a guide to pet adoption, courtesy of homeoanimal.com

nearly three years ago now (!!!), i wrote this post about the best friends animal society, whose mission it is to save dogs and cats housed in kill shelters. while i’m sad to report that i haven’t had the pleasure of adopting since (yet!) i still continue to follow the incredible work they do. so when someone at a similarly great organization called homeoanimal reached out and asked me to share some news with my readers, there was only one answer. behold the ultimate guide to pet adoption, a helpful and extremely thorough guide that covers just about every question and concern a person might have about bringing a furry friend into his/her family. if you’re looking to take the leap (which i can assure you will be one of the best decisions of your life), i urge you to peruse the guide. then visit an adoption facility in person to check out some potential new additions to your family and chat with staff members. warning: be prepared to spontaneously adopt on the spot. i did this myself nearly a decade ago and there was no looking back. but that’s a story for another day…

a guide to pet adoption, courtesy of homeoanimal.com

nearly three years ago now (!!!), i wrote this post about the best friends animal society, whose mission it is to save dogs and cats housed in kill shelters. while i’m sad to report that i haven’t had the pleasure of adopting since (yet!) i still continue to follow the incredible work they do. so when someone at a similarly great organization called homeoanimal reached out and asked me to share some news with my readers, there was only one answer. behold the ultimate guide to pet adoption, a helpful and extremely thorough guide that covers just about every question and concern a person might have about bringing a furry friend into his/her family. if you’re looking to take the leap (which i can assure you will be one of the best decisions of your life), i urge you to peruse the guide. then visit an adoption facility in person to check out some potential new additions to your family and chat with staff members. warning: be prepared to spontaneously adopt on the spot. i did this myself nearly a decade ago and there was no looking back. but that’s a story for another day…

c’mon, we’re all “foodies”

one of my pet peeves are those people who call themselves foodies. i mean, who doesn’t love food?! i’ve met one or two people who look at what they consume strictly as fuel for the incredible machine that is the human body, but by and large everyone i know (especially in new york) can appreciate good food. now what constitutes “good food” can differ greatly from person to person. after all, we’re each unique in our likes and dislikes (ah the beauty of individuality). for example, i consider myself a foodie when it comes to 1) sweets 2) plant-based food. two pretty different ends of the spectrum but hey, i like what i like. i can tell you where to get the most delicious brownie (ovenly in greenpoint) or the most buttery, crumbly-topped apple pie (believe it or not, at a chain restaurant called houlihan’s. if you don’t know, now ya know) in all of the land, but i’ve also tried just about every vegan/vegetarian/semi-healthy-but-maybe-not restaurant in manhattan (and most of brooklyn). i’ve been on even more of a food exploration kick as of late, thanks in large part to an awesome lunch program called mealpal (check out the site for details on how it works. but i promise it is super easy and convenient. ain’t nobody got time for unnecessary headaches!) in the past month, i’ve had everything from vegetarian quiche from épicerie boulud, to avocado toast with a side of butternut squash soup from tartinery, to just about every falafel bowl within a mile radius (believe me, there are A LOT). and none has disappointed. i’m a true creature of habit, and if left to my own devices would (and did, before mealpal) eat the same thing for lunch for months at a time. but now i’m trying new things and keeping my tastebuds on their toes. if you find yourself in a lunch rut, consider switching it up and giving mealpal a try.

positive health wellness? yes, please.

my journey to self-improvement is a seemingly endless one, and i welcome any and every opportunity to learn something new, whether that be through podcasts, videos, newsletters, word of mouth, websites, etc. so i was super excited when an email from the folks at positivehealthwellness.com landed in my inbox. i hadn’t heard of the site, but was eager to check out the content based on the name alone. and the site certainly delivered. want some tips on how to boost energy? check. think you may have a glucose sensitivity? check. need some new ideas for quick and easy dinner recipes to add to your repertoire? check. the point is, you can find just about anything you need to help you live a healthier life on positivehealthwellness.com.

i’m back! and have exciting news

i suppose ebbs and flows are natural in all facets of life. clearly i go through phases of not blogging for literally months, but i’ve stopped feeling guilty about it, realizing that when i feel inspired to pick it back up again, i can and will. that being said, the past couple of months have been very insightful. and dare i say, transformative. largely due to the fact that i’ve rediscovered kundalini yoga. if you’re not familiar with the practice, it’s known as the “yoga of awareness”. you’re probably thinking, isn’t ALL yoga about awareness? definitely, but let me tell you: kundalini is next level. this branch of yoga focuses heavily on mantra and breathwork, which i’ve learned are extremely powerful tools for tuning into all the parts of who we are. i myself am still learning about the practice (i’m currently juggling three books) so i don’t even feel well enough equipped to offer a great explanation of what it is, but if you’re interested, huffington post does a pretty solid job in this article. it’s a great place to start. i’ll definitely be writing more about my adventures in kundalini here in the future, so stay tuned.

anyhow, onto the exciting news! quite some months ago, i was honored when my dear friend and yoga school roommate dana asked me to be a brand ambassador for her line of activewear, danaloufit. each piece is handmade here in the states (in jensen beach, florida to be exact) and features great on-trend prints. more importantly though, her clothing is super comfortable and ideal for your yoga practice. i was already excited enough about being asked to be a brand ambassador; then the deal was sweetened even further when dana asked me if i’d like to be featured on her blog. naturally, i jumped at the chance. we did a quick interview, which you can read here. thank you so much to dana and her team for making me a part of the dana lou crew. please check out the offerings on her site and place an order today. i can’t guarantee your practice will improve, but i can tell you you’ll be super comfortable (and stylish. not that this matters in yoga, of course. but it’s just an added bonus).