Wednesday afternoon I met up with a dear friend, Ashley
This meetup was long overdue
Like 8 years overdue.
Let me give you the full story.
When Scott and I left Chicago in 2000, we moved to a quiet, quaint, small beach town in North Carolina. We didn’t know anyone there, but we moved there. Just because.
It’s beautiful there and we were adventurous, sick of the cold Chicago winters, and we said what the hell. We picked up our things and moved across the country together.
And we’ve continued to move a lot, but that’s another story.
I was also feeling adventurous one fall day, probably about 11 years ago to.the.day, when I walked into my very first yoga class in an old ballet school for kids.
I had no idea what to expect but Ashley was the teacher and I immediately loved her, and yoga!
I was hooked after my first yoga class, and about 3 months after my very first yoga class, I went to Costa Rica and did my first yoga teacher training at the 200 hour level, at the same facility where Ashley did her certification.
We quickly became friends; we did yoga together, we went out together, we had friends in common, and we were both living such a carefree life as I think back to it all.
I should note that over a decade ago, in a very sleepy small Southern town, yoga was not common. At all. As in, kind of unheard of. People thought it was a religion, a cult, or just crazy hippy stuff.
But Ashley had a vision, and she opened her own yoga studio, and now travels the world doing teacher trainings and hosting retreats.
I was so grateful to have met Ashley and found yoga!
If you are even contemplating becoming a yoga teacher, or just want to strengthen and deepen your own personal practice and don’t even think you want to teach, I strongly urge you to look at Ashley’s teacher trainings and retreats from the mountains of North Carolina to Guatemala to Costa Rica, she is a gem and you will love her.
But back to the story…
After spending a couple years in North Carolina, we left and moved to South Carolina where we owed a house for a couple years, and then made our way to San Diego in 2004.
Ashley and I hadn’t seen each other since probably 2002 or 2003, but she has been in California for a few months. However, she’s leaving in just a few days and through a series of serendipitous events, we figured this out and decided to meet.
We caught up on eight years of life: men, babies, houses, yoga, photography, blogs, careers, visions, goals, dreams, people we both knew, who’s doing what now, travel and more.
We covered some major ground at Starbucks in 90 minutes and it felt like we never missed a beat
Ashley drank tea and I was tempted to order something but was saving my caffeine shots for a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
It was such a gift to connect with her and she will be back in California, soon. Right, Ashley?! And there will be more meetups and more fun times.
Great energy, great conversation,
two hippy dippy yoga chicks two women who have grown up so much… reconnecting after all these years.
Fabulous and long overdue.
It’s also long overdue that I make another batch of these Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies (gluten free, vegan adaptable)
I’m having a major peanut butter craving
1. Do you have anyone in your life that even after a long time of not seeing each other or being in touch, that when you do reconnect it was just like old times, right away?
We are both older, wiser, and have both lived so much life the past decade but it’s like we never lost touch.
I have another friend like this that comes to mind from my childhood.
And this week was my week for meetups and re-connections because I had also just met up with Marla on Tuesday. A very lucky week for me to spend time with two great gal pals!
2. Are you excited about the weekend? Any plans?
I am excited for this week to wrap up and downshift gears a bit. I feel like I’ve been go-go-going nonstop!
If you want to know more about my yoga journey, I wrote about my path to my 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification here
If you are curious about anything about yoga from what kind of clothes I like, what kind of mat I use, how to score free classes, what DVD’s or music I enjoy, I have covered all that and more in my Yoga FAQ’s post
Also see my Yoga Tab for more links
P.S. Last reminder on the $50 Whole Foods Gift Card Giveaway. Winner announced Friday.