Happy 1st Birthday, Lucca!

HOW IS MY BABY ONE YEAR OLD? These past weeks have flown by as I have slightly dreaded Lucca turning one year old.  Of course, I want him to grow and am beyond grateful for his life.  However, his time as a baby is moving way too swiftly for my liking.  As a typical new... Continue Reading →

NO MORE DIETING! Join me!

I have been on numerous diets and will never go on one again.  Let me tell you why. As someone who struggled in the past with insecurities and poor body-image, my heart hurts when I hear of people going on "diets."  Food and the thought of food controlled me years ago.  I'm not talking about... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk Self-LOVE

Self-love comes easily for some, and no so much for others.  It's my mission to create that healthy, loving space for Lucca.  When he learns to love and accept himself, he will be confident, caring, compassionate, kind, and generous.  He will thrive and succeed. Many of us have been surrounded by negative self-talk, society and... Continue Reading →

Putting Value in The Self

Our society, very unfortunately, puts a lot of pressure and focus on outer appearances.  We are told by companies and advertisements to lose weight, change our hair, buy these pants, use this makeup, and on and on and on.  Basically, we are told we are not enough.  It is untrue, and frankly, exhausting. We are... Continue Reading →

A call for Christians to be more ‘Christ-like’

As someone who identifies with Christianity, I have become increasingly triggered as of lately. There are everyday people, public figures, leaders in the community and country, and all over social media who claim to be Christian, but are forgetting what the whole religion is based upon.  This religion, and the associated beliefs, is centered around... Continue Reading →

Mentone + Desoto State Park

Fall has been here for a few weeks, but with the weather finally cooling down, it FEELS like autumn is officially here!  Some people enjoy pumpkin spice everything, and while I can appreciate that, I'm excited to get outside in the fresh air! Friday afternoon, my husband, baby and puppy took a short drive to... Continue Reading →

6 months of motherhood

I cannot believe my baby is half a year old!  He seems so big, and has grown so much... but he's still a baby.  Thank God! Babies are my favorite; infant age is my favorite phase but it has been much harder with my own child.  I never expected being a mother would be simple,... Continue Reading →

Then and now, same, but different

Hey there! I know I have not been posting regularly (due to that mom life), but if this blog is helping me work through feelings and share my experiences, it has to be a priority. To see where I am, it's interesting to go back through older posts to see where I've been.   I... Continue Reading →

New Moon Monday crazies

Goodness gracious. Sunday night was the new moon, and apparently I thought it was a good time to adjust Lucca's sleeping routines.  We bed share, and even though it is controversial, it works for us.  We do it as safe as possible, and I do not see it as an issue.  What needs to change... Continue Reading →

Flashback through Pregnancy

I shared a lot of my pregnancy journey through blog entries and on my Instagram page, but here are a few photos to highlight the time while baby bear was in my belly!  It all goes by so fast; life is fleeting . . .    

Breastfeeding love

Some people are weird about breastfeeding, especially in public.  I believe I was even raised to think the same thing, it should be in private.  Did you know it is much more accepted in Europe and Africa?  Most people don't give it a second thought if they spot you nursing your child on a park... Continue Reading →

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Being a mother is never easy.  Even when days, or more likely moments of the day, run smoothly, there is always a chance of that changing.  Here are a few truths I have learned with my three- month old boy:   The Good Lucca naps lying on my chest, and I have just gotten used... Continue Reading →

Lucca’s Birth Story

It has taken me quite a while to write this story.  Nothing went as I planned (even though I was open-minded), and I think I have been feeling slightly guilty and embarrassed since I gave birth.  Lucca arrived perfectly, and all is well now.  But I am still not content in how it all happened,... Continue Reading →

How diverse is your diet?

I just finished up watching Queer Eye, and it really inspired me to get in the kitchen!  Antony (the chef) and I would be best friends if he knew me!  He would probably be annoyed with my veganism and allergies, but love me as a person.  Or that is what I'm telling myself!  Anyway, I... Continue Reading →

A heart of gratitude

A few nights ago: Sitting quietly, watching The Office (what else), enjoying a beer, and being so thankful. We have gotten into a routine, and I think it helps baby bear.  Each night at 8:30, Lucca gets a bath or showers with me, pajamas, big bottle of breastmilk from Papa, snuggles, and falls asleep on... Continue Reading →

Acceptance

Ther other day I listened to a webinar that really resonated with me. One of the topics was body positivity versus acceptance and reality.  What one of the women said spoke directly to me.  Here is what I took from the conversation... We don't have to LOVE our flaws, we just have to find PEACE... Continue Reading →

Dearest Lucca

Dearest Lucca,   You coming into our lives has been a gift. You try my patience as you teach me infinite love. You worry me with your crying while you warm my heart with snuggles. You have stolen sleep from my nights, but I get to watch you sleep and make precious breathing sounds. You... Continue Reading →

Rough day

It has been a day. Prepare for some candid, colorful language... Holy shit, motherhood is hard.  My sweet baby and I drove to Springville (about 30 minutes away) and back this morning.  He cried loudly at least 85% of the drives.  Today was one of those days he hated the car.  I have listened to... Continue Reading →

5 reminders for mamas

With a 2 month old, a working husband, a puppy, two kitties, yoga classes to teach, and a house to take care of, life tends to become a little hectic.  Days might run together and I can feel as though nothing has been accomplished.  What is important to remember: if the baby is well fed,... Continue Reading →

Crazy mom alert!

I have been HIGHLY frustrated recently.  Being a new mom is no joke.  I am aware of my insanity, but I cannot seem to let it go... I think the mama bear in me is roaring.   I am tired. Tired of people hovering over MY baby.  Tired of people calling my baby their baby. ... Continue Reading →

From a mother of an infant

On any given day, I will have breastmilk spilled on me.  And a boob out.  Maybe both.  Sometimes I forget... I may also forget I have to pee because I can't set him down.  Or I put him in a wrap, and we go together. There isn't much time to answer texts or have a... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Mamahood!

Our baby is one month old. A lot of people say they cannot remember the time before the baby was born, but I definitely do.  I remember sleeping a lot during my pregnancy, because I thought I was tired then.  Now, I am consumed with everything baby.  And I honestly, truly wouldn't have it any... Continue Reading →

Pregnant is Beautiful

It seems our society cares so much about artificial beauty, and it becomes difficult to see the beauty within ourselves because of the outward influences. But pregnancy has made me feel beautiful. Really beautiful. After years and years of distorted body image and eating disorders, I never really felt worthy of positive attention or comfortable... Continue Reading →

33-40 weeks pregnant

First of all, HAPPY DUE DATE TO BABY BEAR!!!!!!!!! Even though I have been blogging about my pregnancy for 4 weeks at a time, these last many weeks will be clumped into one post. Many pregnant women say the second trimester is the most enjoyable, the first being difficult because of morning sickness and the... Continue Reading →

Uncertainties of Motherhood

The other night, I let it all come in... The fear, anxiety, uncertainty, nervousness, and lack of control. All I have ever known is that I want to be a mom.  I have a natural adoration for little ones, especially babies, and am honestly really good at caring for them. But not knowing when baby... Continue Reading →

A love note to Baby Bear.

My little baby bear, I promise to let you dream. Big, wild, magical dreams. I vow to protect you, but let you think and grow on your own. I will always hug you and tell you how much I love you. I vow to teach you about compassion, tolerance, ahimsa, and enjoying the simple things... Continue Reading →

Observations and fears while being pregnant

I have recently made the mistake of asking some questions or for advice for my baby on social media.  While most people are kind and helpful, there are a few that have no place in giving their opinions.  Men (no uterus, no opinion about pregnancy or breastfeeding).  Women that have never experienced pregnancy, have no... Continue Reading →

25-28 weeks pregnant

Pregnancy has really humbled me.   I feel like I say and think this all the time.  Every day, and every week, there is something new going on.  As much as I have enjoyed pregnancy and want to be pregnant forever, I know that feeling is fleeting. At 25 weeks, Baby Bear was growing right... Continue Reading →

2018 Intentions

One thing I learned in Yoga Teacher Training was that mid-winter (New Year's) is not the most logical time to set demanding Resolutions.  During this time of year, we are wanting to relax, stay warm inside, and indulge in yummy holiday treats.  While it is important to WANT to improve our lives, it is also... Continue Reading →

Dreaming of Baby

Literally, dreaming! In the past, I have had dreams about being pregnant, when I was younger and was not ready.  But since I have been pregnant (24 weeks now/6 months), and more so recently, I have had dreams about the baby.  For now, in the majority of my dreams the baby is a girl.  I... Continue Reading →

17-20 weeks pregnant

I'm not even sure if you all read my pregnancy blogs, but I continue to write them for those of you that might be familiar or curious.  Also, I share these to remind myself what a wild ride pregnancy is! For the 17-20th weeks of pregnancy, I felt so much better!  I had more energy... Continue Reading →

Yogi Diaries 5

Coming back to Yoga and Accepting YOUR journey... This week, I had a new woman come to my yoga class.  She was very kind and happy to be there, able to practice.  However, as soon as I walked in, she started talking about her body in a negative way and complaining of her physical capabilities. ... Continue Reading →

Transitioning to Veganism

If you follow my Instagram (@sarieberryfairy) you might have seen me mention my diet.  Mainly I use this social media platform for yoga, inspiration, and sharing my memories, but I also like to share more intimate and meaningful topics.  Currently, this has included my diet transitioning from vegetarian to vegan. For almost 9 full years,... Continue Reading →

9-12 weeks pregnant

The nausea has gotten much, much better!  Thank you, God!  Nausea only creeps up at night, and is not nearly as extreme as it was in the second month.  I still am very fatigued, but that is part of pregnancy.  I'm okay with the tiredness and think I have gotten used to it and being... Continue Reading →

5-8 weeks

After we found out that I am pregnant, I told most of my closest friends and family.  It is SO DIFFICULT for me to keep a secret like this!  My dream in life has always been to be a mommy, and now everything was falling into place.  John, my sweet husband, has been taking care... Continue Reading →

4 weeks (7.25.17)

THERE IS A BABY IN MY BELLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought I was pregnant; I didn't feel different or anything, but I kept having these real thoughts.  Monday after I taught class, I went by the store to pick up a pregnancy test.  On the phone with my best friend, we talked about our current ongoings.  I... Continue Reading →

Color Therapy

"Just Enough" inspires to find the FIRE in your heart.  Fire isn't always a bad thing, especially when it's balanced. Inner fire develops strength, productivity, and exciting energy. Purchase this watercolor to help you heal using Color Therapy for only $15! *Basically to cover shipping and supplies.   Color Therapy heals with this watercolor, "Water."... Continue Reading →

Mindful Walk

I lead a "mindful walk" weekly at the YMCA as part of my yoga teachings.  This 30 minute to an hour walk has become one of my favorite times of the week.  I learn so much about the community, how much the mind drifts away, and something new every single week.  It's enlightening! What is... Continue Reading →

“I am worthy”

"I am beautiful.  I am loved.  I am worthy.  I am enough."   It can take a lifetime to realize our self-worth and beauty, but these qualities have been with us since conception.  Each of us has been made in God's image; we are a thoughtful masterpiece meant to be loved and share love.  Society... Continue Reading →

Pushing Too Hard.

Before I dive into this story, I want to defend myself.  As a very spiritual being and proud Christian, I am open to others' beliefs and appreciate that God has given me the chance to "witness" to others.  However, I have never been one to "push" my religion and convictions on others.  While these are... Continue Reading →

More Than Asana

Ever since I started practicing yoga, I was very aware of this ancient practice being more than just a physical practice.  I have seen firsthand in many of my students, and in myself, how we hold emotional hardships and Trauma in our body.  Our body and the ability to move is directly affected from our... Continue Reading →

Why are Yoga Pants so expensive?!

The struggle is real. The cost of activewear, specifically yoga pants, is outrageous!  As a yoga instructor and yogi who practices and/or teaches everyday, quality yoga pants are a must.  Some days I teach power vinyasa classes, where we sweat a lot and need a change of clothing after.  Other days I teach yin and... Continue Reading →

Noccalula Falls

One of the best and most beautiful areas of Gadsden is Noccalula Falls!  This 90 foot tall waterfall is surrounded by gardens, majestic trees, a petting zoo, and a full park.  It is quite easy to spend a whole day here! Being near to the Falls was one of the biggest draws of our new... Continue Reading →

The Art of Forgiveness

Isn't the Universe awesome?  Isn't the Power of God amazing?   The Creator of the Universe is speaking to me, and I want to share this with you. Sunday morning at church the message was, "The Power of Forgiveness and the Power of Unforgiveness." AND the theme of my daily devotional for the same day... Continue Reading →

Pre-Pre-Pregancy Reading

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies!  Since we have moved and still have much work left to do on our new home, I have not had much time to devote to diving into a story.  My father-in-law bought a Sea-Doo the other day, and we have been out on the river playing as much... Continue Reading →

Manifesting Dreams!

So many of my mentors and inspirational women in my life have recently stated how writing dreams down helps us to more forward them.  I personally love making lists and love dreaming, big and small, so this action seemed to be exactly what I need. Sometimes we become bored, stressed, or lonely without goals, projects... Continue Reading →

Letting Go

The other day on my Instagram story, I shared a situation I felt very strongly about.  During this story, I vented about how I disagree with the use of shock collars for pets. Here is what happened and my argument: I went into the bank to change my official name, and sat down with a... Continue Reading →

Happy Birthday Luna Mango!

Today is Luna Mango's fourth birthday! I cannot believe how much a tiny, little kitty has changed my life.  She is the sweetest little girl, just like her sister was. It is also very bittersweet; our sweetest puppy will celebrate her sister's and all the rest of her birthdays in Heaven. Looking through the stages... Continue Reading →

Loss never really gets easier

My first grandparent passed away when I was in the sixth grade.  I remember it more clearly than the loss of my other grandparents, not because of his significance but because it was my first traumatic loss.  He had pancreatic cancer and passed away within 8 weeks of his diagnosis.  A few days after Christmas.... Continue Reading →

What is “karma ” really?

"Karma Yoga is the Yoga of Action. It is the path chosen primarily by those of an outgoing nature.  It purifies the heart by teaching you to act selflessly, without thought of gain or reward.  By detaching yourself from the fruits of your actions and offering them up to God, you learn to sublimate the... Continue Reading →

WHY ‘HEALING Yoga: Volume 1’

Why did I write and publish the electronic book, "Healing Yoga: Volume 1"? Why is this guide for YOU? How does one stay committed to the healing process? There are so many yoga guides, books, teachers, and resources out there!  With all this information, it is important that we search for the truth.  Why do... Continue Reading →

Yoga Practice 8

This is the last yoga practice pose I will be posting for a while, giving you plenty of time to catch up with your postures and possibly improving!   Chair Pose Begin in Tadasana, Mountain pose, taking several rounds of breath to settle into your body. Keep the belly hugging into the spine.  Imagine pulling... Continue Reading →

In Memory of Sarah Belle

My husband and I lost our sweet black lab, Sarah Belle, several days ago.  Here are some of my favorite recent moments with our angel, puppy face. . .    

the darker side (part 2)

(CONTINUED) I found friends that had the same issues, and we would discuss and obsess our habits together.  Just like any other "common interests" connect people, so do eating issues.  Only now I see it as what it is... enabling and unhealthy.   The first time I tried to "quit" was my freshman year in... Continue Reading →

No Fear…

[ Why you shouldn't be afraid to go to your first yoga class ] Fear is a force that either drives and encourages us or destroys us.  There are SO many fears and misconceptions about yoga, the practice, the philosophies, and all things in between.  When I talk about yoga, which let's face it, is all... Continue Reading →

How to have Faith in difficult times

Living in the chaotic, modern world of today, with all the distracting media, technology, and complicated hardships, is quite challenging.  Several weeks ago, a dear friend brought a good point and conversation to my attention.  These are questions I hear quite often: "WHY is all this pain allowed to happen?  WHY all the hatred?  WHY... Continue Reading →

Hearts of Gold

And this is why I'm still a babysitter at 28 years old. 😍 These specific kids I began babysitting in the fall of 2011.  I moved to Nashville for an art internship not knowing but a handful of people.  I babysat one family part-time and was scared away by their intensity.  So I looked for... Continue Reading →

10,000 Reasons

A few weeks ago, one of my best friends sent me a video.  My immediate reaction was, "Laura, I don't have time for a 5 minute video! Haha."  The next thing I knew, I was looking at my computer screen crying.  Not sad tears, but overflowing with joy tears. Here is the link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fo--H_yx2vg&app=desktop... Continue Reading →

what does is mean ‘to be considerate’

  Merriam Webster defines considerate as: (adjective) 1:  marked by or given to careful consideration 2:  thoughtful of the rights and feelings of others considerately (adverb) : considerateness (noun) *Also sympathetic regard.  This is a concept that has become very present in my life.  I think a lot of times we are focused on accomplishing a... Continue Reading →

Our [first] European Vacation

Exactly two years ago, John and I were packing up and planning our final decisions for our trip to The Czech Republic, Austria, and Italy.  As I remember this exciting time and recall the surprise proposal, I am delighted to have these precious memories captured.  Here are a few "selfies" of John and me from... Continue Reading →

My love language has become so obvious to me. Quality time. I feel the most loved when I am spending TIME with my loved ones.  I love, love, love my friends.  It might be an insane amount, kind of like my love for John and our pets, but they light my heart up!  Now since... Continue Reading →

There You Are

I am about to embark on a new training - yin yoga.  It is a short intensive weekend in the mountain town of Asheville.  One of the required readings is, "Wherever you go There you are."  Unknowingly, I purchased this book at a discount book store several weeks ago.  Maybe even months ago.  I have... Continue Reading →

HEALING Teaching yoga outside the comfort of a studio can be intimidating at first, but wow, have I seen some beautiful gifts! One of the handful of classes I taught at the park was one of my most memorable times as a young teacher.  All these classes were during the summer, right around when all... Continue Reading →

I'm going to be journaling some of my most memorable, influential, heart-warming, and interesting moments that have happened during my first year as a yoga instructor.   EMOTION If you have taken a class of mine, you know how much I love heart and hip openings, setting positive intentions, and teaching self love.  I believe... Continue Reading →

Rome wasn’t built in a day…

Rome wasn't built in a day, and most likely, neither were our physical ailments. It has taken me quite some time to get where I am right now.  And as a human being, there is still always room to grow, improve, and learn.  There is still much more for me to experience, but I am... Continue Reading →

T r u s t

    So many things are happening and quickly.  In my life and in the world.  Everything has happened, is happening, and will happen for a reason, every little and big thing... John and I got engaged November 14, 2014, (a story I will share another day. It's magical!) and I feel like I was... Continue Reading →

  Growing up, I was always running away from my family. I have felt like the black sheep for a while (even though it is probably only in my head), but everyone still loves me. During high school, I was a brat, a lot. Suffering through eating issues the way I did, I didn't want... Continue Reading →

Ciao and Namaste

Ciao! Welcome to my website and blog! I will joyfully be sharing some yoga tips, stories of love and optimism, healthy food options, and ways to relax using art. I have found so many aids in developing the spiritual and physical practice of yoga and want to spread my love for the ancient tradition! I... Continue Reading →

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