Author: Aliza Sterling

Insights and musings on health and happiness

EYE ON THE PRIZE

One of the things I missed when living in Boston was a sense of community, which comes second nature to everyone in the Bellevue neighborhood. Starting True North Yoga & Wellness, I was searching for ways to become more involved in the neighborhood and provide services I know people are in need of, myself included. Once this initial goal was...

RELINQUISHING CONTROL

When you own a business, you have to be in control – of the finances, the software, the website, the space, the schedule, and subsequently you hope you can greatly impact how to get people into the business – asking the community what they want, what classes they would enjoy, supporting the staff, etc. But let’s be honest, COVID was...

REMEDIES

My goal is always to spend at least 1 hour outside each day. As you can imagine, this can be a lofty target with everyday life, heat, rain, and let’s face it, sheer laziness (why is it so hard to get out of bed? And why is it still dark when I wake up this time of year?). Not too...

AN ANXIOUS MIND

I overthink almost everything – Was I awkward bumping into that person while walking the dog? What happens if I lose my day job? What if my cat _______ and dies (fill in the blank, Sebastian is a curious and naughty one)? How long will it be until part of my deck falls off? When will the wellness center be...

SANITY CHECK

In my mid-twenties, I decided to move back to Richmond, buy a house that needed work, start grad school (full-time), oh, and on top of all of that? That’s right, have an already demanding 50+ hour a week traveling job. Sound crazy? It was. I appreciate my optimism of all the things I thought I could do, but when it...

A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

If last year has taught me anything it’s that I have a lot of learning left to do. I thought growing up in this neighborhood gave me grit and wisdom beyond my years. As I was finishing middle school at the ripe age of 14, Richmond’s murder rate earned it the nickname of “murder capital” of the country. I thought...

Mmm… Food…

As we come to the fall where the days are shorter and there is some crispness to the evening air, to avoid instantly wanting to crawl into bed early, I find myself cooking. This past weekend was dreary and with few inside activities outside of the household to turn to during this pandemic, there is something almost meditative about making...

Pivoting

Although overused, in these weird times this Heraclitus saying comes to mind “change is the only constant in life.” I don’t think 3 months ago anyone would have expected to be where we all are now – homebound with closed businesses and an iffy economy where people are losing their jobs and family members.As a business owner, it kept me...