~~~~~ Tecolote Farm has just started their second half of this season’s CSA and time is going by so quickly. If you recollect from the first installment, too, I promised a second essay in order to share the whole of my interview with Katie. Now is the perfect time to share! What’s what here … Continue reading Tecolote Farm Talks to Two Hearts Wellness: No to the GMO and Yes to Yum
~~~~~ Training with a running coach can change a person’s life in more ways than one. When I was writing my doctoral dissertation in preparation for my first career track, I needed to learn how to experience my work (and, by extension, my life) like the cliché goes: as a marathon, not a sprint. I … Continue reading Personal Training with Coach Shaun, or It’s Time to Make the Tiger Roar (Part I)
If you ponder it, we are truly fortunate here in Austin because there is a wealth of options for organic produce and a thriving array of community-supported agriculture operations. But with many options comes the vexing need to make choices. So how do you decide which farm to follow and what happens once you choose one?
As for me…I had a neighbor, Rowan, who subscribed to the CSA and the sight of her weekly basket made me a convert. It has been three years now and I joyfully renew each season. The vegetables are that good and—just as important—it feels to me like there is a real relationship and community when I’m part of this CSA. Plus, I’m a health coach, an Asian bodywork therapist (Chinese tui na-style), and a personal trainer. Of course I’m going to be all about the organic vegetables!
We all have our Tecolote Farm stories, don’t we?
What caught my eye first was the beauty of the basket and its contents each week. What made me stay are the connections I’ve made with Tecolote, with my hub pick-up friends, and with other subscribers. There really is a sense of community that is part and parcel of this particular CSA operation. And recently, I reached out to Katie and asked her some Continue reading “Tecolote Farm: A Conversation about Community, Owls, and Sorrel”
~~~~~ Acupressure is a great way to take the benefits of acupuncture into your own home. One of my most firmly held beliefs is that I am doing a great job only if and when I teach my coaching and bodywork clients and my clinic patients not to need me. This philosophy is largely derived … Continue reading Acupressure: Healing Art for the Home
~~~~~ The tagline “Holistic Wellness in Austin, TX” is deliberately a little vague and open-ended. What I want to achieve with my health coaching, Asian bodywork, and traditional Chinese medicine practice is wide ranging. One size most certainly does not fit all when it comes to health and wellness. A constant for me, though, … Continue reading Sweet: Two Hearts Wellness talks with Two Hives Honey
*** Just like anything else, notions related to the body bear repeated viewings and engagement from different perspectives. Unthinkingly, we get up in the morning and notice (or not) aches or stiffness. Maybe we feel beautiful, or perhaps we hear a chorus of internal criticisms that stem from messages about weight and age and ability … Continue reading Bodies: Exploration, History, Text, and Photograph
~~~~~ My book corner exists for several reasons. Probably the most basic reason is that I am an obsessive, voracious reader and I love to share my discoveries with others. The most recent additions to this treasure trove are Southwest Flavor: Adela Amador’s Tales From the Kitchen. Recipes and Stories From New Mexico Magazine; We … Continue reading Delicious: Three New Entries in my Book Corner
~~~~~ I joined a gym as soon as I got my driver’s license and got my own car. Looking back, I don’t know why I did this. I’d never been athletic in high school and I didn’t know anyone who went to the gym. But the siren call of the weight room was just too … Continue reading Choosing a Trainer: What is the History and What are the Goals?
~~~~~ Choosing a name for one’s business is fraught, indeed. Put simply: health, of course, is key to what this holistic wellness lifestyle service offers. But “two hearts” . . . not three or four or one? I chose two hearts on some levels out of sheer quirkiness. Memories of Chris Isaak’s song “Two Hearts” … Continue reading Why Two Hearts Wellness?