Sunday, the day of rest and giving thanks.

My blog has been up and running for about a month and a half now. I realize I've had well over 2,000 viewers in that time! I am seriously humbled that people find what I have to say remotely interesting. I live in my head so much it's nice to know I have a few people out there who want to hear what's percolating up there.

But hey, I surely dig the support. This whole blog thing is turning out to be a truly wonderful experience. Thanks to my cats over at Slow Travel for egging me on and lighting my fire. A special thanks to Kim (the chick who's bringing sexy back to biking) for stepping up and letting me break out of the box and create something a bit different and so very ME.

Thanks to my girl Leslie for being a kind and lovely spirit and a totally fabulous blog mate (and wicked good fun). Have you seen her blog Kaleidoscope yet? All of those amazing pictures of Italy can't be missed!

To the Sicilian in London I say this: Thanks for the support, girl.
Always forward...

Say, have you checked out Slow Travel? Good things happening over there. It's where those in the know go to bounce around trip planning ideas. It's where I go to play.

I bow to you for taking interest in me. I will keep at it, I give you my word...
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August 7, 2007

I AM WOMAN

Because I am a strong woman with fire in her belly who respects and supports all fellow strong wild women around the world I want to encourage more women to open themselves to the world and take a bite.

BITE HARD.

Try traveling on your own, even if it is only for one night. Learn to move about the world as a woman who is dancing in it, not just merely walking through it. Do more than just live in your skin: PULSATE IN IT.

Be the goddess you are meant to be.
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August 21, 2007

Some favorite things I'm taking to Guatemala

I am leaving in less than a week for Guatemala so I thought I'd share a few favorite things I'm bringing with me. I am a woman who is both stylish and practical. I happen to love my special treat things as well. They make the trip a little sweeter.


1. Lesportsac Big Weekender Bag - I got it on sale for a song! It is made of the most divinely lightweight material, is incredibly durable and long lasting (I've owned these suckers for years) and can roll up in a ball to come with me in my suitcase so I can load it up with travel purchases like textiles from Guatemala. It is also the only bag I need for a weekend trip.
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2. Be Present Agility Pants -
I just finally broke down and bought a pair of these at my yoga studio. They are made of a wonderful lightweight breathable material, are incredibly long lasting, and are utterly fabulous for doing yoga. They are hip looking enough to wear around on a casual day and are incredibly flattering on. They have these great slits up the back leg to just below the knee. I like bringing something I can wear for yoga but that I can hang out in as well. Every serious yogi chick I know owns them.
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3.Birkenstock Kairo Sandals -
I swore I'd never wear Birkenstocks but these babies are foreplay for the feet! The makeup and wardrobe women on the last photo shoot I did wore these every day. Smart chicks know fashionable can mean comfortable too.
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4. Seven For All Mankind Jeans - Because they truly are the only jeans I wear. I like my jeans classic like my men.
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5.Seda France travel candles- I take candles with me wherever I go as they soothe and relax me. I'm a fan of these in gardenia.
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6. Kiehl's Musk Oil - I like a scent on occasion and I refuse to haul around a bottle of perfume. I love my oils and I love this one in particular as it is so sexy and earthy. It also travels well.
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September 6, 2007

Special women I met along the way...

I've been quiet since I returned from Guatemala as I have wanted to digest all of the emotions and images that resonate within me after such a special and profound trip. There are those that need immediate attention and have to purge their every thought and feeling even before their suitcases are unpacked. I am not one of them. I have enjoyed going quiet and ruminating these last few days.

My trip is mine and mine alone.

I share bits and pieces of my inner life when I moved to do so. I savor everything in my world like a fine wine, a good man or the deepest darkest chocolate on earth. It takes time to peel away the layers and go deeper...
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September 22, 2007

Fall is upon us

I tend to get very soulful and quiet when Fall sets in and the air changes, the nights grow cooler and the smell of burning wood from neighbor's fireplaces wafts out of chimneys and permeates my street.

Fall is my season. It is the one I was born into and the one that both soothes and heals me. With this in mind I have just come from buying music that best represents this change that occurs within me, this mood that sets in and consumes me at this time of year. I will turn 42 this coming Monday so this is my weekend to re-fuel and prepare for my season and this new year of lightness, discovery and adventure that I hope to have ahead of me.

I live by music. I have stacks and stacks of CD's that represent the many pieces of me, my insides, the corners and sharp edges that make me - me.

I am living Portuguese Fado music at present and am listening to Mariza in particular. Everything about it entices me and makes me feel alive, sensual and hungry. I hope some of you find this new music you're not familiar with and desire to have it in your collection, as I have.

I give you Mariza preforming my favorite - O Gente Da Minha Terra...

September 24, 2007

The dance of life

I am 42 today. I am in my skin, fiery, alive and empowered. 42 is going to be utterly fabulous, I just know it.

I'd be a fool not to acknowledge that the years have been very kind to me. I figured after all the crap I've been through these past few years I'd have aged like mad. Well, I have been incredibly lucky. I have my ancestors to thank for that. I bow to them for blessing me.

Getting older in many ways is, well, fairly delicious. I am looking forward to the years to come...

I celebrate all of my fellow Libra's today. May you all have a joyful anniversary of your birth!

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October 4, 2007

Funking

I will admit that I am in a bit of a funk at present. I am officially funking.

It's not one thing, really. It's ten things all at once. It's work and family and friends and life and the deep and tender parts of me that I hide away from the world being re-tweaked and poked at.

When I get to funking I think of the places I've felt safest and happiest and most at peace. Funny how I almost always find myself back in a tub somewhere...

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My favorite tub at my dad's house


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October 9, 2007

Poetry is life

I am seeking solace in poetry at present, as I always do really, and this poem in particular is resonating within me today. It is one of my favorites. I think we've all experienced this place, this feeling, at one time or another. I know it has meaning for me.

A life without poetry is a life without light. I can lose myself for hours in a good book of poetry. But then I live for words...

Desire

By Shushanig Gourghenian

I wanted to welcome you
into my soul like a god,
lost and road weary
to hear you calling this home.

I wanted to restrict
the nightingale to but one
garden. And keep his free
songs for me
alone.

I wanted you jailed
in my breast as part
of the flow of my blood,
the sway of my
bones.

I wanted when I died
my name carved
on that hardest of monuments
your heart of
stone.

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November 15, 2007

A little romance goes a long way

And often when you find that you are really pretty damn happy just being on your own - there it is. Funny thing that.

And perhaps it's because you are finally so blissfully content on your own that you are actually in a place to enjoy it for what it is. And really, shouldn't these things be that simple?

Sometimes they are...

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December 1, 2007

Thought

To The Tune 'Red Embroidered Shoes'
By Huang O

If you don't know how, why pretend?
Maybe you can fool some girls,
But you can't fool heaven.
I dreamed you'd play with the
Locust blossom under my green jacket,
Like a eunuch with a courtesan.
But lo and behold
All you can do is mumble.
You've made me all wet and slippery,
But no matter how hard you try
Nothing happens. So stop.
Go and make somebody else
Unsatisfied.

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December 5, 2007

Girl's got game

So after teaching my yoga class on Sunday night I went out for dinner with my good friend Holly, a fellow yoga teacher and fellow hot woman. We went to our new favorite dining spot, Hugo's, near my house in West Hollywood. I had my usual glass of Temprinillo and we hunkered down to talk about the state of things, you know....
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Our waiter was a particularly spicy little bite sized snack and he was oh so attentive. We ended up having a great conversation with him about dating and love. It turned out his great love was a yoga teacher as well. Hugo's clearly only hires hotties. It's the place to go when you want to feast on the visual delights that only the yummiest of men can offer.

So there I am, all relaxed and enjoying my quality girl time, and our host comes over to inform us that our waiter likes us one of us. I laugh out loud as said cutie model looking guy is all of 27 years old. I think for sure he must be talking about Holly as I am often oblivious to these things (my male friends tell me this all the time), so I ask him which one of us he likes exactly. YOU he tells me! To that I gave a resounding... NO WAY! I then let out one of those delicious laughs that only a woman with some life experience can let out. The laugh that tells the world you are so aware that you on your game and damn, isn't it fabulous?

Yes, you see there will always be yummy men along the way to tempt me. And I must confess I am so pleased that at this point in my life I find just as much pleasure in being alone with a dear girlfriend who I adore, drinking a fine glass of Temprinillo and laughing wildly like a high school girl.

Life really is fabulous.

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December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto I shall miss you

Benazir Bhutto, the only woman to have ever been Prime Minister of a Muslim country, was brutally assassinated this morning as she was trying to bring democracy back to Pakistan. Pakistan was her country. I am in tears that heartless and faithless cowards could take away such a bright shining light and such an outspoken supporter of the people at a time when the people of Pakistan so desperately need her.

May your message continue to be heard through the voices of the people who stood beside you and may your lightness of being continue to be felt by those you left behind. The world has lost yet another brave spirit and as a woman I have lost one of my heroes and I have so few of them.

I hope that in my lifetime I can live with even one ounce of the courage that this determined and remarkable woman has shown.

LONG LIVE DEMOCRACY

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December 30, 2007

My present to ME

I've been home sick for the past week so I spent Christmas alone save for dinner out with my dear friend Jorge. Some people love you no matter how crappy you look or how much goo runs out of your head. Those are the ones you keep around. They're the ones you call when the world goes wonky and you're rattling a little too loud.

So today I hauled my butt out to the Apple store in the Grove and treated myself to a brand spankin' new MacBook. My Toshiba's burial is just around the corner and after almost six years with her, it's time. RIP...

I will be traveling a lot in the next year and doing a lot of writing. I have books in my head and it's high time they come out on the page. My goal is to write and teach yoga (well, and continue to be a fabulous lover, damn good person and great friend). Solo girl on the road livin' la dolce vita. Why the hell not?

And no matter what anyone says size most definitely matters.
And on occasion smaller is actually better. Just ask the chick on the road with her new wee white MacBook. She'll tell you...

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January 17, 2008

Back to Guatemala she goes!

Yes, this little tutu is on a plane come Sunday night making her way back to the land of the Mayans for some time by the lake and more time in that special little city where the volcanoes rise up above you and root you so beautifully to the earth - Antigua.

I told my students a couple of Sundays ago that I realized I was feeling rather off center and a tad cranky and I knew when I got that way there was really only one remedy: TRAVEL

OK, travel and yoga. Both feed my soul...

So, I got online and booked myself a ticket back to the land of Jade and for eight glorious days I will be free, open and filled with a sense of adventure and desire. Happy little me.

This is both a pleasure and business trip as I am going to check out yoga retreat spaces on Lake Atitlan as my hope is to create retreats with friends and fellow teachers in the future. I'm a chick with a vision, don't you know?

I am the mistress of my own destiny.

I'll be blogging it out on the road as my new MacBook is coming with me so stay tuned and fasten your seat belts:

There will be tales to tell...

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February 24, 2008

Transformation

We've all heard about those people who wake up one morning and realize that the lives that they have been living no longer feel authentic or organic to them. So, they start taking radical steps to create the lives they have always wanted for themselves. We've all heard that old lovely tale, right?

Well, I am one of those people. My name is Kathy.

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April 2, 2008

SEX!!!!

Sex and the City, that is - The movie!

You just don't understand how much I miss those four delicious girls and how life is so much sweeter with a little foray into Sex land.

*Heavy sigh*

May 30th, my people. It's a comin'! And damn, it looks like it's going be tasty at that...

Enjoy this sneak peak trailer. Consider it really good foreplay.

April 16, 2008

Self portrait/Perspective

I'm back in LA and feeling out of sorts. I am realizing I crave a simpler life and getting out into LA traffic today really pissed me off! I have a wall full of expensive handbags and in Guatemala I am happiest using my $5 handmade native cloth bag that slings across my body and is a little slip of a thing. Funny how you gain perspective when you step out of your box and allow yourself to slowly adapt to another culture. It also makes you appreciate more fully the things you have back in your daily world and how many of them are not really all that important after all...

When you are a real traveler you take on bits of where you've been. You become a fuller person rich with colors and tastes and smells and experiences from other lands.

I am full tonight.

I have so many photos to share but to me this one best captures how I feel. I am a work in progress. I am slowly trying to strip away the sharp and twisty bits and go deeper into the grit, the meat of things. In this moment, in this room in Guatemala, I was filled with wonder, peace, anticipation and a sense of abandon.

~Some moments are just so terribly delicious.~

I am utterly imperfect. And honestly, I wouldn't have it any other way...


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April 19, 2008

My six word memoir

A friend from Slow Travel proposed today that we write our travel memoirs using only six words to do so. What a great challenge! Without even putting too much thought into it these words came to me and I realize how much they resonate inside me.

I have been incredibly blessed on my journey's and have always been welcomed with open arms. My friend Deet said something that really made me think the other day when I was parting ways with her in Antigua, Guatemala. Just as we were saying goodbye she told me that no matter where I go, I always make friends. And I realized that she's right. I do.

And so, I bring you my travel memoir in six words:


~Wherever she goes, doors open wide~


Thank you, Deborah, for giving me the idea which then became my mirror and a means to really look at how far I've come and how so many have opened their doors, homes and hearts to me. I must be doing something right...

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April 24, 2008

When a cold hits, you just go with it

Alas, just as I was about to hunker down and get into some nitty gritty about Guatemala, I awoke with, you guessed it, a bloody cold! Ah well, I know what to do when these things happen and I'm now old hat at cold comfort. Oh yes.

I just drove myself to the drug store, got two boxes of tissue with aloe lotion (a red nose just so doesn't suit me) and one MASSIVE BOTTLE of B&B Liqueur. What's B&B you ask? It's this little Tutu's friend, lover, bliss and medicine when she's under the weather.

And I don't care that I spent $32 to get it. I'm worth it!

Look, I don't fool around when it comes to my libations. And there simply must be perks in sickness.

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Throw in hot baths and tea, some Emergen C, fabulous British telly series on DVD, trashy mindless magazines (OK, to be honest I'm reading the Economist, but who's checking), two cats and a new quilt from Guatemala (my last splurge) and I'm set. This too shall pass and I will make the most of it whilst it's here. I believe in savoring life, and damn it, the occasional sickness is part of it!

Stay tuned as there are more Guatemalan adventures yet to be told...

May 5, 2008

A little luxury, you say?

I know I write a lot about budget travel and how I am the Queen of the deal. ~Indeed I am.~

Well, I am also a lover of luxury and the occasional splurge and fully believe in living life with a sense of balance. I've been known to adore a swank hotel room and am happy to sink my happy little self into a deep delicious tub whilst sipping wine out of a crystal glass.

But of course.

So with that thought, I give you a few of my favorite splurge places in Antigua, Guatemala. I plan on staying in a couple of these oh so swank places myself and will happily let you know how those baths work out. Me, a tub and a sexy little bottle of red? Perfect...

Do I spend money on myself from time to time? Mai oui! Yes, I most certainly do! I don't believe in waiting around for anyone else to bring me the finer things or hand me a nice little dish of romance.

I romance myself whenever I can, thank you.

A smart man will know this and simply want to add to my joy (and how I do love a good man) and if he's really smart he'll surprise me with a little luxury from time to time. ~I do believe I'm worth it.~

And to all of my utterly Divine Goddess readers I say this:

My dear sweet and wonderfully spicy little chili peppers, you're worth it too!


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I give you my luxury hotel choices for Antigua below


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May 13, 2008

I'm investing in ME

When I made the decision to take time out of my work life and invest in my yoga training I did it with a sort of blind optimism. I had just gotten to the point where it occurred to me that my life was, well, happening NOW, and that it was about time I created the kind of life that really turned me on, filled me with a sense of excitement and hope. I wanted to wake up every day with a feeling of joyfulness, not just acceptance.

I have no regrets. Best damn money I ever spent. Truly.

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July 14, 2008

In Case Of Emergency

In case anything happens to me I ask for these simple things:

1. Please make sure my cats are with me. They make the darkest days a lot lighter and I live and breathe them.

2. If I can't be with my cats then please have someone take care of them and love on them for me. They are an extension of who I am.

3. Find my brother Jim and tell him that I want him with me if things get bad. I trust him to kick ass with the doctors. We were a team with my father's care. I know he'll make the right choices. And my cousin's Harry and Patty will be with me too, as will my best friend Jorge. I know that. I am loved.

Please know that I feel profoundly blessed to know that someone will read this, maybe even you, and will make sure that these things happen.

Why am I writing this now, you ask? No, I'm not sick nor depressed. I'm not scheming to end things. I am writing this because someone I know, someone my age, is very sick. She has been diagnosed with cancer, undergone sudden and ungodly surgeries and is fighting the good fight. The road is long and she has just begun her journey.

Life ain't for sissies.

We are trying to bring her beloved cats home to her in NYC as they are currently very far away. One divine woman is working very hard to make this happen. The cats are in Rome where she was planning on living for a while. This was all very unexpected. Her plight has made me realize how important it is for all of us to have our needs be known.

These are my needs and wishes. I hope you will never have to refer to them, but if you do, I thank you for your love, kindness and friendship.

And to the lovely Diana I say this: your generosity of spirit is beautiful.

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July 17, 2008

I always said I'd do retreats

Just a short note to announce that april 15-22, 2009, I will be holding my first yoga retreat on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala with my friends and fellow teachers, Linda Eifer and Tom Jermain. Yes, I am doing it! And yes, it will be playful and joyful and amazing! We three are such a great team. They have both been my own teachers and I have grown so much with them beside me. Now they are my partners as well. I am humbled that they believe in my vision.

We'll have a website up soon. I just wanted to share the news. And it will be a true vacation retreat where people get a taste of the Guatemalan culture, get to do some yoga, eat great food, savor spa treats and simply relax. It's the retreat I'd want to go on myself.


And yes, we really can make our dreams come true...

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August 4, 2008

Single as a slice of cheese

That's me. Funny when I say it as I love my independence. The solo thing just suits me. But honestly? Lately I've been thinking a man on scene might not be such a bad thing. Yeah, I can see it. Maybe.

My friend Dan told me on the phone last night that I like the take charge manly kind of men. I couldn't argue with him. Strong broad that I am I've been known to devour a few men in my time and spit out the bones. No lie. They'd tell you. Funny because several of my ex loves still call from time to time. Must have done something right. I am not without my charms, after all, and I don't swim in the shallow end of the pool. And then there's the whole passionate woman thing. Yeah, there is that.

I've been spending time with my married Friends Marcia and David lately and they make me stop at times and take pause. Those two cats make me think it might be possible again. They just fit. I love being around them. And she's an outspoken chick like me. Same goes for my cousin Harry and his wife Patty. She's like me too. Fiery woman with an opinion. I guess there are actually men out there who can handle women like us. Good to know. I thought they had boxed them all up and sent them to China.

I once flew all the way to Italy to then not see the man I thought I was in love with. I'm a hopeless romantic. Well, I was. Am I now? Thinking...

I was married once. He was no match for me. It wasn't so bad, until it was. Don't feel the need to do it again, but you never know. Stranger things have been known to happen. Hell, I'm still always amazed when a toenail falls off after I whack a toe and it grows right back like nothing happened. It's happened more than once to me. I guess in life things can happen more than once. My toenails are my life lessons. I pay attention to funny things.

In my yoga teaching I talk a lot about balance. I am a firm believer in living life fully and unabashedly. I love all the yummy stuff in life. Why go without? Make love, drink wine, eat chocolate, take naps and move around from time to time. The more you deny yourself something the more it owns you. I'll have none of that.

So, single as a slice of cheese. Thinking...

August 16, 2008

A day out with my girls in Antigua

There are five of us women staying at Olga's (El Rosario) right now. We all eat together and we have all become fast friends. We shop together, play together, drink together and take care of each other. This has become my goddess trip!

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September 11, 2008

Patience

I said many months ago that a family matter had settled and I was finally done with four years of drama, pain and exhaustion. Well, I was. We were. And then one person, one terribly destructive person, reneged on their word and the needless drama has continued. This has meant another trip back east, more legal fees, more time out of work and more stress. Some people simply don't know how to get out of their own way. It is both infuriating and tragic all at once.

Ah, the unpredictability of life.

Patience. I have learned to have far more of it over these past few years. I have learned to let go of expectations on many levels and now live my life without the thought that some magical thing will happen that will bring me wealth, happiness or love. I have grown from this process. In some quiet and yet profound way I am grateful for this process. I now know that I must create these things on my own. We all must. We are owed nothing. We are our own knights in shining armour, our own saints to pray to and our own investor checking accounts.

Patience. I am learning...

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September 15, 2008

Yoga training, baby!

I spent this past weekend knee deep in Anusara yoga anatomy training with Martin Kirk. I'm one of those chicks who needs to understand things to the core and his training proved to be just what I was craving.

I realized last night as I was preparing to teach my Restorative Yoga class over at Urth Yoga that I have done three yoga trainings and two yoga and philosphy worshops since June. Seriously, that's a whole lot o' yoga my fine and lovely people! Good grief, since when did I become such a dedicated student?

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September 24, 2008

How I'm spending my birthday

On this anniversary of my birth I am taking the day to do any damn thing I want. Yes, that's right! Nothing planned except dinner with my best friend Jorge later this evening. I want a day of the unexpected. I am opening the door wide and seeing where the day takes me...

A movie? A chance meeting with a handsome stranger? A little shopping? A glass of wine on a deck somewhere overlooking the city? A kiss that makes me come undone? A little reckless abandon?

Perhaps...

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January 22, 2009

Ruminations from Dallas

The training with Judith Lasater is going really well and I am learning so much more about working with client's ailments and issues. Judith always laces philosophy and little stories throughout her trainings (this is my second) and I really appreciate them. She was one of the people who started The Yoga Journal! It all began in her living room... This chick is old school. It feels good to be so fully present with someone who returns in kind. She truly is a remarkable yoga teacher and woman. I feel inspired.

I am incredibly grateful to Scott, the manager here at the Holiday Inn Market Center for hooking me up with the Queen's Suite. I'll have some of my fellow trainees up for wine and snacks one night before I leave. There's room for everyone. I feel crazy blessed for the good stuff that steps out and finds me. I'd like to think I am manifesting it myself. It's amazing how making positive changes in your life throws open those doors and lets to good jiu-jiu in.

Did I mention that there is a Mr. Teachick on scene these days? Well, there is. He's yummy and loving and came as a surprise. There you have it. This single and Solo girl is a little less single, but still enjoys her solo adventures. Thankfully, he's just as much of an adventurer as I am.

As if it could be any other way?

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August 4, 2009

Life script writing 101: NEW RULES

People always say that it's not easy to change your life. I say those are the people who are still sadly stuck in their old script, the one written for them long ago, the one friends, family and colleagues have cast them in. This is just the reality of things. I get it and I understand. The question now is, are you ready to burn it?

Changing your life starts with the simplest of things: you begin to write the script for your life that has the things in it that turn you on. You know, make you all shiny and bright. You draft the script that you want to play the lead in! You become your own writer, editor and story boarder. The only opinion that counts is your own.

I kid you not. Your opinion is not only the only one you need it is freaking brilliant at that.

The people in your life who nag at you, beg you to stay in that familiar script, continue to demand that you stay where you are as anything else just plain freaks them out are the ones to perhaps leave out of the new and improved script of your life - the one YOU are writing. I mean really, do you want critics in your life judging your every move and looking upon you with that disapproving you-should-know-better look? Hello?

Exits are in the rear of the building. Make sure to get your parking ticket validated on the way out. Safe travels and remember to buckle up!

When we change we often frighten, unsettle, mystify and rattle those around us. The ones who have a pure heart and want only what is truly best for our own growth and our own life journey will applaud our courage and tenacity. There may be some initial resistance or trepidation, but that will pass. They will dance along with us and encourage us to go further. The ones who will not?

Ditch 'em.

I can tell you from own my life journey, my own redirection and rewriting of my own life script that I have had to do some serious house cleaning to lovingly let go of the naysayers, the threatened ones who wanted to keep me in my box and the ones casting judgement. It has been painful at times and my world surely got a bit smaller at first, oh yes. But it has also slowly gotten far richer and more interesting. I have made way for the like minded life writers and we have embraced each other's scripts. We are aware of the sacrifices we have made to do those rewrites. And every last one of us will tell you the very same thing: No regrets.

I mean really, how dare we take the time to find new paths, to travel the world and experience new cultures, to see and taste new things, to feel alive and to live the lives that make our souls sing. Are we barking mad? Are we reckless beasts only out for our own happiness and pleasure?

How utterly and deliciously wicked we are!!!

So, here's the question: what would you like your new life script to look like? In your perfect world free from doubt and the voices of those who might tell you to stay just where you are, what would your life look like? What script changes would you like to make? Who would you like to become?

DIG IN.

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April 9, 2010

SEX AND THE CITY 2

MY GIRLS ARE BACK!!!!



I'll be there May 27th. Will you?

July 25, 2010

Belly Dancing Anyone?

I love yoga and surely love to teach it. I also love trying new things and new ways of moving. I took my first Belly Dance class last week at Liberation Yoga in Los Angeles with Jamilla and it was such good fun! I am going back tomorrow night for more. Belly Dance is a great way to get that Kundalini energy rising and for women it is said to help keep the female organs healthy and toned. Brava!

Why not try something new?

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September 15, 2010

To the glorious women in my life

I take pause to express my gratitude and deep and profound love and friendship to all of you who I hold dear ~ you lovely ladies ~ and I thank each and every one of you for holding space for me, nurturing me and sharing your stories with me. Most of you are far away and though the distance remains, I feel blessed just knowing that you are an email, a Facebook update or a phone call away.

Love... love... and more love to all of you beautiful and shining stars.

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September 26, 2010

My truth about turning 45

Yes, this little teachick has landed in her 45th year. It's still a bit shocking to me as I feel like such a kid most of the time. How the time passes! I spent the day with my love savoring good food and cheer and met a dear old friend for some cake and coffee. Now we're off to Austin for a few days to soothe our souls with some quality Barton Springs dipping time and a few cocktails to celebrate life... YES.

How do I feel, you ask? Well, I feel pretty damn in my skin would have to be my honest answer. I'm teaching what I love, I'm about to embark on another training to offer something even more wonderfully healing to my students and clients and I'm told I've held up well. Yes, good genes don't hurt! I always say a good attitude hurts even less...

How have I gotten here?

The truth is that I've had a few incredibly stressful years that have put more than a few grey hairs on my head and have driven me close to madness more than a few times. There were days I was sure nothing made sense and the night was my only safe cover. I've moved through.

No, I'm moving through. All the good stuff doesn't just happen overnight.

I care less about what people think of me now. I try harder to be a nicer person. I stop and smell those flowers each and every time I pass them. I have gratitude for the small gifts far more often than I ever sink into regret about what I've lost or don't have. I've learned to have empathy for myself and in turn, I have more of it for others as well. I take pause more. I have an appreciation for the sheer imperfection of life and find myself laughing far more than I find myself crying. Baby steps.

I struggle
I judge
I forgive
I move on
I'm human

I am 45 and I am me

What happens next, well, that is a beautiful mystery...

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November 30, 2010

Back to San Francisco to study and nourish the soul

I'm off to San Francisco this weekend for a workshop with my teacher, Judith Hanson Lasater, on Nonviolent Communication. Nonviolent Communication was created by a man named Marshall Rosenberg and has been endorsed by the Dalai Lama himself. Judith has written a book, along with her husband Ike Lasater, called "What We Say Matters", and this will be the first workshop held by Judith to delve into the book and to teach us how to practice this form of communication while teaching our classes and also how to bring it out into our daily lives. I'm game. I've always loved the language Judith uses when she teaches (the woman has the patience of a saint!) so when she told me about the book ~ I nabbed it ~ and when the workshop was announced ~ I was the first to book it. Merry Christmas to me!

As I always love my time in San Francisco a trip up North for a few days during the holiday season is particularly magical. I've been there just before Christmas and the lights, the shop displays, the people piling into cafes and sitting a wee bit closer together to stave off the chill from outside makes me feel so happy and festive. I get to break in my new utterly divine Eddie Bauer down parka that has thus far made the to and fro from yoga classes a delicious experience, and I will get to sit and savor a decadent cup of my favorite hot chocolate at Ghiradelli's in Ghiradelli Square. Yum. I love sitting alone in cafes and restaurants and taking in everything around me. How often do we get to slow things down and be so present that we can actually taste the smells in the air? Let the smells of the season wash over me... Yes.

So, I'm all booked in at Hotel des Arts, a hotel I've been wanting to check out as the deluxe rooms are all painted by individual artists from around the world, thus making it an artist's and art lover's favorite. It's also in what is considered the French Quarter in San Francisco and is surrounded by French cafes and restaurants. It also happens to be across the street from the gate to Chinatown. Bring those potstickers on. Happy me!

I've requested one of the rooms with a claw foot tub as I had one at my father's house and I miss it so. Nothing makes me happier than a proper hot bath in a proper bathing tub. Little things, you know?

My husband will be home playing cat sitter and savoring his I-am-man-hear-me-roar time. I will miss him as he is my absolute favorite playmate and companion, but we both have things to do and we're planning a trip in the near future that will take us on a great adventure. So, balance is the key. The more I study and train the more I work towards my goal of owning my own business in the place we will eventually settle. It's about the journey, after all.

How I am loving this journey of mine.

I'll be writing more soon about my experience in the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Training. It was such an evolutionary experience for me. I am committed to doing the entire training now which will culminate in my certification in a year or so. I can't wait to offer this to my clients. It is so in keeping with the work I am already doing and it feels so natural to me. My teacher, Soleil Hepner, is a dynamic human being and damn good fun to boot. Though I didn't feel San Diego was my cup of tea, my time there with her and my fellow trainees was nothing less than fabulous.

Back on the road I go...

Kathy

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November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks

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I am grateful for so much this year...

I am grateful for my husband Simon who continues to be my very best partner in crime and who thinks I don't see all the little things he does to love and support me (I do)

I am grateful for my time in the desert that has helped ground me and remind me that nature is everything

I am grateful for friends who though for the most part are far away, never let me forget that they are there

I am grateful for Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and the new career path that it is so carefully creating for me

I am grateful for my teacher, Judith Lasater, and the honor of assisting her this year and her ability to make what I love even more lovely somehow

I am grateful for my students and clients who show so much bravery and light and so beautifully remind me just how perfectly imperfect we all are

I am grateful for all of those who I have loved and lost and all the lessons that they have taught me

I am grateful for the wisdom of my heart

I am grateful for hot baths, naps with cats, hot tea, Irish whiskey and seriously dark chocolate

I am grateful to be alive....

Yes


Kathy