10 Things I Loved In March 2014

For the last few months I have been doing these reflection posts after being inspired by Rosie’s. Taking time each month to reflect on the good things that happen each day/week/month has done wonders for my ability to actually stop and notice the good stuff. 

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Ten Things I Loved In March

Things I/We Did

1.     Expanded our Family Success Team. Turns out it does take a village to raise a kid and when the closest family lives 70+ miles away, you have to get yourself an energetic teenager on your team. Woohoo! So excited.

2.     Celebrated my birthday. Toddlers bowling might just be the actual best thing. Ever. 

3.      Binged on House of Cards Season 2. If it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right.

4.      The Healthy Happy Sane Teacher is back! We’ve been working all month to make it a home study program so people can get started right away and work at their own pace. To celebrate, I dove back into all the healthy, happy and sane practices myself and definitely felt healthier, happier and more sane. It works!

5.     Accountability Partner FTW! I am pretty self-motivated and goal orientated, but I do seriously struggle in a few areas of my life. I recently heard about the idea of an accountability partner – someone you share your weekly goals with in troublesome areas of your life – and they check in with you to see if you have completed what you said you wanted to do and if not how they can help you get it done. WHOA. Massive progress on months long stalled projects. 

Products and Services I Dug:

6.  IKEA milk frother.  I am not a coffee drinker and I’m highly susceptible to caffeine and I spend a fair amount of time working in cafes, so I was so happy to stumble across a dairy free caffeine free WARM drink a few months ago: vanilla soy steamer. Then I found myself wanting to work in coffee shops more because of the steamers and well that’s just a big ole waste of money. Enter the milk frother from IKEA – just over $2 and I can have all the frothed vegan nut milk my little heart desires.

7.  Kitchenaid Diamond blender Got it for Christmas and I have used it a couple times a day ever since. Smoothies, creamy soups, shakes – every damn day. So many fruits and veggies being consumed.

Books I Can Highly Recommend:

8.   Your Three Year Old: Friend or Enemy by Louise Bates Ames. If nothing else, the title totally cracks me up. Also the fair warning that 3.5 might rock our world. Such good information to have going into this business.

9.    The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Three words: NO UPPER LIMITS. Just read it. 

10.   Peaceful Parenting, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting by Laura Markham.  Usually not one to read parenting books per say, but I was curious. It reminded me of many of the classroom management books I have read over the years. Good stuff – mostly about regulating parental behavior.

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So what are you loving lately? I’m always on the lookout for what is delicious in food, drink, fashion, and life. Leave me your favorites in the comments or write a post of your own and link back here.

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Saturday Senses 2014

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

2014 april 5

tasting ::   vanilla vegan protein shake, avocado, old fashioned vegetable soup, egg salad, raisin cinnamon toast, oatmeal with all the fixins, applesauce with cinnamon heated up (tastes just like apple pie!), hummus and celery, mandarins, tempeh with veggie heavy pasta sauce over brown rice pasta, chicken potstickers.

hearing:      pouring rain.

smelling ::     vanilla chai and coconut lime lotions.

seeing ::      season two of house of cards. DUDE.

feeling ::    calm. life transitions are difficult. i’m trying to stay in the moment.

wishing/hoping ::     to stay healthy. #noupperlimits

What about you?

What are your senses this Saturday?

Looking back, how was your week?

Leave a comment and tell me all about it. I’d seriously love to hear about your week. Now’s not the time to be shy.

This weekly tradition inspired by Pink of Perfection’s Five Sense Friday.

Don’t forget to click the links!

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Does recovering from the school year take most of your summer?

Are you ready to press reset but have no idea where that button is?

The Healthy, Happy, Sane Teacher is the reset button.

HHST

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Nikki Stern: TGBTS Featured Teacher

Dear Friend,

Today I am sharing this month’s Featured Teacher, Nikki Stern. She is a holistic health coach who works to help people see how the food they eat contributes to their mood. On a personal note, working with Nikki helped me see how my daughter’s two year old temper tantrums usually tasted a lot like potato chips. Now they are what they are. In other words, her work is life-changing.

I would love to hear about who inspires your life and practice. Please send me a message.

With lots of self-kindness and love,

 Tami

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 Teachers.

Don’t you just love them?

I know I do.

There are those that inspire me and those that make me laugh. Some help me solve problems in my classroom and others that help me solve problems in my life.

I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite teachers here.

Teachers in studios, classrooms and in the world at large. These are the folks you will see featured in my series of teacher interviews here at Teacher Goes Back to School.

I hope you enjoy these teachers as much as I do!

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Have you met Nikki yet? We met a gazillion years ago practicing next to each other at It’s All Yoga, reconnected after she returned to Sacramento after a brief stint in the Pacific Northwest and now she helps women all over connect how they eat with how they feel – in other words, she’s changing lives every day!

Here’s my interview.

When did you start practicing?

Hmmm, probably back in 2006

Why did you start?

Because I wanted a ‘yoga body’ What is that? I was in my early 20s and I believed that in order to be accepted I needed to look a very specific, skinny way.  A way that a girl with hips really can’t look.

Where did you practice?

Studios. Briefly at Healthy Habits and then I moved to It’s All Yoga – that’s when it “clicked” and I was hooked.

How has your practice evolved over time?

So much.  I’m no longer searching for a body type.  I let go of lots of comparisons, judgments and expectations!  They creep back in but I’m better at recognizing them. I still show up, learn and let go every time I get on the mat.

How long have you been a ‘food and mood’ teacher?

I’ve been teaching women how to connect with their bodies and discover how food and mood are connected for a little over a year now as a Holistic Health + Lifestyle Coach.

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Why did you start blogging?

I decided to blog to weed through the massive amounts of often conflicting information about diets and what it means to be healthy.  I wanted people to understand that educating themselves about their bodies and how food affects them is important but that it is a small piece of the puzzle.  How we live our lives and whether we act with love or punishment – through careers, in relationships, in how we connect to the world and to ourselves – is where ultimate health is achieved.

What are your classes like?

I have just launched a group cleanse, MindBodyBliss (click here to see if you need this cleanse)and it’s all about cleansing what is not serving us and taking a few weeks to be with ourselves and discover balance and clarity.  Cleaning up our diet makes room for more nourishing foods, positive thoughts and allows old emotions to dislodge and take a hike.

This came from my own experience with cleansing, which was always more about food and losing weight and less about building up the good things in my life and addressing the emotions that came up when I wasn’t dousing them with sugar.  I wanted something more loving, less punishing for myself and my clients.  I hope some of our perceptions of ourselves and our bodies will shift during our 2 weeks and we can create a ripple effect of understanding true health and happiness, which has nothing to do with numbers.

Do you have a home yoga practice? What is it like? How often? Where?

My home practice is very loose.  I’ve accepted it for where it’s at instead of getting too judg-y with myself.  Honestly, a lot of it lives around a kid’s yoga book.  In the morning and evening my 3 year old flips through it and chooses 3 poses and we do them together.  It was mostly his idea and building it into our routine has helped tremendously with 3 1/2 year old drama (tantrums).

How’d you start and how do you keep at it?

I started long before I even did yoga, really.  I’ve always felt compelled to get down on the floor in the evenings while watching TV and stretch.  I used to be a personal trainer so I was tight and sore all of the time and it felt so great to stretch at the end of the day.  Now I’m not into that (less punishment, remember!) but still love to get down and mess around.  By doing that most of the time and not having too many expectations or parameters around it I feel more inclined to keep it up.

What’s your favorite pose? Why?

All of the pigeons.  Half, full, left, right.  My first experiences were all about escaping, but there was also something l loved about it.  I get such a deep release and feel so much tension leave my body when I hold those deep hip openers for a longtime.  I’m not a hoarder, I like letting things go.

What’s your least favorite pose?

Camel.  I took a yoga class in college and I would get nauseous and almost pass out every time we did camel pose.  For years I didn’t do it and thought there was some strange issue with camels and me.  Knowing more now, it probably had more to do with the vulnerability of it, of opening my heart and throat – or I’m just not cool with camels.  I can do it without all the drama now, but I’m traumatized and would rather not.

Do you have a meditation practice?

Yes!  I used to be a crisis meditator.  I only did it when things were really about to tank, a last ditch effort to keep my feet on the ground.  I constantly said, “I should do this more.”   Finally I did.  It was this year.  I’ve been at it for about 4 months straight.  I sometimes do it multiple times a day and that feels amazing.  I finally got past the “am I doing it right” obsession and eased into it, whatever it looks like.  I’m still struggling with how to get it done in the morning because my son will only leave me alone for about 5 minutes.  I might have to wake up earlier – if you have tips send them my way, please!

What is your blog about? When did you start? Why did you start? What is your purpose?

My blog is about connecting food and mood.  It’s about listening to your body, learning about the body, about how we treat it, what we feed it, what we say to it.  I started it when I started my coaching practice because I had information and experiences to share.  I lived a good part of my life feeling not enough (sound familiar?), hating my body, abusing my body and saw everything around me suffering.  All of my relationships, school, jobs, direction, it was crappy.  My purpose is to show women that there is another way.  We can simply shift our perspective, see who we are and not apologize, love our bodies and enjoy love, success and community.

What is your favorite post? Why?

Well, it’s probably the one I wrote VERY last minute about my husband and why I don’t want to forget how important the little things are.  Appreciation is one thing, vocalizing it can be another and when we do it can transform relationships and connections.

What other blogs do your read? Why?

TGBTS because it’s wise and funny and I am so inspired by your vulnerability and also that you tell people to lay the f*** down.  I love a good sailor mouth.

Honestly, my business is still a baby so I’m bummed to say I don’t read more blogs because there are some awesome ones.

Who and what inspires you?

Women inspire me.  Those that came before us and those among us.  There is so much wisdom, courage, compassion, fire, devotion, unity, resiliency.  I could go on, but my point is that I don’t think I’ve met a woman that doesn’t inspire me with what she is doing whether it’s staying at home to raise babies or build a business or volunteer her time to something she loves or going to school or starting a blog.  We are so hungry for purpose and wired for connection, I’m inspired when I see all of the ways we go after it.  Getting shit done.  I think we’re ready for a female president, don’t you?

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Are you interested in the MindBodyBliss cleanse and want to learn more? Click here to see Nikki’s video about how the body already does a lot of the detox work.

Saturday Senses 2014

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

2014 march 29

tasting ::   vanilla vegan protein shake, avocado toast, white bean spinach soup, scrambled eggs with asparagus, lentil soup for breakfast, apples with justin’s chocolate hazelnut butter, green smoothies, almonds, popcorn, dairy free chocolate chip cookie bars, carnitas burrito.

hearing:      us saying good bye to our (very) long term bird, yans. he was 34 years old.

smelling ::     spring rain.

seeing ::      plans for a visit to see my brother come together.

feeling ::    calm and sad. life transitions are difficult. i’m trying to stay in the moment.

wishing/hoping ::     to stay healthy. #noupperlimits

What about you?

What are your senses this Saturday?

Looking back, how was your week?

Leave a comment and tell me all about it. I’d seriously love to hear about your week. Now’s not the time to be shy.

This weekly tradition inspired by Pink of Perfection’s Five Sense Friday.

Don’t forget to click the links!

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Do you wish you could end the school year feeling as energized as you started it?

Does recovering from the school year take most of your summer?

Are you ready to press reset but have no idea where that button is?

The Healthy, Happy, Sane Teacher is the reset button.

HHST

Keep up with The Healthy, Happy, Sane Teacher here.

Tiny Tips Tuesday: Celebrate Your Birthday

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Dear Friend,

Last week I celebrated my birthday by reviewing my previous years’ birthday lists (2012 2013), eating vegan cupcakes from Pushkin’s, riding my newly tuned up bike around Midtown and taking my friends and their kids bowling on a Saturday afternoon. Pretty low key and yet still celebratory. Pretty much a reflection of where I am in my life right now.

Some years I have chosen to skip the party and almost pretend like my birthday wasn’t happening or that it wasn’t a big deal. Looking back, it seems like I did this in years that things weren’t going as I had hoped or planned.

I would love to hear from you. Please share how you celebrate your birthday.

  • Are you a huge party every year kind of person or do you love a low key get together with a few close friends?
  • Or do you skip the whole thing?
  • Or does it depend on how things are going in your life?
  • How do you feel about birthdays?

With lots of self-kindness and love,

Tami

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Links To Love:

43 Things Before 43

A Half Birthday List 22 Before 44

Make A Birthday List from Rosie Molinary

Mrs. PartyPants (someone turned 40)

43 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

A Short List of Things I Hate

Saturday Senses 2014

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

2014 march 22

tasting ::   strawberry vanilla vegan protein shake, 4 pints of strawberries, avocado toast, white bean spinach soup, over easy eggs with brown rice and sauteed kale, mandarins, green smoothies, spinach and lentil bolani, tamarind chicken, awakening of faith from andy’s, vegan cupcakes from pushkin’s, beet salad every single damn day.  .

hearing:      happy birthday to me!

smelling ::     cupcakes. heaven.

seeing ::      myself get a little anxious about work stuff, so i went to yoga twice this week because i was convinced i didn’t have time. side note: there is always time for yoga.

feeling ::    loved and optimistic.

wishing/hoping ::     to stay healthy. #noupperlimits

What about you?

What are your senses this Saturday?

Looking back, how was your week?

Leave a comment and tell me all about it. I’d seriously love to hear about your week. Now’s not the time to be shy.

This weekly tradition inspired by Pink of Perfection’s Five Sense Friday.

Don’t forget to click the links!

{imagesource: my instagram!}

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Do you wish you could end the school year feeling as energized as you started it?

Does recovering from the school year take most of your summer?

Are you ready to press reset but have no idea where that button is?

The Healthy, Happy, Sane Teacher is the reset button.

HHST

Keep up with The Healthy, Happy, Sane Teacher here.

Tiny Tips Tuesday: Make Less Decisions To Have More Energy

Dear Friend,

Every day we’re faced with making a boatload of decisions. Big decisions. Little decisions. Hard decisions. Easy decisions. What to eat, what to wear, what classes to take, when to practice at home.

So Many.Decisions.

Are you already tired? Do you wish you had more energy? At least for the important stuff?

Please tell me I’m not alone in this! I recently went looking for ways to help me accomplish more without skimping on my much needed self-care.

Here’s the thing. It turns out we only have so much decision making power. It’s not just you or what you’re eating or even how much you are sleeping. It just is what it is.

So if you want to be able to make important decisions, it helps if you make less decisions total. Eliminating routine decisions seems to be able to help people make better important decisions.

According to the Harvard Business Review – Boring is Productive.

– Making too many decisions about mundane details is a waste of a limited resource: your mental energy. In the late 1990s, Roy Baumeister (a professor at Florida State University) and colleagues performed several experiments showing that certain types of conscious mental actions appeared to draw from the same “energy source” — gradually diminishing our ability to make smart decisions throughout the day.

(– excerpt from Boring Is Productive)

Forbes uses Albert Einstein and President Obama as examples of folks who simplify some of their decisions..

Take Albert Einstein. It has been reported that the famous physicist bought several versions of the same grey suit because he didn’t want to waste brainpower on choosing an outfit each morning. Now – decades later – President Obama does the same. — (excerpt from Steve Jobs Alway Dressed Exactly The Same. Here’s Who Else Does)

I’m not necessarily advocating that we adopt a uniform (although you would be hard pressed to find me wearing something other than a striped t-shirt and jeans) or to always eat the exact foods for breakfast, but how much do these kinds of decisions drain energy away from our creativity and productivity on issues and ideas that really matter?

How would our lives look if we made the routine parts of life, well, routine?

Recently I’ve been looking at systematizing parts of my life in order to increase my productivity, quality of life and energy levels. I figure I’ve only got so many kid free hours a week and I need to use them well. Especially if I still want to practice really good self-care including 8 to 9 hours of sleep every night, meditation and yoga.

One place that I’ve noticed a drain on my decision making power is scheduling recurring appointments like getting my hair cut, eyebrows shaped and my monthly body tune up massages.

Scheduling appointments is one of my most dreaded tasks. The back and forth with myself about when to do a service and at what time and then figuring out if my person is available and so on and so forth. It completely does my head in. I seriously get tired just thinking about it.

In order to cut down on this back and forth and the bad hair/eyebrows/back I’ve decided to schedule my next appointments out for the future. Until recently I have scheduled my next appointment while I am paying for my service, but with time at a premium these days even that was taxing my brain and leaving me feeling anxious about if I’d scheduled for too soon or too far out.

To combat this recurring feeling of overwhelm, I decided to try an experiment. This month I spent part of an afternoon on the phone with eyebrow, massage and hair people to schedule my 2014 appointments. I know, crazy, but hear me out.

By booking out so far in advance, I was able to schedule the first Tuesdays of each month for eyebrows, the last Tuesday of each month for massage and the last Friday of each month for my hair maintenance. Now when I am looking at booking private yoga clients or scheduling workshops, I now know which Tuesday and Friday afternoons are off limits. There is great comfort in knowing my appointments are set and when I am available to work with my clients.

I am also not walking around with crazy eyebrows, an out of whack back and ridiculous hair. Bonus is my service providers also have some stability in their schedules. It is the gift that keeps on giving!

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I would love to hear from you. Please share what decisions you put on auto pilot into your life and how your energy level is as a result of making less every day decisions.

With lots of self-kindness and love,

Tami

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More links:
12 More Ways to celebrate National Day of Unplugging.

10 Things I Loved in February 2014

Featured Teacher: Elizabeth Gallo

10 Ways to Practice Self-Care

Top Five Self-Care Tips from Melissa at compliment.

Top Five Self-Care Tips from Sarah at Yes and Yes.

10 Self-Care Ideas That Take 10 Minutes or Less