Welcome to Starr Struck's August Newsletter! Your monthly dose of all things yoga, art, and living an inspired, creative, simple life. 

Hello there, August!

Does anyone else feel like that was the fastest July in the history of Mankind? I do. What a whirlwind. 

As I mentioned on the blog yesterday, this week has been a rough one around here. We've had one thing after another go wrong, break down, and fall apart.

Ben and I had a discussion on Tuesday night where we bonded over our mutual feeling of hanging on by a thread--feeling like we're so overextended that everything could fall apart at any minute.

Do you know that feeling? It isn't a fun one. But, as usual, I think there's something to learn from these sorts of times in our lives...

I know it's kind of weird to be discussing "falling apart" at the beginning of August, when most people are heading off on vacation and most businesses are slowing down, but now that we live in a "vacation spot," summer is the craziest time of the year for this household. 

And even if you don't live in a seasonal community, summer can still be crazy--whether it's because you have the kids home from school and you're trying to juggle camps and get-togethers and parties, or because you've been in and out of town, or because you've just had a baby (shout-out to all the peeps I know who have!), or because you work in a job where July and August happen to be your busy season--and it's no bueno to be so stressed inside when the sun is shining so brightly outside

No matter what the reason you've been wearing yourself thin, it can feel pretty weird to be crazy in the summer, simply because there's such a strong pull to do just the opposite--to take lazy naps in the sun, to go to the beach, to take a load off. And if you can't because life is pulling you in 20 other directions, it can be very disorienting.

Or, in the case of our household, things were busy and then sh*t hit the fan for no apparent reason except that maybe the universe is trying to tell us to SLOW DOWN. That's sometimes the reason and it's important to listen to that, too. 

Either way, here's where I'm going with all of this rambling: Lets all try to sloooooowwww things down this month. Because before we know it, it will be fall and the leaves will be changing and we will have rushed the summer away. Which would be a shame, wouldn't it?

So, lets take a load off when we should be "doing something important" this month. Lets put off that thing that we thought had to be done right away but doesn't actually have to be done right now at all. Lets devour a "beach read" book just for fun, in the middle of the day, while sipping a glass of vino. Whatever gives you a glimmer of that feeling of being "off," please do it this month, because you probably won't find the time to do it again for quite a while.  

As one of my in-laws said to me last night, when discussing feeling rushed or hurried, "Are you carrying a cooler with an organ inside? If not, there's no hurry--it's just not life or death."

And with that, lets indulge in some monthly inspiration:

Mantra of the Month

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast--you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” 
― Eddie Cantor

Wouldn't this month be a good time to take a long hard look at where you're going and why?

Such a great reminder... 


Poem of the Month 

In Memoriam by Leo Dangel

In the early afternoon my mother
was doing the dishes. I climbed
onto the kitchen table, I suppose
to play, and fell asleep there.
I was drowsy and awake, though,
as she lifted me up, carried me
on her arms into the living room,
and placed me on the davenport,
but I pretended to be asleep
the whole time, enjoying the luxury—
I was too big for such a privilege
and just old enough to form
my only memory of her carrying me.
She’s still moving me to a softer place.

Painting of the Month 

Four Corners 
by Michael Palmer

Something about the geometric landscape (Type A) against the organic clouds (total relaxation) reminds me of what I'm talking about in this newsletter...

Slow. It. Down. 

Upcoming Workshops & Events

-Summer Soiree + Artist Reception at the Little Beach Gallery in Hyannis: Come see my newest paintings at The LBG this Saturday, 8/2 from 5-7pm! More info here. 

-Love Yoga Fest: August 15th-17th at Aselton Park in Hyannis, MA. I'll be there selling my art AND teaching a Hip Opening Slow Flow community class (FREE to anyone!) on Sunday, 8/17 at 12:30pm. Details and tickets here. 
-Dream Big Yogathon on Cape CodSunday, 9/21 from 11:30am-1:30pm. Sign up to join us in raising $25,000 for Dream Day on Cape Cod (and to yoga with us). If you can't make it you can donate to my page. Learn more about the event here. 
-Hip Hop Yoga at Tranquil Space ArlingtonFriday, 10/10 from 8:30-10pm: Reserve your space online here

-Let's Celebrate the Hips: A Pigeon Pose Party at Tranquil Space ArlingtonSaturday, 10/11 from 5-7pm. Reserve your space online here

-Costa Rica Art + Asana Retreat, May 2015: 5/23-5/30, 2015. More info + sign-ups here.

{PS. I promise that we're going to be announcing the Fall 2015 retreat to Europe VERY soon!!}

Oh, and I'll be teaching a handful of workshops on the Cape this fall...stay tuned!

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Have a happy August!

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