BLESSED 40 DAY e-workshop: Starts Jan 8th, 2017

book club meets 40-Day e-workshop,
kinda like Sunday School for grown-ups.

instead of having one more book to read
or place to be on a sacred Sunday,
delivered to your in-box,
for you to ponder when you can,
will be insight + practices from texts,
of an everyday spiritual sort,
to help uncover what it takes to be blessed +
ensure your story becomes the best yet.



  • yogis seeking svadhyaya,
  • beyond-surface-chit-chat types, craving depth + meaningful connection,
  • wondering-what-to-do-with-their-lives types, longing for clarity,
  • those-who-know-what-they-want, but need courage + encouragement to deliver it,
  • hopeful-achiever-types with a challenge, resolution, intention, they’re serious about accomplishing
  • anyone interested in cultivating faith, hope, confidence, energy, and courage to deliver whatever our heart desires.


SUNDAY, JAN 8 through SUNDAY, FEB 19, 2017
that’s 6-weeks, or 4o-ish days, because well, 40 days… 40 nights…clearly, 40 is statistically, spiritually significant.


each week, you’ll receive 3-4 video-snippets of me sharing a-ha’s from a carefully curated collection of life-enhancing books such as:

  • The Artist’s Way, a spiritual path to higher creativity,
  • A New Earth, Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose,
  • Big Magic, Rising Strong, The Art of Possibility (+ whole lot more)
  • Memoirs that capture the heart of humanity,
  • and my own stories for even more reality.

a variety of superpower-cultivating practices such as:

  • shifting perspective in the blink of an eye,
  • acceptance, maybe even forgiveness, in any circumstance,
  • morning pages,
  • artist’s dates,
  • meditating,
  • noticing (and capturing) moments
  • holding each other accountable for the holy grail: moving our bodies.

instant connection with like-minded soul-seekers

a course container that makes it easy to encourage each other

a weekly “confession & a cookie” Q&A where you can ask me anything. i’ll tape my perspective in an audio recording for you to listen at your leisure.

if i could give you a cookie, i would. instead, i’ll share my favorite healthy cookbooks and recipes.


a pair of “i am blessed” socks, a reminder to stay grounded, focused and empowered to continue doing all you can to be blessed.


COST:  $99


Questions??? email me at

Why do this with me??? click here and here

Thank you and remember, doing stuff like this is always better when we’re together.



thanksgiving tips & a toast

thanksgivingsessionWe”re in it…the holidays. Even without them, I was feeling overwhelmed and out of whack. All from good things… trips, school, planning great things to come. However, amidst all this goodness, last week I found myself kinda weepy and a lot cranky… not my best self.

Bottom line, I was tired. Not the kind of exhaustion that comes from doing things that I don”t want to do… the kind that comes from not giving myself enough space to do all of the things I love to do. Unfortunately, our body doesn”t know the difference. It just goes into overdrive trying to keep the peace…

When I get like this, I start doubting all that”s on my plate. I start thinking those things that I thought were fun aren”t necessary and maybe I just don”t have it in me to do them – like, why am I even trying to play the piano, write this newsletter and make healthy food –  all of which make me very, very happy.

This time, when I got like this, I was gentler on myself. I told Robert I was tired. He offered to empty the dishwasher and order pizza for guests. I said thank you. I took a nap. I didn”t power through to make it perfect.

Then, I took a step back and pondered the real problem. My morning meditation has been sporadic, my time on the mat has been hit and miss and most nights I”ve had no idea what to make for dinner. I took a realistic look at my calendar and let go of a few things. I made space for meditation, yoga and making food. I online casinos marked them with a mental Sharpee.

I also went back to this perspective on gratitude. One that is more about presence and acceptance than a list in a journal. It”s accepting when I”m overwhelmed, softening into it and ever so gently doing something about it… doing what I know grounds and energizes me. Because when I feel good, everyone around me feels good. Or, at least my well-being is one less thing they have to worry about 😉

I hope, in the midst of all this busy-ness, that you give yourself space to do at least one thing that grounds you.

If you need help finding your yoga, meditation or food groove,  join our 40 Day program at Session Yoga, beginning January 6th, or Let Go of 2014″ workshop with Jes Gale on December 19th

If you need a great toast for the big day,
here”s my favorite that a friend”s Spanish/French teacher taught me years ago:


If how you’re pursuing your goals is a drag… STOP.

Goal setting  just got a major makeover.

Join me (+ 1,000’s of others, all over the world) for a very special New Year Book Club.

Danielle LaPorte’s “The Desire Map” is a holistic approach to life planning, using your core desired feelings as the guidance system for your intention & goal setting. Watch this 1 minute video for more…

How do you want to feel in 2014?

Radiant? Empowered? Connected? Light?

Together, let’s create a roadmap for a year like no other.

Nestled in my peaceful home, with sparkly chandeliers, fluffy bean bags, tasty, healthy treats, and like-minded souls 🙂

1. Email me at to sign up.

2. Set aside these 5 Sundays to meet with fellow Desire Mappers:

Sunday, January 12th, 2:00 – 4:00
Sunday, January 19th, 2:00 – 4:00
Sunday, January 26th, 2:00 – 4:00
Sunday, February 2nd, 2:00 – 4:00
Sunday, February 9th, 2:00 – 4:00

3. Order Danielle’s book, available NOW. You can pre-order here or on Amazon.

That’s it. The only cost is the book.

Don’t live in Tucson? Aren’t able to make it on Sundays?

Start your own Book Club or join one online or in your area! More info here and here.

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Here’s to a New way of celebrating the New Year!

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


Start the Summer feeling your best ever! Workshop starts May 18th.

There”s nothing like a health scare to jump start the journey to live your best life. A chat outside my piano lesson, watching The Big C (thanks to my sister), a friend”s motorcycle accident and casino pa natet family illness has me particularly aware of how precious health can be.

So, when a friend asked me to lead a 40-Day workshop, I jumped at the chance to support the path toward health and wellness.

Hope you can join us… here”s the scoop…  email me at to enroll (space is limited to 10, so sign up now!)

40 days workshop May 18




What would happen if you practiced YOGA, MEDITATION and EATING BETTER for 40 days?

What would happen if you had a group to practice with you, one that wanted, more than anything, for you to succeed? 


I am honored to be guiding a group through Baron Baptiste”s program, 40 DAYS TO PERSONAL REVOLUTION at SESSION YOGA.

Starting January 3rd, we will practice and explore yoga, meditation, and food that makes you feel good. ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME. It”s not about Women pisces horoscopes should try to be more squeamish and hear the voice of their intuition; taking into account their inclination to deep and intense sensations, the wrong choice can be dangerous indeed. your yoga ability, it”s about your commitment to exploring how great you can feel………!

Program fee includes the book, 40 days of yoga and weekly group meetings. To make it extra easy, you can choose between two weekly sessions, Thursday evenings at 7:30 or Sunday afternoons at 2:00.  More info and registration here…

Chelsea and Kristin will also be leading a Yoga Bootcamp, Saturday January 5th, from 12 – 4. Just one more way to start the year, feeling great!

Yoga, Meditation, and Nutrition are my rocks. They continue to transform, comfort and guide me through life. The more space I create for them, the better my life becomes. I can”t wait to see what unfolds for you.

if you've ever wanted to experience yoga, India-style

If you”re a yogi and have been to India…

or, you”ve ever pondered going to India…

or, you”re simply interested in experiencing the Indian yoga culture…

chances are classes with Jayasharee and Narasimhan will cross your path at some point.

Wherever you are on your yoga journey, my dear friend and yoga teacher, Lisa Schrempp has made it possible for you to take classes with these wonderful teachers, right here in Tucson.

Bisbee getting a little frisky with Lisa... Both wearing the bindhi's (red dots) I placed on their foreheads to celebrate the week-long Indian food cooking class we'd just completed.

Lisa and Yoga Flow are hosting a 3-day workshop with Master Teachers Jayashree and Narasimhan over Labor Day weekend.  Here”s a rundown of the schedule. For more, click here or visit their Facebook page.

Friday, August 31, 5:30 – 8:00. The Goal of Yoga… exploring Yoga Sutras 1st chapter, along with a 45 minute asana practice. ($35/$30 early reg)

Saturday, September 1, 1:00-4:30.
 Yoga Stories of casino online Enlightenment… chanting, storytelling, philosophy, along with a 60 minute asana practice. ($45/$40 early reg)

Sunday, September 2, 1:00 – 5:00. 
Bring Your Yoga Home… Indian cooking class, how to set up a home altar and meditation class. ($85/$75 early reg). THIS ONE”S AT MY HOUSE …. IT”S ALREADY FULL, BUT WE”LL SQUEEZE A FEW MORE IN!

When I went to India, I took a meditation class from Narasimhan that simplified the process so much that it”s been an “almost” daily practice for me ever since.  He had such a way of taking the complicated-ness out of yoga and meditation. Many of my friends have taken Jayashree”s sanskrit, cooking and chanting classes… Both offer a chance to learn from teachers actually living the yoga culture of India.

If you have any questions, just let me know. Take care and I hope to see you there.
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