Celebrating 47!

Hi Loves,

Betty is all packed up and ready for another adventure. Ben and I are heading up to City of Rocks, Idaho for our birthdays. It's time to unplug and celebrate ourselves. I think back 7 years ago when I was turning 40 I was celebrating a new chapter by doing 40 backbends with my students and my husband 2 days earlier had said he couldn't be in our marriage anymore. Well doesn't life feel different now! I would never do 47 backbends. :)

Before I unplug I wanted to get some info out to you all. I have heard from quite a few students that are thinking about signing up for this years Wanderlust Teacher Training and we are asking that people get their deposits in by June 20 to save their spot and also helps us prepare.

This is Just Plain Silly

Hi Loves,

Oh my goodness. Snow here in these mountains on May 16th! It's just plain silly. I was grinning from ear to ear at this silliness riding up the chair today in a whiteout. Sometimes things feel like they are just plain upside down, which makes me laugh, something I learned early on from my dad. You can't take yourself or anything too seriously. And boy is laughter a huge release. I look for this quality in the people I bring close to me. 

Sisters Give this to Yourself

Hi loves,

Last night Ben and I attended this talk a psychologist was giving on Authentic Relating with Adolescents. I would say at least 90% of the room was mother's and I think that is why I went to find out who this topic mattered to. I can't say I learned much, more just reminded how incredibly important parenting is and good parenting comes down to taking care of ourselves, which last night this guy was talking about breath work, movement and meditation, which gives us the capacity to be present for our kids. If we want authentic relating, if we want intimacy, there must be presence. We have to put the phones down. I am so sad that Tessa is now feeling the strong pull of the phone, but aren't we all in some way. When I ask her to put the phone down or to hand it over I hear, "just one more minute, I need to send this text." This is how we are connecting these days, but we are missing the presence of the moment. And how often have I said those same words to her, which is why I went down to the Eastside this weekend by myself with no screens. Ok I did listen to podcasts and music, but mostly I was in silence.

Wisdom From Betty

Hi Lovers,

I promised I would keep sharing about my experience of acquiring "Betty", so here I am actually writing this with her on the Eastside. So fitting. The stars aligned for me to have this weekend to myself and I seized it. The ease of taking spontaneous trips to the Eastern Sierra, and beyond, is one of the reasons that I bought Betty in the first place. Now, don't get me wrong; I really, really love my time with my partner. I really, really love my time with Tessa. I really, really love my time with my family and friends, but.... I really, really, REALLY LOVE my time alone, especially in one of my favorite places on the planet. I did not always love my alone time before I started my daily sitting practice. (Have to put my plug in for meditation). I think because my mind often was not the best company or I was afraid of my loneliness. When I did want to be by myself, I often was running away from some situation, some feeling, some emotion instead of stopping and being with it. These days I enjoy myself so much more because I do stop. Easy to say when I am sitting in a cushy van in God's greatest playground. But it's also true when I have been committed to a week of silence. It's true when Tessa pushes up all the ugly stuff. It's true when I am going through challenges because I know that life is playing out and I am learning, growing, evolving.

Wisdom from Betty the Sportsmobile

Hi Loves,

I have been working on this particular email since January and there is so much evolving in this process that I came to the realization that this topic has to be a series of Newsletters. I am going to call it, "Wisdom from Betty".

Four and a half years ago I wrote a newsletter about how I didn't need a Sportsmobile, but I sure wouldn't mind one. (Maybe some of you remember that one?) My ex-husband and I had a Sportsmobile for years and it was our vehicle to help us get filled up and connect. It was great just to hop in the van and head to the Eastside for the weekend. So many wonderful memories. 

Where's Your Aim

Hi loves,

Where are you aiming in life? As you have probably heard before, "where your attention goes, energy flows". So, where are you directing the consciousness that you are responsible for? I know for me, I aim at love.

Some of you nordic skiers out there may have seen that I am teaching yoga for the 2nd Annual Shooter Bowl Sunday, a laser biathlon event for women held on Super Bowl Sunday. I am honored to be a part of this event created by, Emily Turner and Tahoe XC, to raise awareness around domestic violence and gather support for the Community House, an organization that gives so much to our community. 

I love Austin!

Hi Lovelies,

I just got back from Austin, Texas. Yeehaw! I feel so fortunate that my college girlfriends that are spread all over the country still make time to get together every few years. We've known each other almost 30 years. Wow! The part that is fun for me is seeing how we all have evolved and the parts that are still the same or the parts that we are still struggling with. It's fascinating. There is something about us that tends to think of people in our past as they were back then, but we all evolve and change and often we hold others hostage to what they were. What I am really grateful about this group is that I have changed ALOT since we first started hanging out and there are parts that are the same and parts that I still struggle with, but they accept it all. I don't partake in all the celebratory cocktails and I am early to bed and early to rise, but it doesn't effect them one bit AND I don't expect them to be any different than who they are. There is so much love shared, including Texas Two Step, which might be one of the most heart opening dances I have ever experienced. This dance adventure took place at the legendary Broken Spoke where we took the picture above. So since we have made it 30 years I have no doubt there will be at least 30 more.