Stumbling blocks on the path


You don't decide you want to be great at something like blogging and then wake up into greatness.  Unfortunately for me it doesn't work like that.  It takes lots and lots of small steps.

Many of those small steps include stumbling, falling down and scrapping your knees.  In my head I've got these grand ideas of what I'd like to do with this blog and only about half the skills I need to make it happen right now.  This weekend I bought photo shop excited about a photo template Courtney Monaco shared on Broad and Main Designs a few months back.  I finally had pictures from Saturday's shoot that were pretty enough for such a neat template.  Turns out photoshop and templates (at least for this non-designer) are tricky.  I spent about 4 hours over the weekend playing with photo shop, watching you tube videos, and starting a beginner photoshop class on Skillshare simply trying to figure out how in the world to make one little template work.  I never got it, but that doesn't mean I won't get it.  I'm still taking my skillshare class and I plan on inviting a friend over for dinner who has some experience here.

The second thing I attempted with out luck was video taping a short yoga sequence to post.  That was going to be this mornings post for you, my first yoga video!  Don't get to excited...

I read the manual on taking video with my new camera, set it up on the tripod.  filmed a sun salutation to make sure it worked then filmed a 10 minutes post run sequence.  Unfortunately when I tried to play it back it wouldn't play back.  None of the little video's I shot would upload to my computer.  Hmmmnnn maybe it's safe to admit I'm slightly challenged when it comes to this technology stuff.

Never the less, these are great places for me to start.  I'm sure I can learn all of these skills and it will be a fabulous way for me to measure my progress.  Hopefully in this next week or so I'll be able to get you a yoga video instead of a picture of an empty mat.

Tootles, -A technology challenged Yogi

Aspiring Blogger


I'm at the door way into the next phase of a big life plan.  The yoga studio is a huge part of the ultimate life goals and the next phase is big time blogger.  Not a post here or there, but someone that is actually bringing you content that you can use and rely on.

For years I've aspired to be a "real blogger"  in the way that the velveteen rabbit or Pinocchio want to be real.  I have my blogging idols of course, Dannielle LaPorte, Bonnie Christine, and Kimberly Wilson to name a few.  These ladies rock the blogging world.  They've inspired me for years, and I hope that one day I can join their ranks.

All of them have their own personal vibe, and flavor.  I'm building my brand right now too with the help of the wonderful Courtney Malone at Broad and Main Design.

You've seen the beautiful inspiration boardshe brought together from images I think accurately represent what I'm trying to create for you at Yoke and Abundance.  That was just the first step.

Next step is the logo.

This morning I got the sneak peak, and WOWZA!!!  I'm impressed. Courtney found a way to bring out and connect all of the ideas I have for the blog.  Everything that I want to share with you in the way of yoga, creativity, art, and mindfulness, it's all there.

In the mean time, I'm honing new skills, photography, writing, yoga, learning photo shop (yikes!!) and trying to do it all mindfully.  There are big things in store for all of you and I can't wait to share it.