Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's all falling into place

  We took a big risk moving to Washington.  It was a calculated, well thought out, and researched risk but a big leap of faith none the less.  All the pieces seemed to fit when we first moved here and landed in Port Angeles.   Even though we wanted to just stay put for a while, it wasn't quite right.  

  So we researched more and decided to move to Bremerton, about an hour and a half away from Port Angeles and closer to Seattle.  That again was another risk.  It all made sense logically and I covered all the bases in my research but you know, the universe does its own thing ultimately.  

  What can you do though besides believe that it will all work out and that if it doesn't you will be ok anyways?

  Today though, it all seems to be falling into place!   I love our house and our neighbors and the woman that will be working with Jupiter doing his ABA program came over today to meet us and meet Jupiter.  I have a good feeling about her!!   As soon as his program is put together she can start working with him.   

  AND  I just got off the phone with the people at the Bradley Childbirth education office and my application to become a teacher was accepted!   My class is in June but I can start on reviewing the reading material and outlining books.   
  
  This is something I have had on the back burner for years now.   The spawn are old enough to be ok with me being gone for 4 days to do the workshop and I will be teaching out of my home so I will still be to work from home.  The Superhero is excited for me too and he is so supportive. 

  Its all falling into place.   I believe in the good things comin' comin' comin'...  xoxo


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy video, birthday sandwiches, and Happy Birthday to me!

Today I turn 37.  I had a few moments in the bathroom looking at the grays at my temple and wondering what I would look like with just a bit of "work" on my face to make it look younger.  I don't indulge in those thoughts often but, you know,  its my birthday.  I don't look real tired today and I feel good so the thoughts didn't last long. 

   My lovely little spawn, Milo, turned 8 today!  I love sharing a birthday with that boy!

Today is the day to get all those fabulous Facebook birthday wishes on Facebook.   My favorites were one about all the adventure and growth over this last year and a friend also posted the Happy video.

  What have I done today?  I went to the store to get dorritos, birthday sandwich ingredients, and soda.  This is what Milo wanted for his birthday.  No cake.  Just a birthday sandwich and dorritos.   Other than the store.  Nothing.  Well, not nothing because I ate too much but I just don't feel like doing anything.  So, I'm not going to!   I might make some jewelry later.  My father sent a whole bunch of crystals for my birthday.  How cool is that!!  I might get creative, but for now, Im just chillin. 



  This year has been pretty spectacular and the coming year looks to be full of opportunity and new endeavors.   I just sent in my application to become a Bradley Childbirth educator.  My class is in Seattle this summer.  Im making art again and am relaxed and inspired. 

he won't eat his chips with is fingers  :)  Did I mention how much I love this boy!?!?

  This time last year I was searching and searching on Craigslist for a house in Washington. We made the decision to get the hell outta the midwest.   We just couldn't take another winter and after this last winter, we are entirely sure that we made the right choice.  We decided in April of last year to move  and were gone in just a couple of months.   We sold, threw away, and gave away all of our stuff except what we could fit in the van.    We didn't know anyone in Washington and slept in a tent for a few days until we found a house to rent in Port Angeles.

  Now we are in Bremerton and I am loving it here!  The people here are so friendly and easy going.  Jupiter will start his ABA program in a few weeks and we have wonderful neighbors AND we love our house.  

 On Sunday I spent the day at an arts and crafts fair.  I am making and selling seaglass jewelry to raise money for my childbirth educator training.  I had a blast!  I used to do art shows all the time when I blew glass and it was nice to be in that environment again.  It is fabulous to be making things again!!

  This time last year I was starting the #handstand365 challenge.   I am on day 344 today!  Im so close!  Someone said today that they expect great things for the last day....  Meh.  Its just going to be another day, much like today.  I plan to keep going anyways.  

  The thing is, is that I am content with days being just days.   It doesn't make them any less spectacular but I like being able to turn the intensity up or down depending on what the day calls for. I used to be way more wound up and intense.  Now I'm cool with just chillin out today.   Maybe its being in my 30s.  Maybe its being a mom.  I think its mainly that I have all that I need and feel happy.   Its taken a lot to get here and it will probably change tomorrow or at least one of these days.  Today though.......its a good day to have a good day. 

  Here's to another fabulous year of growth and exploration and being happy! 



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Monday, March 31, 2014

3 must have pieces of workout wear and why workout clothes matter.

  It's hard to be a sweaty mess in front of other people let alone just get out there and move at all!  We have to make time.  We have to talk ourselves into working hard.   It's easier to just put it off another day.   Being self-conscious about what I look like does not help.  It’s important to have workout clothing that makes you feel good about the way you look.  Clothing that inspires you!

  Great clothing not only helps us feel good about ourselves and the way we look but it changes our outlook on everything.   I know that when I feel like I look good, I have more confidence and my whole mindset changes.    When I'm all sweaty and reaching deep inside to pull off one more set, and I look up and see myself in the mirror and like my clothes, it gives me confidence.

  So, imagine wearing unflattering clothing that makes you feel frumpy.   It gives you a crappy attitude and there are enough things in the world that challenge our attitudes.   Now, the clothing does not need to be super expensive and anything in particular.   It just has to make you feel good about YOU!

  Good apparel combines fashion and function.  I have had some amazing minimal shoes that had everything I wanted in a minimal shoe.   They were ugly though.   I won't name names but I don't wear them because they don't make me smile when I look down at my feet the way the sunshine yellow shoes do.    Same goes with my pants and tops.


  So, whether you are at the park with your spawn or at a busy gym or in your living room alone early in the morning, invest in some threads that make you feel happy.

Three pieces of workout clothing staples to have are as follows, 

A good pair of black yoga pants.  Skinny leg, wide leg, it doesn't matter and it is totally up to your taste.   But a basic pair of black yoga pants works for everything!  It goes with every color, is slimming, and you can dress it up or down.  Black pants go with your bright Hi Tops and your ballet flats.   After you get your black pair, then go for some color!  Something that makes you smile and feel sassy!

  A good fitting tank is a must.  You will get hot moving and since spring is here, it’s the perfect time to get out and get some sunshine after that long winter.   I love my tanks to hug my hips and yet still stay a little loose in the middle.  It’s great for the spontaneous inversion.   There are so many tops to choose from but I find that a tank and hoodie combo is my favorite!  Tanks are so great for layering.  Consider whether or not you want a tank with a built in bra.

A comfortable jacket, hoodie, or pullover.  Not too heavy and one that you can move in.   I like mine to zip up as it's a pet peeve to pull things over my head and mess up my already unruly hair.  I also like my hoodies to be longer and go down to my hips.   Whatever you choose, you will love to pull it on over your tank.   It also doesn't really matter if it’s a "running" jacket or a "yoga jacket".  Most workout clothing is interchangeable.  Just check the fabrics as you shop.   Oh, and definitely explore the fabulousness that are thumb holes!!




 I hope this helps you and your workout journey.  Let me know what your favorite workout gear is in the comments! 

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

XeroShoes Sensori Venture Giveaway!


It's that time of year again when the warmer weather makes us want to free our feet!  New sandals is just the way to celebrate spring! 

Up front, I don't like to tie my huaraches.   I have tried and I can tie a good knot BUT I loathe having to readjust a shoe over and over.   Some people can do it no problem.  I want my sandals to just slip on and not have to think about them again.   You can tie them that way but I have not yet mastered it. 

The Sensori Venture by XeroShoes are brilliant!   They come pre-laced and I didn't even have to adjust them when I first put them on.   My favorite part about these is the silicone heel strap.   You can adjust at the heel and the tension at the top of the foot as well.   It holds the shoe snug to your foot but doesn't rub the wrong way. 



  The only adjusting I have done is trimming them down a bit to fit my foot perfectly.   They have a soft yet strong toe post.  The sizing determines where the toe post will go and then you can trim as necessary.



  The side holes never touch the ground and don't rub the side of the foot. The heel cup is comfortable, keeps stuff out, and adds some color accent.  They have some new colors out that makes a total of six to choose from!


The tread is 5.5 mm FeelTrue outsole with lovely traction.   I have played all over in these from city streets, playgrounds, scrambling over wet rocks at the seaside and on slippery muddy trails, and have felt confident that I wouldn't eat it in any of those places!

  I love the feel of bare feet and yet so want some protection from the terrain.   There is also a new sandal out called the Amuri Cloud.   Definitely go check that out!


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Monday, March 24, 2014

Let your moon and stars flag fly!

  It would be really nice if I could hop out of bed in the morning with a smile on my face and a spring in my step and right away start getting things done.     I have wished this for over 30 years, ever since I had to start getting up for school.   And its just not going to happen.  I'm done fighting it!

  Accepting that I am at my best after noon is just the way it is.  All that I get from trying to be a morning person is grumpiness and suffering.   I can only do it with lots of caffeine and I have given that up again, except the occasional cup socially. 


  There are those people out there that talk about getting up at 4 a.m. to work before the spawn get up and how much they get done.  Blurg.   I sleep in.......and I love it!     I have always had a hard time falling asleep at night.  Ever since I was a little girl.   In the morning is when I have some of my most memorable dreams and ideas. 

  I can work like a horse though at midnight!   My best workouts, runs, and yoga have been at night.  My best art is always made in the late afternoons at that wonderful time of day when the light is just right and the mood is mellow.   It's best in the summer when the air is warmer and the scents of summer come out to inspire the mind and soul.  You know the ones, BBQ, fresh cut grass, flowers, laundry. 

   I am thankful for a laptop to and headphones.  I am thankful for spawn that can sit quietly and watch a show or play a game on their iPads in the evenings.   I am thankful that our schedule has lots of freedom and flexibility for me to do things in the afternoons and evenings  AND to sleep in if I want to.  

  For now, we are homeschooling all four of the spawn and I LOVE not being woken up by an alarm unless its to go have coffee with my neighbor. 

  So,  I raise my cuppa herbal tea to the night owls out there!!! Don't feel bad for not being a morning person.  Let your moon and stars flag fly loves!

  Are you a morning person or a night owl?  Whats your secret to productive mornings that flow and are not super forced?

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Topo Athletic Shoes review and Giveaway



    I have been very lucky to get to try three styles of shoe from Topo Athletic
 From left to right, the RRST, and RX.   

  All three are zero drop and over all pretty light weight.   They are definitely on par with the other big minimal shoe brands as far as weight goes. 

 The significant differences are the lacing systems and the split toe.   I LOVE split toe style!
It allows for  more agile movement and I like the Tabi style look. 


  They are all similar in all ways as far as weight, fit, width, materials, and all are zero drop. 
 The ST is a little more padded around the ankle.   They all have about the same width and each of the lacing systems have benefits and I am able to cinch the shoes down to fit my narrow feet.  I like all of the lacing systems and think that it is based more on your style and what you prefer.  I found them all to present no problems so it's really up to you based on style and activity. 

  I found that the width was great for my foot. (long and skinny with a wider splay) Lots of room to splay and move freely.  The lacing systems could accommodate a wider foot and they have a nice shape for the splay. 

  I didn't have any rubbing from seams on the inside and they are quite comfortable with or without socks.    I like to wear my shoes without socks to increase the ground feel.  
All three have  heat welded breathable mesh uppers are  soft on the inside and have good ventilation and breathability.   The grass is always damp here fall through spring here so I always have wet feet.   These dry pretty quickly. 

  The RR and ST have better ground feel than the RX but it is a pretty fine distinction.    The RX has a stiffer sole and is more for a gym shoe.  Nice stable surface to move from. 
The RX and RR have removable 3mm EVA footbed.  The shoes are comfortable with or without it.  It does give a little more groudfeel without it.  

  The only issue I had with the RX and RR,  and I will say up front that I think it is particular to me since I don't wear traditional shoes, is the heel tab is super stiff.  It gave me blisters on both feet and from both the RX and RR.    The ST didn't rub me wrong at all anywhere on my feet.  They were super comfy right out of the box.   The thing is though, I like the split toe look better.   I like the added movement you get from the split toe. 

 I have read other reviews and spoken to other people who didn't have any issues with the stiff heel tab.  My oldest spawn didn't have any issues either.  I just have super soft achilles heels haha!

  My teen spawn is testing out the mens RX.   Love is how he describes his experience with them.    He wears them to longboard and to run around in general.  He is a pretty active person. 

  He loves the look and feel of the split toe as well as the colors.   He has been able to wear regular socks loosened at the toes when he can't find his split toe socks.   He says he digs the style and has had zero complaints in how they fit.   He was a big fan of VFF due to the splitting of his toes.   He likes that so the split toe of the RX was great for him. 

The RX has a stack height of 14mm including a 4mm footbed


Pretty great traction on all pairs.  It is nice and grippy for all street activities both in wet and dry conditions  as well as light trails.   Not the greatest of ground feel but I have found the padding to be nice for longer walks and hikes.   For those that are into minimal shoes,  they are on par with maybe a Pace Glove and far from the of ground feel of the Vapor Glove.   Similar in fit and heft as the B2Run shoes by Eric Orton. 


Overall, the ST is my favorite style but only because the other two styles have a stiff heel tab and my feet are not conditioned to it.  Once that is conditioned, although I'm not looking forward to that part, they will be great.  The ST is basically a RR without the split toe.  I happen to like the split toe so want a version that has a nice soft heel tab like the ST but with a split toe.  Or the speedy RR with a soft heel tab.  Same difference really. 

The split toe socks are powered by injinji.  Super soft and comfy! 

I love the speed lace of the RR!  It really is brilliant and eliminates the dreaded untied laces.  The RR are super light coming in at just over 5 ounces each.   There is a lifetime warranty on the Boa Micro Adjustable closure. The RR and the ST are most similar in weight and ground feel. 
They both have a 13mm stack height including the removable 3mm insole. 


As I mentioned before the RX have a bit more heft to them.  They are still super light but have a  bit stiffer sole than the RR and ST.  I really like the lace and velcro lacing systems.   This are more for fitness and they make a great gym shoe.   The sole is a nice sturdy base for lots of movement especially if you are newer to minimal shoes.   It absolutely can be a running shoe.  I really like the hook and loop at that part of the foot.  It gives even more control over the fit. 
All of them have lovely on trend colors for both mens and women's styles.  
I would recommend to anyone trying these out.  
I don't think you could go wrong with any of the styles. 
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Handstand 365 Challenge Update

  In the beginning, secretly,  I thought that practicing a handstand every day would be the fast track to being able to pop up into a handstand at any time and hold it for ages.  It was all about BADASSERY.   What I learned was that that goal was secondary to self acceptance.  That damn self acceptance getting in the way of badassery haha! 

  A year is a long time but I like the routine and having something I do every day.  These kinds of challenges suit me.   I thought it would be easy, relatively speaking.   I wasn't able to predict how I would feel about it almost at the end.    I didn't realize that it would be subtle change and lots of letting go.   The boring kinds of stuff that doesn't really make for exciting blog fodder but it's profound none the less. 

  Just like when learning a new running form,  handstands take time for the body to adapt to that kind of movement.  It has taken a long time AND  I'm still not where I want to be.   I am happy with and accept where I am but I'm not done yet. 

  I have had to remind myself that one of  the reason  I was doing this daily craziness was that it would bring playfulness and daily joy to my life.  

  Handstands have brought me joy and with it,  humility and self introspection.    I have been forced to hold my temper and practice speaking to myself kindly.   I have had to tell myself that it's ok to be right where I am in my practice and in any part of my life.  

  There are two ideas that I had to come to terms with.  Wanting to get better at something and yet accepting where I am right now.

  They go hand in hand and are not competing ideas.  You can't really have one without the other, the desire go to grow and yet accept where you are right now.   Just because you accept where you are, does not equate to complacency.  It just makes the idea of maybe not going as fast as you want ok and easier to handle. 

  Days when I have aha moments,  I have had those too!   


Day 318 in Manchester with Seattle in the background

  It's fun that I have conditioned my family to expect me to ask them to take yoga pictures for me when we are out and my boys see that I am not, usually anyways, afraid to do my thing in public. 

  Physically, I learned that my hips go over my shoulders.  Thats just how the weight is distributed for balance.   Arms straight and biceps turned out.  Shoulder blades suck in and down the back.  A lot of work has been done in my shoulders.  Eyes gaze between your hands and the neck is relaxed but active.   There is a lot to think about all at once and while upside down!  It takes some getting used to but your neurons will fire faster as you practice. 

  If you are just starting out, try facing the wall upside down in a down dog close to the wall and then walk your feet up the wall.  You can also use a chair or table and face that as well and make an L shape with one leg straight out towards the chair and work on raising your other leg straight above.  Eventually you will find balance and be able to lift the other leg up straight.   There is no shame in using Paul Wall! EVER!

  The big thing though, is having an exit strategy.  Finding your way of bailing on a handstand or falling gracefully without injury.  I will lift my right hand and it makes me fall to that side.  I can catch myself and I don't crash and 95% of the time land on my feet.    Some super bendy people can go all the way over into wheel pose.  Someday......

Day 317 in my lovely blue kitchen with the boys talking about something with the Superhero while I play. 

  So, whats next for me?  I am going to keep going.   I have been toying with the idea of doing more than just handstands and doing #inversion365 instead which would include pincha and headstands as well which compliment handstands.  Especially raising up into them from pike position.   But I don't want to stop doing handstands daily either.   Maybe I will do both.   For sure I will do #handstand365x2

  Anyone and everyone is welcome to join me!  I would love YOU to join me!    You can start a handstand challenge right now if you want.  Tag me in your posts so I can cheer you on.   I am @angiebeehotz at instagram.   You can find me on statigram.com which is a way that you can comment and like pictures on instagram from a pc or laptop. 

  Use hashtags #handstand365 and #inversion365 and tag me @angiebeehotz so I can cheer you on!   If you are new to yoga, check out my post on Essential Gear for the Beginner Yogi. 


Happy Inverting!  xoxo!

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