How We Doin’?


I always tell myself I want to be someone my younger self would think is awesome.

I was an inquisitive kid, I eavesdropped on adult conversations and asked questions so much that my Mom paid me to be quiet on more than one occasion. I remember wondering what made people the way they are.

Sometimes I have conversations with the idea of my younger self (1st/2nd grade) and I ask her questions about staying true to myself…How are we doing? Are you happy with who we are becoming?

This could just be the crazy in me but I do really thinks it’s a powerful exercise and it’s shaped my life in many ways. It keeps me in tune with my inner child, with adventure, curiosity, vulnerability and honesty.

Kids are wise in ways we only hope to never forget. What better kid to consult with than yourself?

The kid who knows all your deepest wildest dreams. The kid who knows the snotty side of you that the world frowns upon. The kid that wasn’t afraid of judgement until the world taught them to be. The kid that has your back. The kid that can help you find your freedom.

Twisty Timeย 

I want to take better care of my hair and learn more ways to style it naturally. What better way to learn than to record the process? Here’s my first hair tutorial video (maybe my last), but it was fun to create and I’m one step closer to mastering my mane. Yay for healthy hair and loving the journey! 

Link to video tutorial below! 

Three Strand Twists

learn & love

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Live in divine purpose, love the journey, and seek the light of truth. Know that each and every one of us carries a unique light with the potential to illuminate the shadows of existence, unveiling the beauty of all that is yet to be discovered and understood. My expanse into this portal of revelation is through immersion in art, yoga and science; the intimidation of the unknown dancing with the thirst of curiosity. In my search to find where these phenomena collide, I met a true appreciation for the quenching awesomeness of knowledge, the essence of wonder; a path to freedom.

Namaste,

Tavia Rahki

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Dear fellow Human,

No one can do you quite like you. I think exploring that universe is one of the finest adventures life has to offer.

Namaste,

Tavia Rahki

Message to Selfย 

I got this butterfly in Peru 2012 and I’ve had it on my wall ever since as a reminder that we are all evolving and changing.

You don’t have to explain everything to everyone. Your life is yours alone to understand. Like abstract art, it’s simply there… it speaks a story without saying anything at all. People may have different interpretations of your life that are far from your own, some may make assumptions about what you do or why.  Sometimes these judgements come from the ones we care deeply about; friends, family, peers etc. 

 That’s okay. That’s expected. That’s a part of life. 

What matters is your genuine honesty with all that is you!

 Stand tall on your two feet and walk the walk. It’s your journey…the only person who needs to grasp the impact and purpose of each step is you. 

Berry Kale Bliss Smoothie


This smoothie is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, B- complex vitamins and important phytochemicals like anthocyanins and bioflavonoids. 

This smoothie is light with a yummy tang and pairs well with balancing morning carbs like oatmeal, toast, etc. 

I drank mine after a workout, paired with one Kashi gluten free cinnamon waffle (topped with banana). 

It’s also super easy to make!

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh kale 

1 raspberry coconut yogurt (So Delicious brand)

1/2 cup coconut water

1 large handful of frozen dark cherries

1 handful of frozen blueberries

1 handful of frozen raspberries

1 palmful of chia seeds 

Blend well and enjoy!
Namaste,

Tavia Rahki 

Dealing with Divorce

After my parents divorced I couldn’t look at ‘The Huxtables’ without feeling a ripping tear at my heart. (I grew up watching the Cosby show with my family and I remember the pride I had in how perfect I felt my family was). Keep in mind, I was just a year shy of starting college when the divorce monster was birthed from nowhere (at least for me it seemed quite sudden). My point is, it was the hardest thing I’ve dealt with in my 25 years. 

(still thankful, I know it could be worse …trying to stay as positive as possible here)

Divorce is hard. I assume everyone knows this… so, I guess that’s why I haven’t ever written about it from my personal experience. 

The hardest part of all is trying not to re-live the past over and over in my mind, analyzing what went wrong or trying to put pieces together. It’s exhausting. 

 I can now say that for the first time I didn’t see the past or feel anger and grief, I didn’t think first of my “used-to-be” family…(I saw this photo while searching for memes and my first thought was of how cute and convincing Cliff and Claire were at acting in love on the show. Their chemistry was amazing.) My parents had that picture perfect love as well, but it was very real! That’s what makes divorce so difficult and hard to understand.  

  I love the gift of love and I want everyone to find theirs truly. 

Understanding that everyone deserves this blessing, sets me free form condemning either of my parents for divorce. 
If I do sit and think about it for too too long (more than a few minutes), I do feel the tickles of despair creeping in, but I’m choosing to not let that pull me back. I’m moving forward.  I think I am feeling true forgiveness.  I’m thankful to be writing about this without crying or feeling a hot intensity behind my neck and throat, without placing blame or feeling inadequacy. I have my yoga teacher training to thank greatly for guiding me to this open self reflection and expression.

So Mom and Dad, I love you both dearly and I’m glad the stars aligned, and He put us together (literally our DNA is unique to us in a special way!). I wish nothing but joy  for you both. Thank you for making me who I am today.

I’m healing! I’m healthy! I’m happy! I’M HERE!

That’s something to celebrate.

I think I’ve been approaching life in simple dimensions, trying to gather all the information I can to crack the code. But maybe, it is not a puzzle to be solved, it’s an experience to be had. Being in the moment is truly the only way to be satisfied with not having all the answers. True happiness. But there’s a catch, you can’t live in ignorance either. You take on the full experience. The good and the bad (still figuring out what that really means). And then I guess you have some faith and  the whole picture  comes together.