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Big Life Lesson from Washing Dishes to Go to Modeling School

At 14 years old, living in small-town Vermont, I was starving for glamour. I’d do just about anything to get just a bit more glitter into my days--even spend my Friday nights drenched in garbage water. In early childhood that need for glamour didn’t exist. I loved spending afternoons in the woods and fields. Hours … Continue reading Big Life Lesson from Washing Dishes to Go to Modeling School

I Bought This 13′ Camper Trailer to Live in and I’m Leaving NYC for a While

So... last month I put a $500 deposit down on the 13' Scamp camper trailer pictured above. I had been thinking about it for several months, exploring many different camper and RV choices, and this one felt like the perfect fit for the adventure that's calling me. What adventure is that? You might be wondering. … Continue reading I Bought This 13′ Camper Trailer to Live in and I’m Leaving NYC for a While

Ariel Interviewed on “Two Black Guys With Good Credit” about Minimalism

Last month the "Two Black Guys With Good Credit" interviewed me on their very hilarious, extremely intelligent podcast. This is a podcast I listened to regularly to help inspire my financial freedom journey out of debt. Shaun Lynda, one of the hosts, also happens to be a regular yoga student in my classes. When he … Continue reading Ariel Interviewed on “Two Black Guys With Good Credit” about Minimalism

From Lawyer to Baker: Meet the Founder of Stylish Spoon

Back when creator of Stylish Spoon, Ilana Eck, was still a working lawyer, she used to attend my Brooklyn Heights Equinox yoga classes. Her practice was strong, committed, and she always brought good vibes to the classroom. Then, the way yoga students sometimes do, she disappeared. Where had she gone? Well, I was lucky enough … Continue reading From Lawyer to Baker: Meet the Founder of Stylish Spoon

How I Paid Off $25k of Student Loan Debt in 8 Months – 33 Tips

June 1st I made the last payment on my last student loan. I thought I would be making payments on these loans for several more years, but last November I decided to do a full-scale attack and knock them out as quickly as possible. I teach yoga and meditation for a living, so it's not … Continue reading How I Paid Off $25k of Student Loan Debt in 8 Months – 33 Tips

Goodbye Stuff! My Minimizing Journey… (videos)

I admit it, I'm kind of obsessed with minimizing these days. So I'm doing the intense work of unloading many, many things that I thought I would keep forever. As part of my Financial Freedom Journey series, I've recorded three videos sharing some of the objects I'm trying to get rid of, and seeking advice … Continue reading Goodbye Stuff! My Minimizing Journey… (videos)

The Special Magic of the Nantucket Yoga Festival

I met Joann and Ted Burnham last year at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, when they attended the Yoga Tune Up® Level 1 Teacher Training that I was leading. The YTU training is an intense week packed with challenging classes, mind-scrambling new information and tons of homework. Many-a-trainee finds the week incredibly overwhelming. For … Continue reading The Special Magic of the Nantucket Yoga Festival