Blogging is Like Yoga

August has brought with it a huge lack of motivation and enthusiasm in regards to two things that usually nourish my mind and soul; blogging and yoga.

For several weeks I have been acutely aware of my avoidance of both the mat and WordPress and both remind me daily of my neglegence; my mat sits unrolled in the corner of the living room and another morning rolls by without hitting “Publish”.   It wasn’t until this morning, as I tried to envision both yoga and posting fitting into my day, that the similarity between the two hit me.

Yoga and blogging are both

  • deeply personal paths.
  • on-going practices that are more often about the journey, not the destination.
  • best when practiced regularly.
  • a beautiful and unique way to connect with others.
  • challenging!
  • self-directed.
  • creative.
  • mobile; they can travel with you!
  • versatile; I can tailor my posts and my practice to suit my mood and needs.
Yoga and blogging can both be like taking a good, long look in the mirror and allowing (ok, sometimes forcing!) yourself to be open to what’s staring back at you.  I don’t believe that I am avoiding anything huge in the self-reflection department, I just needed a break from the constant practice of it.
But I miss them both.
And so over the second half of August I will work to regain my near-daily practices of writing, unrolling my mat, snapping pictures, finding movement, finding stillness, creating recipes, flowing through Surya Namaskar, and hitting “Publish”.
Wanna help me out?  Let me know what you would like to see on Gracefulfitness, ask me a questions about food or workouts, or tell me something that helps motivate you to get on the mat.

Castle Day

Just another Saturday…

 …spent at a castle.

This incredible castle house is owned by a friend-of-a-friends’ family and Tate and I were fortunate enough to score an invite to picnic and swim for the day.

I was too awe-struck inside the house to get any pictures but there were swords and amour and tapestries bigger than my living room.

The estate is still owned by the Scott family who built it back in 1913 as a summer retreat.

Spending an afternoon in the country was the perfect way to recover from my Saturday morning 90 minute trail run.  I do believe I’m ready for Saturday’s event!  I felt great during the run and finished strong and fast but definitely needed recovery time yesterday and took it very easy.

After swimming, exploring, and lounging we made our way to the mountain top for a picnic.

We managed to pack up just as the storm rolled in!  One thing I missed from years of living out West was thunder storms.  Love the summer thunder storms and we’ve been getting a good dose of them this month.

I’m looking forward to my Tabata workout this afternoon. 🙂

What’s your Monday workout?