The BRAVE Interview #4 November 2016: Kristen Conley Leighton

Hello and welcome to the next in the series of The BRAVE Interviews! It’s the Who, What, When, Where, How,  (and sometimes Why) of YOUR ‘one brave thing’! Welcome to Interview #4 with Kristen Conley Leighton! WHO are you? Share whatever you want to about yourself personally. Wow, so we’re starting with the hardest question!  Most … Continue reading The BRAVE Interview #4 November 2016: Kristen Conley Leighton

Ho no!

I got some unwelcome news today that my beloved Holy Yoga (HoYo) Saturday morning class is ending. Moving to Tuesday evenings. When I am at work. My first thought was, OH NO!!! Then the Big Sad descended. I paused. I breathed (it was yoga class, after all). I could still enjoy this class, today. I could still … Continue reading Ho no!

Trying something new

I have not been practicing yoga much these past few weeks, since my yoga teacher (you know who you are!) moved to NC . I drove the road to North Berwick to get to yoga, about a half hour away, over and over and over, and was happy to do it. I wasn't familiar with … Continue reading Trying something new

My 100th day

Today is my 100th consecutive day of meditating. One hundredth. Consecutive. Day. I know, right? Prior to this, my meditation practice never lasted more than a few moments, if it occurred to me to do it at all, and then sometimes it consisted only of the thought,"Gee, I really should meditate," or even better (or … Continue reading My 100th day

Organization (or lack thereof)

Organization? Thy name is not Karen. I have stuff. A lot of stuff. I have decided that I am ready to let stuff go. Keep it simple. Stupid. I have so many recipes and such that I have cut out, ripped out, torn out of magazines and newspapers and NEVER MADE. I should just throw them … Continue reading Organization (or lack thereof)

Yoga for writers

Are you dying of pain from a week of practically nonstop NaNo typing? I woke up Saturday morning, let the chickens out, fed them, and carried a bag to my car and suddenly was in severe pain in my left shoulder. Really? Really? I thought, THIS BITES! It's like adding insult to injury, right? I … Continue reading Yoga for writers

Leisure time: top 10 activities

I have the next few days off and am thinking of fun ways to spend it: Go bowling Go to the movies:  I want to see St Vincent, The Judge, and that Steve Carell movie about the terrible, very bad day. Get up early and go to yoga Go see the ocean! Check out the … Continue reading Leisure time: top 10 activities

Midlife Monkey Mind

I've been on overload these past few weeks, with my mind overly full of stress-inducing thoughts. Sleeping has been a challenge. Lying awake from 1:30-4:30am two nights ago, I trotted out all my tricks for putting myself back to sleep: saying my ABC's, counting backward from 100, tensing and relaxing muscle groups, saying the So … Continue reading Midlife Monkey Mind

Movie free association

I was in yoga class (small group, all women) last week and someone (okay, it was me) started talking about how Sleepless in Seattle had been on TV the night before. Soon, everyone was mentioning their "go-to" movies, the ones that you have to watch whenever they are on TV, even if you have the … Continue reading Movie free association

Birthday gifts

I was at my favorite yoga studio yesterday, and it was the instructor's birthday. "Why don't you take the day off?"  I asked her earlier that week, and she said...ready for this? "Because I love my job so much!" How many times do you hear that? So for her birthday, and for the month of … Continue reading Birthday gifts