Hiking, New England

Hiking with Goats in Gray, Maine

In October, a friend and I booked an AirBnB experience called "Hiking with Goats" in Grey, Maine. We had booked an AirBnB in Freeport and planned to spend most of the weekend in Portland, but we were so intrigued by reading the words "hike" and "goat" in the same sentence. The experience came highly rated… Continue reading Hiking with Goats in Gray, Maine

Hiking, Lifestyle Change, Travel

Conquering Half Dome

On Thursday, June 7th, two days before my thirty-first birthday, I conquered Half Dome in Yosemite with three friends. It was a grueling, fifteen-hour hike that I thought would never end, but looking back on it two weeks later, it was worth all that hard work. I had been planning to visit Yosemite since first… Continue reading Conquering Half Dome

Lifestyle Change, Yoga

Weeks 7&8: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

The last two weeks of our yoga teacher training were a total whirlwind! Week 7 was our biggest and busiest week of training yet. Thursday night, we learned what parts we'd be teaching for our family and friends community class and then completed two round robins of teaching the entire sequence together. I was assigned… Continue reading Weeks 7&8: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

Mental Health, Yoga

Week 6: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

"You're exactly where you need to be," we're told time and time again throughout our eight-week teacher training, but those seven words didn't truly resonate with me until our Chakra lecture in Week Six. I was not about the Chakras when we first started talking about them. Usually, I open myself willingly to other people's… Continue reading Week 6: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

Lifestyle Change, Yoga

Week 5: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

I'm a week late on my week 5 reflection, but it's better late than never! Two weeks ago we had two nights of an anatomy lecture! I was looking forward to this part of the training because I didn't take anatomy in high school (cheers to being an average achieving student.) Of course there isn't… Continue reading Week 5: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

Lifestyle Change, Yoga

Week 4: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

It's getting real now, guys. We are officially at the halfway mark of our training. Now that we've learned all of the poses, we've moved on to learning how to offer assists to each pose. We dove right into that and it was scary! We also completed our first Round Robin on Sunday, which means… Continue reading Week 4: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

JET Life

Week 3: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

On Sunday, we finished going through the entire C-1 sequence! NamaHOORAY! To learn all 42 different postures (if I counted correctly, that's how many there are), we follow this formula: breath-->posture--> cue. For example: Inhale, Tree Pose (Vrksasana), Place the sole of your right foot onto your opposite thigh. We also learned all of the… Continue reading Week 3: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

Lifestyle Change, Yoga

Week 2: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

I forgot when I'm in school I'm a huge procrastinator. Hello, Universal Experience. It's nice to see you again! Week 3 of Yoga Teacher Training starts in less than an hour, so here's my recap from week 2: This week in yoga class, we've continued to dive into learning the sequence of a C-1 class,… Continue reading Week 2: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

JET Life, Lifestyle Change, Yoga

Week 1: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

If you were paying attention, I posted something on my blog almost 2 years ago about being done with trying to make yoga work for me. Frustration--I couldn't quiet my thoughts in class. The more I tried to relax, the more anxiety I became. So I gave up and turned to other activities that helped… Continue reading Week 1: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

JET Life

7 Last Minute Tips to Help You Prepare For The JET Interview

Interviewing for JET in the next week or two? Then this is for you! Having been on both sides of the table as an applicant and an interviewer for the JET Program, I wanted to give some insider tips. I was a nervous wreck before I interviewed at the Japan Consulate in Boston four years… Continue reading 7 Last Minute Tips to Help You Prepare For The JET Interview