Monday, October 18, 2010

my life is an open book

hello and welcome to allibakes! today i am super excited to be participating in hello splendor's first eva- blog crawl! it has been very exciting and inspiring to read every one's stories and get to visit new and lovely blogs along the way. the ever so stylin' elizabeth goodwin of life and style passed the blog torch my way. thanks alice!

that's me alli v!
the quirky and silly girl (and sometimes a lady:), yogi, wife and designer

the past
yoga training

the present
my life and work in dallas

the future
my growing design company

my sweet and supportive family

the handsome hubby- mr. taylor vieger

our little girl-lee lou
that's right- we loved the film fifth element so much we named our cat
after a main character in the movie
my brothers; bryan and clark, sister in law hilary, girlfriend genevieve and nephew luke
the whole crew on our recent trip to napa!

my sweet parents
who have always stood behind me and have given me their love and support
in all my crazy ventures along the way-THANKS MOM AND DAD!
about 2 years ago i hung up my mouse as a designer and put my graphic design career on hold....
to pursue a passion and love of bikram yoga. my bags and yoga mat were packed and i was headed to acapulco, mexico for 9 weeks of yoga boot camp. i lived in the same hotel howard hughes went postal (or at least that is the rumor) - the princess fairmont to attend bikrams' official yoga teacher training.
as teacher trainees we were required to attend TWO classes of bikram yoga a day-taught by bikram the man and creator of this amazing yoga. the classes were usually over 90 minutes with over 300 other students and fellow trainees. it was HOT, CHALLENGING and VERY INTENSE!
can you believe i am one of the yogis below in the sea of trainees?
but afterwards i always emerged refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed -even after staying up till 4am for late night lectures. the yoga works people- it is truly amazing!
i graduated with flying colors (or lack of color in white-my guru BIKRAM and me matching) as an official bikram yoga teacher! 3 days after this picture was taken i taught my very first bikram class in the same studio i took my first class. it awes me how things come full circle.
while i was teaching full time i began to pick up more and more design work. about two years into teaching i decided to venture out on my own and take that next big step. with the help of my loving husband and supportive family, i stepped off the podium as a teacher to start and run my own design company -avdesign. i am so excited to be a part of work that i am proud of, can put my name on as well as a smile on my clients faces.
(see below: celebration face post wine tastings)

so without further ado - i am happy to announce that avdesign has a facebook page where you can view more work from the author and hopefully you will join me in celebrating in the near future when my website goes live.

more to come soon...

don't miss tomorrows' host for the blog crawl- the talented ana from live & enliven


Aspiring Kennedy said...

love this story... except the scary part in the middle at yoga camp. i couldn't do it!! :)

Dorry said...

I LOVED this post - so great to read your story in a nutshell and know more about you. I'm so excited for you and your design venture. Also, the Bikram training - SO incredible that you did that. It must seem surreal at times but that is such an amazing accomplishment my dear!


tvieger said...

What an author! I could read this story over and over and over and tv

Hilary Baker said...

love it! :)

HilaryInspired said...

Hey Alli!

So nice to meet another blogger, designer, Dallasite (is that right?). I just moved to the DFW area, Fort Worth to be exact. I loved participating in Beth's Blog Crawl and have really enjoyed meeting a bunch of new cool people along the way. You have a super inspiring story full of patience and determination, I'm sure. It was neat to see that your sister-in-law spells her name like me, too. :-) Not too many like us out there.

Anyway, great story and hope to meet you sometime...Post Blogger Social?

allison said...

hiLary! nice to meet you as well on the world wide web:) yes i am from dallas as well. i wish i could be at the blogger social but i will be in a car driving to marfa for the weekend of wedding festivities. can't wait to hear about the social- i'm sad to miss it-

Coco said...

I loooooooove this post!