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Breaks, Being Present & What is Balance?


I think this is the longest break I have taken from blogging in…years? And it felt…really good.



I went into this trip thinking that I’d blog every day like I normally do but after the first day, I just decided not to. Instead I dedicated myself to my practice, my friends and being present. Something I preach often but definitely need to work on in my own life. And it was perfect. I didn’t miss blogging at all. I loved the extra time I had to connect so much more than sitting behind a computer using “oh I have to update the blog” as an excuse.

This blog is almost five years old and my intention has always been to blog every day, knowing that sometimes life would get busy and I’d need to take a day off. I’ve blogged through travel, holidays, family/friend get togethers, happiness, pain, memorable moments, moments I’d rather forget, etc. and in retrospect…sometimes the blog has taken too much precedence over real life.


I firmly believe in Danielle LaPorte’s stance that “balance is a myth.” I will never find the perfect balance with how much to blog and how much to share while still maintaining an outside of the blog life that makes me happy and fulfilled but I can be open to the possibility that it will be an always shifting thing. Just because I’ve always blogged every day doesn’t meant that I am locked into doing that for eternity. Just because I’ve gravitated towards blogging about certain topics doesn’t put me in a box to keep blogging about only those topics.

We’re always evolving, always changing…it’s how we grow. I have to believe that we’re all just doing the best we can.

So, about blogging. I planned to post again tonight once I arrived back in Charlotte.


We packed up and left the resort we were staying at for the yoga retreat around noon today. We were on an island off of Cancun. I will write posts about both the yoga retreat and the resort we stayed at soon. I left feeling really good. I don’t really know any other way to state it. The trip and the experience were incredible.


But instead of going to the airport we checked into another hotel in Cancun. We discovered when we went to check out of our original hotel that our flight home was cancelled due to snow in Charlotte. Apparently, 7-10 inches is in the forecast according to weather.gov.

While it sounds like a dream to be “snowed in” in paradise, it’s expensive and requires a lot of rearranging of plans. I spent most of the day texting and emailing to try to work out the details of getting back to Charlotte and also working to make sure that everything was taken care of at home on the communications front for the gym and the yoga studio with the winter weather. It was a little crazy!

I did make it a priority to break to read by the pool for a while and enjoyed a sunset walk.



I really miss this face and I’m a little sad I’m going to miss her first big snow! My sweet friend who is watching her has been sending me regular updates.

We’re booked on a VERY early flight to Miami in the morning and I’m praying we can make it from Miami to Charlotte tomorrow.

Stay warm. Stay present. Stay connected.


{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Krystal Sterling February 25, 2015, 10:58 pm

    Its a winter wonderland in the southeast, I hope you make it back safe!

  • Michelle February 26, 2015, 4:29 am

    I definitely know what a cancelled flight feels like! The last time it happened to me I broke down crying at the airport because I was so certain that I was headed home that it was the only place that I really wanted to be and couldn’t get to! Plus, the re-arranging!! Just try to make the best of it and see the good – you are with friends and Zoey is taken care of!

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles February 26, 2015, 6:05 am

    At least you got stuck in a warm place! Have a good flight home.

  • meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles February 26, 2015, 6:05 am

    At least you got stuck in a warm place! Have a good flight home.

  • Jojo @ Run Fast Eat Lots February 26, 2015, 7:27 am

    Safe travels!

  • She Rocks Fitness February 26, 2015, 7:48 am

    Safe travels friend and glad you took some time to really enjoy yourself and the moment…You need to do that! You need to take care of YOU…live in the moment…nourish your mind and body…and be present for those you are with. Love ya…and stay warm! XOXO

  • Taca @ A Side Of Dessert February 26, 2015, 7:57 am

    I just came back from Cancun a few days ago and it was heavenly! Enjoy the warmth while you can and have a safe trip back!

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt February 26, 2015, 8:54 am

    Oh no!!! Well at least you are in sunny Mexico??? Bummer that it costs so much money to stay. It sounds like a dream until you hear about the logistics! There is about 6 inches outside my house in Asheville.
    Safe travels home!!!

  • kristin | W [H] A T C H February 26, 2015, 10:14 am

    love the quote about proportion and harmony. can’t wait to hear about your island yoga retreat — sounds dreamy.

  • hayley@healthyregardshayley February 26, 2015, 10:56 am

    I love the “balance” quote. Pinning!

    I have been trying to retrain myself to believe in integration instead of the myth of balance. Because lets be real, we have our passions and sometimes we need/want to spend A LOT of time devoted to them, it is about integrating the rest of our life to fit in with that.

  • lisa February 26, 2015, 7:13 pm

    This is a really nice post and I love your blog. You deserve to do whatever is best for you always! Whenever you decide to blog and whatever you decide to share, or not to, is completely up to you. I personally have no idea how you do it! I get up at 4 am for work and 3am if I run on the treadmill before work so I sometimes go to bed at 7:30 pm! So I’m tired just thinking of all you do!

    Oh, if you have any advice on flying please give it to me. My husband and I are going to moab utah in May. He extreme mountain bikes and we live in Pennsylvania. The last time I flew was 1985! When he was in the marine Corp in California before we got married. I’m scared to death! Any suggestions on how to relax? I’m thinking of having my Dr prescribe me something to relax or I might drink. Shoot. Can you still drink on a plane? I’m feeling pretty old right now. Ha.

    Have a safe trip home!

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