when I #fallinlovewithyoga (or why I take yoga selfies)

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If you follow me on Instagram (highly suggested if you like pictures of golden retrievers, food and the topic of this post), you might have noticed my participation in the #fallinlovewithyoga photo challenge lead by a collective of popular yogis. Each day, @kathrynbudig @amyippoliti @tjhark @laurasykora & @yogabeyond took turns sharing the daily prompt – not centered around a specific pose, but an idea – an affirmation even.

I’ve tried various other photo-a-day style challenges, but this one specifically spoke to me – as you’ll see in the photos that came out of the past ten days:

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Day One: feeling beautiful in one-legged king pigeon ♦ Day Two: love to teach half moon

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Day Three: strong in bound extended side angle pose ♦ Day Four: heart happy in reverse warrior

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Day Five: with someone special in crow pose ♦ Day Six: {I’m}possible in runningman.

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Day Seven: tell a story in the flow ♦ Day Eight: #nostretchypants in standing mermaid

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Day Nine: supporting a cause in wild thing  ♦ Day Ten: summarizing (& reflecting) in easy pose

Even the NYTimes.com investigated this trend awhile back. So why did this Instagram challenge stick for me – and why do I share these things on the internet?

It was my yoga practice for the past ten days. I hate to use the excuse that I’ve been “busy” but just look at the definition (c/o Google):  having a great deal to do.  When you’re planning a 500+ person food and wine event, the to-do list IS never-ending.  To be honest, there were several tasks I didn’t get to – I had to learn how to accept that and let go of those things.

Throughout my event planning career, I’ve instituted a two-week-workout rule: I won’t pressure myself into any expectations of keeping my normal fitness routine 14 days before an event. Sure, I’ve been to a few 90-minute vinyasa sessions on the weekends and an appointment with my personal trainer for my shoulder therapy since, but my normal weekday routine was out of the question. That routine helps me stay balanced so I needed something to keep me “in the middle”.

While yoga is much more than the physical asanas, this challenge was my commitment to keeping me connected to my yoga practice – or what it looked like in a “real world” scenario.  That act of stopping to take a photo forced me to slow down, to stop thinking in a multi-tasking matter, and be uber present for a few moments. That’s what happens at an actual studio class – yes, for a longer amount of time – but in times of necessary efficiency, you take what you can get (which one day meant going back into the photo archives when I couldn’t get the idea of booking a vacation out of my head).  Taking a photo took only a few moments but turned out to be some of the most valuable ones each day.

And while many Instagramming yogis out there have uber, beautiful advanced physical capabilities, I wanted to show some of the poses I love – in the body that I’m learning to love.  The more that I can accept my physical practice – the hyper-mobility, my lingering shoulder injury, these crazy long arms, my confused hip flexors – the easier it becomes to progress forward.

Not just in my body – but in every part of my practice.

NASATweetUp Recap Part 2: Celebrating John Glenn’s Legacy at Cleveland State University

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Did you miss Part One of my NASATweetUp experience? Check out Monday’s post: visiting NASA Glenn Research Center & Great Lakes Science Center.

After a quick visit to the Great Lakes Science Center, we found our way to Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center for the big tribute event, “Celebrating John Glenn’s Legacy: 50 Years of Americans in Orbit”. We were shown to our floor seats with just enough times before the formal program began:

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Before former Senator John Glenn took the podium, several NASA VIPs had beautiful things to say about the guest of honor, as well as the folks at NASA Glenn and of Cleveland. The NASA Glenn Research Center employees put together a wonderful video tribute – it even included an appearance by Hans! He was quite the NASA celebrity that day!

The musical tribute by James Binion, Jr. – a Masters of Music candidate at Cleveland State – was truly moving as he preformed a beautiful rendition of “The Impossible Dream” from Man from La Mancha. And as a theatre major, I’ve heard that song A MILLION times, so for me to say it rocked takes a seriously solid performance. This guy delivered.

Finally, it was Senator Glenn’s time to speak and he treated the crowd to several humorous stories and plenty of brilliant thoughts.

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One of my favorites – as kindly transcribed by fellow tweetup participant, @1catsch:

“Every bit of progress ever made by human beings has been because somebody was curious about what was up there. Not just me. I mean in every field –not up there, but in medicine, and in fabric, and in steel and in just a hundred different areas – somebody has to be curious about how you can do things differently or new and better. NASA fits that role. Exactly.”

After the ceremony, we were lead to a room just off the hall to participate in the Media Briefing and Tweetup Q&A session. Surprisingly to many of us, the media had very few questions, so it was then opened to the tweeters. I had two things on my mind so I raised my hand and before I knew it, I was speaking directly to some of NASA’s finest:

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Photo from NASA Glenn Research Center’s Facebook photo album

It’s all a bit of a blur to me, but I remember saying two things: 1) a thank you on behalf of the Cleveland social media community for bringing a NASA Tweetup to the Cleveland area, and 2) my question: as I am a proud NASA wife, I hoped they would share what tips they had for Hans as he strives to do great things in his job with the organization. Their answers?

"I want you to go home at the end of the day, every day, knowing you made a difference in peoples' lives." Charlie Bolden #NASATweetup
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Libby Norcross
"Be incredibly proud of what you do" says Bolden to @ employees #NASATweetup @
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Hannah

And while I was more interested in helping my husband, the group had some advice for me:

Bolden defers to #AnnieGlenn on Q about how to be a great #NASAWife. I love this man more and more every day! #NASATweetup
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Pat Cooney

The advice: to keep supporting him as he continues to do good work. But the man of the hour had the best advice:

Glenn: "I hope that your marriage lasts forever, and it will if he just keeps saying "Yes, Dear." Raucous laughter. LOL #NASATweetup
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David E. Rodriguez

I think I may have overstepped my wifely duties in speaking up based on this response from Hans:

@ Thanks for the support but no more questions! #NASATweetup
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Hans Hansen

Love you too honey.

Senator Glenn answered a few more questions before he had to depart. The tweetup continued with a panel of Ohio Astronauts, including Steven Lindsey, Greg Johnston (aka @Astro_Box, whom played a major role in planning the day), Mike Foreman (@foreman_mike, whom spoke at NASA Glenn’s Young Astronauts Day) and Mike Good:

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I was proud to see Ohio Blogging Association member @sos_jr participate in the Q&A session:

Photo from NASA Glenn Research Center’s Facebook photo album

The tweeters had great questions for both panels, including the benefits of the US having their own shuttle and the possibility of space travel for us non-astronauts. Talk about wanderlusting! That’s a vacation that I won’t have to talk Hans into!! The Q&A was the perfect ending to a great day.

As we headed back to NASA Glenn Research Center to end the day, we all were still orbiting around Earth, buzzing from the happenings of the day. The buzz continued at our impromptu happy hour session at AMP150 with our CLE Twitter friends & @brx0, whom came all the way from Oregon.

Perhaps that was the coolest part of the day – meeting so many kind people that have a passion for something that is somewhat a part of my everyday life. I supposed I’m a bit desensitized to it all as I’ve been lucky enough to experience NASA events before. But this experience and the enthusiasm shown by the tweetup participants and the NASA employees made me realize the importance of what NASA does for all of us, and in so many ways.

Again, I offer my many thanks to the team at NASA for making this wonderful experience possible! Here’s to many more NASA Glenn tweetups to come!!

 

event recap: OBA Cleveland September Blogger Meetup at The Chubby Cook

The ninth official meet up of the Cleveland chapter of the Ohio Blogging Association is in the books!

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Bloggers and blog supporters gathered at The Chubby Cook in Beachwood for a good ol’ fashioned meet and greet on Thursday evening. The blogroll for the evening: included:

It was wonderful to have a mix of those whom were “blog curious”, new bloggers and vets around the room. Conversation flowed as guests enjoyed an array of treats prepared by The Chubby Cook team, including:

Hummus Poppers – another version inspired by our original BLT poppers

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Remoulade served with French Bread, Veggies, Meats and Cheeses

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Chubb’s Pulled Pork Sliders (PIP’s personal favorite)

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Rustic Caramelized Onion Toasts

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Chicken Meatballs with Pan Gravy on Skewers

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After we all ate, made the traditional round of introductions and chatted away, Scott and I lined up the bloggers in our kitchen and put them to work:

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That’s not true. These are the only two in attendance that I ask to do manual hard labor on a regular basis:

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PIP Mom has got to stop falling asleep in random places.

In the kitchen, Scott had the opportunity to explain what we’re all about at The Chubby Cook: using REAL food – local and organic whenever possible – to help spread his love of food. The bloggers then had some great questions about the operations of the business.

We always love showing folks our space, so it was an absolutely joy to have some wonderful folks stop on by for a bite to eat and a tour. Many thanks to all that attended last night! And to those that didn’t – you missed one tasty evening!!

Stay tuned for announcements of the October and November meetings – we’ll be on the West side in October and downtown in November – if all goes to plan! SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO!

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