Entries in Soapbox (11)


April 26th

Today marks our two-year wedding anniversary! I don't know a lot about marriage yet, but so far, we have grown remarkably through great lessons in love, respect, communication, commitment, and grace.

Chris, thank you for standing by me as my best friend, leader, cheerleader, personal stand-up comedian, and sweetheart. I am so thankful to have a husband who is honest, devoted, unwaveringly supportive, and generous beyond words. I love you more than ever.

Lyrics from our first dance {Image credit - Kishani Perera}



Punta Cana Sirsasana {Image credit: Amy J.}

Yoga has become a huge part of my life this past year. My practice has stretched me physically, mentally, and emotionally in ways I didn't know were possible, and I've reaped rewards far beyond killer triceps and tighter hamstrings.

As a novice, there was a constant temptation to compare myself to other more seasoned yogis in the studio. I'd try desperately to twist and contort my body into the advanced poses they executed with ease. Thoughts of self-doubt would race through my head, and I'd wonder if anyone was watching and ridiculing my form. Oftentimes, it was insecurity, rather than inability, that caused me to topple. It was unnerving, to say the least.

I quickly realized that my negativity was dangerous and could lead to injuries (aka faceplants), or even worse, discouragement. I started letting go of my hang-ups and began trusting my body and intuition. Establishing an honest relationship with myself was crucial, and it allowed me to eventually develop flexibility, balance, strength, and most importantly, confidence.

This was a profound lesson for me. I constantly struggle with high personal expectations and fears of failure, which leads me to be overly self-critical and pessimistic. As I continue to work on myself, I hope to find power to confront my limits, to be resilient when I fall, and have the courage to enjoy my transformation.


Open Heart Surge

It might be "cool" to poo-poo Feburay 14th, but we should remember to celebrate love, because it is such a grand thing. Cherish the people around you, and spend time doing the things that make your heart sing. If you are fortunate enough to have met the right person, treasure your significant other. Savor the privilege of having the ability to love and be loved. Never take it for granted.

"What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything."
- Pedro Arrupe