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Little Free Library #4581

IMG_7167Awhile back my meditation teacher had her husband build her a Little Free Library.  I immediately wanted one because the street we live on is somewhat busy not only with car traffic, but bicycle and walking traffic as well.

These are super cool and my husband could’ve made us one but.  I knew that he would probably never do it, so I bought one and got in trouble.  Her library was the second one in our city. Our library is the third and as of the other day, her husband sold another one, so now our town has FOUR Little Free Libraries.  Pretty cool.

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about let me explain.  You place this box on a post in your yard.  You register it with Little Free Library DOT org.  They then send you a steward sign with a post number and you can load your box up with books.  We’ve found lots of interesting books in ours.  Someone dropped off a whole years’ worth of women’s magazines the other day as well.  Our library can hold about 35 or so books.  We seem to get a lot of traffic at night so I mounted one of those little battery operated touch lamps inside of ours.

Stop by 1331 S. Jefferson and grab a book or donate one.  We’re having a lot of fun with this so far!


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Honoring Impermanence

I know.  I haven’t posted in awhile.  I’ve been busy with a total life changing schedule.  I’m not complaining.  It’s a good thing.  But it has been a shift for our family and mostly for myself.

I started a full-time job back in November.  I worked here and there to see if I liked the place before I just up and quit a bunch of yoga.  Well.  I liked the job and I gave up a bunch of yoga.  In December I was finally able to work an entire 8 hour per day work week.  And so far, I’m not really missing leading all the yoga classes that much.  Sure.  I have days where I think about what I might make in an hour teaching yoga compared to my massive hourly wage (smell the sarcasm) now.  But.  Not too many people can really teach yoga 8 hours a day all week long here in this big town.  I know I couldn’t.

I’m working in a rather unique and quirky environment and it’s pretty cool.  So far each day has some of the same and a whole lot of the different.  Which is good.  It’s an extremely busy atmosphere most of the time and I rarely find myself checking the clock.  In fact when 5:30 rolls around I usually only know because I’m tired.  I also like the people I am surrounded by, which is a good thing.  But at the same time, I can get along with most anyone.  That’s never been a problem for me.

I am still working my cleaning jobs as well.  I find I can’t sleep in on Monday after getting up at 4 on Saturday and Sunday.  I contemplated quitting cleaning the theatre but it’s a great workout and I get paid to run my butt off – literally.  I also clean a couple of other buildings and I take my daughter (who will be 15 very soon) so she can learn what you have to do to make a few dollars.  I took my son over the holiday break as he was home from college and needed some cash.  It was great to have the help with the trash as he’s pretty strong.

I still have my yoga class on Sundays at 4:00 at the church for $4 and I am so glad I do!  I am also teaching at Essential Yoga on Thursday evenings.  I offered the owner of that studio a couple of my classes when I started my job, so she in turn offered me a time slot at her place.  I still have my classes at MSU a couple of days a week as well.  It’s a good thing.

Awhile back, the building that houses my home studio was sold to Great Southern.  The clothing store on the first floor immediately moved out.  They assured us they wanted us to stay, so I signed a lease with another instructor so we could keep our space.  Little did I know I would land a job and not have time to teach there soon after the signing!  Anyways, it’s been a real mess for the couple of instructors that pretty much teach for a living.  Progress means loud noises, messes and other disruptions so it’s been tough for those that are still there on a regular basis.  I think I got the job at the right time.  Anyways we are dissolving our lease and our studio the end of February as my lease signing partner has found a studio space of his own.  I am happy for him.

The end of the yoga studio that I feel, had a huge impact on my life is about to be no more.  I worked through a lot of stuff in that space with a lot of great people.  That space connected me to people that I will know forever and some that I may never see again but still mean a lot to me. 

I also learned that it’s not where you practice your yoga but why.