Author: Aliza Sterling

Insights and musings on health and happiness

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...

Stuff & Things

What’s the saying? Someone’s trash is another’s treasure? At least for me, that theory holds. I love thrift stores. The thought of an item having another life that I’m continuing on its journey is something I love – clothes, household items, you name it. But through the years, I’ve accumulated a lot of stuff. When I moved to Boston, I left most of...

The V Word

Why is being vulnerable a bad thing? Yes, if we’re talking about the primitive days, survival instinct kicks in if we are threatened – i.e. vulnerability is bad, it shows weakness. But in this day in age, is it really bad?At 21, I had my heart slowly ripped to shreds. My first kiss and I reconnected in college, and I...

Eating with the Season

Back in college, I did a summer “internship” as an assistant manager down in the Outer Banks. Instead of furthering my resume with an internship that fit my degree, my thought process? Living by the beach… THE WHOLE SUMMER… And although I did enjoy my morning sunbaths, revering the sand pipers as frantically found their next sand flea before the...

Oh to be Curious

During our open house in September, which included free yoga classes and demos from practitioners, we had a bunch of people who checked out the studio for the first time. I’m sure many of you have passed True North Yoga & Wellness (the blue building on MacArthur) on your way to The Mill, Demi’s, Mi Jalisco or Stir Crazy and...

What’s this Mindfulness Crap?

Summer is a time for teachers to recharge, kids to be free, schedules to be broken, new activities and vacations. With this comes long road trips, late bedtimes, less structure running from one activity to another and possibly more stress…Everyone faces stress and anxiety. While some keep it at bay, others cannot help but let it peculate up, affecting their...