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Mono-tasking & running out of steam

I’m finding it harder and harder to find the motivation and time to finish out NaBloPoMo, so this may or may not be my last post for the month. I think part of my challenge is that I’m getting worse at multi-tasking the older I get. The things that are already on my plate have increased in importance, and they are all very hands-on. Back when my life was lived on a computer and in between meetings, I could have multiple browser windows and multiple projects and multiple ideas moving along, one tiny step at a time for 40+ hours a week. I mean, that was how this blog was born – in the quiet hours from when kid(s) went to sleep and when I needed to go to bed. Now that I don’t live in front of a computer ALL.DAY.LONG, I am forced to focus on my task at hand. Cleaning up messes, feeding hungry mouths, teaching yoga, practicing yoga, doing my MPC workouts, driving, so much driving. By the end of this year, …

Quiet Saturday night

Day 25 of NaBloPoMo! Rambling brain dump to keep this blogging train going… Thanksgiving We survived endless feasts that come with visiting family and friends during Thanksgiving weekend. And the choppy sleep (let’s be honest; that’s a regular occurrence for us). Oh, and the horrendous traffic along I-35, which gets worse every year. But we made it back to Austin in one piece, ready to start a new week. My Peak Challenge (MPC) I managed to get both of my planned MPC workouts done, and I’m so glad I did! Neither workout took more than 60-75 minutes, which prior to this year would’ve been 60-75 minutes of grazing in the kitchen on sugary pastries while still wearing PJs. I still ate to my heart’s desire, but I didn’t feel nearly as disgusting as I normally do after social meals. I definitely felt all the binging with gurgly tummy though. My body does not tolerate mass amounts of carbs and fat like it used to. I even managed to talk my husband into doing my Friday …

Internet in the early 2000s

I’ve been publishing on the Internets for a very long time. I think my first Geocities site went up in 1996. I was using Netscape’s WYSIWYG application to build my site. Creating links was pretty much all done manually. By the time I was blogging (or what I called my daily “rambles”), I created archive pages and linked new and old updates grouped by month. It was time consuming. But I was in high school and college, so I had a lot of time on my hands. Thanks to the Wayback Machine, these treasures can still be found in bits of pieces. This was a scan of a self drawing (where are my hands?) that I used for my website’s splash page. Forbidden Donut is a Simpsons reference, for anyone wondering.  By the time I moved to California after college, I was digital photographing everything in sight. Here’s some Photoshop magic for my website’s splash page circa 2003. Look at that sweet drop shadow action! While my daily rambles were literally today’s Twitter in long …

NaBloPoMo 2017

While I’ve participated in NaBloPoMo in the past, I may not have made it all 30 days. BUT, it’s always been a re-starting point to get my writing juices moving again. I have quite a few catch-up posts to write about, such as our spring road trip to Arkansas, more state parks we’ve visited, and progress updates on My Peak Challenge. I think this is a good time for me to also evaluate what exactly I’m doing with my blog (since the topics I just listed don’t have any direct relation to yoga – haha!). When I started FindingDrishti.com, it was meant to be a space for me to separate my ponderings about yoga from my daily life/family updates. I was still working in the ad agency world as a young new mother, and teaching yoga wasn’t anywhere on my radar. Since then, I retired the personal blog, had another baby, had a career crisis, went back to school (aka yoga school), and started my yoga teaching career. I had grand ideas for my website …

NaBloPoMo 2016 Edition

The last time I participated in NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) was in 2012, when I first created this site. Four years go by fast! Besides catching up on posts I had intended to share long ago – like the rest of our Spring road trip, HA! – I’ll share bits from my yoga classes, how this yoga teacher thing is going, ways I’m finding yoga pop up in my life, SXSW excitement, parenting, [probably] a little about the election, life after death and whatever else November may offer. My friend over at Queen of Everything is joining me on this daily blogging ritual. Go check out her blog (and her Etsy shop!) for more reading material. So, we had a fantastic Halloween over here. Last year, neither of my boys wanted to wear their costumes and go trick-or-treating. They were both fully into it this year, although the Big Kid got spooked watching Ghostbusters (the original) the other night and has been facing a healthy fear of creepy stuff and the dark. Last year, …

SXSW 2015: Managing digital burnout with travel

SXSW Interactive is this crazy collision of the Internet of Everything, wearable tech, selfies, social media on crack, mobile, near field communication (NFC), shareability, robots, making digital into 3D tangibility and… well… anything that can be digitized and connected. Whew! I fully drained and re-charged my phone battery every 4-6 hours with how much online time I was putting in during the fest. Now that it’s all over, I’m enjoying not being connected 24/7. Five nights of SXSW, I went to the Drafthouse to catch whatever late showing was going on for Film. The Alamo is known for their no texting, no talking policy, so putting my phone on silent and tucking it away in my purse for 90 minutes was a welcome break. Of course, I can’t stay away for too long. People start to worry or get frustrated or get mad if you don’t respond within 15 minutes. Those are the expectations of today’s connected world. Maybe this is my age showing, but I want a break from all the tech. I NEED to disconnect for bits of …

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