Ingrid Seymour nominated me as A Very Inspiring Blogger!
The rules are that I am to to list seven things about me. I'm also supposed to tag other bloggers to receive the award - but since all the bloggers I know have already been tagged, I will link to their posts instead.
So, without further ado, here are 7 things you may or may not have known about me:
2. I love to be outdoors. I can’t stand feeling confined to indoor spaces. I prefer to write outside, do yoga outside, read outside, eat outside and exercise outside. And I like my outdoors to be more natural than manicured- woods instead of a fake lawn. I require a hut in the woods with plenty of wild outdoor space. I don’t mind heat, but I hate the cold so winter is especially difficult because I am confined indoors. And that’s probably because…
3. I grew up in the country (Amish country, in fact). And I mean, way out in the country. Our nearest village, about five miles from us, had just a cheesehouse, a church and a bar. Between June and September when school let out, I usually did not see another child besides my siblings. Books were my best friends. I had hundreds of acres of woods to explore, a huge pond to catch tadpoles in and went to sleep serenaded by owls, bullfrogs and cicadas. It was so quiet you could hear the lowing of cows miles away. Rarely did a car come down our road.
4. Even though crowds fill me with dread and I am an extreme introvert, I teach yoga, in front of groups. I even own a Yoga Studio. I like helping people, and yoga people are just awesome. They’re generally just as quirky and nonconformist as I am.
5. I like change, especially change that I control. I rearrange the furniture when life starts to feel stagnant. I get bored with routine, even as I recognize it is the best way to focus my restless brain and get things done. I want to see new things, gain new experiences and see things from a different perspective. I’m trying to learn to practice mindfulness to value every day things I’m too familiar with. I’m the same way with ideas and concepts. If I’ve worked too long on a project, I have to step away until it becomes fresh again. I often change my yoga classes too much, and students have to tell me to repeat poses so they can learn them.
6. I punched a doctor when I was a kid. I was about four and my sister was showing me how to summersault. She summersaulted me right into a large cabinet and dislocated my shoulder. Mom took me to the ER, they took X-rays. A rude doctor came in and started messing with the arm and I slugged him hard, right in the nose. Popped my shoulder right back into place. Goes to show, sometimes a fist to the nose is just what the doctor ordered.
7. I have Seasonal Affective Disorder. From about August – February I gradually sink into a deep, clinical depression. As days grow brighter, I become energetic, almost hyperactive. My husband jokes that in the winter he can’t drag me out of the house, and in the summer he can’t keep up with me. I manage it with light therapy, yoga and meditation. My creativity wanes with the depression. In winter months the well of imagination dries up; in summer it floods the world. It also affects when I am creative – in winter I become a night writer, summer is all about daytime.
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