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when you start a blog, how the hell do you start it?

September 8, 2010

I suppose some sort of introduction. To be cheap and easy (in words, not real life), I will steal from myself (check out my portfolio website), with some additions, subtractions, exaggerations, and other such nonsense:

“I tell people I’d be pretty good on Jeopardy … I know a little about a lot of things.”

About the writing stuff: Words have long been a passion for me and that passion is deeply rooted in the desire to learn and do more. I remember way back to the first grade when my teacher placed me in the middle-level reading group … and not liking it one bit. I remember writing journals — journals! in cursive! with words like “temperature” — in the second grade. And I vividly recall my third-grade teacher telling me I couldn’t read “Queen for a Day” because it had “chapters.”

It turned out to be a pretty good and fast read, even at the tender age of 8.

All those experiences (and plenty more) fueled my fire to become a professional writer, even before I knew people made a living of it. I began writing for my hometown newspaper while still in high school and turned to freelancing in college. I’ve worked as a niche publications editor, helmed a B2B magazine, and written countless articles for local, regional and national print and online publications. Writing, much like reading, is the perfect opportunity to learn and explore other facets of life and living. It’s a way to preserve ideas and stories in the fleeting presence of today.

It’s also a rare opportunity to match my talents with work that is meaningful and personal.

My web and print experience has spiraled down paths I never thought possible while sitting in the hot newsroom of my hometown over a decade ago. From resumes and cover letters, to indexing entire publications to designing logos and newsletter, freelancing has provided me with unique opportunities to expand my field of knowledge, learn new skills and network with amazing variety of clients, writers, editors and more. Each one has had an indelible mark on me as a person, a thinker and a doer, and for that (and those dreadful elementary school teachers, I suppose) I am grateful.

About the mothering stuff: I have a preschooler. She’s amazing and exhausting and the love of my life. That’s all you need to know. For now. Some of my best stuff comes from her.

About the yoga-ing stuff: I am a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, and the creator of Yoga for Bigger Bodies; if you’re not familiar with it, you should be. I also reach regular yoga and yogalates, which is a blend of yoga and Pilates. I’m kinda awesome at teaching yoga and yogalates. At least that’s what they tell me.

I came to yoga over 10 years ago as a way to relieve the physical, mental and spiritual burden of living with systemic lupus (SLE). I loved yoga, but mostly practiced on my own; it wasn’t until 2002 that I attended my first yoga class. After joining the working world, I took a part-time job at the YMCA in member services. In doing program registrations, I noticed members were crazy about Pilates, so I signed up, too. I was hooked, and in 2004 I completed my Pilates training through the YMCA of the USA.

Pilates and yoga are natural complements and in 2005, I took my first yoga training. That experience led to more and in 2008 I completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher training, obtaining certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). A requirement of my YTT was the completion of a 20-hour independent project; being a bigger gal myself, I chose to focus on yoga for larger-bodied individuals and how instructors can best serve these students. That 20-hour project spiraled into more than 75 hours of research, writing and experiential learning, leading to the creation of Yoga for Bigger Bodies, as well as a 40-page instructor manual.

About the nonprofit work: I work for an environmental nonprofit as a media specialist. I do lots of cool stuff, including PR, graphic design and, lately, lots of social media.

About all the other stuff: Well, I can’t give all my best stuff away in the first post.

So, what is this blog all about?

Did you not read the header? Variety (cliche alert!) is the spice of life, and Pushing the Edges is all about how I balance the unbalanced facets of my world … and love (almost) every minute of it.


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