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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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    Choosing Happiness

    How did you wake up today?  How were you feeling?  Were you dreading getting up?  Did you wish you could press snooze and sleep for another hour? Those first few minutes of opening our eyes in the morning can really … Continue reading

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    Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

    Happy Friday!  I hope everyone had a fabulous week.  It’s very slowly but surely starting to warm up a bit here in Connecticut.  I even got in a walk on the beach this week, the first of the year! I … 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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    Two Ingredient Primal Pancake

    Hi loves! I hope everyone’s New Year is off to a great start. Mine has been very exciting to say the least. Lots of celebrating going on for mine and Andy’s engagement. It’s funny to think last year at this … Continue reading

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    A Mountain Top Proposal

    Happy 2015 everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful New Years and the first week is off to an inspiring start. Did you read the title of this post?  Yes, it doesn’t quite feel real to me either!  On … Continue reading

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    An Eight Course Meal at Saugatuck Craft Butchery

    Happy Monday friends! Boy do I have a great post for you today. First things first though. The winner of the Strong and KIND bar giveaway is…. Becca! I used the Random Number Generator to pick the winner.  Congrats Becca! … 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

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    Balsamic & Fig Meatloaf

    Happy Friday people!  I hope you all had a fabulous week.  My week has been quite different from most…but I’ll save that for a post coming soon.  I have had a little more time on my hands so decided to … Continue reading

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    How To Make Homemade Paleo Beef Jerky

    So there’s definitely been a sort of jerky craze going on in my world lately. Andy and I started playing around with making our own back in January when I was doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox. Then all of … Continue reading

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 flies by.  It’s my day “off” but I guess I try to squeeze everything in.  Vacuming, cleaning, laundry, wedding stuff, blog stuff, planning yoga sequences, making dinner, oh and showering at some point in there.  Is that what life looks like after babies?  Except you have a human child who you can’t let just lay on the couch the entire day.  That must be tough. 

Anyways, I wanted to share some exciting news.  Andy and I have officially handed in our Connecticut Wine Trail Passports!  Have you heard of the Connecticut Wine Trail Passport Program?  Basically, if you go to a certain number of wineries across the state you are entered into a couple of contests.  We managed to get 16 stamps this first year we participated, which means we are entered to win a trip to Spain!

I really enjoyed this adventure for the sole reason that you really get to explore the state!  We went to places we would probably never travel to otherwise and of course for the wine!

Here are a few highlights from our adventures.  We started around April or May and just finished last weekend.

I’ll start with a picture from one of my favorites, Gouveia Vineyards.  And it just so happens that this one is my very own hometown of Wallingford, CT.  Oh the sunsets.

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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?

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