Friday, November 02, 2007

bonjour from montreal!

my apologies for the delay, dearests! wednesday was filled with meetings, a nap (got that achy body, feverish thing that seems to be going around), and get out of town prep . . . i SO meant to do a happy halloween post! happy belated halloween!!

yesterday was a hoot. i love road trips. i bring a cozy blanket, pillow, books, laptop, cell phone, and crawl into the back seat with louis. it's like a traveling office! beau loves to drive, i love to ride. since it gets dark so early now, we stopped at tar-jay and i bought a book light. nothing was gonna stop my reading time. i'm a girl on a mission with all these freakin' books. beau asked me last week, when i found my 7th book to purchase on sunday, "why don't you wait 6 months and buy it later? that way you can finish what you have." gasp! how could he ask such a logical question. "but, it may not be on the shelves anymore and i somehow feel better having them in my house - like i'm learning through osmosis," i confidently replied. the conversation stopped there and i took the book up to the counter to purchase.

i took two yummy naps during yesterday's 13-hour journey, ate mango slices, sun chips, cashews, gummy bears, a hot fudge sundae, and a veggie burger from burger king. life on the road. my body was dying for something fresh!

today we woke up late, just in time to grab some bran flakes, a croissant with raspberry jam, and (unfortunate) frozen fruit. when i asked for soy milk, i got a look of horror. so i sunk down into my chair and gingerly ate my bran flakes. this was after i'd poured orange juice all over the counter. i was still half asleep, talking to beau about something, and looking at him rather than my cup. mindfulness in the morning was clearly not my strong point today. i think the hotel waiter was over my antics.

back to the room, called my dear jiva friend jenn (who owns centre luna yoga where i'm teaching this weekend), heard she was doing a noon class so i dashed over to get my yoga on. yum, felt 100% more alive after that perfect class. we dined on yummy sandwiches nearby with beau and enjoyed a leisurely friday afternoon together sipping tea. what an absolute treat.

so far the journey up north has been lovely. feels good to connect with someone i adore (my jiva teacher training pal), spend time in a chic city, get some unstructured time, and teach to a new community. i'm honored.

one more fun thing. i'm exploring taking a creativity coach training. i LOVE learning, have been looking at the program for a few years, and teaching creativity for 7 years. i think this program could be very beneficial on multiple levels, especially personally. one of the bits i was reading yesterday called for unstructured time. it was an "a ha" moment. of course, i know it is important but i love reading from a professional creativity teacher that it is a must in order to stay creative. it's like being given a green light to relax, just be, and refill the well. hope you can carve out some of that creative, unstructured time this weekend. i hope to do lots of it in between teaching! namaste.

p.s. i took a buddhist class on monday night that i've been meaning to post about. stay tuned - envision getting lost, arriving 20 minutes late, cell phone vibrating during the meditation, and dying to learn about the topic - the power of intention. my life thus far as a buddhist-seeker.

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diana from pa said...

Wow! I know what you mean about fresh food. I just arrived home from a week away. One night I went to Boston Market and just ordered a large platter of veggies with more veggies on the side. Wow, did I get strange looks, but I wanted my veggies!
The book thing is so true, I am thinking about taking a teacher certification class next September and I already bought the books for it, just in case I want to do some extra reading! Then I still purchased a few more yoga books while away this week; Judith Lassater, Baron Baptiste and a Brian Tracy book. I want them on my shelf so I can pick them up when I get 'in the mood' to read them.
I did attend a Ashtanga yoga class while away with an amazing teacher who had great energy and spirit! It was awesome! Inspiration to move forward with my practice.
Feels good to be at home after a long week - enjoy your trip!

Lise said...

we're just loving having you here! GREAT class today and so looking forward to tomorrow!

Miss Olivia said...

oooh i loooove montreal! did you have sandwiches at the santropol? they are the yummiest sandwiches in town!

Everyday Yogini said...

I can't believe your beau would think it would be okay to buy the book at a later date!! HA... I got a laugh out of that!

On our flight the other day, I had an entire bag of books and journals. When my husband saw it he asked me if I thought I could put some of them in the luggage so we didn't have to haul it around the airport. HERESY!

Looking forward to hearing about the Buddhist training! Sounds like you are having fun, despite the cold...

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much Kimberly for a WONDERFUL Hip opening class at Luna yoga today! It felt amazing after weeks of restorative poses at home! (I'm the one with the injured wrists, remember?)
I was a bit sad not being able to do all the full poses, and its been quite frustrating trying not to use my hands/arms and being told that I will have to avoid handstands from now on!! I had just started having fun with handstands, after years fearing them! I try to see the bright side of things...Im learning how to step back, take more time for myself, and nurture my body and developp patience in restorative poses. Also gives me time to read my dozens of yoga books!
Thank you for your comprehension, encouragments and smiles...really cheered my up! I bought your CD so you could accompagny me into my recovery at home!
Enjoy Montreal! Namaste!
Annie, Montreal

Carolyn said...

miss you miss you miss you!

April said...

So...I've been reading the Artist's Way, and went to a place called "The Art Pad" in Austin for one of my artist's dates. I went to the website for the place, and stumbled on a group of ladies called "the Craft Mafia". I'm passing this info to you and your do as they please...maybe form a "Craft Mafia" of their very own in their own city?