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Opening to the Springtime Magic

Here in Western North Carolina, Spring is working its magic.  The trees are budding and the daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths are blooming into a rainbow of colors.  Asheville is beginning to buzz with activity again, to wake up from the hibernation of Winter.  On one of our recent days of 70 degree weather, I made a joke to a local about skipping Spring and going straight into Summer.  He just shook his head and told me not to be fooled, ...Read more

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"I am feeling more soulful/spiritual.  I am more in touch with my emotions.  I have more joy in my life in general, and more love and compassion for people."

Greg S. – Seattle, WA
22
Dec
From the Dark into the Light

The Winter Solstice is unique among days of the year — the day on the calendar that marks the longest night and the shortest day.  The dark triumphs, but only briefly.   For the Winter Solstice is a turning point.   The nights grow shorter and the days grow longer, the dark wanes and the light waxes in power.   From the dark womb of the night, the light is born. Long ago, people in the northern hemisphere celebrated the winter solstice, when the days grew short and the sun was at its lowest point in the sky.   Many people had good reason to ...

07
Apr
Opening to the Springtime Magic

Here in Western North Carolina, Spring is working its magic.  The trees are budding and the daffodils, tulips, and hyacinths are blooming into a rainbow of colors.  Asheville is beginning to buzz with activity again, to wake up from the hibernation of Winter.  On one of our recent days of 70 degree weather, I made a joke to a local about skipping Spring and going straight into Summer.  He just shook his head and told me not to be fooled, another snowfall could be right around the corner.  Being new to this part of the world, I do not yet ...

It’s so RAD (pt.3)

It makes sense to me that the unexpectedly slow pace of finding the space for Nourish & Flourish would transform into an equally unexpected warp speed of building out the space to fit our vision.  Yes, it makes sense, but it's not necessarily comfortable.  The transition from dreaming and talking in theory about what we desire into making the daily decisions that shape the look and feel of the space felt like going from a friendly game of cards at home to a high stakes poker table in Vegas.  It's essentially the same thing, but wow -- does it ever ...

It’s so RAD! (pt. 2)

At the end of last week's blog post, we had dinner with friends and a lively conversation that shifted our focus in the search for the home of Nourish & Flourish from downtown Asheville to...  the River Arts District!  The very next day we drove down Clingman Avenue and up Depot Street with new eyes to the possibilities.  We were aware of new energy coming into this neighborhood since we met our realtor here three months ago when he showed us space in the new Glen Rock Depot project, aspiring to be one of ...

It’s so RAD!  (pt. 1)

I was about to start this post with the phrase, "When we first arrived in Asheville..."  Then I realized I have begun at least one other post with that phrase.  But isn't that the truth about getting to know a new area?  We arrive with all these ideas about how things are, and then we gradually become familiar in the way that only time spent sinking into a place can provide.  Looking back, it makes sense that it took so much time for us to find the space for Nourish & Flourish, but while it was unfolding, it seemed agonizingly ...

Let’s Jam!

29
Sep
Let’s Jam!

When the word "jam" is mentioned around our house, it is likely we are not referring to the sweet, fruity variety that comes in cute jars.  In Brian's case, "jam" is the weekly event where he gets to bang on the drums and play music with a creative and talented rotating cast of characters.  In my case, "jam" is a tradition in the Nia community where a group of local Nia instructors get together and lead a special class that raises money, usually for a local organization or a recent world event.  In fact, ...

16
Sep
Let the Juicing Begin

The juicing has begun!  In contrast to the ease with which we decided on Rishi Tea for our supplier and focused in on which varietals and botanicals to feature on our menu, the road to our first juice had many twists and turns.  After much online research and many trips to juice bars in Seattle, New Hampshire, and everywhere in between, we zeroed in on the industry favorite juicer, the Nutrifaster N450.  With an equal eye on our budget and the mantra "Reduce, Reuse, ...

Locally Sourced Goodness

One of the qualities of Asheville that so clearly captured our hearts is the abundant availability of local, organic produce; humanely-raised meats; and creative, artisan foods.  The multitude of farmer's and tailgate markets and restaurants that locally source their ingredients is totally inspiring.  It is so easy to eat well here, and we value eating well as vitally important to the quality of our life. So it was fortuitous that the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) Family Farm Tour was one of the first activities to get us out into the community.  We signed up as volunteers which ...

Sugar Mountain Moments

When we first arrived in Asheville, we sublet a sweet, little house in West Asheville for a couple months.  We found the sublet through Craigs List, and it was really fun to find out that the couple who regularly live in the house happens to be friends with the one Asheville family with whom we have been friends prior to moving here.  We have come to recognize these seeming coincidences as winks from the Universe to let us know we are on our path, headed in the right direction, like blaze marks on a hiking trail.  In fact, ...

20
Aug
Get your Nia on!

It's pretty common these days to see or hear some variation on the idea that 'life is about the journey and not the destination.'  And I agree.  I like to think that my feminine nature is totally on board with going with the flow, appreciating the present moment, stopping to smell the roses.  Yet this morning, as I sit and sip my Earl Grey and count off in my mind the number of threads that are hanging out there in the cool summer breeze that need to be pulled in and woven together to create the ...