I enjoy looking at myself.

I have had a hard time looking at full-length pictures of myself for most of my adult life. I have about two months of pictures where I was at a weight that I was happy with, but I have a hard time picking myself out of those because they just don't look like me. Last spring, I took a yoga self-portrait course with Anna-Guest Jelley and Vivienne McMaster. And it changed my life.

Yoga empowers me in a way that I can't explain. I look at these pictures of me - taken at my current weight - and I feel incredible.

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I take a few portraits a week, but I really want to get back to a daily practice. Yoga self-portraits are a way that I remind myself that I am beautiful. That I am powerful. That I know who I am. You can see more of my portraits in my flickr album.

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February organization with Erin Condren

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So, funny story. I was cheating on Erin Condren. I bought a moleskine planner. I thought I enjoyed it. And I did enjoy the layout. But, in a bizarre dealbreaker, all pens bled through. Even my Staedlers. And I just couldn't deal with that. So I used a hybrid of the weekly format that I have grown to love and my bullet journaling system and this is what I came up.

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Can we first just pause for minute and marvel over that lovely sparkly Kate Spade bag? Total impulse buy for myself while Christmas outlet shopping. Under $20. How could I not?

Okay, Krissie. Focus. My daily carrying system is based on three things: black Moleskine brain-dump book, little pouch of mini-journals, and my EC on-the-go notebook.

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The Moleskine notebook (grid) is where I keep all of my ideas.

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Rough drafts for blogposts that I scratch out while in waiting rooms. Rough drafts of yoga sequences. Crazy ideas that I'm not ready to act on but will someday. Coaching session notes. Disorganization to the max, but stuff I may need someday.

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When I ordered the EC notebook (that I show you later), I ordered a wellness journal and a budget book on a total whim. I've had the monthly calendar for a while and have totally fallen in love with it.

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I am excited to start using the wellness journal. Aesthetically, I love that it is set up like the Life Planner. But what I love most about it? No numbers. No spots for calories or points or carbs. Just spots to record what I ate. I love this so much. I'm starting it this week, so I'll keep you updated.

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Same with the budget book. It starts this week. I'll double check January's numbers and we'll have a baseline. So then we'll watch February and see where we can lean out a little.

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The monthly calendar really works well for me. I use stickers from Erin Condren to show appointments and activities. They keep me from planning too much in an evening. I used the Martha Stewart teardrop stickers from Staples to show bills I need to pay and invoices I need to send. They are movable from month to month and I can see at a glance what I have left for the month.

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Now to my bestie - the On-the-Go notebook. I literally gasped when I received this. I think it is so, so lovely. (And I'll talk more about that this week.) And, yes, that is a little kitty cat foot in the upper corner.

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I started with the monthly spread. I used red and pink washi around all edges of the page so it will be easy to find. On the left-hand page, I listed my monthly intentions. Not a to-do list, but a guide for the month. On the right-hand page, created my tracker. Yoga minutes, meditation minutes, and running miles. I'll add them up at the end of the month. Again, no goals. Just tracking. And there is room left over for random notes during February.

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Next is my weekly spread. I added a sticker on the top of the right-hand page to serve the purpose of a tab even though it is flush with the page.

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The left-hand page lists my intentions for the week, a place to track, and goals. I tried to set realistic goals based on January, but I'm not tied to them. If I don't read or write enough days, it isn't the end of the world. But then the second section is the to-do list. Some of it is more time-sensitive than others, but these are the things that I really need to get done this week.

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This spread is marked by the meal planning insert from Erin Condren. It is blank so far because I needed to get these pictures taken while it was still daylight. It'll be filled out (and grocery list made) by the time you read this.

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I love how the weekly schedule shaped up. I mean, the squares just miraculously split up evenly. It will definitely fill up during the week as my weekly to-do list gets delegated to specific days.

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Then I'll use the bullet journaling system on the blank pages. This is where I will keep quotes that speak to me. This is where I will take notes on my daily readings. Where my Moleskine is a place for my ideas, this is a place for information.

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I get asked often, so these are the pens I love - Stadters and PaperMate Flairs.

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Lots of fun things live in my Kate Spade pouch - washi tape wrapped around a ruler, a wide Sharpie, a fine Sharpie, a pencil, and lots of stickers.

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So, yeah. Most of this is carried with me back and forth. My purse is huge. My shoulders are strong. All is well.

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Thank you for indulging me!

And now, let me thank you! :)

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keeping myself away

For quite a while, my yoga mat has been my home. It is where I go to rejuvenate, to rest, to challenge, to focus. My time on the mat is where I solve problems. Where I get ideas. Where I connect with my Maker and myself. Where I find both energy and stillness.

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But I couldn't bring myself to my mat last night. I knew I needed it - my body, my soul, my spirit. But I just couldn't.

My life is good. I am thankful for so many things. But I can hold gratitude and still leave space for uncertainty. And a few important things are uncertain right now. I was afraid the mat would be the place that I would break down. Would I feel better if I just broke down and let it happen? Probably.

But I'm afraid of that right now.

So I did a few energetic poses, standing on the carpet. I didn't lay, I didn't pray. I just didn't.

Today I will try again. I will begin again. And I will be gentle.

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spirographs. and you are worthy to woo.

If stress levels can be measured by spirographs (and I think maybe they can), I am at Threat Level Orange. You know, right up next to red. But orange is my power color. So I guess that's okay.IMG_1602You know how sometimes you are put in a situation that feels both terrifying and end-of-the-world but also liberating and exciting? Yup. That's what these spirographs are about. IMG_1604 Things will be changing. Things will be evolving. Aren't they always, though? IMG_1603

So what do I know how to do while I feel terrified and unsure and excited?

I draw spirographs.

I make my way to mat. I will go upstairs and do this practice with Anna as soon as I hit publish here.

I reach out to my friends and my parents and my husband and I am reassured.

And I reach out to you. Because my heart feels most full when I am coaching. When I am spending time with you. So here is my Valentine's Day gift to you.

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lessons from the mat: Being Lorrie.

Miranda loves to tell a story about Lorrie.While the two of the were visiting me in Lexington, we went to Zumba. Miranda and I kept up with the choreography, focused on the instructor, got into the collective vibe of the class.

But then there was Lorrie. And she was doing whatever the hell she wanted. We were doing jumping jacks? She was spinning in a circle. She was moving. She was joyful. And she was listening to her own drum.

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And that's what I miss about her. Lorrie always did Lorrie. And I don't know how many times I was told, "Guuurl, you do you!"

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At the beginning of the yoga retreat last weekend, we were given permission slips to fill out for ourselves. What did I need to give myself permission to do? What was I having resistance to?

I gave myself permission to Be Lorrie.

That weekend, Being Lorrie meant following directions for the most part, but doing what I wanted to do when the directions took me to an uncomfortable physical place. Being Lorrie meant that I took a nap instead of a hike because I thought about what would bring me joy. On the mat. At the retreat. I wanted to bring Lorrie's spirit to my practice.

Since I returned home, I am starting to look for ways to carry Being Lorrie into how I could approach other parts of my life. With work. With business. With my clothing and jewelry. Where can I dance? Where can I add a joyful flourish to an area I don't particularly enjoy? Where can I say, "I will do things a different way" and still have the same experience and outcome?

I miss this girl so much. So often, I find myself wanting her feedback. Needing her pep talk. Wanting a 3-way ModCloth window-shopping Skype-date with Mir. Craving antiquing, wine, truffles, and pizza delivery to a hotel room that looks right into someone's office.

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But I carry her with me. In a token she made me that hangs out in my purse. In the pink scarf that I wear on days I'm especially tender. And now, thoughts of her are infused in my mat.

I'm learning to do Krissie. By Being Lorrie. On the mat and off.

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