Hello, my name is Arwyn. I am a recent resident of the Venice area and moved from rainy Vancouver, Canada. So far, I am loving the weather, beaches, coffee shops, bakeries, farmers markets, and mostly the people. Apparently, Canadians are known for being friendly, and I am certainly known for that, yet, everyone I meet here has been super warm and friendly. I am a wife, mother, school teacher, yogi, and environmentalist. My husband and I have been together for 14 years and I am especially proud of that because marriage is hard work. I have two children ages 6 and 9 and I thought that because I have so much expertise in young children and their development that it would make parenting easy. Ha. Not so much. However, I am known among my friends as “the validator” as they often feel that if I, as a close-to-twenty-year-public school teacher, am struggling with parenting, their struggles are in some way validated. I have been practising yoga for several years now and it helps greatly with all other areas of my life by keeping me grounded and mindful--I recently became certified as a yoga teacher and this has deepened my practice greatly. I am an environmentalist from way back and have recently gotten into “plogging.” If you want to know what that is or want to join me on a plogging adventure, book a barefoot beach walk with me…you don’t have to be barefoot of course, but I hope you don’t mind if I am.