under construction…

Our kitchen is undergoing total transformation – the tear everything out, set up a camping stove and make-do-in-the-master-bath-for-four-months kind of renovation.  I knew there would be chaos and crack of dawn contractor schedules to be coordinated, so I purposely freed myself of commitments.

I’ve purposely been quiet.


kitchen empty


I stopped teaching yoga and set workshops aside.

bisbee & me

I rolled out my mat, practiced and meditated at home,
(with Bisbee by my side.)

Yet, quiet hasn’t meant idle…

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My sister and I threw Dad a 70th birthday party,
created a storybook out of 500 family pictures,
and organized a fabulous family photo shoot

family photo screen shot

I’ve read 10 books on how to think, tap, eat, move, love, knit, die,
and forgive your way through life.
My favorite was about a dog.

I spent 21 days meditating with Oprah and Deepak
and 42 Making Miracles with Gabby.

I created monthly menus so I won’t have to worry about what to make for dinner again.
(I don’t want that frustration in my new kitchen!)


I’ve been knitting dishcloths – anticipating my new arrival,
like a mama making booties for hers.

I Started a Foolish Project (and you should too!)
One day I might share it. If I can pull it off. It’s that foolish.

Now, as the drywall dust settles,
amidst all this quiet…
I’m inspired.
I miss you.
I have ideas
(and an almost-finished, rock-star-sparkly kitchen)
to share with you.

Stay tuned for the unveiling
(of all kinds of good-ness).

kitchen covered


Weigh Less, Live More Workshop & Mom

Last Saturday, I gave my first Your Best Self Workshop at Barefoot Studio and have to say I was a little nervous. I wanted the experience to be inspiring, informative and to move people to make changes that help them reach their health goals.


I was also a little afraid no one would show….But, thanks to my Mom, who was the first person through the door, 15 minutes early….. with 3 of her friends in tow, there were 8 people at the workshop (there’s nothing better than Motherly Love  🙂

So, I poured my heart into the following intentions:

1) To help them understand why diets don’t work – especially in America where we’re bombarded by conflicting, confusing nutrition advice from all kinds of sources – doctors, government, business, celebrities….

2) To help them understand how the body works so we can make more grounded decisions that make sense for our own bodies and lives.

3) To give them a list of 12 things to try that,  if they just added one of them to their life (and didn’t change anything they were currently doing) they would be on the road to reaching their health goals.

My nerves subsided once I got rolling and I could tell the conversation was resonating with a few…there were some tears, some laughs and some honest sharing.

(that's Mom in the pink 🙂

One woman said she’d never thought of weight loss in the “whole life” way it was presented. It seemed less daunting than her past attempts.

Another said it was helpful to hear how the body worked and didn’t realize how water affected so many areas – digestion, moods, energy, etc.

I loved giving the workshop and can’t wait to give the next one on “Sugar Blues and Understanding Cravings.”  I hope you’ll join me (and my Mom;) Saturday, February 18th.


Take care,





Your Best Self Workshops

I’m excited to be partnering with Brianna Arndt of Barefoot Studio to offer a series of Your Best Self workshops. Brianna has offered her beautiful space – a yoga center in a serene, spa setting for a series of FREE workshops.

All are designed to simplify weight loss, put you in control of your health and create a roadmap for increased energy, vitality and passion for life.


All will be  from 2:30 – 4:00 casino pm at
6781 N. Thornydale Rd., Tucson

Come to one, two or all of the workshops. All are FREE.
Receive helpful freebies and healthy treats (recipes included)!

  • 2/18 – SUFFERING FROM SUGAR BLUES? Learn from your cravings and gain control without deprivation.
  • 3/10 – EATING FOR ENERGY. What would your life be like with an abundance of energy and vitality?
  • 3/24 – THE ART OF BALANCE AND SELF-CARE.  Master the key to good health.
  • 4/7 – HEALTH FOOD STORE TOUR Learn how to decipher labels, plan healthy meals and more.
  • 4/21 – LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE.Start building your future. explore tools that will keep you on track.

You’ll also receive a FREE 1-hr health counseling session to ensure this year is truly your best yet.

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