sarashermis To be honest, I don't think I've ever really been "in love." I have loved, but never fell so hard I couldn't get back up. I don't think I've ever let myself, fully. Maybe it feels hard to do because that's what I keep telling myself. Or maybe I'm not ready, yet. Maybe I don't want to be.

I do fall in love though. And I have fallen hard... For places. I even moved to be in a place I fell for: the only love letter I ever wrote was one to San Francisco (on my Facebook under "Notes"). I fall for places because I can look into the heart of a place and feel everything, appreciate everything, learn it, sense it, just be in it, in the moment. People rarely let you in like that. People rarely want to dive into someone like that.

You can skim the surface, keep it shallow. Or you can test the water to see how deep it goes. Regardless of your intention in life, you'll find one thing: it's only when the water runs deep that you actually learn how to swim. Conflict and fear is a call for strength and courage; it's either a time for growth or making the choice to stay at the shallow-end of the pool. At which side will you find the most meaning?
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sarashermis "My soul honors your soul. I honor the place in you where the entire universe resides. I honor the light, love, truth and beauty within you because it is also within me. In sharing these things, we are united, we are the same, we are one."
Namasté
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sarashermis In a day, I'm leaving for a month. I'll be in Costa Rica, for more yoga teacher training. But even more: I found a program that focuses on uncovering our own hidden truths, mind-thoughts and habit patterns that hold us back.
Where I am now: it's been a long and hard road to reach teaching 15 yoga classes a week. I've had a lot to prove, and mostly to myself. This is year 26 of my life and when I look back, I see a girl who spent much of her youth never feeling like 'enough.' Yet, when you are young, feeling you are different than what's pretty and popular can cause you to feel something in you is missing. Then it happens: a time where you start to question ev-er-y-thing, even yourself, including those beliefs you've always had. The foundation cracks, and so do you. You see how *you've* held yourself back... Not going for what I really wanted, stuck believing my dreams were too good for me, and once lacked confidence to carry through. But, I've spent time really getting to know 'the girl who never felt like enough,' and found that actually, she is. This is something I had to learn the hard way: I've had to prove it. Still, at times it can be a thing I forget to remember. I want to share my story because this is part of the process: facing yourself, feeling like enough, letting go of looking for approval from the outside world *you will never find* ...means being vulnerable and exposed, without excuses. To me, it's a fight worth "the good fight." I'll Instagram some of my experience, but will also be journaling about it. The pre-journey entry is up. Link via my profile: www.sarashermis.com
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  •   konohashinobi Love this. Cheers to discovery and growth. Have a great trip! 4d
  •   jackieo13 So inspiring!! Keep it up! @sarashermis 4d
  •   christiane_marceau So proud of you... see you in a month! 4d
  •   maddygabby Enjoy Costa Rica! Can wait for your class next year! 4d
  •   keshia717 I love this & you! You're such a little ray of sunshine! So happy for you! 4d
  •   natalienewman Have the most amazing time ever! Can't wait to hear all about your journey when you return Love you and safe travels! 3d
  •   tahirihlinz Going deeper...I it...you go, girl! 3d
  •   neodezion I miss you 3d

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sarashermis Yesterday on the Segway, this statue was a stop on the tour. I saw couple after couple in front, reenacting it for photos. All I kept thinking was, man, they're all doing it wrong: the guy's arm is up cradling her head and she's the only one leaning back, not both. Then I thought, I wonder if this is the first time for some of those couples to kiss *like that.* Maybe so. I feel like there are a few types of kisses that seem like they would be especially memorable. This is one. 5d

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sarashermis My brother is in town visiting. I made him take my yoga class😬 then we road segways around downtown. Segways are the freaking bomb.com so much fun, I definitely recommend it. 6d

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sarashermis A couple times this week I was called a "black sheep." I'll always secretly smile when other's point out qualities in people that are unique. It actually says more about them than the distraction they hoped to create by pointing.

The difference is that I never claimed to be 'white.' And I just may be the black sheep I've always been.

But, I'm starting to see that not all who claim to be white are exactly as they wish to appear. #
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sarashermis Looks like fun. I wanna try 1w

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sarashermis I like flowers more than most things. Seeing a field of them gives me butterflies. It's like sunshine in smiling-form. My favorite flower has always been sunflowers. One day I'll have to find a field of them. Flowers are definitely romantic, but to me they mean happiness too.

Ever since I was a little girl, I've always romanticized about getting proposed to in a field of sunflowers with a yellow diamond ring and that song "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None The Richer playing in the background... The song, an ode to that movie "She's All That" (I loved that movie back in the day. Partially cause I always felt I could relate to that girl... I never got asked to a high school dance). It's weird how we carry these romantic fairy-tale ideas in our minds from youth. For whatever reason, I don't see it playing out, but it's a cool idea nevertheless.
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sarashermis Good times with this girl. This photo makes me laugh cause you do. All the time. I'll never see oranges the same way haha.. I'm gonna miss ya @neodezion #latergram #4th #evidence #haveanicettripseeyounextfall 2w
  •   neodezion You're such a gift! I almost forgot about that little moment hahahah sooooo good. 2w

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sarashermis Heaven is an ocean 2w

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sarashermis I don't like smiling in photos. It feels contrived. I'll do it, but in real life I think I have a different smile. Occasionally I've seen my real smile in photos. I know it's real because my right eye gets a little more squinty than my left, and my left cheek gets a half-dimple. However, lately I've felt like all my smiles have been like those smiles that aren't the realist. I think it's because I lost a friend who gave me many smiles. Times like tonight though, I felt my real smile come back. Unsymmetrical dimple and all. Thanks for reminding me how @christina_brad. 2w

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sarashermis Girls only. Soccer, Makers, days off, bikinis, pool, Siriracha, strawberries, sunshine, red, white n blue. 3w

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sarashermis Practicing yoga after eating is a terrible idea. Teaching yoga after eating is an even worse idea. About to teach 5 classes in a row at 3 different gyms.
Dinner= juice. #gotime #ilovethis #yogaalllllllllday
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sarashermis Feel like I'm always waiting, lately.

Today's sunrise was worth the wait. 🌞
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sarashermis "To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life." 4w

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sarashermis Rainbow sprinkles. Always and forever. 4w

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sarashermis Had a little mermaid moment tonight. Was playing with some puddle reflections when a wave came... Out of the blue (ocean) to knock me off my foot. Here's the shot 2 seconds before I got drenched. Man, I needed that laugh today, thanks waves #showerpower 4w

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sarashermis Message on a high school gate. 1mon
  •   johnparkergram I did one on a high school fence once... Said "heygirlheeeyy" 1mon

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