Yoga has changed Amber's life as a whole. How? "I'm a better mother, wife, person, and I'm putting me first." She's also more comfortable with herself and who she is.  See, it wasn't always the case for Amber. She actually had body image issues growing up, and at age 18 wanted to change the way she thought about herself.  She knew the change must involve her getting in shape. Wouldn't you know that her yoga experience actually started from a Reebok yoga tape her mom had? She used this as her way to exercise, but also how she learned yoga, and learned to love it. That same year, Amber...

"You are, without a doubt the most beautiful girl I have ever seen in my entire life, and I don’t know how a guy like me ever got so lucky to get a girl like you." My husband reminds me that he loves me daily.  It was a part of our wedding vows. He posts it on Facebook and he looks me in the eye and repeats that same quote when he thinks I need reminded of how beautiful he thinks I am. I smile and say thank you, because I don't know how to take a compliment.  We have been through some crazy ups and...

I'm going to be frank-- I've had two extremely embarrassing moments in my life, and the story I'm about to share with you--is one of them. Why would I dare share it?  Eh, because, these moments are important, right?  They're really these defining moments in our lives---because they're burned into our memories and become apart of our story, wether we like it or not. Two months ago I went to Destin, Florida for vacation with my husband's entire extended family.   One evening at the Crab Shack we gathered around for a big meal. I don't remember what I ordered, but I did lean across the table to my older cousin to say,  "It's so...

KIOTE How do you spell coyote?   Well, one day I needed to remind myself about a rare neighborhood coyote sighting.   I wanted to write coyote on my list of things to talk to my husband about. My dyslexic daughter and I debated for a few minutes about how to spell the word. I should’ve listened her; she knew it started with a C. I came up with kiote… it looked good enough to me for the time being!   When my spelling-able husband came home he was amused at the heroic effort of my thoughtful dyslexic spelling. My husband gently corrected my spelling and asked me why...

As creatives we’re always finding inspiration in others' work and figuring out who we are as artists. I tend to get stuck in emulating what I see others do and where the trends are headed. These trends have told me to prepare a much needed cup of coffee that takes at least 4 minutes to brew, wrap in flannel and don moccasins, to hike the pine-rimmed summit of a western mountain. Cue the cinematic music and we’ve got it made. While I do, in fact, enjoy every last one of these things (especially as I just shared photo evidence while cheesily posing with our Chemex), I just...

My wedding day was June 4th, 2011. It was a very hot and humid day. Finally, after months of planning, the big day was here. I was excited, nervous, and broken hearted all at the same time. My husband was a sailor in the United States Navy and was being shipped out a few days later. I had planned this party to be the most fun of days. Cotton Candy, Elephant Ears. Popcorn.  Even strongman cutouts and a Photobooth!  All around me were my friends and family. It was incredible and to be honest, I felt sick. The man to whom I had vowed my love and...

I have to tell this story. I know I have to tell it for two main reasons. There has been a voice inside of me saying, "just do it already!" for months. My friend just happened to start this blog entitled,Columbus Stories, which I took as a sign that it needed to be done. What better reasons to tell a story, right?  You want to tell it, and someone wants to hear it. And so, here it is: Our Story I keep trying to think how to summarize us. In a few paragraphs?  How?  We lived a lifetime in sixteen years together. So fast. Too fast. I decided that even though many...

The Center for Wholeness was the very first yoga center in Columbus. Did you know that? I’m serious. The very first one. And it’s all thanks to a small group of passionate individuals who were dedicated to empowering the community.  And see, now Columbus is bustling with yoga studios at every turn.   But, The Center for Wholeness remains the heart of the scene—because it’s home for where many yogi’s started their journey.  It's actually the only non-profit organization designed for outreach programs in this type of wellness. So yes, they are also a non-profit organization.    Janice was one of those keen founders. She has been...

Hi, I'm Kira. I'm currently a clinical psychology grad student specializing in LGBT couples and families. I identify as a gay polyamorous kink and sex positive individual (oh boy that's a mouthful!) But, being polyamorous is something that really opened my eyes to a sex positive world. Polyamory is defined as, the philosophy or state of being in love or romantically involved with more than one person at the same time. Here's my story: I guess it really started when something negative grew into something incredible. Several years ago my partner (at the time) had an affair. While I was certainly devastated, it took me by surprise...