Bikram and Hillary

It’s been 11 days since Hillary Rodham Clinton gave her address to the Women in Public Serve Project Institute. After waiting in the stand-by line for two hours I was able to snag a seat and listen to her speech about women empowerment. It has been 10 days since I’ve started practicing Bikram Yoga. After today’s class I have realized what these two have in common.

For the past 10 days I wake up at 6:30am to drive to my 7am yoga class. I sign in, drop my bag off at the locker room, and brace myself for the hot and humid studio. Every day I sit in the back corner of the class and try not to embarrass or injure myself with any of the poses. Mid-class I stared at the clock during each pose trying to grip my slipping hands together. Practicing alongside calm and collected yogi pros while you flail around is enough to make you feel inadequate. Falling out of half the poses I began to think about things outside of class, basically a giant anti-meditation session, triggering a quarter-life crisis.

During the savasana pose, lying flat on your back facing the back wall, I saw for the first time that there were 6 words painted on the back wall. Looking up at the wall, the words Faith and Determination we staring back at me. In the midst of my quarter life crisis I cracked a smile. Faith and Determination. Two of the most cliché words for a person to hear, but at a moment like this one two very necessary ones.

They reminded me of Hillary Clinton’s Address in Thomas Great Hall. She said two things that really resonated with me. By participating in the institute she stated that ,”we lay down a marker that in a world of injustice we can do better.” Throughout her talk she discussed the ideas of passion and perseverance in becoming a true leader and what the word actually means. In order to obtain these goals that she has envisioned for the various women in leaders in the room that day it is necessary to keep faith  and determination in these projects despite the endless stream of uphill battles.”We need leaders who say no to business as usual.”

After thinking about her inspiring words and the words that kept giving me the eye on the back wall, I realized that 1. There are way bigger problems in the world than a bad 90 minute yoga session, and 2. If I just keep a lot of faith and determination I can do anything, including finish this session on a good note.

Bikram Yoga and Hillary Clinton gave me a great lesson that I just now have come to understand. In order to obtain goals, however small or large, you need to focus on becoming a better you rather than the experience or tradition of others. Once you have achieved that, the world is yours.

To be continued…

TL;DR: Faith and Determination are two things that Hillary Clinton and Bikram Yoga have in common. They can help you get through a yoga session or achieve World Domination!

30 Days of Bikram Yoga

“Reach down behind you and get a good grip on those heels. Touch your forehead below your knees letting it rest on your shins. Engage your quads, really ENGAGE them.”

I listen to my instructor trying to blink the sweat out of my eye and breath at the same time. Bent at the hips, my quads burning, and hands gripping the hell out of my heels while looking at the puddle of sweat on the floor I keep thinking, to myself “Breathe. Don’t forget to breathe.” And finally, when I hear that joyous clap to release my body from the pose I take a deep, calming breath.This is Bikram Yoga.

Bikram yoga, or hot yoga, is the new craze that is sweeping the nation. 26 poses set at a lovely 105 degrees with a 70% humidity for 90 minutes is said to be one of the most challenging and healthy yoga you can do. So in order to prep for Bryn Mawr Soccer Pre-season I decided to add some good hot yoga to help me limber up. Oh, was I in for a treat.


Basic example of the 26 poses. Looks easy right?

I was first introduced to this yoga when my sister dragged me to a class in Hawaii over the summer two years ago. “You’ll love it,” she said. Of course who wouldn’t love yoga with a view overlooking the beaches? She just forgot to mention the heat and the contortion. I stopped going with her after that class. However, after some time apart I decided I should give it another chance and help prevent some reoccurring pulled muscles and such. This time I truly have fallen in love.

After my intro week I have taken on the oh-so-popular 30 day Bikram Yoga Challenge; 30 days, 30 classes, and plenty of sweat. Let’s see what this yoga really has to offer!

To be continued…

TL;DR: Started the 30 Day Bikram Yoga Challenge. Wish me luck!



Poppin’ Tags

I must come clean… I am a thrift shop-aholic. The musty smell of old clothing and costume jewelry call to me like Sirens from the Odyssey.

It all started when my sister and her best friend became obsessed with Rockabilly/ Rockabetty style. This is basically when modern punk collides with 50’s greaser/sosh fashion to produce a beautiful creation known as Rockabilly fashion. It can also be similar to Pinup Fashion. Honestly it’s a beautiful creation. (see pictures below)


Cherry Dollface- She is a pinup model and fashion guru. Check out her youtube page!

Our family friend's wife Sam. Totally my fashion icon!

Our family friend’s wife Sam. Totally my fashion icon!

When I was younger I wasn’t so confident as to really embody this look, so I kept my secret passion of rockabetty style to myself. However, I was beckoned back to those thrift stores when Karina, my roommate, and I needed something to do on the weekend. We decided to take a trip down to the Pennywise Thrift Shop in Ardmore. And so my romance with thrift shops was rekindled with a pair of red Mary Janes!

This summer like a moth to the flame I am drawn to the many thrift stores and second hand shops that are so delicately sprinkled along the mainline and throughout Philly. So far I have acquired many new circle skirts, a new silk party dress,a few head scarfs and minor accessories to pull any outfit together! My collection seems to be growing by the minute. I mean, you just can’t beat a thrift shop price tag. An as my collection grows so has my confidence to strut around in my “new look”.


My sister April and me at the WAWA 4th of July festival!

Time to dust off my saddle shoes and bust a move to some Mad Marge and The Stonecutters. If you need me I’ll be at the Thrift Shop.

To be continued…

TL;DR: I love thrift shops! They help build my rockabetty fashion collection!