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Communication and data meet here. I am a Site Traffic Analyst for The Washington Post and co-Artistic Committee Chair of Glade Dance Collective.



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My stand-up #wfh work station, near the stereo, books, plants, keeping an eye on the snowy outdoors. Dancing woman statue keeping me company!

My stand-up #wfh work station, near the stereo, books, plants, keeping an eye on the snowy outdoors. Dancing woman statue keeping me company!

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You’ll never believe how recommended stories are generated on otherwise serious news sites

I had no idea Taboola and Outbrain were both Israeli companies! 

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2014 Intentions

Last year I set intentions for 2013. The year before, I set intentions for 2012. This year, I bragged a bit about this forgiveness, reflection, and kick-off process. Last week, I tried to re-read my journals near the winter solstice (which was like 70 degrees here in D.C.?!) and found that I wrote in a journal just a bit in January, then started (and abandoned) a dream journal in September, and then began journaling again for Yoga OMwork in October. Hum. I re-read my tweets and looked at my Facebook “2013 Year in Review” button. There were many exclamation points there, but not much substance.

How’s a gal supposed to reflect?

My 2013 intentions:

I’ll do my part with positivity. What if my positivity came a little more easily or more efficiently? I think then I could help bring it to even more people, especially while using reflection, gratitude, breath, conscious thoughts, and mediation. 

2013 is the year of my spirit. I’m ready, 2013. 

In 2013, I attended my first Passover meal. I reflected on 10Q between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. I ran approximately five different books on meditation and/or the Yoga Sutras. In the past three months, I communed with a women’s group almost every weekend, learning about finding our own spiritual paths, human anatomy, and giving extra love with hands-on assists. What?! This is yoga teacher training, y’all! I am almost done with my 200-hour certification – I just have a few sessions to make up next year.

Other milestones? To kick off the year, I started a new job, and I’ve found that this is my best fit so far. It still feels fresh – always more to learn – but it’s also feeling comfortable enough where I can get my hands dirty. Glade’s first gala was a resounding success (financially and socially). Glade also received accolades for our first evening-length work (and got a huge gig to perform it again in 2013)! Jon and I moved in together, finding an adorable apartment at the right price and right location, “getting” the apartment just in time to celebrate our first anniversary. A much shorter commute allowed for more dance and yoga and walking. I cultivated an earlier bed time and felt slightly more comfortable with turning down social invitations that didn’t fit me or my schedule. Jon and I spent a whole week in Texas with my family for Thanksgiving. Yesterday, his brother and sister-in-law let us take part in the Christmas morning frenzy with their young ones, his dad bought and filled a stocking with my name on it, and his step-mom’s huge Greek family enveloped me in their Christmas dinner arms. Woah. I am loved.

This year became all about nesting and creating love and family space. At the same time, I missed several fun events that I wished I could have joined. My rate of seeing live music slowed to a trickle. I often wondered: am I being a good friend, initiating enough, just laughing and having fun enough? At some of the social events we did attend, Jon and I found ourselves leaving early from tiredness or lack of interest. What is “fun” now that I’m 27? Who are the types of peers I want to surround myself with?

If I continue to be lucky, intentional and grateful, my 30s, pets, kids and more home life (not necessarily in that order) are around the corner. I believe there is fun and delight to be found in all of that, even the more “serious” stuff. But to kick off the late 20s, what “crazy” fun and discovery is there to be had?

Tomorrow, for the third year in a row, I will board a bus destined for shiny New York. For the second year in a row, the main event there will be Phish – a totally fun band, even in their old (!) age. Unlike many of their fans, I haven’t seen them in a year, so I feel a bit overdue for this fun. I’m ready, 2014, to find the balance of fun, discovery, and wonder, with all the other delightful flavors of life. 

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What Actually Makes Things Go Viral Will Blow Your Mind. (Hint: It's Not Headlines Like This.)

upworthyinsider:

By now it’s fairly well known that we care a lot about headlines here at Upworthy. We write at least 25 of them for each post. We test them rigorously. Sometimes, we even make up a word to catch your eye.

Why? Because for us, headlines are an important means to an even more important end:

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Experienced so much love and creativity today, it’s hard to describe. Thank you to my TS TT200 family, my fellow teachers, my fellow dancers/audience members, and congrats to Dancing Rougues! The rainy/cozy night capped it all off. Love love.

Experienced so much love and creativity today, it’s hard to describe. Thank you to my TS TT200 family, my fellow teachers, my fellow dancers/audience members, and congrats to Dancing Rougues! The rainy/cozy night capped it all off. Love love.

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"For the Times, the new products are biggest initiative since the January 2011 launch of the metered pay system itself. Their success will determine how much gas there may be in what we can call the revolution of rising reader revenue. The Times leads the industry with 56 percent of its revenue coming from readers — but it needs more."

Ken Doctor | The newsonomics of The New York Times’ Paywalls 2.0 | Nieman Journalism Lab

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"Raising page views for its own sake, “Doesn’t help the audience,” Haile said. “The advertiser doesn’t get anything more from it. It’s just a way of gaming the numbers.”"

Tony Haile, reported by Alex Halperin | This man decides what you read | Salon

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Yoga teaching manifesto

My body has always been drawn to make dance (asana) and music (pranayama/japa). These are very deep, very old, very primal human spiritual actions. I believe they are spiritual because if we have body, breath, and voice layering on top of our soul/God/Self, why not use these tools to discover and connect?

As a yoga teacher, I intend to:
- Save my mind, body & spirit
- Spread crazy love & joy

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"“Boston,” for example, is not inherently interesting (no offense to those of you from Boston), but punched well above its weight this spring due to stories about the Marathon bombing. That’s not a repeatable lesson—one cannot predict tragedy, and hoping for them to drive traffic is obviously rather morbid."

Adam Felder | Ratio Metrics: How Atlantic Media Measures Article Performance | blog.Parse.ly

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