motivational mondays!

happy monday friends,

hope the beginning to your week has been filled with great things. today, i got back into a (long lost) groove with the first yoga class i have taken in quite a while. it turned out that instead of shyly hiding in the back of a crowded studio (because everyone hates that feeling of being rusty at something you were once pretty good at), i was the ONLY student in the class. seriously, it took all i had not to feign a stomachache and run back home but i am really glad i stayed and being the only one there was actually quite fantastic. plus, the teacher was awesome and wants me to help organize the studio’s queer yoga classes. huzzah!

there was so much wonderfulness in the virtual world this past week, i could hardly contain myself. don’t worry, i will keep my selection short + sweet:

this spicy spinach + chickpea soup from they draw and cook looks awesome, i think i will make it this week.

leo from zen habits wrote some thoughtful reflections on what he and his family (of wife and six kids!) have learned by being car-less and taking public transit everywhere.

the folks over at tiger in a jar made the most beautiful baking video i have ever seen! don’t you want to make this beet cake now?

vegan beauty review (a great resource for all kinds of cruelty-free goodies) featured a guest post on the ultimate vegan lip balm recipe. i have been running out of the last lip balm i made and this looks like a great new recipe to try!

my husband and i have a three-day weekend coming up and this is definitely going to be a part of it (vegan mud pie, be still my heart!)

and i will leave you with a lovely song by dirty beaches…

have a great week!

[haunting tintype from joni sternbach]

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