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We’re really good at going all Indiana Jones on our own suffering We’ll dig for months to pry out the reason for that prickle of anxiety or spike of sadness… (and that’s assuming we’ve moved past the “why did I do that dumb thing” into “oh. I feel that annoying thing again” which takes a

Low Volume Training

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Quick hello / post to jump back on the writing wagon now that I’m back from Peru / back in my apartment from a house sitting stint / no longer losing copious amounts of fluid each day via blowing my nose (stupid head cold.) Will be back to regularly scheduled posting now!! SO. I was

Tiny Habit Finder!

My name is Annie, and I’m a perfectionist. I’m not the kind of perfectionist who wins gold medals (I took 3rd place in the regional spelling bee several times) and has multiple graduate degrees (I have a Bachelor’s in PR from a state school in Arizona)… I’m the kind that suffers from crippling procrastination because

Integration

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Fragmentation is a tough place to live. But how do we integrate? I’ve taught yoga from a deep space of energetic intuition and mindfulness. I coach strength from a wide base of science and mechanics. Metabolics have always been a weird subset of the two… so it’s been a challenge to incorporate them for many

The Equinox

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I don’t really mind Winter all that much. I have a very nice heating blanket, a giant stash of tea and California wine. I’m quite happy to watch lots of Netflix and work through a stack of books with a warm dog body. My apartment is really lovely – a collection of cast off furniture

Feeling Stuck?

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We get stuck for a lot of reasons. In Buddhism, there is a philosophy (in my own words) that we suffer and struggle because we get “hooked” into attachment or aversion. 1. In attachment, we really want/like something (like feeling happy about an relationship) or 2. In aversion, we really don’t want/like something (like the fear that

Tiny Changes: Update

I don’t really have an operable dimmer switch — it’s currently being installed. I’m pretty much all in or all out. Sleeping kitten purring or She-Hulk on a rampage. Whenever I try to make small changes in my life, this comes back to bite me in the ass. I make the classic mistake of throwing

10 Things I’m Loving Right Now

You know that dance-party, dumb-grin, twirl circles, hug-a-stranger kind of happy? We seek it out, like addicts tracking the sensation of elation and, when we’re not looking, we get it in these light-filled bursts of color and sensation and hope! Then we overshadow it (often immediately) with dread. Brene Brown, in Daring Greatly, calls this Foreboding

Magical Chicken Tortilla Soup

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There’s something magical about the bare minimum.   I have an ingrained habit of overcommitting … even on a minute-by-minute basis. (This has actually made me chronically late for things, because I have an inflated sense of how much I can accomplish in a 10 minute period. My sincere apologies to everyone who’s dealt my

What Can We Do?

This is as close as I’ll get to a political post, probably ever. A couple facts (not the alternative kind)… I’m heartbroken and enraged by the things happening in my country and frightening the people I love.   I’m terrified by the Orwellian cast to the first month of 2017. I feel REALLYFUCKINGMOTIVATED to do
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