Annapurna Woman Danielle Polgar
How do you start your day?
Since finding out I’m pregnant, I’ve been enjoying the luxury of sleeping in until 8am with my dogs curled up by my side. I’m really savoring these precious moments of rest prior to our baby’s arrival. Upon waking I head downstairs and enjoy a big mug of warm water with lemon and pop on some mellow tunes while I make myself an almond milk latte (half-caff, of course). I’ve also been enjoying adding a heap of raw cacao powder for the added magnesium and energy boost. Then I feed my dogs and make myself something for breakfast. Though I am a lover of a traditional farm breakfast, lately I’ve been on a kick of baking gluten-free cakes and muffins. I love infusing my home with the smell of fresh-baked goodness.
What do you do when you are overwhelmed or stressed?
With my Moon in Gemini, I’m definitely a verbal processor of my emotional experiences, which means I typically process my feelings through conversations with my husband, my mom, or a good girlfriend. I also find hiking as a natural de-stressor as it allows me time to work through the journey of a process through a moving meditation in nature. And of course, nothing beats a good journaling session with some music playing, or an Epsom salt bath surrounded by candles.
What gives you the feeling of true bliss within?
Being in love – savoring those moments when my heart feels so full it might burst. I feel this when I’m with my husband, my dogs, my clients, my friends and family, and wandering in nature. And did I mention I love music? Oh music. It’s pure bliss.
What are you currently reading?
So many mama-to-be books! I’m currently enjoying The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger.
What are you listening to right now?
Lots of Ravi Shankar – this baby loves Indian music! Also, Max Cooper, Ghostly Kisses, Dustin Tebbutt, and a variety of podcasts including Balanced Bites, Freakanomics, and Here and Now with Ram Dass.
What does nourishment look like to you?
Home-cooked organic meals, rest and relaxation, and connecting deeply with others.
How do you make space for play?
I consider a lot of my mundane daily activities a form of play – especially cooking and even dare I say it, cleaning (especially when I have the music turned up). I’ve been fantasizing about more time for creative play like drawing and painting, but I will be honest, I don’t make the time for it because I know I will get lost in it. I’m a sucker for the muse when she arrives and I don’t know how to stop the process and return to it. I’m hoping having a child will invite that creative part of myself back into my daily space -- I imagine us crafting and making art together.
What are some favorite mantras you cling to?
They’re all hand-me-downs from my wise mother: “Life is 10% what happens to me, 90% how I deal with it”. “Keep your mind where your body is”. “What’s for you won’t pass you by”. “Everything is temporary”.
Please share some words of wisdom you've learned as a direct result of soulful and embodied living.
Nature is the greatest teacher. Everyone is a mirror. Food is medicine. No need to take everything so seriously. The only thing that’s constant is change, so adapt accordingly. Honesty creates intimacy. Be the love you wish to see in the world.
Danielle Polgar, known affectionately to many as “D” or “Dani” or “Dani P.” was a New Yorker until the age of 23, a Californian thereafter, and now she resides in her soul home of Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, two dogs, and their baby who is due in April. Called to a path of service at a young age, she now works as an astrological counselor in private practice and also co-hosts an astrology-focused podcast called Bridging Realities. She loves mountain living, reading, animals, cooking, crafting and spending time with her husband. You can find more about her and her services on my web home: daniellepolgar.com, or follow along on Instagram. Her podcast, Bridging Realities, is available through iTunes and Soundcloud.