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Pre-Vegas: How to Prepare for an Epic Las Vegas Vacay

Considering that I’m first and foremost a metalhead who gives a damn about the environment, the last place I expected to fall in love with (or fall in love, for that matter — I met my partner, Jon, in Vegas 2 years ago!), was Las Vegas. I don’t gamble, I hate clubs and crowds, and I freak out when people leave the sink on while they brush their teeth because it’s wasting water. And yet there is something about the extravagance of Sin City that I am just obsessed with. Tonight, I head back for my fifth time in 2 years. At this point, I consider myself something of an expert and I would love to share what I’ve learned with you guys!

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Thinking About Yoga Teacher Training?

I started writing this post a few months back and never finished writing it. It’s funny coming back to it now because I recently stopped teaching yoga. And by recently I mean, like, very recently — I taught my last class a little over a week ago! And when I say I quit I mean that I got moved to the substitute teacher list…I always like to keep a foot in the door, ya know? It will be a while before I sub for a class. I need some space and a little more free time in my schedule — so I can do things like work on this blog, for example! Also, I’ve been feeling a disconnect between my yoga practice and practicing what I preach. I feel like I can’t try to instill feelings of zen in others when my own life is anything but at the moment. I just need to quietly hate people (I’m a server/bartender IRL…it’s hard not to sometimes) and listen to Steel Panther on repeat without the guilt. Continue reading

(Mis)Adventures in NYC

So…it’s been a minute since I last posted. Besides having traveled all over the country in the past month or so and working crazy hours in between travels (you know, what else is new?) I’ve been floundering to find a sense of direction in my life. And I don’t physically mean a sense of direction (though mine is terrible, and regularly waking up in different time zones and parts of the country will fuck you up a little bit), but a sense of purpose. A direction to follow along the path of life.

Or hell, even which path to take at all.

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Simplify and Save Part 3: Money Management

Simplify & Save: How to Organize Your Accounts, Choose Credit Cards, and Save Money

Almost as much as I get asked for yoga advice, people come to me with questions about money. It’s funny, because talk about money and savings and finances has always seemed boring and stressful to me. I was always a great student, but if it hadn’t been for help from my roommate, I wouldn’t have passed my required finance class in college. In the past few years of living on my own since graduation, I’ve learned A LOT about money, and what works for me financially to be able to afford to live the life I want. I’m still no expert, and I have no idea what an IRA is or how the stock market works, but I can tell you how I organize my money to allow myself as much freedom as possible. Here’s my own personal techniques on how to save money, no accounting knowledge necessary! You can also check out my posts on money-saving lifestyle changes and cheap travel tips for more advice! Continue reading

My Daily List

By this point, you all know that I truly love 3 things: heavy metal, yoga, and writing lists. I know. I’m super cool, right? But they’re the things I turn to to feel grounded and sane. I’ve been on even more of a list kick lately (like, I have several different journals that I use for lists and other notes on a daily basis; it’s out of control!) and I wanted to share my daily list with you. I’m always searching for ways to improve myself, so I’ve created an easy list of goals that I try to do for myself everyday. The whole list takes less than an hour, and I like to do it as a way to start my day when my weird work schedule allows. Continue reading

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