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Yoga...

I've been practicing yoga in some fashion for almost 6 years. I gave yoga a try after years of lower back pain followed by lower leg problems due to over training. Before moving to Iowa, I lived in the KC, Kansas area and worked for a hospital based fitness facility. Makes sense since my BS is in exercise science/wellness. I was teaching 2-6 aerobics classes per week, running 3-12 miles a week and weight lifting 3-4 days a week. Granted, I was in much better physical shape than I currently am...like a full 30 pounds lighter...but at an expense to my body that soon became more pain than it was worth. In came yoga. I was amazed at how weak I felt...I mean I was lifting more weight than I have ever been able to lift. I've always been pretty flexible, stretching was always my favorite part of any exercise, but yoga takes such functional, coordinated strength that I never expected it to challenge me the way that it does. After several weeks of practicing I felt taller, stronger, he…

Taxes....and other stuff...

Ok. One would think that after loosing a written post 3 times trying to spell check before saving, I would learn to SAVE first. But no! Once again, thanks to all the pop up blockers on my Dell (which I love but really, how much security does one need?) my computer can't sneeze first without checking with McAfee.

So, to restate my accomplishment for the night....I have officially submitted our taxes to the IRS and the state of Iowa. I could have done this a month ago. However, in one of my over zealous "I can't live in a house this cluttered" cleaning fits, I shredded a student loan interest statement and had to wait for USPS to deliver another one, which happened this weekend. So, we're filed, hopefully correctly, and now we wait for that small amount of return to come back so we can give it to someone else.

Yes, bills...the ever present monkey. However....after several years of irresponsible spending (read: we were in college and thought we'd magically have f…

30...

This weekend I turned 30. Now some (those younger than me I'm sure) would make a big deal out of being so old. Some (those older than me) remind me that 30 is still very young. My take, 30 is not scary by any means, but it does make you sit back a bit and look at your life and take note of your accomplishments and failures. I suppose any "major" birthday does that.

For me, 30 is hope. I mean your 20s are great...lots of fun...but for many of us unpredictable, transitional years. I married 3 months after my 20th birthday. Would I do it again? Yes and no. Do I regret it...NEVER. See first of all, when you marry your high school sweetheart, there's something in your life that stops at that point...other than a bit more responsibility (and debt) I still feel 16 many days. My 20s consisted of ups and downs, discovering new passions in life, and really finding myself as I left the awkwardness of high school behind to go recreate myself at college. Then there's the whole…