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    5 Ways I Detoxed My Body in 2015

    There’s something about the first Monday of the New Year, no?  It must be the ultimate #motivationmonday.  I am feeling super inspired today for the upcoming year. I had a full day or work, a kick butt workout, and also … Continue reading

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    Dear 2015…

    Dear 2015, It’s hard to believe you are already coming to an end.  You went by way too fast, faster than the years before.  Can you tell your friend 2016 to slow it down a bit?  No matter how much … Continue reading

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    Truly Eating Local

    Hey there! Happy December people! I hope everyone’s holiday season has been a great one so far.  I can’t believe the 2015 year is coming to an end. Too fast, always. With the holidays here, I always seem to over … Continue reading

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    The Connecticut Wine Trail

    Hey there kiddos!  Happy hump day.  It’s quite the dreary day over here but I do have it off and am taking advantage of the time to do some catch up.  It’s funny on my days off how the day … Continue reading

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    Lessons From One Year of Teaching Yoga

    This photo popped up on my timehop app last week. I can’t believe it’s already been one full year since I finished Yoga Teacher Training!  It’s been quite the journey so far and sometimes I have to pinch myself that I … Continue reading

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    Wanderlust Stratton – Fresh Air & Wide Open Space

    Fresh mountain air, wide open spaces,  inspiring teachers, beautiful souls…and the list goes on.  Wanderlust was everything I thought it would be and more.  I spent five days in the Green Mountain State practicing yoga, learning from wise and talented teachers, … Continue reading

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    Parsnip Fries

    Happy Friday lovies!  Look at what a snow day can do?  I’m all caught up on blogging and it feels great.  It also felt great to cook up a new little recipe while I was stuck inside this week. It’s … Continue reading

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    Lessons I’ve Taken Off The Yoga Mat and Into The World

    Happy Monday Lovelies! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  I am just getting used to a new non 9 to 5 schedule over here.  It’s a bit of an adjustment and making me realize I need to re-think how … Continue reading

Just Write

Just write. Just write. Just write. Go to theprimalyogi.com.  Pass by the ‘stats’ and visitor numbers and views. Click add new post. And write.

That’s what got me here tonight.

If you scroll underneath this post you will see my last blog was in September. In my first year as creator of The Primal Yogi I sat down and wrote a post 2 to 3 times a week, every week.  That’s when I was living alone, working 9 – 5, and figuring out my way in the world (yes this is still happening).

Fast forward a year later and a lot had changed. I had moved in with Andy, I had completed yoga teacher training, was about to get a new little furry guy, and a new job.  The posts still came but were more spread out.

Fast forward 6 months after that and I had gotten engaged, had a new job that no longer had me sitting in front of a computer, had a side job of teaching yoga with the goal of growing that area as well.  My blog and my writing slowly started to dissipate.

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The Fine Line Between Balance & Hustle

Tricky one huh?

Balance and hustle can mean different things to different people.

According to Dictionary.com Balance (noun) is mental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior,judgment, etc.

Here’s my definition.

Balance. Balance to me is spending time with family and friends, disconnected from work.  Balance is spending time outside, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air OR cuddling up on the couch on a rainy day.  Balance is indulging in my favorite foods, drinks, and guilty pleasure t.v. shows.  Balance is getting on my yoga mat and being a student.  Balance is lacing up my sneakers, and going for a run.  Balance is spending time with my fiance and puppy, whether that’s being playful or chatting about our days or even our far off dreams.  Balance is peace and quiet.  Balance is time. Balance is space.

According to Dictionary.com Hustle (noun) is energetic activity, as in work.

Here’s my definition.

Hustle. Hustle is getting sh*t done, as in work.  Hustle is working my day job and then coming home and working on my “side job.” Hustle is making to-do lists and checking things off.  Hustle is having goals. Hustle is sacrificing time in order to get closer to those goals.  Hustle is staying up late and getting up early.  Hustle is succeeding in your work. Hustle is creating something you stand for and behind.


So how do we navigate through our daily lives with a little bit (or a lot) of hustle and a little bit (or a lot) of balance?  It’s something I struggle with daily. As I sit here on my “day off”  I realize I’ve been glued to the computer for three hours with, believe it or not, a to-do list to my right.  In a few more minutes I’ll be able to check off ‘write blog post’!

I’m not sure I’ll ever master this concept (unless I move to San Diego, or so I hear).  But I guess life isn’t about mastering.  We are not perfect.  We are constantly in a mode of trying things out, practicing. Isn’t that why we call Yoga a practice? And although I haven’t mastered it, I do my best to practice this whole balance and hustle thing.

A little bit of balance and a little bit of hustle.  Here’s what that looks like to me:

Getting on my mat at least three times a week.  Choosing one night a week to enjoy my fiance’s company, sit outside, take in the view, enjoy a good meal, and sip a glass of wine.  Choosing one day a week to work on my blog (that’s been a tough one lately). Networking and meeting new people. Crushing goals and then taking vacation. Traveling. Getting outside for five minutes or five hours. Making plans with friends. Seeing my family. Investing in my own learning and development. Listening to podcasts on the drive to work, and listening to music on the drive home.  Finding opportunities to get me closer to my goals. Doing nothing. Cuddling up on the couch with my puppy, but only after writing this blog.

There you have it! What’s balance and hustle look like to you?  Have it mastered?

Four Podcasts I’m Listening To Now

Podcasts are my new favorite commuting soundtrack.  I’ve recently started making an effort to get more out of my driving time other than phone taps and celebrity gossip.  Sure sometimes you want to roll the windows down and blast some good ol’ fashion tunes, but other times why not gain some knowledge while on the road?

I simply just downloaded the podcast app on my i-phone and had thousands at my fingertips.  I guess I should give Andy some credit here.  He got me started when he told me about Mark Sisson’s Primal Blue Print podcast.  From there I realized that so many of my favorite knowledgeable, fun people have podcasts out there where they share their wisdom with the pod-o-sphere.

Here are my favorites:

Primal Blueprint Podcast


This podcast has so much great information pertaining to living a paleolithic / primal lifestyle.  Mark Sisson has interviewed tons experts in all different areas.  I recently listed to one where Mary Vance, a holistic nutritionist, spoke about getting our hormones in balance through diet.  It was super useful for me to learn about!  Continue reading

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