Imagine getting to live in Tokyo, Japan for two weeks as a fourteen year old student after taking a fourteen hour plane ride to get there. This was what I was blessed enough to do through my high school, and if you are able, a study tour is a worthwhile investment.
Host families are families who agree to let a student from a foreign country stay in their house for a short period of time, and attend school with their child while undertaking a study tour. Being a host student is a rich opportunity for a plethora of reasons. When I was in school, I was a host student for seven years. Each year, my family and I hosted a student from Japan. If you have the space in your home, and your family is willing and able, I highly recommend being a host student at least once in your life.
If you practice yoga, then you already know that spending money isn’t necessarily going to be helping you live your yoga off the mat, but that, neither, is making money, or having money. But, if you’re looking to start your yoga practice, or even if you’re a regular practitioner, you know that the ways in which you spend your money will impact the way you live your yoga off the mat; and that in this current society, in this day and age, the right yoga mat, prop, or outfit can really help your physical practice of the asana.
Any of my fellow menstruating individuals know all about the struggles of menstruation. Most of us know the uncomfortable feeling of wearing sanitary products. What most of us don’t know, however, is how our sanitary products affect the environment. A menstrual cup is a game changer in all ways.
I couldn’t breathe when I was fourteen years old, on my way to my Honors Biology class. I woke up in the cafeteria, with my then boyfriend peering over me. Discovering that I suffered from panic attacks which were so bad that they made me faint felt like it caused a huge change in my life, because I quickly realized that I never wanted to feel that way again. It felt like another thing to add to my seemingly ever-growing laundry list of personal problems, like it was the whipped cream on top of my sundae of cycling insomnia and clinical depression.