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daisy's dock girlWelcome to Finding Pause, my small attempt to make more room in my life, and hopefully in the lives of others, for what I am calling the sweet spots, those moments where the chatter of our daily lives quiets, the deep hum of our inner calm vibrates, and we engage our lives and the world from a more rooted, easeful, and aware place.

For me, certain activities foster pause, such as yoga, writing, playing with my children, walking in the woods, gardening, or just focusing on my breath and letting the rest of the world rage on outside of me for a little while. 

Sometimes it is hard to know what will bring me pause, or it is hard for me to regularly and purposefully engage in the activities that I know work. I am using this blog to write about my own voyages to the land of pause, in part to encourage myself to keep on truckin' and making my way there, and in part to encourage others to find pause in their own lives.

Please explore my latest blogs and other banter below, or snoop around through some of the older stuff in the tabs above. Of late, I have been primarily focused on yoga, and some of these blogs are posted on elephant journal.

Peace and pauses all around,



What is the importance of practicing yoga on your own? Yoga Nag gives her current top 10 reasons why doing yoga alone has great benefit, and reaches beyond what you are able to achieve in a yoga class. Yet, many yogis--even dedicated, experienced practitioners--are afraid to practice on their own. Read why it is worth trying to break out on your own, at least a little bit. READ MORE>>


Don't know where to start with your home practice?  Yoga Nag teaches the basics of a sun salutation, taking you step by step through each move and breath, including pictures.  READ MORE>>  


To help with your home practice, there are several other YOGA blogs on elephant journal about creating a daily yoga practice for yourself:

There are other YOGA blogs on Finding Pause.  


There is also Yoga Nag, my alter ego, who encourages friends, students, and strangers to practice yoga on their own, one pose at a time.  If you are interested in following me there or signing up for a Nag-A-Day on email, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, go to Yoga Nag.  



Finding Pause isn't all yoga, even though that has been where most of my recent energy has been.  In the small menu above, there is a link to Past Pauses where you can find all of my previous blogs. There are blogs about creative projects, such as zentangling and making snow flakes. There is also a series of pieces on loss and saying farewell, On the Cusp and My Mama's Daughter, a piece about providing relentless affection for ourselves, as well as the most popular blog of all, Pause for P**sy, among others.  Pause around and see what you find.

To the right, there are details about me, Finding Pause, yoga with me, as well as books and other sites I love.

For more details on the inspiration for Finding Pause, see A Beautiful Boy in Blue.

Finally, to stay up to date on my journey, you can like  Finding Pause on Facebook to get updates when I post a new blog. 




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If you "like" Finding Pause on Facebook, new posts will appear in your news feed.  Or just check back here every week or so, when you find your own pause, and see if I have.   

About Finding Pause

Brought to you by a beautiful boy in blue, this blog is my attempt to pause for the sweet spots--those moments, oftentimes slippery little cracks in the foundation of our daily lives--that give us pause, that don't take our breath away, but give us breath.  I suppose it is a stop and smell the flowers reminder, but my name is Daisy so that feels a little cliche.  And it isn't easy. I started the site almost a year before it went live, so I get that finding pause is a constant work in progress for all of us.  Yet, just like those fleeting seconds at the top or bottom of your breath, between inhale and exhale, the pauses are always there--waiting for us to inhabit, explore, and experience.  I hope to encourage myself, and anyone who takes the time to pause here, to find a little more pause in each day for silence, yoga, creativity, love, play, or whatever it is that restores you.  Pause.

About Me

Who am I?  Well, that is a long story, right?  How to describe ourselves in a paragraph, in a column, in a page?  Impossible. If you want to read more about me, my blogs are the place to go.  Or check out my  quick summary of all that I am in a few short paragraphs.

About Yoga with Me

Yoga is a great tool for finding pause. Join me weekly in classes at several yoga studios in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC.  My current schedule is available at Yoga Nag.

Pause Around


Herein lie links to others who are making time to pause:

Cate Whittemore, my beautiful sister, artist extraordinaire.

Whittemore Guitars, exquisite guitars hand designed and crafted by my talented brother.

Osborne Family Maple, pausing for a little sweetness, these good friends tap trees and make organic syrup that will give you pause. 

Soule Mama, hard to describe the wonder of this woman and family, but her blog is worth your pause. 



Pause with Books

Books I consider good friends, some passing, others loyal and true:

Amazon Store: Finding Pause for Books