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Uprooted & Updated (URL)

It’s been almost five years since my words made a new home in this space! As a brand new dietitian (circa 2009), I eagerly put fingers-to-keyboard and found a voice through which to relate to you, eat with you, train with you, and move all around life with you. In fact, I’ve “lived” here longer than any house, or city, since my teenage years! Whoa.

That said, a little freshening up was in order. All of the miles, recipes, and life updates are packed up and ready to go! Soon you’ll see them all comfortably settled into the new digs – same name, different URL.

NEW SITE: HeatherCaplan.com ! See ya over there!

And more importantly, Thanks for being along for the ride…

Bixby Bridge Highway 1_DOTR

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Wedding Teaser & Jerusalem Travels

Hello from the other side of the world! On Monday I hopped on three different planes which eventually landed me in Tel Aviv, Israel. Our days are jam-packed with historic sites, museums, running and ALL THE FOOD. (We’re slowly learning to pace ourselves through 10 course meals.)

Yesterday we toured the Tower of David; today the Old City of Jerusalem, walking the 14 points on the Via Dolorosa and ending at the Western Wall.  We had lunch and a guided tour of the world-renowned Israel Museum and ended with dinner on the Mamilla Mall. More to come….

But just two days before my jaunt across the Atlantic Ocean, we had a dream wedding weekend – perfect weather, lots of love and the best people we know, and a wedding that went off without a single hitch. My head and heart are still floating, and in denial that it all went by so quickly. Until better wifi..and the real photos from our amazingly talented photographer, the lovely Kelci, arrive,  just this.

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Hidden valley music wedding 3.7

 

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Joy is…(Wedding Things Edition)

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.  – Marianne Williamson

To any and all who have planned a wedding/ life event, no matter what size or destination, you know this week is filled with all the brain chaos! Every single contingency runs through your head at least 50 times; the mental dream of things running perfectly smooth is elusive. But at the root of this mind-screw is, hopefully, a feeling of joy you’ve yet to fully experience.

Life is about to change, in a BIG way. You’re about to partner up with your favorite person in this world, for life. And that never actually seems to feel “real”. (At least not yet…)

Before I know it, this week will have come and gone oh so quickly, I’ll have put a ring on him and life moves on! So, until then…

Joy is…

…bringing your East coast + Midwest friends and family into the California sunshine for the weekend! You’re welcome, guys. We love you.

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….involving great friends in the process, and being like whoa, our friends are really f-ing talented. (As seen below, thanks to The Paper Vault!)

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….finding a catering company that operates their own micro-farm and uses these love-grown vegetables to fire up their “live grill!” at every event. Yes, we’ll have that.

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….the phenomena of  people from all of your different life circles gathering in one place, at one time. And knowing this only happens once.

…the potential of  photos like these to add to the best-life-people virtual scrapbook. Kelci, your job will be easy! These are willing subjects.

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At the end of the day, the joy is simply in knowing I get to run
life’s biggest adventure yet
with this guy.

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Life with Micro-Adventures

On at least two of my weekly runs I tune into the Art of Adventure podcast led by fellow blogger Mary Loudermilk’s husband, Derek. They’re living it up as true adventurers in Ubud for the time being – which is fascinating in and of itself – but he interviews life adventurers every week! The episode always ends with this question: What does adventure mean to you?

Two answers have stuck with me:

Adventure is a roller coaster of {emotions} and transformation.
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Adventure is indulging your sense of wonder.
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Last month’s Outside Magazine featured various Happiness Hypotheses, as part of a “Happy + Healthy 2015” spread. Christopher Keyes wrote one that straight up defines how we’re trying to live life here during our relatively short stint in California: “Microadventures amp up your mood.”

Chance of success? Slam Dunk.

Asilomar Beach Sunset Surfer

Two weekends ago we decided to take an overnight trip to San Luis Obispo (SLO), because why not? We had nothing stopping us (see: obligations, schoolwork, wedding work) and we keep saying “We should go to SLO”. So, we went. This was planned in a manner of minutes on Thursday evening, and by Saturday afternoon there we were driving along the most beautiful highway in the nation (imo) with the sun out, windows down and Taylor Swift blasting. We stopped at Big Sur Bakery for a treat, because that’s what you do, and we pulled over to stare at (uh, quite disgusting) elephant seals yelling at each other but barely bothering to move.

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Sunday morning we decided to run around SLO and then hike, because according to our “Central Coast Day Hikes” book, there were quite a few options and we have a long list to start checking off!  And apparently we also had “hike above the fog and literally be on top of the clouds” to check off, too.

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Micro-adventures*: impromptu outings to take advantage of where you live and why you live. Seeking things that bring you joy. Wondering about your surroundings, and indulging that curiosity with experience. Not wasting any more time because there just isn’t enough of it; you do what you prioritize. Excursions that bring transformation.

*as defined by yours truly.

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These micro-adventures should be anything but overwhelming. They can be a quick weekend road trip, or an impulse flight purchase, OR they can simply be running on a new-to-you trail, trying a new restaurant, or choosing to spend Tuesday night watching the sunset on the beach because life won’t always present you with this opportunity on any night of your choosing.

Asilomar Sunset Surf

The sunset we decided to catch after our usual run through the Farmer’s Market.

No matter what your micr0adventure list looks like, it should bring you joy and transformation. It should change the way you look at something.

It should just feel like the best thing to do in that moment.

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What are some of your favorite ways to get in “micro” adventures? I’m taking tips to add to our growing list.

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YTT: Behind the Maya (Veil)

Throughout the course of our 200-hour yoga teacher training(YTT), we have to observe class at least 3 times. One thing you rarely, if ever, consider as a student is the structure behind 60-90 minutes of a yoga flow. And with good reason! There’s some magic in the not knowing, just listening, doing and digging around your brain.  And trying to keep your hips closed or feet balanced. That may be all you ever think about – that ish isn’t easy!

I remember my first few yoga flows in Denver, when all the things began to click, leaving class in a mysterious state of bliss. Like, man, if only people knew that sanity is so accessible and a high is so easily reached without having to do much besides roll out and step onto the mat! I remember walking out of studios way above cloud 9, craving and seeking that mental massage more and more. Running is great, sure – but yoga? Puts you on a different level.

How?

I’m learning (as you may have guessed). And part of that involves stepping behind the veil/illusion (or maya, in sanskrit). Erasing a little bit of the “magic”. Setting up props for the Scene, and watching the Director work. (In our YTT Director’s Chair: Coral Brown.)

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Did you know:

– Most classes build you up to a Peak Pose. You may not always recognize what this pose is, but the asanas (poses) leading up to it all have a specific purpose (e.g. open your hips, warm-up your back, engage your core, loosen your hamstrings, etc.)

– (Prana*) Vinyasa Flow classes will always start with sun (or moon) salutations, called “Namaskars”. Depending on the teacher, you may do a few different variations of classic sequences. This warms you right up!

– Every pose has a counter-pose. It’s all about balance, yo.

– There is always purpose behind the sequencing. It may seem as though you just aimlessly move from one sequence to the next, but know that the teacher’s mind is always taking you down a specific, planned out, path.

*This is the type of teacher training I’m completing – Prana Vinyasa Flow.

Sitting back, behind mayas, and watching a full hour of yoga without doing anything but observing is a completely different experience. I noticed so much more than I would have if I were on the mat. My mind wasn’t focused on meditation, but rather on learning and piecing together. I was a little jelly of everyone getting their asana-on. I was awake and alert while they blissed out in savasana. Not the same! But the totally-worth-it reward will be leading a full class through a similar journey sooner than later. Paying more attention to what’s behind-the-veil shifts your experience on the mat, but it also means I soon get to create my own story, bhav and flow, and see what happens.

For now, I’m still reading the script. (5o hours in)

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