#reverb14 // prompt 29 // a day in the life

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#Reverb14 | Prompt for December 29

Day in the life: Describe a typical day-in-the-life.  Give us details!  Give us pictures!  Sometimes our days can seem boring.  Is that okay?  What do you do to make your days feel a bit special?

Today (erm, yesterday?)  was the return of my friend the smoothie!

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I felt super cute today. Picture in the elevator at work!

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I love that the lobby is still decorated for Chistmas.

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After an uneventful work day, I came home and checked off a very annoying task that had been weighing on me. To celebrate, I broke into some nuts from Cassie.

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I finished the playlist for the yoga class I’m teaching on Thursday. Here it is on Spotify.

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I found one of Nathan’s old shirts in the clean laundry pile he folded for me. It is mine now.

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Standing poses while hair color sets? Yes, please!

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Leftover Irish Stew for dinner. I love when Nathan helps with the menu. We end up with lamb and fancy stuff.

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One last look at the planner. Everything is checked off! And I’m about to imitate Herschel Cat, but I’m going to bed. I’m too good for the floor.

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Courageous Foundation starts in ONE WEEK! We’ll work to build a friendship with our bodies. We’ll change how we look at and pursue health. We’ll create a foundation of listening and respect. This program is super, friends. Follow this link to register and for more info!

I’m always early.

Fashionably late. I don’t know how to do it. I get excited for parties and movies and concerts. If you tell me a time to be somewhere, I’m typically 10 minutes early. And if I can’t come in? I’ll be sitting in my car until it is appropriate for me to enter.

That’s just how I am.

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That’s how I’m feeling with the New Year this year. I’m not making any resolutions. I’m not going to give any numbers that I want to accomplish. But now that my Christmas responsibilities have passed (lots of them incomplete and no consequences), I’m feeling the itch to get things even more together.

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I feel like I have been consistently making progress in understanding my body. I am recognizing hunger and fullness and antsy-ness more. I’m allowing myself to rest and sleep without frustration of not getting things checked off my list. So much of this is a result of creating and working through Courageous Foundation (which starts 01/05!).

That being said, even though I am doing a better job of listening, I’m not doing all that great with responding. I’m not always following through with my body’s desire to move. I’m guilty of finishing a show when my body is telling me to go to bed. I have a tendency to eat 2 or 3 bites past fullness (because I’m being a brat). But I’m getting better.

I’m not waiting until January 1st. I’m trying things out today. (Or I have been for several days, actually.) I don’t know what things will end up being habits, but these are the places I’m playing right now.

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I’m playing around with a second instagram account at krissieresponds. I’m not sure exactly what it will end up looking like, but I recognize that a lot of my instagram followers might not be interested in the details of my health processes. Feel free to give me a follow!

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I’m also trying out Argus. I like it so far. I enjoy how it looks and the ease of documenting things. I also like that it syncs up with other apps and trackers. It seems like a place where I could have some accountability with some friends. But I thought the same thing with Two Grand, and it didn’t last long. So who knows. Are you on Argus? Find – and friend – me at Krissie Bentley.

I’m not on a diet. I’m not counting calories. I’m increasing my awareness. I’m holding myself accountable to what I really want. To listen, respect, and respond. I’m not out to get skinny, but I am out to get closer to a spot where my body truly feels healthy. In a way that is gentle and intentional and true.

And I don’t need a calendar to tell me when I should do so.

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Interested in learning more about the process that got me to this point? Courageous Foundation is a six-week multi-media course on learning to listen and respond to what your body is trying to tell you. This course is both gentle and world-shifting. There are two options to determine how much attention you want from me over the course. There’s one for you. Course begins January 5. But register by midnight tonight and receive a free video yoga class on New Year’s Eve.

What class, you ask? The same sequence that I’m teaching live and in person on Thursday!

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Are you in Lexington on Thursday morning? I’ll be leading my first yoga class. We’ll use our bodies to help us process 2014 and start 2015 grounded and renewed. I finished the sequence, and have flowed through it twice, and I dig it. All I have left to do is finish my playlist and find a fantastic closing reading. You know you want to come. Click here for more info!

 

#reverb14 // day 20 // stuff and things

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#Reverb14 | Prompt for December 20

Stuff and Things:  What products have you discovered this year that you love?  Tell us all about them, and why you love them.  Become the celebrity spokesperson of whatever it is you like!

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Radical Face. I don’t know how I’m just now learning about this artist.

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Supported Shoulder Stand. And I’m slowly cranking up the height of my block.

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Aveda Chakra 2 Balancing Mist.

I asked for some things for Christmas that I’m hoping will make it to this list. (Photo credit is the same as the product link, by the way.)

What were your favorites of the year?

#reverb14 // day 16 // picture

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#Reverb14 | Prompt for December 16

1000 Words: There’s the old saying that a photo is worth 1,000 words.  Give us a photo with that impact that sums up some significant event of your 2014, or give us 1,000 words about a pivotal moment in 2014.

In the spring, I completed a course with Vivienne McMaster and Anna Guest-Jelley called Curvy Beloved. (You can read my immediate response to the program here.)

The course completely changed me.

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This photo is the first photo I took for the project. It isn’t the best photograph. (You can see the full collection here.)

But it was the first photograph.

The first time I propped my camera up against a rock, set the timer, and ran out into a field to get grounded before the shutter released.

This is the moment that I started to allow myself to take up space. To park my car for two minutes in a spot that might not have been exactly legal. To not apologize for putting my phone in awkward spots and taking pictures of me. To ask Nathan for help if I couldn’t get it set up just right. To be in the way. To be a little inconvenient. To take the time I needed to get the composition just the way I wanted it. To recognize that sometimes the most beautiful photograph was not the one with the most perfect expression of the pose.

This moment. In this field that I drive by most days. This is when I started taking up space. And it is beautiful.

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#reverb14 // day 15 // soul food

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#Reverb14 | Prompt for December 15

Soul food: What food did you discover this year?  Or maybe you discovered a new way to prepare your favorite food.  Or a new cookbook.  Or a new restaurant.  Tell us about your culinary adventures.

The other day, my friend Holli asked me about that one new restaurant in Asheville that I was in love with. This prompted me to dig through facebook to find this picture.

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Anniversary dinner gone wild at Isa’s.

There are truly not enough words. Cheese + watermelon. Gin + grapefruit. Duck + rissoto. Gin + lemon lavender syrup. And champagne + two desserts.

All in a super cute art-deco restaurant.

Yup. This was the meal of the year.

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Courageous Foundation is about figuring out what you physically need. I will teach you to start noticing what your body is telling you. You will start to see what your body is craving with food, movement, and beauty. Once you notice, we will start to take action. But the action part? It’ll feel effortless and organic once you build a friendship with your body. We’ll do this through coaching, journal prompts, video posts, facebook groups, google hangouts. So much technology and interaction to help you learn to connect with you starting January 5. This will be so much fun. OH! And register by 12/29 and receive a free, 1-hour video yoga class designed to help you ring in the New Year!

#reverb14 // day 14 // one little word

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#Reverb14 | Prompt for December 14

One word: What one word could describe your 2014?

Around this time last year, I worked through Susannah Conway’s Unraveling workbook. (Here is this year’s and, friends, it is so so beautiful.)

My word for 2014 came to me with such ease.

Assured.

Assured that I have all that I need. Assured that I am taken care of. Assured that I can figure things out. Assured that my gut knows. Assured that I am loved. Assured that we can make things work. Assured that I’m okay.

IMG_8268And this has been tested this year. Car accident. Taking big steps that weren’t exactly financially logical. I had some challenges with vulnerability and jealousy. Feeling adrift. Feeling in over my head. Feeling undeserving.

But I kept coming back here. Assured. Solid. Allowing myself to talk myself out of doubt and remind myself that I’ve got this. And that I’m not alone.

Assured.

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#reverb14 // day 11 // small pleasures

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#Reverb14 | Prompt for December 11

Small Pleasures: What small pleasures did you discover this year?

​I have talked about getting a tattoo for years. YEARS. I have several ideas. I know placement. I just think they are beautiful.

I found a local tattoo artist that I am completely enamored with. I haven’t contacted her yet, but when I do get a tattoo, she will be the artist.

The pleasure? Scrolling through her instagram feed. Over and over and over. Because, friends, her work is so, so beautiful.

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