Day 3 of the #taketheleap 30 day yoga challenge


After seeing someone else doing this challenge post a picture taken in the snow, I was determined to take one like that myself. Well, this photo isn’t exactly of me in the snow, since my boots are leather (and would have gotten messed up), but it’s close enough.

I snapped this tonight sitting in an NJ park while I waited for my watercolor class to start. I was 30 minutes early, so I figured why not stand outside underneath a light post in the middle of the parking lot?

For my practice today I was only able to do the short 8 minute ‘sun salutation’ from Dirty Yoga Co., because my art class runs pretty late.


Reckless Optimism, One from the Quiver, Rap–wine box subscription order from Club W


Can you guess what these all have in common? They are all booze, of course.

Next Sunday I have a nice relaxing date with myself, and because of this I decided to order some wine from Club W. What’s Club W? Well, I’m glad you asked, because I happen to have a referral link right here in case my undying wine passion spurs you into trying them out. You’ll get 2 free bottles out of it, so it’s a pretty good deal.

I’ve already tried Club W before in October, and I have to say I am definitely a fan. Especially if you are kind of new to trying out wine, they make it very easy to learn about different wines, vocabulary, and more.

My favorite part of their box subscription service is they feature a video with professional winemakers, Sommeliers (which is a trained wine professional according to Wikipedia), and more. They talk about each wine they have available for purchase. They also pair a recipe with the wine, which they send in half-page recipe cards in your box.

Besides this, Club W also asks you to take a quiz, and rate wines you’ve purchased in the past all in the hope of suggesting wines you will like each month. As a relative newbie to this delicious drink, I don’t know enough yet about wine for this to mean much to me. I know I like dry, red wines, but that’s about as detailed as I can get so far.

This box I ordered the 2012 Reckless Optimism Red Blend, 2013 One From the Quiver Malbec, 2013 Rap Cabernet Sauvignon. I’m pretty excited to try them; however, I have already tried the Reckless Optimism with some friends and enjoyed it.

Once I pop one of these babies open, I will be sure to share my thoughts with you. Until then, remember that if you are interested in trying them out, please do me a solid and use my referral so I can get more wine, too. I’ll even toast one for ya.

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30 days of yoga via Sweat Pink and Prana: day #1


Oww. Yea, you heard (read?) that right. Owwwwwwww.

So this may seem like a funny sound. Hell, I do jiu jitsu. I have spent quite a few times rolling around a mat with (mostly) guys, learning about muscles I never realized existed. I have come to appreciate the finer things in life, like Tiger Balm.

Yet for some crazy reason, a week or so of simple yoga poses and my hip is killing me. So I can do Triangle Chokes, but Triangle Pose is my downfall?

Well, such is the joys of fitness I suppose. It really gives you a nice kick in the ass, to let you know how much work you have yet to do. But that’s OK!

When I did jitz, one of the best and worst feeling in the world was the next morning when you were so sore. There is something about feeling all your hard work that makes you really appreciate it. Of course, I’m not sure I expected to feel it quite so soon in yoga, but there you have it.

So it is with this that my first day of this challenge is simply doing one pose, because I think I’d rather not be down and out before I’ve even started. I’m taking it easy the next day or two and being conservative.

My Dirty Yoga Co. Prep has 5 videos you learn poses in. I’ve done 101 and 102 so far (multiple times). It takes a lot for me to memorize something properly, so I’m trying to make sure to learn these well enough that when I hear the name, I can take the pose (even if it’s not perfect).

Since I’m hurting, I plan on this week just watching the videos and lightly learning some new poses, without stretching all the way into them correctly. Sometimes it can be hard to tell your limits, and I guess in my case I tried a little too much at once.

I’m not adding an official pose pic to this post, because I ran out of time trying to take one that came out with enough light. Next time!