I am writing this post from the coziness of my parents house in Underhill Vermont. Two dogs curled at my feet, glowing twinkle lights, and the stillness of the morning. I have been reflecting on my year and feeling very grateful for all life has delivered in 2015. My blog writing hasn't been as frequent, but I hope to post more in 2016, as well as make some necessary changes and upgrades. I really haven't been up to that much these last few months in terms of exciting blog posts. I have been brewing a lot of kombucha-that fungusey, vinigerey little tonic. Being that I live in VT-it was not hard to acquire a SCOBY, (lots of hippies up in here-I say this with love because I would be categorized as one) My first batch flopped, not fizzy enough for my taste. Second batch exploded! Too much fizz! Thankfully, my roommates are forgiving in that it happened to effuse all of its pungent liquid all over our pantry. I have one bottle left, which I added fresh chopped ginger and turmeric too and am planning on sharing with my sister in Ohio. I will say, I was disheartened by the explosion-but I have learned a lot in the process. I plan on tackling ginger beer in 2016. No tears over spilled buch'.
This last Fall season and into the solstice has been very grey. I have been spending lots of time making delicious food with my partner Mark, making wreaths and taking walks, and hot-yoga ing it up at Bikram. I have discovered that creating small healthy habits and fostering indoor hobbies in these darker days of winter is so crucial to staying grounded. Stuff like; cooking, brewing, creating yoga sequences, and reading all help me to not get caught up in thinking about how long the winter will be, and how little we see of the sun. Gratitude is also especially important this time of year. Reflecting on what I have, not on what I don't-and how to set authentic goals. I hope wherever you may be sitting, you are happy, cozy and reflective as well. Happy Holidays!