This is happy

sunshineTen minutes of quiet time in the morning, sipping from a mug of steaming hot, peppermint-mocha-flavored coffee, and watching the sun paint the sky. This is happy.

An hour of getting lost in a good book in the evening, burrowed under blankets, enveloped in the soft lamp light of a room. This is happy. (more…)

Kundalini yoga and me

yoga matsKundalini yoga is a huge part of my life and who I am. Some of you might have noticed that it pops up from time to time in my books. I’ve never blogged about my first experiences with it, so today I wanted to share a little bit about something that has such an important place in my life.

It was September 2003, and I was approaching the end of a rather life-changing year. I’d finished a journalism degree that June, and for the first time in my entire life, I was “only” working full-time, a transition that often left me feeling like there was something else I should be doing. That was probably because journalism school itself was an almost 24/7 affair, at least in the last two years when I took TV courses and spent a great deal of time outside of a full-time course load setting up interviews, shooting a story (on-camera or behind it), and in the editing suite, along with being employed as a teaching assistant and web designer. It was also the year a long-term relationship ended and I found myself living truly on my own for the first time, with no roommates. I spent way more time with friends than ever before, and I submitted an application to grad school, which I’d start the following September. Even so, I had what felt like all this time on my hands. As someone who’s tested as INFJ at different stages throughout life, time on my hands in the middle of what was a pretty major life transition wasn’t always good. I had a tendency to live in my head back then, and to really overthink things. I was more than ready to stop getting caught up in thinking and to be fully present in the moment I was in. As I’d soon discover, Kundalini yoga has a way of helping me do just that. (more…)

Book review: BLOGGER GIRL by Meredith Schorr

Cover of BLOGGER GIRL by Meredith Schorr

I read BLOGGER GIRL by Meredith Schorr back in October, and wrote a review that I posted for it on Amazon and Goodreads. I’ve decided to start posting reviews of books I love here on my blog, in the hopes I can help others discover fantastic books. Since I loved this book a lot, here’s a re-post of my review.

BLOGGER GIRL is a book that I just didn’t want to put down, no matter how sleep-deprived it made me the next day! From the opening pages, I was immediately drawn into Kimberly Long’s world of a job that she likes well enough but doesn’t challenge her — although it does give her the time and freedom to work on her book review blog, something she loves to do — and her crush on Nicholas Strong, an associate at the law firm she works for. And who can’t relate to Kim’s tension over her upcoming high school reunion and coming face-to-face with Hannah Marshak, a girl Kim would much rather have never seen or heard from again after graduation. Unfortunately for Kim, Hannah is everywhere these days. Hannah’s debut novel is about to be published and it’s chick lit, the genre Kim loves and reviews for her blog. (more…)

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