Addicted to Art @ Painting with a Twist

Hi! Just a quick post to show you my new addiction. I painted these two colorful canvases at my new favorite hang-out, Painting With A Twist. I love everything about this place, the atmosphere, the music, the people, and of course, the art. You sign up and pay online for a painting that you want to do on a designated night, and you get a step-by-step art lesson with the materials to create your masterpiece. You can bring snacks and beverages to make the experience complete, and you leave with your cool new painting. I would much rather do this than hang out at a smelly bar. Art was always my favorite subject as a kid, until I got to college, where it was stressful and filled with silly discussion about how each brush stroke had a profound meaning. Well, I ain’t got time fo’ that! There is no judgment, no critique, and you are free to make your painting your own at this place – all while jammin’ out to your favorite tunes. If you love to paint, check it out!

Fall Fitness on Instagram

This fall has been a roller coaster ride in terms of my fitness goals. Here are some of my instagram yoga pics from this season. September and the first half of October was a challenge for me because I had a lumbar sprain (happened during Zumba class, probably while chest pumping or twerking) that led to further complications – sacro-iliac joint dysfunction and sciatica. I had to ease off my teaching, and working as a nurse was no fun either with a permanent ice pack strapped to my butt. I continued my at-home yoga practice, sticking to the easy poses, laying off backbends. Slowly but surely, the back healed, and I am back at it, full force, picking up where I left off and making progress. I’m sure you can tell that I enjoy being part of the IG yoga community. Not only has it opened my eyes to learning new things, but I have become closer to accepting and appreciating my body. When I first started taking these pics, I was so picky about the way my body looked, not posting some of them because I thought I looked too short, too stubby, too big, too small, too muscular, too soft, blah, blah, blah. I compared myself to other yoga girls and guys who looked long and lean in their poses. I didn’t want to show my arms or my legs in particular angles- ridiculous thoughts! Now I no longer base my fitness goals on how I look. It is all about my ability and what I can do, and I am much more at ease with myself. I encourage everyone to start a personal yoga practice, no matter what level you are on. It may take a while for you to like it though- it took me a lonnnngggg time to not have to force myself to do it. I still have to give myself a pep talk before doing some poses, but I am always grateful afterwards. Namaste peeps. You can follow my yoga journey on IG: @reesekistel

She Bangs, She Bangs!

Hi! Yes I’m still alive! A few weeks ago I was up late staring at my large forehead, and I thought, “Hmmmm. I think I will wash the painful year and a half process of growing my bangs out down the drain.” I picked up the scissors and started chopping away at my hair, first starting with longer side swept bangs. The next night I felt this force compelling me to my scissors once again. Blunt bangs again for this girl. Snip, snip here and a snip, snip there. I posted these pics on Instagram – the first, right after the incident and the second yesterday with hair curled, cat headband in place. I’m beginning to really like this big change. They get pinned up when I’m working out or when I don’t have time to fuss with them, and it is nice to be able to switch your look around whenever you want. So far friend and family reviews have been positive. Thinking about bangs? I say go for it!