Family weekend | West Chester, Ohio

IMG_7365 IMG_7370 IMG_7382 IMG_7385 IMG_7390 IMG_7393 IMG_7403 IMG_7412 IMG_7416I honestly have no idea where this week went! Last Friday, my family hit the road and drove all the way to snowy Ohio. This is some of what it looked like.

Although most of our weekend was spent in the car, we enjoyed the moments together.

We laughed a lot, sang happy birthday often, and cuddled on couches watching the Olympics.

I’m currently stranded inside my house thanks to the great snow storm of 2014! Classes have been cancelled and I’m getting spoiled by days like these in the snow (*I forget that I have work to do).

My practice these days

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Last night, while driving to go film fire and smash old tvs, I was asked the question

–> “What are you most excited by in life these days?”

I immediately knew what it was.

–> Yoga and mediation.

That is what I am looking forward to and excited by in life right now. Cold fall and winter (*just cold weather in general) severely effects my personal practice. I have an impossible time keeping myself warm and moving in layers is frustrating to me. When it gets cold, I tend to make excuses. I find other distractions rather than make the time to do what I really want to do.

This past summer, I enjoyed the heat and practiced whenever and wherever I could. And I miss that.

My body craves it. It always does, but like all seasons in life, I am struggling to find what I want out of my practice. When I start to think like this, I realize I have a long way to go still. A practice isn’t about wanting, but rather, living.

And that is what I am committed to right now.

–> living it. breathing it. being it.

Abby’s recent quest for fitness is entirely honorable and I so look forward to doing yoga with the family in a few days! (*P.S. Abby, no one is terrible at yoga. It is impossible to be terrible at a practice that’s all about your own body and the way YOUR body works!)

“At various points in our lives, or on a quest, and for reasons that often remain obscure, we are driven to make decisions which prove with hindsight to be loaded with meaning.” – Swami Satchindanada

Most of all, these days, in the midst of trying to stay warm, school distractions (*exams are heavy upon us now), and concerns about my future, I’m working on meditation. Working on staying focused. And most of all, working on practicing appreciation.

So far, I’ve found joy in my practice these days and in doing the same, simple, yet powerful routine.

[*Note: I DO sometimes wear a bindi and DO practice yoga while in India and Nepal. And have been more than encouraged to do so while in both places by friends and family there. That said, I do not do either to attract attention while there. When I practice, I practice in quiet]

Oh, hello again India


Alive and well in Mumbai!

It’s honestly a miracle. . . all of this.

I got in last night around midnight and thanks to the fabulous Amirah and her family, I had not only a ride from the airport, but also a gorgeous place to stay . The view is stunning from the apartment, it’s 17 flights up and you can see ocean from every window.

I wouldn’t be here now without Kelsey and Alex either. They’re the real heroes of  this story. They both took off work early and helped make the impossible possible. Honestly, I’m still in shock I made my flight. We managed to pick up my visa at the Embassy, drive through D.C. traffic, AND make it to the airport by 5:40 p.m. I was the last person to board the plane and amazingly, my backpack even managed to get on the same flight too.

The moment I stepped off that plane in Mumbai last night I remembered just how much I love this place. I felt devoid of all emotion the entire flight and was worried about my overall apathy. I was doing the thing I love the most in life and traveling to my second home on earth, and I still felt very little. . . But, the moment I smelled India and was hit with that thick wave of heat, I knew part of me was home again.

I sat in the back of the car and cried a little and celebrated the emotions that surprised me. I sat and cried quietly and was so overwhelmingly thankful. I wouldn’t be here without the amazing love I’ve experienced from my family and friends. Their encouragement and support means the world to me and I wish I could more fully express my gratitude.

So. . .  this one is for all of you today:

+ For Mom and Dad and for your trust in me. Thanks for being crazy enough to let me do stuff like this every year since I was sixteen. You two are remarkable and without you none of this would have been possible. Plus, Mom, I cannot wait to share this with you in August! You’re in for the biggest adventure of your life.

+ Again, for Kelsey and Alex. Your generosity and support is overwhelming!

+ For Abby. Thanks so much Abs for making the trip to D.C. and for sharing your time with me before I left.

+ Again for Amirah too. Endless thanks for putting me in contact with friends and for talking to me this morning on the phone! I look forward to India with you next time.

+ For the Mandalia family and your incredible hospitality.

+ For Kandyce. Juice sister, without you, I would have never met India and my life would not be what it is today. India messed me up forever at seventeen and you’re partially to blame for that!

+ For the Mahatma Gandhi Fellowship and UNC.

I have no plans for today,  tomorrow, or the next few days, but I know I’ll be in DELHI in a few days and then NEPAL.

For now, I’m here , celebrating being HERE.

[Photo: Gateway to India, Mumbai//Grace Farson]



Trying my best to stay present in the midst of all the madness.

Back from Pennsylvania -> an overall magical experience// couple of days!

In D.C. now. Currently crashing with Kelsey and Alex and preparing to spend a day applying for Visas and hanging out in Georgetown with Abby and Mom.

I leave for India tomorrow and I feel my world is still sort of spinning!

[Photo: Polaroid from the other weekend in pretty, cold Boone//Grace Farson]

Still with hearts beating




One final paper and then this semester will be over. . . and summer will officially begin!

Plans for now and the next few days of life:

+ About to hit the road –> Boone for tonight + tomorrow

+ Two more days of work

+ A handful of meetings

+ A trip to Pennsylvania with them!

+ A day back in Chapel Hill to move and celebrate dear ones graduating!

+ A half day back home

+ Two days in D.C. with Mom, Kelsey, AND Abby!

+ And then, then I’m flying across this big world to this beautiful city!

These plans are the plans that make me excited to be alive these days. These are the thoughts that make my heart beat a little faster. Big transitions, big changes, but good things all around . . .

[Photos: 1.) BBQ love, 2.) Blair at 100 Shelton St, & 3.) A day in the life of Tiger House/100 Shelton St. residents//Grace Farson]