Seattle Trip

“Travel brings power and love back to your life.” – Rumi

My older sister, Cheyanne, is absolutely wonderful, but had regretfully moved away from me a few months ago to Seattle, WA. She is such a great friend and knew how crushed I was by her move, so she bought me plane tickets to come visit her and her boyfriend, Josh. It was such a joy to spend time with her this past weekend, see her new life, and embrace the new culture she gets to call home.

BeFunky_20141117_123153.jpg

Let me give you a short list that summarizes my trip:

– Food: amazing seafood. everything is good!

– Coffee & Tea: like 3 a day…

– Booze: wine. cider. cocktails. wine.

yes

That’s pretty much the bulk of what we did. There was a lot of walking around town. EVERYTHING is within walking distance and it was fun to be apart of such an active city. The food is superb. Absolutely all the dishes we tried were delicious, minus the clams… And every single place we went to served beer and wine, even the coffee shops, tea shops, sweet shops, etc. It was such a culture shock. And, of course, the coffee was splendid.

I also got to see some extended family while I was in town. My second cousin was having a baby dedication and then we spent all day Sunday watching football (and I forgot to bring a book)! It was such a blessing to be surrounded by family I do not get to see very often.

Here is a video with all the pictures of the trip (sorry, mostly food and building… the important stuff!):

I seriously had such a great time being around my sister and Josh (who is practically my brother already). I cannot wait to go back and visit again.

Much love, Taryn xoxo

Advertisements

Modern Day Saucha: Insta Cleanse

“Through simplicity and continual refinement (Saucha), the body, thoughts, and emotions become clear reflections of the Self within. Saucha reveals our joyful nature, and the yearning for knowing the Self blossoms.”  ~ Yoga Sutras 2.40-2.41
Last night in yoga teacher training, we learned techniques on cleansing the body. While there are many radical ways to cleanse the body, Jala Neti practice is becoming a common practice with Western yogis. This practice is great for clearing the sinuses, removing access dirt and bacteria, and can give a cooling sensation to the brain. A few of us practices this ancient tradition in class last night:
10696350_10152335954561511_6371232052194678212_n
I left the practice feeling energized about learning something new and eager to implement new aspects of Saucha into my life. Saucha is the Sanskrit term for purity and cleanliness. It is one of five niyamas (restraints) practiced in the eight limbs of yoga. Saucha can represent cleanliness in all aspects of life, internally and externally.
Here are some examples of practicing Saucha:
– Keeping your surroundings clean: let’s clear the clutter, clean our mats, dust the cobwebs, whatever needs to be done so your environment feels welcoming
– Keeping our bodies clean: this includes what we put into our bodies and how we take care of ourselves.
– keeping our thoughts clean: eliminate the thoughts that don’t serve us like negativity, judgment, etc.
In the modern world, we are becoming overwhelmed with social media clutter. I am super guilty of getting caught up in the world of buzzfeed videos, instagrama celebrities, and silly “Did you know?” articles. It can be a serious distraction from my goals and I find myself being rather critical of myself when I play the comparisons game.
So, I am challenging myself and anyone else who would like to join me to take an “Insta Cleanse”! Or a Facebook cleanse, twitter cleanse, email cleanse or whatever. I am not deleting my account (which is a great options if you really feel a certain social media is distracting you from actually living), but I am cleaning it out. I follow too many celebrities I do not care about or “negative nancy” type people. I don’t have time for that and it is not doing anything to better who I am and encourage me to become a better version of me. I want to follow users who dare me to dream!
Untitled
I would love to hear about the ways y’all practice Saucha, or clean living in your lives!
xoxo Taryn

Update: From Burnt Out to On Fire!

“Be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire” – St. Catherine of Sienna

I am so excited to give you all an update on how I have been doing since my posted titled: Confession, I am burnt outI had such an out pour of support from family, good friends, and acquaintances and I felt so loved and understood. Getting everything off my stress and admitting how I felt really gave me the courage and motivation to lay it all out and let it all go. I did not beat myself up or let shame dwell inside me; I simply walked away. I thank you all for letting me use this as a platform for my transformation.

It’s been a few weeks, so obviously, life isn’t perfectly transformed. However, I feel so different. I feel excited for the future and eager to grab a hold of every opportunity that crosses my path. Let me tell ya, that’s huge improvement!

BeFunky_20141106_055100.jpg

I read this great article today: 10 Simple Act of Radical Self-Care by Mind Body Green. I just read this a few hours ago, but it perfectly sums up some of the commitments I have made to myself and it is a good read for anyone needing some motivation. (It is funny; just last week I had a co-worker tell me that the concept of “self-love” was for hippies, so I have been sharing these articles with her. This one is perfect)

#6 on the list has been HUGE for me! It isn’t just about forgiving myself, it’s about letting go of my high expectations. Can I tell you something crazy? As soon as I let go of my desire to complete my yoga teacher training by the end of this year, it suddenly became possible. Letting go of the expectation removed the negative energy I had directed at my yoga homework and practice. Now, I am eager to get homework done and learn more things. I have stopped finding excuses for why I can’t get things done or try something new and I am finding many reasons for why I can and should! I feel like I am on fire about yoga again, especially after taking the time to expand my horizons and try something new: acro yoga! I am in love!

BeFunky_20141109_163643.jpg

BeFunky_20141109_165641.jpg

Another major practice I have implemented into my life is meditation (#1 on the Mind Body Green list). Not that I never meditated before, but I never made it a priority. I meditated maybe once a week, and felt terribly guilty about how terrible I was for not being yogi enough. Again, as soon as I let go of that expectation and reminded myself that it is just as important as brushing my  teeth in the morning, it became easier. I’m not gonna say I have sat down every morning, but almost!

Changing my perspective about everything has been such a game changer for me. I am working hard to remove negative words from my vocabulary and find the good in my life. I am practicing gratitude and acceptance. I am putting my health first, because I can’t take care of anyone else if I am not taking care of myself.

However, I swear the best change I have made is #10 on the list: Do what you LOVE. It is such a simple concept, but it is making such a difference in my life. Let me give you some examples of the silly, fun, and positive activities I have been adding to my life:

Audio books: I feel sad about the lack of time in my life to sit down and read a book, but audio books are perfect for my long drives. I am absolutely in love with Amazon’s Audible membership. I suggest reading Brene Brown. Her audio book The Power of Vulnerability is just amazing!

Singing and dancing: If I am not listening to an audiobook in the car, I am singing. AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS! I am jamming to Glee, passionately bellowing love songs (to myself!), and my animation goes through the roof when I start playing my Disney tunes. I am not embarrassed by passer-byers, I am thriving in my courage to do whatever the f*** I want! (safely of course!) I also dance in the kitchen and sing to my dogs, which I think really annoys them…

Doodling and journaling: About nothing, about everything, zentangles, alphabets, you name its.

Smiling. For. No. Reason.

Calling friends: This is one of my all time favorite activities, as most of my friends are really far away.

Baking. New Recipes. Documentaries. The list goes on and one. Actually, I have made myself a fun list of things I can do when I need a pick-me-up:

BeFunky_20141111_221330.jpg

I wish I could explain to everyone how different I feel. I hope you can hear a change of tone in my writing, as those around me are seeing. I even had a fellow classmate tell me I was “glowing love and happiness” the other day. Who? ME? YES!!! I am dreaming. I am making goals. I am optimistic. I feel connected with my husband more than I have in months. I feel confident. I hope you are all feeling confident too. Radical self-care is soooo important!

I love you all. Keep dreaming and keep doing the silly things you love.

xoxo Taryn

3909d84b220b99043de6c8bab13486ff

Veteran’s Day Cookies

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

It was such an honor to spend some quality time with veterans today, serving at an appreciation luncheon through work. Living in a small town, it is truly humbling to see a community come together to support each other. Businesses all over town donated food, coffee, water, etc. and gave their time to host former and current military members, their families, and supporters today. There were moving speeches, a few tears, and plenty of laughter as we gathered around picnic tables and playgrounds.

vets.jpg

I spent last night baking twelve dozen cookies for the event. I found some incredible cookie recipes on Pinterest and applaud the expertise of these recipes. DELICIOUS. I had to share. (I apologize for the poor quality of the photos; it was past midnight by the time I finished and the lighting was minimal.)

Host the Toast- The Best Chewy Cafe-Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the best chocolate chip cookie recipe I have ever used (and I have made plenty of homemade cookies)!

20141110_224945

I really enjoy making spritz cookies during the holidays because I can make a TON really quickly and they’re perfectly shaped and flavored for each season. I found this awesome Pumpkin Spice Spritz Cookie Recipe that was simple and had just the right amount of spice. I was fortunate enough to find a pumpkin shaped press among my baking stuff which made it even more fun. Yum!

Diethood — Pumpkin Spice Spritz Cookies

pumpkin.jpg

I would definitely suggest these recipes to anyone looking for a big hit at your holiday event. Even my hubby said the chocolate chips were his favorite I have ever made. I’m very impressed with the recipes and so were the veterans today!

My contribution to the Veterans Day Picnic
My contribution to the Veterans Day Picnic

What did you do to show appreciation to those who served? Comment below! Also, if you try these recipes out, let me know what you think!

xoxo Taryn

Added bonus: Got to bring some cookies over to my new neighbors.
Added bonus: Got to bring some cookies over to my new neighbors.

Weekend Fun: Puppy Party

“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” ~ Tim Cahill

Tanner and I were so lucky to share a unique experience with our lab, Wesley, this weekend. Wesley’s breeder had a great idea to bring together Wesley’s litter and his parents to have a party together! This was an opportunity for Wesley that we simply could not miss. Saturday, we loaded up the truck with the pooch and a pot luck item (yummy guacamole) and headed an hour south of us to join the fun.

On our way!
On our way!

Holy labs! There were eight adult labs total and a little puppy from the breeder’s new litter. Thankfully, the new puppy already had an owner because Tanner was dying to take the little one home with us.

puppy.jpg
Puppies and babies. Can’t get any cuter

Tug-a-war, keep-away, laps in the pool, and more! The dogs all got along so well and it was such a good time for us to sit back with other owners and compare stories. Thank heavens we are not alone in our puppy chaos! For instance, our dog is not the only one who likes to shred the recycling all over the backyard or eat firewood. Wesley is not the only one who likes to jump around on the bed while trying to put on new sheets. And, he’s not the only one who doesn’t believe in behaving at home, but acts polite at other people’s homes.

pooltime.jpg

We feel so blessed to have such an incredible joy in our life. Wesley has really helped us to feel like a family, so I am thankful to do things for him. He was so happy to play with friends and lead the pack. We couldn’t stop smiling at our charming, little goofball! (well, maybe not so little; he is the tallest out of all the dogs)

wes.jpg

Honestly, the best part of the party was getting the energy out of him. Wesley slept for the rest of the weekend, letting momma get some cleaning and cooking done!

sleep.jpg

I would love to hear about fun ways y’all spoil your pets! New ideas are always welcome in our home.

Xoxo Taryn

Our yoga class on Halloween :)
Our yoga class on Halloween 🙂