The Merry Merry Month of May

What's New With You

It's quite fitting that this linkup is falling when it is. I'm finding myself currently craving coffee dates (say that 10 times fast) with friends I need to catch up with, after a very busy May kept me from keeping my head above water. So let's pretend you're sitting beside me at one of my lovely town's many little cafes so and I'll bring you up to speed on what life's looking like these days.

One thing that kept me so busy last month was my cousin's wedding. We celebrated her last hurrah with a weekend-long bachelorette party early in the month, kicking things off with a Pure Romance party at the bride's request and bringing it on home with a night in Atlantic City where we went Magic Mike-style and took in a show. Needless to say, I have no pictures to share—though if you follow me on Snapchat (@alyssagoesbang), you might have seen some pearl-clutchy shots. It was a fun, funny weekend with some awesome ladies.

After that was the big show! Michelle married her love on May 20 at a rustic antique shop and barn event space in the most unique and fun wedding I've ever been to. As her Maid of Honor I was able to stand up in front of friends and family and welcome her husband to our clan and tell her everything I wish she would never forget: that she is an exceptional person, and that my life is better because of our friendship.

My "boss" (I guess?), the owner of the studio I teach in primarily, awesomely offered me another class, so now my regular schedule is 5 classes per week! I feel like I can't fully express how much I love teaching without coming off like a cheese-ball, but I seriously am just so happy for any chance I get to teach. Hence why I jump at opportunities to sub, and accidentally roped myself into teaching a Saturday 7 a.m. this month... (I'm not a morning person.)

And in more awesome teaching news, this Sunday is my first workshop! Two ladies I went through YTT with (who have since become wonderful friends—the power of YTT is real!) and I are hosting a partner yoga workshop to help pairs assist and adjust each other in practice, with all sorts of fun things like tandem breathing and meditation plus fun partner poses and some acro yoga. Wish us luck! (And if you're in the NNJ area, come join us!)

Outside of teaching, on the work front things have still been unsettled and unstable. Of course, such is the nature of freelancing...and why I'm trying to not be a freelancer anymore. But unfortunately that decision is not entirely up to me, so I'm just trying to keep chugging along.

But on that note, I've also decided to take some different actions and try some new things with my writing and such, so here's hoping some good things will start to pan out in the coming weeks. Cross your fingers for me, would ya?

And speaking of good things panning out, is it too soon to tell you guys about a certain bald man who is a very good thing lately? It might be, so I'll continue to keep the details under wraps. But for the sake of gossip, there you have the coffee date update that has me smiling the biggest these days.

So after I finished rambling on about everything that was going on in my life—I'm sorry, I do have a tendency to go off on tangents that can last a little longer than I intend to—I'd fix my attention on you and return the question: What's new with you, friend?

Linking up with Kristen & Gretchen


  1. Your cousin's wedding looked sooo gorgeous from all of the snaps that I saw! So special to be such a big part of her day and all of the planning for things-- everything looked like so much fun. 5 classes?! That's so awesome and I love hearing that you're still loving to teach-- I can't wait to hear more about how the workshop goes. Also sounds like some pretty nice coffee dates are happening, so yay for so many good things going on ;)

  2. bahahahahaha pearl-clutchy shots.
    and um, coffee dates are nothing without gossip about bald men, so yay!
    congrats on all the teaching and my fingers, toes, and all other body parts are crossed for good things in the coming weeks on the work front. are you looking for something that will fit in with your yoga classes? like, not a 9-5? good luck with your workshop, you'll do smashing :)

  3. I'm intrigued with the nonchalant mention of a certain bald gentleman.

    I love what you said about your cousin. It is so important to tell people that they are exceptional and that they mean the world to us. You make me want to send some notes in the mail. Thanks!

    HURRAH for another class. That's how you know you have found something that sparks your soul. When you are just so happy and IN it.

  4. That's awesome that you got another class! I've never been to an actual yoga class but I hope I can one day. You make it sound so fun. I'll keep doing it occasionally in my own house again once I'm able to exercise regularly once more.

  5. Hi again! As a newbie in the freelancing world and still trying to understand this world I get you on the unstable part. Oh well... By the way, YES for coffee dates!

    1. It's definitely a challenge some days! BTW, I'd love to reply to you via email but can't since you're no reply. Here's a fix for it in case you're interested!

  6. Is the bald man the same bearded man from the previous post? (Or the post before.) I noticed no comments were allowed on that one but my fingers were itching... hehe. Looking forward to hearing more :)

  7. I did get to see a few of your fun wedding snap when I remembered to actually check Snapchat. Which is hardly ever anymore. I have got to get better about it! Sounds like you were the perfect MOH! Congrats on the 5 classes a week!!! I am so glad that something you are so passionate about is a big part of your life now. And I will just smile at the mention of a certain bald man. Eeeeee.

  8. so awesome about the teaching. my cousin did the same thing (started out with a few classes) and now she teaches full time and loves it. then she flew out to korea to teach a few yoga instructors what she learned so she's been there for nearly a year.

  9. Yay, congrats on more teaching, that's awesome (minus the 7am class-eek!)! So happy the wedding went off without a hitch! Fingers and toes crossed for your new writing endeavors as well! Now I want to know more about this bald headed man ;)

  10. Good luck with the job stuff, and congratulations on all the new developments with yoga! You're going to rock your workshop and I'm happy that you've gotten a new class. I'm also most intrigued by the bald man! Can't wait to hear the elaboration.


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