The world has felt heavy lately… more than usual. I’ve felt pretty helpless. Thinking to myself, “What’s the use?” It takes so much energy to deflect all the hate and negativity happening around us, it’s easy to feel apathetic and give up.
I met Amber Kleid at a yoga retreat at Lake Junaluska a few years ago hosted by Waynesville Yoga Center. As she shared her knowledge with us, I instantly knew there was so much to learn from this incredible woman. I related to her on many levels - overcoming trauma, codependency, food addiction, burnout, chronic pain, etc.
For me, the Labor Day holiday usually includes being with friends and family, barbecuing, consuming too many hard seltzers, playing in the water and lots of talking, but this year I will be in a tent, on the mountaintop, at a meditation retreat all weekend.
Going into my second weekend of yoga teacher training, I had just completed my first week on the new job. By Friday, it had already felt like the longest week of my life after absorbing so much new information and trying to wrap my head around my new role and responsibilities.
I can’t tell you how many goodbye columns I’ve read over the years from reporters leaving their posts, lamenting over the ills of the industry and trying to piece together words that can accurately explain the bittersweet feeling of walking away from their career in journalism.
There’s some major misinformation about women being hard to please when it comes to Valentine’s Day. The truth is if you don’t know what to get the special woman in your life, you’re probably overthinking it.
Lying on my back in shavasana (corpse pose) during my first night of Yoga Teacher Training at Waynesville Yoga Center, the instructor asked us to think of an image and set an intention for this new journey.
Between Dec. 26 and Dec. 30, my younger sibling and brother-in-law played tour guides to me and my mom in New York City. NYC is always busy, but it is a whole other kind of crazy during the holiday season and even more so during a global pandemic. What were we thinking?
Swain County Board of Commissioners voted to spend its American Rescue Plan allocation on pay for employees since a guideline regarding “qualified census tracts” limits the county’s ability to put the money toward infrastructure projects.
Self nourishment was the theme of the last women’s full moon circle I hosted. The theme had less to do with the full moon cycle and more to do with the fact that this word — self nourishment — kept being presented to me in the days before the circle. Through online articles, podcasts and newsletters I enjoy reading.
The holiday shopping season tends to be a stressful time for shoppers as well as retailers with large crowds, long lines, mounting tension and explosive tempers as everyone is in a rush to get everything on their list.
Black Friday! Shop Local Saturday! (Sleep on Sunday) Cyber Monday! Giving Tuesday! Are we all ready for a full week of shopping, people? That’s what our post-Thanksgiving week seems to be about as soon as we fill up on turkey and pie.
Almost immediately after Rep. Madison Cawthorn announced on Nov. 11 that he’d seek an open seat in the new 13th Congressional District, speculation started to swirl around the intentions of NCGOP 14th District Chair Michele Woodhouse.
Carolyn Moncada started Fancy Flour Baking Company out of her home in Maggie Valley about two years ago making special occasion cakes. Today, she takes orders for cookies, cupcakes, and muffins in addition to her delicious cakes. She has counter space at Sippers in the Valley Coffee Shop, but you better order in advance because this baker stays busy!
I’m hard on myself. I never think I do enough. I think I don’t work hard enough. I think I’m not where I should be at this point in my life. I think I should weigh a certain number and criticize myself when I’m above it. I should eat better. I should exercise more. I should drink more water and less wine. My brain replays every little mistake I make over and over again.
After spending the last several years discussing the need for an updated pay scale, Macon County commissioners recently approved spending close to $9 million over the next three years to increase county employee pay.
A group of homeowners calling themselves the “Save Highlands Committee” has filed a legal complaint against the Town of Highlands for its decision to enforce a ban of short-term rentals within the R-1 residential area.
When you’re new to town, it seems like everyone invites you to join their group whether it’s a church, civic group, nonprofit, board, or other volunteer position. I’d never really been a joiner before I moved to Waynesville in 2013, but it didn’t take me long to find my people when I saw the Women of Waynesville naked calendar for the first time. I just loved the idea of women of all ages coming together and volunteering to shed their clothes to raise money for a common cause. How empowering!
Coming out of the full moon in Pisces, which was intense with emotions, everyone is rejoicing in the first days of the fall season. The temperature is cooler, the leaves are already changing and falling, and all the pumpkin spice products are hitting the shelves. While all this is fine and good, and I don’t mean to burst anyone’s happiness bubble, but Mercury moves back into retrograde Sept. 27 and stays there until Oct. 17.
If you need help moving, getting organized or downsizing, you’ll want to call Tatia Childers with Girl Friday Agency to help you through the process. And now Tatia has opened a consignment shop in Waynesville with all the amazing items she helps sell for her clients. The shop is located at 85 Muse Business Park just behind Balsam Antique Mall along U.S. 74 and offers some amazing items (and several cute kitties to pet while you shop).