Laura Hobbs

Laura Hobbs
Writer and photographer Laura Hobbs left small-town Arkansas for the allure and altitude of Boulder, Colorado in 2011. She spent three years in a cubicle churning out ad copy before jumping off the freelance cliff. Luckily, her parachute opened and she founded her own business, Darling Creative, in 2015. When she’s not in front of her laptop or behind the lens, Hobbs can be found on her yoga mat, hiking with her husband, or sipping a good Malbec while cooking her way to a quiet mind. She’s flattered you read this far.

Yoga Stew

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | June 22nd, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Eating

Photo by Laura Hobbs

Since moving to Boulder, my life has become an all-out yoga fest. I’m the managing editor for the yoga-heavy Elephant Journal, I’m the social media ambassador to one of the hippest yoga studios in town, I’m connecting and networking with amazing yogis from all over the country (Seane Corn kissed me on the cheek—I can die now), I’m going to yoga class every day, and I even got the chance to check out the Yoga Journal Conference in Estes Park a few weekends ago. I’m living and breathing the yoga life, and I’m loving every second of it.

6 (Useful!) Eco-Tips for Health and Beauty

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | May 25th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Healthy Home, Personal Growth

Show of hands: how many of you have ever looked at your cosmetics’ ingredient list, scrunched your nose, and asked, “What in the world is that?” If you’re like me—and the tens of millions of other American women who put time, effort (and money!) into a healthy lifestyle—then it’s worth knowing that your efforts are also healthy for the environment. From recycling programs to essential oils and lowering the carbon footprint of your suds, here are six tips for considering the planet while taking care of yourself.

Tough Talk: 6 Ways for Women to Be Confident Communicators

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | April 5th, 2016 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth

Next time you’re in a meeting at the office, listen closely to another woman in the room. What you’ll often hear is a struggle in her choice of words or her tone of voice—an urge to convey an idea while avoiding being misinterpreted as arrogant, pushy, or too assertive.

Me, Myself, and I – 8 Tips for Enjoying Solo Travel

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | March 10th, 2016 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth

Disclaimer: I’m a hardwired introvert. As a child, my solitary tendencies were so severe that they led me to avoid school events, birthday parties, and especially (gulp) team sports. Fast forward 30 years, and my reserve has eroded into a softer, more socially acceptable version. I’ve still been called “distant,” “hard-to-know,” and—one of my personal favorites—“pleasantly reserved,” but I now traverse the meandering path between poised conversationalist and social escape artist.

Into the Pool

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | February 2nd, 2016 | 3 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, meditation

It’s mid-morning and I’ve just finished a client’s photo edits. Light pours into our living room through south-facing windows, tiny dust particles dancing and defying gravity in the rays. I place my meditation cushion in the center of the rug, my brass singing bowl sitting off to the side. I turn my phone’s ringer off and set my timer for 20 minutes. With one swift tap of the velvet-covered stick, the singing bowl chimes a long, unwavering sound that slowly fades. I close my eyes, inhale through my nose, and exhale through my mouth. “Hello,” I say.

Yoga Etiquette: 10 Tips for the Studio

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | November 24th, 2015 | 5 Comments
topic: Yoga

There’s no doubt: yoga culture can be daunting. Whether you’re new to a yoga studio or you need a refresher on the rules, here are ten general tips and tricks for making your practice a pleasant one for you and your classmates.

1. Arrive on time

How Far We’ve Come

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | May 18th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga

How Far We’ve Come

There is a quote that sums up my experience heretofore with yoga better than anything else I’ve ever read. I don’t know from whom or where the quote came, or I would totally give the person mega props and a huge, bear-like, electronic hug. The quote goes a little something like this:

My yoga practice is no longer the battlefield of a long-waged self-improvement project by an overachieving person. It has become what I always hoped it would be — a place for love and acceptance.

I think this quote embraces the yoga journey for many of us, because let’s be real here: How many of us started yoga because we wanted a thinner waist and perky yoga butt? How many of us, in the beginning, saw yoga as something we would conquer rather than embrace? How many of us saw someone in Crow Pose and said to ourselves, “I can do that shit.”

Over time, however, as we dove deeper into our practice — no doubt bumbling, grunting and falling along the way — our hardened layers begin to peel away, and we were left with the lingering feeling that yoga is something more than a way for us to gain strength, flexibility and balance. As we emerged from Savasana, time and time again, we began to realize that something else — something besides exercise — is going on here.

Should We Abandon Hope?

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | April 27th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Personal Growth

Abandon Hope

Hope: We hear it all the time. Heck, we say it all the time: “I hope I get the job!” or “I hope I make the cut!” or “I hope things work out!” The word “hope” adorns T-shirts, jewelry and bumper stickers everywhere. Our president even based an entire campaign on the notion.

So, hopingis that all we’ve got?