Guten Rutsch!

Our German friends use this phrase to wish each other a happy new year. It literally translates as “good slide” — as in, sliding into the new year.

And slide we did!

Yep, that’s a beer! 🙂 

I love fresh starts. And the new year gives us a great opportunity for one. I am not a fan of resolutions (you’ve heard me complain about that before), but I have recommitted to my positive, healthy lifestyle. I’m committed to a practice of self care, exercise, clean eating, education (German and spiritual) and yoga, both on and off the mat.

Every year, I like to do something new. This year, my main new thing involves travel. I’m exploring three new destinations: Charleston, SC, in February; Cuba in May; and Germany in June/July.

Also new on this year’s line up is college, starting in August. Been there, done that. But this time will be so different — and exciting.

I’ll also be experiencing salsa dancing for the first time. As part of my yoga retreat to Cuba, I will be taking part in a cultural exchange which will include dancing, art and storytelling.

My mantra for 2017 is: I am impeccable with my word. I take nothing personally. I make no assumptions. I always do my best.

This mantra is patterned after The Four Agreements, which I read years ago and am currently re-reading as the subject of our yoga book club at Be Yoga. I love the positive support and encouragement that I’m getting from my fellow yogis.

Weihnachtsferien (Christmas Holiday)

In the course of 9 days: Aspen came home; Kerrianne flew down; Megan drove up; we visited with Cheryl, Brian and family; we spent a day with Rick and Ann in Asheville — and when I was done blinking, it was over!

I am leaving my trees up for a little while longer. After all, they’ve been up for only 41 days. But who’s counting? I just love my trees.

Even after taking down the decorations, I will continue to be so grateful for the wonderful memories and amazing gifts I’m left with.

There are three special gifts I’ll call out. The first is a Shutterfly photo book from Aspen. It is thoughtful and tear producing. The second is an Ancestry DNA kit from Michael. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while. In a short 6-8 weeks, I’ll get my results. I’m anticipating lots of German. Maybe some British? Irish? Norweigian? Time will tell! The third is a silk and camel hair wrap from Kazakhstan from Kerrianne and Aaron. It’s a vibrant pink, and I can’t wait to wear it.

Das Neue Jahr

For the first time in a long time, Michael and I were empty nesters for five whole days. Zachary flew to Colorado with Aspen at the end of her Christmas visit. He was so excited to see his friends and celebrate the new year with them.

Michael and I took this opportunity and ran with it!

We had fun doing a little of this and a little of that: going to movies, eating out, shopping. Then we spent the weekend in Asheville at Biltmore. We stayed at the beautiful new Village Hotel on the estate and had a blast at the New Year’s Eve party. We had two days to duck into some shops, tour the Biltmore House, dine at three of the restaurants, tour the winery, enjoy some estate-made ice cream, fawn over the animals in the barnyard, take some naps, eat, drink and be merry!

It was a fantastic weekend. So much so that we bought an annual pass. I’m interested in seeing the house and gardens during other seasons as well as taking in a concert or two.


Zach came home Monday night and returned to school yesterday. It was a whirlwind for us all. And a great one!


Rocky Mountain High

Later this month, we’re flying to Breckenridge to ski and spend Aspen’s 19th birthday with her. I’m hoping to see some friends while I’m  there. I’m looking forward to snowshoeing and spending time together in our mountain retreat.

I continue to feel well and receive gifts of healing on my journey. Thanks to Ann, I believe I’ve found a local Cranio-Sacral and lymphatic drainage therapist. I’m continuing with my rehab exercises to isolate and strengthen my triceps, techniques to relax my sternocleidomastoid (SCM) muscles and restore flexibility to my cervical spine. I’m at the point in my recovery now where I’m dealing in nuances, targeting specific areas.

I am grateful for my health, my abundance and my prosperity. May 2017 bring health and good luck to each of you!

Viel Glück und Gesundheit im 2017!


2 thoughts on “Guten Rutsch!

  1. Happy New Year Erika!
    Wow, I just LOVED this update. It made me smile all the way through and also made me realize how much we miss you guys. I love that you are keeping your trees up, so am I. And I also loved seeing the “Wreath” in one of the pictures. Please pass on our love to everyone!!

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