Sunday, November 23, 2014

Light Coming out of the Shadows

Its starting to make sense 

Screen printing materials bought. Woot.

Friday, November 14, 2014

It is What you Make it.

Moving down here I always remember wanting to create a job for myself where I didn't have to sit in an office. One that I could make and take anywhere with me involving things I liked to do.

But what would that be? 

The last few weeks and this afternoon encountering a friend after my CPR and first aid class I realize that it is really coming to fruition.

I'm now certified to teach yoga, paddle board yoga and am WPA level 1 certified to boot. Got my CPR and first aid certification this morning. Lovin' the learnin'!

The most interesting stuff to me right now with these classes has been the water safety cause I never got these tools when I had to go "save" someone. 

The extent of my instruction up until now was be ready to jump in and go get 'em. There's a lot more to it but we all have that basic instinct kick in to save when it all comes down to it. Now I know the number of compressions and breaths to do with it.

Been writing up a press release for an upcoming yoga workshop and coming up for some ideas on how to market a local yoga teacher in town. 

Both the paddle board yoga and yoga classes are being paid with my marketing advice. Finally! Utilizing all that crap I had to deal with at the ad agency and realizing I can use it to get things I want to learn. 

Bonus points for finding out organizing people is another skill I have and a lot of people don't. God Bless those years in administration assistant jobs too.

A really nice transformation of a difficult time in my life I've tried hard to put behind me. All that difficulty though paid off. Big time.

Thinking of updating my website to include all these new things and the marketing consulting. Maybe even joining Linked In cause ultimately I realize this place is a great space to create in but I need to put it out there too. Its not just about Key West and that's a good thing.

I have the freedom, the space and the creativity to do about anything I want down here. That is what I love most about this place.

To apply it means taking it out of here to a certain extent. How much? I'm not sure but it sure is fun figuring out.

Next up...Screenprinting. And of course more yoga teaching practice on the beach.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014


Its been a baby shower bonanza lately. 

One of my good friends Toni is having her second and I decided to have a little fun and sketch something to print on a baby onesie.

One of the yoga teachers is an artist and just did a press run of one of her beautiful mudra sketches which I loved. So I decided it'd be a fun test to see what mine would look like too as well as give a personalized gift when the mother in question is not registered anywhere.

I bought a screen print by hand book a couple of years ago and wouldn't you know a conversation with a co-worker on how to screen print easy last night led me right back to it this morning. Figuring out the supply list now and am excited to try this out for other sketches. 

The bug continues and I'm loving the big canvas more and more. 

Got some great books on the art of sequencing for yoga which will help the whole teaching thing. 

Good lord if all I do in life is yoga, art and travel, I'd be supremely happy.

Time to get out on the water for paddle board yoga certification! Oh and try out paddle yoga for the first time.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Beach Teaching

In efforts to get more comfortable with teaching yoga, my friend Abby happily agreed to meet me on the beach and be my student.

Both of us working Friday night shifts at our respective restaurants, we most certainly showed up a little late.

Rolled out a sheet to put our mats on and I turned on my iPhone for our class music. Nice mobile studio, Yo. I like it.

As much as I wanted to just give verbal cues today, I still found myself going through the motions with her. Was nice to practice near the water. I guess I couldn't help myself. I always want to move.

Surprisingly I'd never done yoga outside or outside a studio until today. The sun, trees and water just added to the effect. Bonus points for the sound of waves washing ashore during savasana

As we opened up into tree position under those glorious trees, I focused my vision out onto the calm waters and began to see a school of fish jumping. 
Then suddenly, a big barracuda appeared leaping completely out of the water.

Amazing and all I could say holding that pose was WHOA.

As I am a person who believes in spirit animals and looking up any symbolic meaning of animals that cross my path, I googled it and found this:

Transformation of the spirit, barracuda shows how to make your own way and follow your own path with strength and courage. Barracuda can teach a balance of action with inaction, rest and work, rest and play. He shows the power of actions and strength. Fish in general show how to swim the currents of life, use of intuition to navigate effectively, aids in attuning to the world of emotions, the un/subconscious and other-worlds, heightened senses including visions, dreams and related psychic abilities.

Right on. Courage has been my intention for practice the whole week.

Teaching outside continues and more books are on the way. Amazon Prime continues to be my friend.

Any animals cross your path lately?