I’ve got a Crush on Kathryn Budig.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Feb 21, 2010
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Okay, I got a confession to make. I’m not a big fan of crushes. They’re fun, but they’re adolescent. They’re dreamy. They’re sweet…but I’m 35, not a boy, or a teenage girl mooning over the Jonas Brothers, and I’m too-cool, cynical, savvy…not sweet.

Unless you know me, that is, in which case you know I’m a big cornball, a romantic (as in Byron or Churchill, not romance). I’m picky as hell, always falling for women far, far, far out of my league. Why not?

Still, “crushes” pull in huge traffic on this, our indie media site, and so help spread our “mindful” ethos beyond our core or choir…so again and again, me and my staff and my friends, including one by the titular Kathryn Budig, are guilty of penning the occasional fun silly sweet Crush.

I like the idea, I have to admit, of connecting love and sex and all that crazy stuff with mindfulness. Why have a crush on the Jonas Brothers, or Disney’s latest Dream Queen, when you could fall for an ecofashionista or an eco-minded actor or a yogini? Someone who’s trying to live a good life, help others to do so, all while being good to the planet we all share?

Why not align our values with our hearts (and our eyeballs)?

Well…drumroll…here comes probably my biggest crush, like, yet.

Kathryn Budig ain’t big, she’s rather petite—by all reports. For though she writes a bit for elephant, and is an emerging yogastar (having been featured on the cover of Yoga Journal, as well as in countless videos, ads, at least one poster, and a cameo in a viral video), well, we’ve never met. But she’s got a big smile, and a big heart, and big ambitions. I like, nay I need women with outsize views of what they can do in life. Hell, I still think I’m gonna be rich and run for President some day. And so I need independent, strong, willful women to keep me grounded…but, too, I need there to be genuine admiration flowing both ways (what one elderly codger called the secret to his lifelong marriage, this year, in the Times).

If this sounds a bit serious, it’s not. Okay, I admit it: it is.

I have a crush on Kathryn Budig.

I asked her to be my (virtual) Valentine. She (virtually) said yes. I even managed…a bit late…to mail her some (Choco)love via Post. I haven’t mailed anything myself at the post office in years, I’m incompetent at the whole letter gift package tape stamp thing. Given my willingness to venture forth into the hostile land of the PO, well if that ain’t love, I don’t know what is.

Anyways, you didn’t come here to hear expressions of puppy love from this old dog, learning new tricks—you came for photos, and videos. Enjoy. But I catch you checkin’ her out a bit much, watch it buddy.

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You can Fan Kathryn Budig here.

Videos. Don’t just watch, yoga along with her, it’s good for ya.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


17 Responses to “I’ve got a Crush on Kathryn Budig.”

  1. another crush says:

    I know what you mean. Katherine is sexy, sassy, and bright.

  2. Bubba says:

    If you've got such the crush, perhaps you should learn to spell her name right in the title!
    Kathryn not Kathyrn!!

  3. Thanks buddy! Looks like I got it right elsewhere. Musta been drunk with love, fingers a'quivering.

  4. how lovely says:

    heh yes shes gorgeous!

  5. kathryn b says:

    oh my goodness, waylon. first my valentine and now this — i'm in permanent blush mode!

  6. don says:

    She is very pretty, smart, and dazzling.

  7. Farnoosh says:

    Hell I am a married woman and I have a crush on her :)! I adore her to bits and pieces and have only met her once during her workshop here……so Waylon, no blaming you here……..Kathryn ROCKS!!!

  8. Twinkiemom says:

    Elephant Journal has reached a new low.

  9. Thanks, Twinkiemom, care to elaborate? We want this site to be about honesty, to be personal, to be fun and not take itself too seriously…I think this blog was that. What's necessarily un-mindful about dopey crushes? Especially when they hopefully serve to highlight people who are doing great good work, like previous crushes Graham Hill, founder of Treehugger, or Summer Rayne Oakes, eco model…me my staff and writers have done many "crushes," on ladies and gents both, from many walks of life.

    That said, I do realize that you're reacting to something…so if I'm off, above, lemme know and I'll try and make amends.

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  12. tsanborn says:

    if reaching a new low is having a crush on an amazing, down to earth yogi, then I am down low right there with you!!!
    I am 43 and have a crush on her as well.. and am PROUD of it!!

  13. gwenbell says:

    Stunner. Go for it, Way. Crushes look good on you.

  14. Joe Barry says:

    She is addictive!

  15. Peter says:

    It's so nice to know that the source of contentment & fulfillment is whether you desire someone who is beautiful on the outside or are desired by someone because of what you look like. Come on people, go deeper into yourself , ask the right questions, and find what you are looking for there instead of debating this shallow conversion in the name of spiritual quest.
    Life is so much more important then anything you will ever contemplate on that level.

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