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Portland Update: One Year

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Today, we celebrate living in Portland, Oregon for ONE YEAR. A year ago, we ended our epic, cross-country road trip and finally arrived home.

It definitely seems unreal. I keep thinking that there’s no way that I’ve lived across the country from everything and everyone I know for an entire year. But, I have. And, I’m so happy.

The best way I can describe how I feel about Portland is this: When I visited for the first time in March of 2013, I felt as though I had found something that I had been missing my whole life. All of a sudden and very overwhelmingly, I felt home in a way I never felt in Florida.

Very few people are actually from Portland. Most of us are transplants- coming from all over the United States to experience this same feeling- a feeling of peace, wonder, acceptance and adventure.

I wake up every day with bountiful thankfulness. I don’t know why I’ve been so blessed to have the opportunity to live here, but I know it’s exactly where I’m supposed to be.

When Being Present is Enough

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I started doing yoga a few months ago. I had done one or two classes in the past, but I wasn’t quite sure it was for me. I had the impression that yoga gave people the opportunity to lie in a dark room, half-asleep with other people and somehow it wasn’t creepy.

Since moving to Portland, my goal has been to fully embrace the culture. Searching “Yoga” on Yelp brings up 306 results, so it’s clear that the people here take their downward dogs very seriously.

Now that I consider myself an amateur yogi, here’s what I’ve learned:

  • Yoga is hard. It’s physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually exhausting in the best way possible.
  • Yoga is perfect for high-anxiety people. It has conditioned me to let go, if only for an hour, allowing me to focus on my mind and body with no distractions.
  • Yoga is a friendly, no pressure environment. Each person practices at his or her own pace and at his or her own level. No one is trying to be better than anyone else.