Friday Found-Up: Re-Direct

snowy brooklyn

There was a lot of this this week in NYC.

So, last week I said that I was going to pull back on blogging. Well, here I am and I happened to blog three times this week as usual. Oops.

I had a great coffee date with a friend yesterday. I still have been feeling a bit blah and and a bit overwhelmed. But after a lovely yoga class together, we sat down for coffee and chatted about what’s been going on. It was exactly what I needed.

She reminded me to say true to my path and my intentions. Honestly, in my effort to DO more this year, I think that I have started to stray from my path and away from what’s important to me. Thank goodness for friends!

Two quick things to share before this week’s Friday Found-up. First, I’m honored to have my post on 10 lessons learned in 10 years of marriage synodicated on BlogHer yesterday! Second, I have a new article on on different tools you can use for balance training. Come and visit!

wild thing snowga


Here’s this week’s Friday Round-Up – some of my favorite posts from this week.

Project Re-Direct: I Stopped Caring
There’s so much in Michelle’s post that resonates with me right now and described above. As I said to her, blogging and social media are funny beasts because we start off doing them because it’s something that we want to do and because we love it. And then, we get caught up in the all the rules and things that we believe that we should do to be successful. And we begin to lose something of ourselves in the process. Michelle decided to stop caring and was able to redirect her efforts.

Why I Don’t Blog / Hudson Valley Portrait Photographer
Jen hits on some similar themes as Michelle in her post and the tension between the creative arts and expectation/obligation/what we think we should be doing. Plus, Jen is an ah-mazing photographer. She was kind enough to take some photos of me a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to share them!

Embracing Change
This is an incredible post from Bonnie over at Carla’s blog about the changes that they have encountered in their life together and how they have sought to embrace it and make something out of it. Bonnie and her husband Mikey are simply amazing. I had the pleasure of meeting Bonnie last year and she’s one of the nicest and most genuine people.

Let go of the ego & go into child’s pose
When you’re in yoga class, how many of you actually listen to the teacher and actually take child’s pose when you need to rest or you feel overwhelmed? I’m guessing that it’s not many of you. I know that I have a hard time allowing myself the space (and compassion) to take the pose, to let go of expectations, to just let go in general.

I love this post from Paige because she speaks to this and how it applies to life as well. Sometimes we have to let go of the things that don’t serve us, that we don’t have control over or that has already happened (and cannot change).

Ilene has a gift with words. Her story about how her life was changed in one day and the changes it spurred is simply exquisite.

Do you incorporate balance training into your workouts?

Do you need to re-direct your actions and energy?

Happy Friday!



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  1. says

    I loved Bonnie’s guest post for Carla. So heart felt. And Ilene always writes beautiful stuff. Balance training – yup it’s in my training since I’ve been dealing with my tendon injury. My right side is so much weaker that the difference in balance is crazy. Trying to even it out!
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  2. says

    First of all, thank you for thinking of my post. I think it’s one of my all time favorites of mine and I am touched that others appreciate it. I LOVED Michelle’s post on “not caring” and I feel very torn between blogging/not blogging/ignoring expectations and trying very hard to meet them. The advice to stay true to the path seems so simple – overly simple – but so true at the same time. Oh gosh, how I too would love a coffee date with you. I have to work on this next time I’m in town!
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  3. says

    First–both your pictures are beautiful today, and this is from a snow hater!

    Can I raise my hand and say that I DO go to child’s pose when needed? I always keep it in the back of my mind and when my cranky, tight hips don’t want to cooperate in a pose, I take it, no embarrassment at all. Looking forward to reading the posts–you always find such good ones!
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  4. says

    I’m loving posts by photographer/bloggers, although I think my view is a bit different than theirs is, obviously! I get SO much from the give and take. I give a lot. I get a lot.
    And congrats on your syndication! It was brilliant, of course.
    Ilene’s “Signs” post is so good that I nearly entered it in VOTY, forgetting that I can’t since it’s not from 2013! Oops. Next year.
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  5. says

    Hi Christine- I think this is my first comment on your blog but I have read it before and have “seen” you around “bloggyville “. Your words and the posts you selected really spoke to me and where I am on my blogging journey. Thank you for that! Ps. I love all your yoga pics. The one above , in the snow, is striking and inspiring. Have a great weekend.
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  6. says

    Hey Christine! I loved those first two posts. I can relate to the feeling of getting away from what I blog for. There’s so many rules and so much advice to follow. It can be very overwhelming, but all of that hoo-ha isn’t why I blog. I need to remember to put all the tips and advice aside and just write.
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  7. says

    Time with friends is such an important part of a healthy and balanced life. I had lunch with a friend yesterday and was so uplifted by the friendship and it’s so worth the time. Congrats on the impact of your posts with Blogher and ESPN. Awesome!

  8. says

    Lately, I have been struggling with the similar blah feelings. When I took the time to sit down and journal on them and BE HONEST with ME, I was shocked as to discovering what was the root of my unhappiness. Knowing what I know now, I have been having a continuous battle of what to do about it. Awareness is a great gift but then it forces you to choose….something I struggle with. I fear making choices in case I make the “wrong” one…which is usally others or myself telling me I “should” do something or not do something. Now, if I can only get the courage to ACT on what I need to do and not on what I “should” do. Even if it doesn’t make sense to the rest of the world.
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