What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Pretzel Therapy



Heidi Williams

I typically think of New Year’s resolutions as something of a trap. They’re easy to make, but much harder to keep. Life can be disappointing enough without setting yourself up for failure based on the date.

Nonetheless, I thought perhaps posting about something aspirational wouldn’t be a bad way to end the year. These photos are from the inspired Instagram of yoga master Heidi Williams. A rape survivor, Williams hit rock bottom after a (happily) failed suicide attempt. She turned to yoga to help her deal with her mental issues which include PTSD, anxiety, and clinical depression.

“It was in this place of mental illness hell that I found yoga and grace. Yoga brought me to a safe place again. A place of peace and self-acceptance,” -Heidi Williams to

Once she felt whole again, Williams turned to helping others overcome their emotional imbalance/mental illness challenges using her yoga. I think we could all use a bit more mental stability, and yoga is great for your body as well as your mind. Without setting myself up for yet another New Year’s resolution failure, I admit that Williams has inspired me to give yoga another try. 2017, here I come! Happy New Year, all!

All images the property of Heidi Williams.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

21 thoughts on “Pretzel Therapy

  1. Happy New Year Donna! Thanks for all the beautiful things you have shared this past year. You made my morning each and every day.

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  2. Happy New Year, Donna! Exactly what Michele says from me, too!

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  3. against the tree, with the fall leaves, looks very much like my front yard. surely I would have noticed.

    thanks for your posts all year and the work you put into it. thanks to your friends and family for giving you the time and space to put in the work. happy new year to you and your beloved.

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    • That’s a great way to put it. I never thought of it that way, but you’re right. My people are really understanding about my blog commitment. I’m very lucky. And thanks to you for reading and commenting! It’s a relief to know I’m not talking to myself!

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  4. Crikey! I’d have to have bones made of rubber to get into those positions. That’s an inspirational story of finding a healthy, positive way of processing and moving forward from and with trauma and mental health challenges. As for me, I don’t make resolutions. It’s pressure and sets me up for failure and annoyance with myself. I do set myself challenges though but a more “try this” kind of thing that allows me to be flexible with the timeline or opt out altogether.

    Thank you for a year of beautiful things, not just the things you showcase but also your wit and warmth. Your blog posts always cheer me. Happy New Year to you and Beloved!

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  5. I am going to give yoga another try in 2017 too! I have a brand new yoga mat as yet not covered in dog hair, so no excuse. I’m sure in a week or two I will be a pretzel too (not really, but an aspiration).

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  6. Great read and beautiful photography.

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