Last day of October…brings cheers

Last day of October, welcome Fall, y’all.  Ghosts and goblins cross the street looking for candy.

I’m packing my last suitcase to repatriate.
Saying “so long” is so yucky.

I say, “cheers!” to fun, friends and framily I have in the UAE.
I’m so lucky to have such wonderful, caring people in my life.



Why add yoga to your day?

Why vinyasa yoga?

1. Vinyasa yoga addresses the stiff culture we live in.
The Western world has become a seated society, which is why vinyasa yoga is so important: its orientation is breath and movement, and research shows that increased movement in a seated society is absolutely essential for health. Vinyasa yoga gets us moving.

2. Vinyasa yoga trains the mind.
With a seated society comes a toxic mind: because our bodies are still, our minds are racing. Vinyasa yoga stills the mind because it has so many focal points that train the mind: the breath, movements, bandhas, postures, and sequences. We’re really focusing on the breath at first, and then, as the mind gains the ability to concentrate, we are able to focus on many things at once. Step by step we expand the mind with the practice. Without proper training, the mind jumps all over the place, distracting us from working on the parts of our beings that will actually help us evolve. Vinyasa yoga stills the mind, giving it the ability to process what the practice brings up to the surface — the joyful stuff and sometimes the uncomfortable stuff as well.

3. Vinyasa yoga teaches us how to care for ourselves.
Vinyasa yoga teaches us how to be loving toward ourselves. How to be compassionate to ourselves, because human beings have self-defeating and self-limiting tendencies. We are our own worst critics. Practicing vinaysa yoga brings the content of our beings to the surface so we can see it. Inside the muscles, we hold the memories of every emotion we’ve ever experienced: sadness, fear, anger, etc. Through the asanas, we can tap into these memories and process our pasts. It’s the asanas that release the emotions out of the body. Being a yogi really means engaging in the process of healing: mentally, emotionally, and physically. Vinyasa yoga helps us learn how to accept all the parts of ourselves that aren’t as evolved as we might like them to be.

See you on the mat or the bow of a yacht!! Namaste 



Denise on the bow of the SV Legend on the Arabian Gulf 2016

















Reflections, thoughts and prose 🇦🇪

As I stand along the street,
So many people do my eyes meet.
Some with bags, some without,
Some with smiles, some with pouts.
The cars go by, some honk a bit,
The whirring sound on city street.
The fragrance enters my nose,
Hard-working people and food arose.
This city-life is certainly a treat,
It’s how I live my life, complete.
I enjoy the buildings, glass and brick,
Some reach the sky with architecture so slick.
Some need new paint, others a wash,
All are here because of a wish;
Sheikh Zayed was a visionary man,
Who had a wish to build a land.
His wish came true 44 years ago,
And how fortunate I am to have lived here, oh!



Abu Dhabi Corniche
Sand dunes of Abu Dhabi

Transition Time! 🌞

The sky is still as clear and blue…even from the window of our friend’s apartment. We have wonderful, generous friends who have shared their homes with us until we complete our move. It is transition time: new places, new routines, new views.

As we tie up loose ends, and attend the party of the season, gratitude overwhelms me. Gratitude for my friends’ generosity: their actions and their words. This quote came from a long-distance friend and means so much to me:

“…It takes courage to leave a place and those you love to strike out for “worlds unknown”. You might be leaving a bit of your heart there, but the heart you take with you is fuller. Many prayers as you travel and find your new adventure in life.”
Diana Neal Monnich

At this transition time, I am confident, I am organized, I am loved.





Repatriation Haiku

Packing, moving, bleh!
Finding things I thought were lost,
Yippee, Hooray, Wheeee!

Next new adventure
Unfolds within a few days.
Leaving on a jet!

Saying “good-bye” stinks!
Reliving four years of FUN
Fills my heart with joy.

Gotta go pack more!
Who knew our stuff had babies!!
Expat life is GRAND!



be happy...see good

New, Old and Same me

My repatriation began yesterday with my announcement that we’re leaving the UAE🇦🇪 . Sunday (in two days’ time) the packers/movers come. Over the next 10-15 days, we will sofa surf, spending time w/ our dear friends, say “so long,” and tie up loose ends. I’ve had an AMAZING time here, in Abu Dhabi, and met extraordinary people. The UAE will remain in my 💜 forever….I pray for an easy transition.

I’ve read comments on “repatriation” web sites and comments from my friends who have recently undertaken moves. I am grateful to the community for sharing their experiences. I’m sure it’s different for everyone. The take-away I have internalized is “take my time” and “pace myself” and “embrace the new challenges.” I’m a different person now. This is the new Denise.

So far, we have no definite landing spot. We head to our birth state of Texas 🇨🇱,  to see family and friends, then we’ll embrace the miracles as they develop. If you’re in Texas and can come out to play, please message me.

There are no accidents: this all happens for a reason and in alignment with the Universe’s plan for happiness. I am happy, grateful, ready and blessed. Away we go!!! 

Stay tuned, in touch and happy.



my mantra for repatriation
my mantra for repatriation

Heart filled up

My heart is so full of love, I may fall over!

My gorgeous friend Therese showered me with love; my brilliant yoginis showered me in kula love; my US family are happily anticipating our repatriation and extended an invitation for Thanksgiving dinner; my life is so rich and I am so grateful. I’m giggling with glee!

love honesty etc












The only thing missing is my friend’s daughter, Zuzu. I plead to the Universe for her safe and swift return to her family. Please share this!!

PLEASE HELP FIND ZUZU #findzuzu $30,000 reward #bringzuzuhome



Be great. Be bold. Be happy!





My life-long friend is still searching for her daughter. PLEASE HELP. Share this photo/flyer….

I can’t think of anything better to write today than to bring Zuzu home to her family. #findzuzu #bringzuzuhome

THANK YOU & aloha,


THERE IS A $17,500 REWARD for clues…


New adventures, new friends. Old friends come too!

As we begin our repatriation process, I am reminded of the amazing journey I’ve experienced here over the past four years. I’ve met some absolutely extraordinary people, who have enriched my life in ways I could never have imagined. I’ve done countless NDBs, eaten wild & crazy foods, jumped, swam, floated, swung (?), zipped, paddled and trekked around this region.

I hope, pray, and trust I will see my expat friends again, somewhere in the world. That’s the unwritten rule, right? The secret code: meet each other again…? I’m counting on that!

Once I’m settled, I’ll find my new tribe, niche,  people, adventures. Old friends must come too! Address to follow…. Until then, I will pack and purge with grace and joy.




Good news and WE NEED YOUR HELP news

The good news: we are all friends and family and community. We are blessed by each other. We help each other. We support each other.

WE NEED YOUR HELP NEWS: my friend’s college daughter is missing. She was last seen in Texas on Wednesday (three days ago) near Mexico. Alpine, TX to be exact. She’s an intelligent, hard-working, responsible, twenty-one year old who needs to be reunited with family. Please share this message and if anyone knows anything, please report it to Ft. Worth, TX police or Alpine, TX police.

This needs to end up as good news….

Thank you and Aloha,


ALPINE — The Alpine Police Department is actively searching for a 22-year-old student that was last heard from Wednesday morning.

The student is identified as Zuzu Renee Verk, who is described as a white female standing at approximately 5’0”, weighing 110 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes.

According to APD her original hair color is brown but she had recently colored it blonde.

APD states that she was heard from during the early morning hours of Wednesday.

According to APD Verk was an employee at Sul Ross State University as well.

Anyone with information on Verk’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Alpine Police Department at +1 (432) 837-3486.