You’ve noticed that I haven’t been blogging as frequently as usual. Let me catch you up.
I’m on the hunt for a new car. More on that later, but let me just tell you right now how much time it takes to go look for one. A LOT. And figuring out what you want for the next 10+ years isn’t easy, either.
I’ve been writing a lot for other blogs like Visit Indy, Dig IN-A Taste of Indiana, LIN Media and more – so I’ve been out there, just not out HERE:
- Super Bowl 46: Public Art in Indy
- 5 Reasons to Attend the First Friday Food Truck Fest
- Touring Downtown Indianapolis Through Art
- Revisiting 100 Acres at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
- Gen Con: Know Before You Go + Badge Giveaway
- Farm to Pint: Beer at Dig-IN
- Grilled Stuffed Pork Loin recipe
- Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream recipe
Besides mass blogging, I had two weekends where I was (almost) tech-free. My friend Lindsey and I attended the Peace, Love & Happiness festival in Nashville, Indiana for three days of yoga, hooping and movement. It was absolutely amazing and couldn’t have been much better except for maybe the rain on Saturday.
Nashville is in Brown County, a place that I spent a lot of time at growing up. My family would take trips and stay in the State Park’s family cabins over Memorial Day weekend. It’s been a good 5 years since I had been down there. The fall leaves tattooed on my right arm and back are a testament to how much I love the trees and hilly landscape that is Brown County. Here you can see the beautiful small lake that was at the hilltop in our camping area. The dock was a wellness stop for people who needed some massage therapy or reiki from overworked muscles.
Starting Saturday at 9am were the classes. 6 locations throughout the camping area were used for groups to practice yoga, meditation, hooping classes, slacklining and other movement-related techniques. While the majority of the festival was about hooping, something I enjoy but am not good at, there was a lot of yoga and other things I could get introduced to. My schedule went something like this:
- 9am – Yoga with AlliOM
- 10am – Meditation class with AlliOM
- 11am – Intro to Hooping (aka I have bruises from hoops now)
- 12pm – Lunch at the tent
- 1pm – Relaxing at the tent with people, leisurly walking around the camping area
- 2pm – Kundalini Yoga practice with Hari Datti Kaur
- 3pm – Relaxing
- 4pm – Kundalini Yoga practice with Hari Datti Kaur (and gong meditation, very cool stuff)
- 5pm – Relaxing
- 6pm – Snacking and dinner
- 7pm – Hiding from the rain in the barn while doing acro yoga and watching kiddos run around
- 8pm – T’ai Chi with Pierre from Santosha School (my yoga teacher!)
- 9pm – Getting dry now that the rained stopped
- 10pm – Start of the fire showcase and DJ’s
- 11pm – Bedtime from a long, moving day
- 9am – Yoga with Kristen
- 10am – Meditation with Kristen
- 11am – Relaxing at the tent
- 12pm – Lunch
- 1pm – Hanging out by the water listening to music and chatting with new friends
- 2pm – Watching some of the acro yoga class going on
- 3pm – Packing up the tent and everything into the car
- 4pm – Yin Yoga and Reiki class – the most relaxing and sedating thing ever
- 5pm – Time to go home
- 6pm – Back home in Indy
I asked Lindsey to get a picture of my by the lake:
And of course, I had to get someone to photograph my first acro yoga experience. AlliOM was my base, fully supporting my body as she held me up in the air with her feet! I only did this one pose, but now I am totally hooked.
All in all, I LOVED my experience there. The weather was warm but not too humid, people were so nice and kind, and I tried so many new things that I never would have imagined. I will definitely be going back next year.
One week later Rahul and I went up to Sleepybear Campground in Noblesville for Mojostock, a two-day music festival of jam bands and DJ’s. We packed up our camping gear and head out on Friday at 3 to get the tent set up.Rahul played that night at 7 and we hung out with our friends while listening to some amazing musicians.
Sleepybear Campground is right across from Klipsch Music Center, the place where all the big acts play in Indianapolis. It’s also where people camp if they’re going to that show, but this weekend it was full of Mojostock-ers. We’re on the left here:
This festival was much different from that of Peace, Love & Hoopiness. While the music was great, Rahul and I forgot to bring things to DO. Like card games and stuff. We needed some entertainment other than ourselves, but regardless it was great to be away and enjoy the outdoors. The weather was also beautiful – it rained a little on Friday night but not a ton. It probably couldn’t have been more pleasant.
Rahul looked good DJing, too.
Camping also meant I could pack camping food! Lindsey brought everything for our weekend in Nashville, but I learned a lot from her technique. She preferred fruit and light snack items knowing that it could be hot and muggy, and heavy foods would weigh us down. For the second weekend of camping,Rahul and I brought:
- Blueberries and raspberries – on sale at Kroger and also a great sweet flavor
- Pretzels and greek yogurt dip
- Cheese puffs, gone in about 5 seconds
- Pesto pasta salad – bowtie pasta with homemade pesto, yellow peppers and broccoli
- Deli meat and sandwich bread – we got a long french bread and made about 6 small sandwiches with it to snack on
And of course, maple candied bacon. Because why not? It was so good. And we somehow made it last the whole weekend.
Then when Sunday came we packed up to get home and be with the dogs after a long weekend on an air mattress. I settled into the normal Sunday routine of laundry and grocery shopping, but I felt like one thing did change – my patience.
See, this whole car thing had me flippin my lid on a few occasions, but when I was forced to not think about it by being gone and out camping, away from the Interwebs, I had time to reflect on the things I want and need in a vehicle along with the things that matter to me in life. Making friends. Not typing endlessly on a keyboard. Being out in the open.
I’d love to say that things are going to slow down, but Indianapolis in August is hoppin’ with lots of events – the Indiana State Fair is August 2-18, GenCon is August 15-18 and Dig IN is August 25. I also won’t have my car for a few weeks yet so I’m learning a few lessons on patience. But at least I’m saving gas money!
I hope this blog has encouraged you to take some time away. Even if it’s just going out into your own backyard, allow yourself to unplug for a while and enjoy the world around you. It’s a beautiful place when you take the time to open your eyes and breathe it all in.