Man, I have had a lot of fantastic years up to date, but this was one of the best for sure! I have never really done a year recap. I was thinking last night about the changes this year has brought, and felt it noteworthy enough to put to “pencil”. It started out yesterday when I was listening to KUT. They had a brief “man on the street” radio ad that consisted of some cat stating that he didn’t make New Year’s Resolutions. His reasoning was that he was pretty happy as is, should accept himself as is, and would just give up on any resolution anyways. Now, I don’t do the resolution thing either, but for drastically different reasons. I am all for accepting myself as is, but part of that is accepting the fact that I am flawed AND can change constantly for the better. I also realized how often I DO make resolutions; weekly, daily, minute by minute! I would suggest to that cat, forget about resolutions and fix whatever it is in your hardware that allows you to not follow through with things! Anyhow, now follows a random list of the bests of 2010 for my personal life.
Getting my wife Hannah back from 2 years of grad school in L.A.! Easily tops the list here.
Meeting and getting to know what has become the greatest group of friends I have ever known to date. My Kula rocks! *Some members not pictured below, sadly.
Pulling a guy out of the sea (Chris) in Santa Barbara, administering CPR (blue, no pulse, no breath), and being amazed to see him come back to life. He must have some important work to do. A life changer for the two of us for sure.
Santa Barbara wine tasting trip with my brother and his wife. They live in Japan and we rarely get to see each other. Learned a lot about each other on this trip and absolutely adore each other.
Getting super addicted to Muay Thai kickboxing and getting back into some of the best shape I have ever been in.
Finding my new teaching home at Kula Yoga… the gold standard for what a yoga studio in the West should embody.
Beginning teaching at Castle Hill and reconnecting with past students as well as new ones!
The best birthday party (and fanciest) I have ever had thrown for me (and Sheila).
Restarting my music career with live gigs and recording opportunities! Buying some amazing new instruments! Teaching myself the Pandeiro, the Bodhran, and making/learning to play my vintage washboard.
An amazing trip to South Carolina to hang out with Hannah’s family.
One of the greatest parental visits to Austin. Such a fun trip.
Teaching great classes and students. Teaching several awesome workshops and Lululemon events. Thanks Lulu. Getting calls to branch out and teach workshops around the US. Picking up the best private teaching gig I could imagine. Thanks Troublemaker and Elizabeth/Kelly.
The super exciting ability to give my long time Guru a call anytime to hang out. This is a dream come true!
Taking Hannah to the Borer family reunion at the family farm, which I had not been to in years! Hannah hand milks a cow and we watch one born!
Black Sheep Lodge, as well as many of the other great places opening up in the ’04′!
I am missing a ton I think, but these are the ones that come to mind. I can never express my amazement enough concerning the life I have carved out here in Austin. My wife is an enthralling creature whom I am always amazed, inspired, and thankful for. My immediate family seems to get closer every year, just not by distance. I also inherited an incredible family through Hannah! I do what i love to sustain my living. Our two kitties are two of the sweetest souls I have ever known. My KULA (you know who you are) is the shiznit. Constantly amazed and schooled by all my students and fellow teachers.
What May 2011 Bring?
I envision great things for me and Hannah. She starts a new job this Monday and I am very excited for her AND us.
Fun new teaching experiences and returning to teach in Costa Rica with Wooten!
Growing the classes at Kula and Castle Hill! Great things are coming.
Getting back to a steady Asana practice, which fell out of importance for a while. So many activities!
Traveling more as always! Would like to study with David Williams in Hawaii. Planning on meeting my bro. in Hawaii. Would like to get back to Thailand to study Thai Massage more, Buddhism, and Muay Thai.
Become a better human, a better man, a better husband, teacher, and two-stepper! Happy New Year friends! Be safe and make resolutions all year!
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