Tiny Tips Tuesday: In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 49

Dear Friend, 

I’m off again! This certainly has been the summer of travel. So while I am out of town, please enjoy some posts I have loved in my Feedly lately. These are the best of the blogs I read, so please click the links and enjoy!

in case you missed it vol 49My Grandpa’s Matches and Why You Shouldn’t Save ‘the Good Stuff’. Such a great reminder that now is the time to live your life and that you are worth ‘the good stuff’.

How to Say NO. I am pretty sure we could all use a little more practice saying no to things we don’t want in order to say yes to ourselves.

How to Change Other People. Wouldn’t that be nice?

If You Want to Write a Book, Go to a Boring Place

Give Yourself a Break This Summer: Buy Two of Everything. So simple and yet…

Let Amazon Help You Better Navigate Your Local Library. If I bought every book I read, I’d be really poor and have no where to sit.

How to Live a Perfect Life in Three Easy Steps. I like how there is really only 2 steps and they are both spot on.

Talking You Into NO. What can I say? People have been talking to me A LOT about needing to figure out how to say no to things lately.

How to Say NO to Everything Ever. More tips. Take them if you need to.

How to Get Back on Track When You’ve Totally Lost the Plot. I love her colorful choice of words.

Penny in Your Pants. I posted this on FB but in case you haven’t seen it yet.

For Habits: the Strategy of Accountability – the research behind creating new habits. God, I love Gretchen Rubin.

We Must Say NO In Order to Say Yes. Ahem.

But Seriously, Stop Being an A$$hole to Yourself. It doesn’t help anyone. Especially you.

Ready to Break Out of Negative Thinking?

Hope you are well.

With lots of love and compassion,

Tami

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Other posts you might like:

The Secret to Being a Happy Classroom Teacher

Learning to Set Boundaries and Getting More Comfortable Being Less Agreeable

Road Map for Resilience: 8 Steps to Get You Back on Track

In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 48

I’ve found some links to posts that made me laugh, cry, think or at least raise an eyebrow. Please click the links and check out the posts. You may find something that rocks your world too.

Leave me some feedback in the form of comments below on what you liked, what you hated and what you’d like to see more of. I’m here to help you find the best of what is online.

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My Best Of…

 Shine II Series from Rosie Molinary – SHINE II: philosophies and practices to nurture and flame your self-acceptance.

Rosie is a master at breaking down things down into manageable and actionable steps. Shine II is another great series from her.

If you need some help setting up the systems in your life so you feel like you have more of a handle on things be sure to check out her Spark Series.

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Soup! I’ve been having a months long serious head over heels love affair with soup. Check out these links for some favorites and ones I am making soon.

My current favoritesBroccoli Bisque, Lemony Soup with White Beans, Kale and Pasta, Carrot Coconut Soup.

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Hanging By a Thread from Danielle LaPorte via Whoorl – Seriously helped when things were feeling bleak. Related: 19 Tips For Taking Care of Yourself While Also Taking Care of Your Loved Ones.

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Looking for a CURVY friendly yoga retreat? I am totally going to this one, so if you want to go and are afraid you won’t know anyone I will be there. I am so excited!

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The Incredible Importance of Sleep for Habits and Motivation by Zen Habits.

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Podcasts I Love: Joy The Baker

Podcast I Love: Joy the Baker

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Who they are: 

Joy is a baker (duh) who lives in LA with her cat and writes an awesome blog and cookbooks. She has a new series called Bonkers Awesome and seriously cracks me up.

Tracy writes Shutterbean, lives in the Bay Area, has a husband, kid and day job. She takes tons of pretty pictures of life and food and loves black and white stripes and patterns and basically kicks internet ass.

Two best friends having conversations about totally important unimportant things. Topics that have totally killed me: office SWIMMING party, dudes who still live with their mom, and a rousing game of would you rather among other things. Pretty much every episode I have at least one hearty laugh.

 Why I love Joy The Baker and what I learn from it:

Going from a super duper active and social teaching job to full-time baby wrangler was a shock to my system. It was so QUIET at my house. Like have every clock in my house stopped and why is time moving soooooo slowly quiet. To battle the quiet around my house (and the panic in my head), we started listening to podcasts to keep me company while I played on the floor with my tiny one.

The first year of stay at home mom-dom could have been super lonely, but instead I feel like I got to know Joy and Tracy. I really felt like these ladies kept me company while totally cracking me up. It felt like I was eavesdropping on some seriously funny girlfriend conversations. Just what the doctor ordered!

Let me start with I think everyone should start with the first episode and listen in order until you are caught up to the current one. That’s how I did it and I’m so glad I did. Not only did I get to see how Joy and Tracy’s friendship grew, but got in on the insider jokes and serious lingo along the way. Plus the early ones are super funny because I think the ladies weren’t self-conscious because they didn’t realize how many people were listening.

Lessons I’ve learned (and some of my favorite episodes):

Red Flags – life warnings – life, recipe,restaurants, boy red flags. Warning signs from your gut which come up and smack you on the nose.

20 Questions – What to ask on a date with a dude, nosy questions to ask your maj (best friend), and more.

Embrace Your Inner Hippie – nut milks and quinoa, coconut oil and lots of other awesome hippie tips.

Modern Etiquette - how to stay polite in the whole new world of social media including dating in the FB age.

Posts/episodes I find inspiring and/or hilarious:

The Grass Is Always Greener: Catland (Joy really loves her cat), do people just want what they don’t have? Curly hair versus straight hair, boobs: bigger or smaller, thighs and more.

Boozy Susan: Office SWIMMING party (I can’t think of anything worse) and what to bring and wear to the party.

Would You Rather. One of my favorite games. And funny as hell listening to someone else playing.

Tiers of Tears. Tyler Florence will never be the same again.

If you haven’t already, go check out Joy The Baker podcast and then tell me what you think.

What podcasts do you love?

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 47

I’ve found some links to posts that made me laugh, cry, think or at least raise an eyebrow. Please click the links and check out the posts. You may find something that rocks your world too.

Leave me some feedback in the form of comments below on what you liked, what you hated and what you’d like to see more of. I’m here to help you find the best of what is online.

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My Best Of…

I Spy Kindness.

I love me some kindness so much I wrote a Kindness Manifesto. The stories of kindness in the big city warms my heart.

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Too Small to Fail.

Have you heard about this initiative yet? Oh my goodness, it makes my mama/teacher heart go all pitter patter. Finally, someone is addressing what school teachers have known for years.

Turns out the achievement gap starts before kids even enter school with what researchers are now calling the word gap. Basically middle class kids hear a gazillion more words than their less affluent counter parts and that word gap has significant meaning over the course of a life time.

We can help close the gap. All of us.

Thanks to GoMighty and specifically Blog con Queso’s post The Next Generation of My Goals for the heads up about this work!

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Offended or annoyed by people?

Zen Habits offers 3 Tricks to Deal with People Who Offend You

Yes and Yes offers What To Do When Someone Says Something Offensive – just in time for the holidays!

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 Alexis did a 30-Day Self-Care Adventure. Here she shares her “Best Of”. You may recognize a contributor or two!

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Pumpkin-Pistachio Kale Fried Rice Bowl with Maple Tofu Cubes. That is a whole lot of hippie goodness, friends. I sauteed the kale and added it at the end (the kale was left out of the directions in the recipe) and I used lots more maple syrup than the recipe called for because well, yum. FYI: even more delicious as leftovers.

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 46

I’ve found some links to posts that made me laugh, cry, think or at least raise an eyebrow. Please click the links and check out the posts. You may find something that rocks your world too.

Leave me some feedback in the form of comments below on what you liked, what you hated and what you’d like to see more of. I’m here to help you find the best of what is online.

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My Best Of…

 Work Happiness Secret: Track Your Effort, Not Your Accomplishments  <–Holy WOW. Yes. I think my mind is blown in such a good way.

This one is from Sarah Von Bargen (of yes and yes)’s business blog.

Tracking effort and not accomplishment is absolutely revolutionary thinking for me. I can see how it can and will help me feel better about my current business work AND how I can apply the same principles should I return to the classroom.

I can also see how I’ve been able to track other people’s effort especially in the classroom, but judge my work by accomplishment. For some reason, I’m now thinking about growth and fixed mindsets and wondering if this is all somehow related.

I might have to print this post and frame it.

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8 Steps to a Happier, Less Frenetic Fall by my wonderful friend, Rosie Molinary.

Since I started working with Rosie, I’ve started doing 5 of the 8 steps and I feel like I’ve finally got some control over my life/calendar. I’m looking forward to adding the other 3!

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 Try This Tuesday – Solve An Easy Problem NOW – from The Small Change Project.

If you ever find yourself feeling paralyzed from overwhelm, Katie suggests completely solving an easy problem. I love this advice because I have found it works for me.

For instance, when I get stuck, I clean the kitchen. No matter what I’m stuck on, I get myself to the kitchen and make it sparkle. If nothing else happens, at least my kitchen is clean.

9 times out of 10 though, that sense of accomplishment gets me out of the overwhelm mindset and I can go on to accomplish other things on my list.

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 How Technology is Making Reading Easier and Life Simpler by Frugal Mama.

Dude, so many of my favorite things in that title alone: technology, reading, easy, simple.

Check it out for lots of tips.

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My Love Affair with Oakland by Lisa Congdon.

What she said. Oakland is awesome. I am glad some of my favorite people live there so I get to visit.

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 How to Be Amazing At Social Media Without Letting It Consume Your Life. What can I say? I <3 Sarah Von Bargen.

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 5 Dumb Ass Things I Learned This Week That Should Have Already Known by Smaggle.

Um, I learned two VERY important things from this post. Brilliant!

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

Is recovering from the school year going to 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.

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Class starts in September – just in time for the new school year. Click here to register

Websites I Love: Good Life Project

Website I Love: Good Life Project

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Who they are: 

From their website:

Good Life Project™ is a movement. A set of shared values. A community. A creed, bundled with a voracious commitment to move beyond words and act. First, as a manifestation of your soul. And then as a quest to have the adventure of a lifetime, and to leave the world around you changed.

It’s about building an extraordinary life, deeper relationships and meaningful bodies of work, businesses and movements. It’s about becoming a creator, a leader, a mentor, a giver, a doer. It’s about telling a story with your life that you’d want to read and share.

Um, I’d like some of that please.

 Why I love Good Life Project and what I learn from it:

For me, Good Life Project is about watching/listening to people who have awesome businesses talk about how it all came together and their definition of what makes a good life.

It is a whole lot of inspiration and food for thought. And there is a CREED. Check it out.

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Like this? Learn to build a better life at Good Life Project.

Posts/episodes I find inspiring:

If you haven’t already, go check out Good Life Project and then tell me what you think.

What websites do you love?

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 45

I’ve found some links to posts that made me laugh, cry, think or at least raise an eyebrow. Please click the links and check out the posts. You may find something that rocks your world too.

Leave me some feedback in the form of comments below on what you liked, what you hated and what you’d like to see more of. I’m here to help you find the best of what is online.

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My Best Of…

 What the Heck Is Restorative Yoga and Why Should I Be Doing It? <—Holy hell, YES! Just read the whole thing. It is brilliantly spot on.

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There are a million reasons why people choose to make any big decision, but I’ve started to come back to the idea that the best decisions happen when you take some time off and cut yourself some slack. from What We’re Talking About: The Luxury of Time Off - Design Sponge {via yes and yes}

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33 Potluck Perfect Vegan Dishes. Why? Because I can’t eat dairy, my hubs is pretty much a vegetarian and my kid isn’t really into meat either. Oh and rumor has it, vegetables are good for you!

Related: Vegan Guide to San Francisco.

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Why I Consult My “Manager” and Why She Always Takes My Calls. The struggle between the want me and the should me is solved with the executive manager. For example: My manager reminds me to follow my good habits. My manager stays compassionate.My manager stands up for me when other people are too demanding.

Just another reason why I love Gretchen Rubin.

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Easy dinner inspiration from Shutterbean: Burrito Bowls.

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Solo vacations from Oh Happy Day! – not what you expect and yet the actual best kind.

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And last, but not least, Responding to Negative Nellies at Work.

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Image Source: reading by murphyeppoon on Flickr (cc)

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

Is recovering from the school year going to 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

Class starts in September – just in time for the new school year. Click here to register

In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 44.

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I’ve found some links to posts that made me laugh, cry, think or at least raise an eyebrow. Please click the links and check out the posts. You may find something that rocks your world too.

Leave me some feedback in the form of comments below on what you liked, what you hated and what you’d like to see more of. I’m here to help you find the best of what is online.

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My Best Of…

Learning to Set Boundaries and Getting Comfortable with Being Less Agreeable. Do you find yourself apologizing and trying to make everything alright for everyone else? Rosie did and boy has she learned a thing or two. I liked this one so much I almost linked to it twice.

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The Key to Success? Grit. Love this TED Talk from Angela Lee Duckworth. In it, she mentions Carol Dweck’s (of Mindset) research on the growth mindset. People, I think they are on to something here.

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Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with mint and (sheep) feta – pool food! So easy and so tasty. We had it at the pool the other night and again for lunch the next day. Summer food is the actual best. Well, until fall. And winter. And then spring. Dude, I think I just like to eat.

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Holly Would If She Could is Practicing Tolerance in yoga.

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Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies. Shutterbean strikes again.

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And last, but not least, it is starting to be that time. So rather than deny its existence, let’s Start The School Year the Frugal Way. At least we can all save some money, right?

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That is the In Case You Missed It Edition, folks.

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Image Source: Sam Reading in Badlands by CaptPiper on Flickr (cc)

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

Is recovering from the school year going to 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

Class starts in September – just in time for the new school year. Click here to register

Blogs I Love: Shutterbean

Blog I Love: Shutterbean.com

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Who they are: 

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Smart, sassy, half of the Joy The Baker podcast duo, Tracy from Shutterbean.com just may be your new best friend. Or at least you want her to be.

Maybe you already know Tracy from the podcast or her blog and I’m late to the party, but seriously, I can’t get enough of this blog.

Tracy says this about herself:

I’m a working mom/wife/photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. – Read more of her words here.

Time magazine pretty much nailed it perfectly when they said this about Shutterbean.

Some bloggers take you too far into their worlds, documenting their every move. Tracy Benjamin, also known as Shutterbean, offers just enough of a window to leave you wanting more. Her beautifully shot recipes are usually fun and easy to make, offering variations on classics like banh mi sandwiches and Bloody Marys. Weekly collections of quirky links and a feature called “My Everyday Life” offer her takes on friends, family, food and more. A sleek, easy-to-navigate design is a cherry on the top of Shutterbean’s already delicious sundae.

 Why I love Shutterbean.com and what I learn from it:

Tracy and I share a deep love of stripes. Her recipes all look delicious. Her photography is beautiful. The stories around the food are usually funny. And then there are ridiculously helpful posts like The Perfect Fried Egg.

 Posts I find inspiring:

Even though Shutterbean is mostly a food blog, I my favorite posts are her Every Day Life weekly round-up of photographs. Tracy captures the beauty of daily life in creative and interesting ways. She actually inspires me to want to take better photographs and to stop and pay attention to my surroundings.

Tracy also has an occasional series called Out and About – places to go and eat. There are a lot of Bay Area locations because she’s based there and being a native myself, it’s like hanging around my old stomping grounds. With better photos!

On the Plate:

Obviously there are a ton of recipes on Shutterbean because it’s a food blog. The difference is the photography, adding cute graphics to her photos and her obvious love of food.

A small sampling of the recipes I want to make:

Orange Cream Floats

Honey Rosemary Lemonade

Goat Cheese Guacamole with Pita Chips

Orzo Salad

Grilled Greek Panzanella

Life Changing Vegan Thumbprint Cookies

If you haven’t already, go check out Shutterbean.com and then tell me what you think.

What blogs do you love?

Sarah Von Bargen of Yes and Yes: TGBTS Featured Teacher

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 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 Sarah? She’s the writer of one of my favorite blogs Yes and Yes as well as her small business blog SarahVonBargen.com.

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1. You used to teach English – tell me about your experience. What brought you to teaching and what made you want to change professions?

My first experience was teaching English in Brazil through my university’s ELTAP program. I loved it, but when I got back to America I accepted a job as an event planner at a Super Fancy event planning firm. I burned out, had a quarter life crisis, moved to Taiwan to teach ESL, and then spent the next six years teaching ESL and earning my MA in Applied Linguistics.

Why did I change careers from teaching to blogging? There were a lot of reasons. The non-profit where I taught ran classes 50 weeks a year, so I never got a real break. My salary was less-than-inspiring. Also, I’ve always been the personality type to show up early, stay late, and give 120%. When you’re a teacher, you’re never, ever financially rewarded for hard work or creative ideas (though obviously, none of us get into teaching for the money) and I wanted to make more money if I was working harder and helping my students get better test scores than others.

2. How did you make the move from world-traveling ESL teacher to small business internet awesomer?

Slowly but surely! I blogged and freelanced for 2.5 years before I quit my teaching job. I should also point out that I’ve been getting paid to write since I was 20 and I have a background in marketing/pr/advertising so I came to blogging (and teaching) with that skill set. I didn’t have to learn those things from scratch :)

3. What kinds of stuff do you teach now? Who is your ideal client and what is your ideal work?

I teach small businesses and entrepreneurs how to make a name for themselves on the internet. Whether that’s through blogging, social media, creating e-books, or pitching bloggers who will then promote their products, I teach all things internet-related.

My ideal client is a small, lifestyle business that has built social responsibility into their business model. I particularly love helping my clients create blogging editorial plans, brainstorming clever promotion ideas, and nailing down their social media.

4. What are your Top 5 self-care must do’s?

Self Care Must Do #1. Step away from your screen!

After 7 pm, close your laptop, stop answering emails, and get off of social media. Go live your life, forpetessake!

Self Care Must Do #2. Know your limits

I have a suuuuuper active social life, but I top out after about four hours of conversation/mingling/partying. If I stay much longer than that I can feel the light inside me turn off. So I take myself home! Know when you’re ready to stop – whether it’s eating, drinking, socializing, exercising, know when you’re done.

Self Care Must Do #3. Edit your friends

Take note of how you feel after you hang out with someone. If they’re constantly complaining and waxing negative, maybe you should limit your time together.

Self Care Must Do #4. Stop feeling guilty about your ‘guilty pleasures’

I don’t believe in guilty pleasures – I just like what I like. And if my self-care is eating popcorn for dinner while watching MTV’s True Life, I’m not going to apologize for that.

Self Care Must Do #5. If you want something in your life, make it part of your life

If you want a more active social life, plan a party. If you need more alone time, turn down some of those invitations. If you need more energy, go to bed earlier, eat more vegetables, get more exercise. You’re the only one who can take care of you!

5. How do you manage working from home without driving yourself bonkers?

Honestly, it’s not a problem! Even though I’m super friendly and outgoing, I’m actually an introvert. Also: my apartment is gorgeous. And as previously mentioned, I have a really, really active social life, so I have lunch or dinner with someone or go out almost every day – sometimes twice a day!

6. Do you have a yoga practice? Are you still transitioning from work to home with legs-up-the-wall? What about meditation/quiet contemplation?

I don’t really. When I remember, I transition with legs-up-the-wall. My most yogi-esque activity is probably going for long walks in the morning through quiet neighborhoods and writing in my gratitude journal before I go to sleep. I’m not really sure if my personality lends itself to yoga – I’m more of a hip hop dance class type of person ;)

7. You write a lot. How do you produce so much engaging content? What’s your writing secret? I’d love to shadow you for a week to see your processes, so any and all tips/tricks for editorial calendar, idea generating and/or actually writing excellent content will be greatly appreciated.

Oh thanks so much! I’m not really sure that I have any secrets! I’ve been writing for a long time (and writing with deadlines) so it comes relatively easily to me. I rarely do more than one draft and a proof read, so I’m sure that makes me a faster writer than some.

Most of my ideas come from conversations with friends or reading other stuff or my everyday life. I have a lot of notes in my phone and drafted posts on my dashboard of posts I’d like to write. Also, if you look at Yes and Yes, you’ll see that I do True Story and Real Life Style Icon interviews, Mini Travel Guides, and I have two contributors who help with food-related posts. On my small business blog, I host guest posts once a month. So all of that is content I don’t write myself. I’m not an expert at everything but I wanted my blog to cover lots of topics, so I brought in some help ;)

8. How do you manage stress of running a successful small business, wildly popular blog and active social/travel life?

This is a deeply unhelpful answer, but I’m not a particularly stressed out person. I love 95% of the work I do, so it simply doesn’t stress me out. When I do get stressed out, I have a 4-part foolproof (for me) plan:

1. Work out for an hour
2. Take a shower or go swimming
3. Take a nap
4. Drink some coffee

Everything seems brighter when you’re clean, rested, and caffeinated!

9. How do you handle self-doubt?

While I have demons just like anyone else (I self-medicate through cleaning, dancing, and eating cheese) self-doubt isn’t really something I struggle with. When I’m worried about something, I usually make a list of the things I’m worried about and write down all the possible ways I can deal with it. Maybe those aren’t things I actually want to do (‘move back in my with family’ ‘get a roommate’ ‘incur $15,000 credit card debt’) but they are things I could do if need be. Just seeing all those options makes me feel better.

10. How do you maintain your optimistic Yes and Yes outlook on life?

I pretty firmly believe that nothing has any meaning other than the one that you assign to it. So when I lose a big client, I choose to believe that loss is making space for an even bigger, better project. When I break up with someone, I choose to believe that relationship served a purpose and I’ll meet someone who’s a better fit for me. I make a very active effort to find the silver lining in just about everything.

Do you have any questions or comments for Sarah?

Are you a rock star teacher (or know one)? Would you like to be a TGBTS Featured Teacher? Send me a message or leave me comment here.

In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 43

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I’ve found some links to posts that made me laugh, cry, think or at least raise an eyebrow. Please click the links and check out the posts. You may find something that rocks your world too.

Leave me some feedback in the form of comments below on what you liked, what you hated and what you’d like to see more of. I’m here to help you find the best of what is online.

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My Best Of…

The Best Thing You Can Do for Your Career This Weekend.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies – no dairy! Just don’t tell my daughter about these. She thinks cookies only happen on vacation in Minnesota.

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Love this TED Talk from Kristen Howerton of Rage Against the Minivan about using the Internet to avoid feelings.

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How To Find Time For Yoga Everyday.

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“We need to make wellness wisdom an integral part of college prep, not just to make sure that our kids graduate but also to improve the quality of their college experience.” from Edutopia blogger Jill Flury

I would argue we also need to make self-care and wellness part of teacher credentialing programs.

Unacceptable: Many Teens Aren’t Emotionally Ready for College

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And last, but not least, how to set healthy boundaries at work. Why think about this in the summer while on break? It might help start the year off better next school year.

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Blogs I Love: Rosie Molinary

Blog I Love: Rosie Molinary.com

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Who they are: 

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Rosie Molinary is a lot of things to a lot of people. She’s my co-creator/facilitator of The Healthy, Happy, Sane Teacher, author of two books - Beautiful You and Hijas Americanas, she’s a body image expert, teacher, board chair of Circle deLuz,  adoptive mama and friend. She’s also a prolific writer, fantasy football nut and cardigan collector.

When asked what work she goes, she invites us to take a peek under the hood and a peek inside her classroom.

Why I love Rosie Molinary.com and what I learn from it:

Rosie is a master at self-care. She wasn’t always. When she started out as a teacher in her early twenties, she ended up in the emergency room twice. In a week.

She learned self-care the hard way. And she writes and teaches what she does, so you don’t have to. I love her for that!

All of her self-care posts show how busy people can make their lives better by taking the time to take care of themselves.

She shows you how to say no so you can say yes to the things most important in your life.

How scheduling a break can help you be more productive in the long run.

Her starter steps to self-acceptance is an absolute must read.

Flipping the switch (from self-hate to self-acceptance).

Quieting the anxiety. The name says it all.

A road map for resilience.

 Posts I find inspiring:

Spark Your Systems is a series of posts which for me are completely awe-inspiring. Rosie outlines how she handles various aspects of her life and she makes organization seem completely reasonable and doable. Some of my favorites are: Menu Planning and Planning for What You Need, Want and Have To Do (my want-to-do list somehow always gets lost).

Giving up The Facade – would you go au natural, even for a day? Rosie challenges her students (and the community at large) go forgo make up and hair products for a day and to let the world see the real person. I’m fascinated by this phenomenon because I grew up in an era where make up was optional for a lot of us. Not so much for this next generation. In the past she has shared photos of her scrubbed clean students and they all look beautiful.

Getting Over A Break Up: A Primer. Who hasn’t been there? Here are real steps to help you feel better.

 If you haven’t already, go check out RosieMolinary.com and then tell me what you think.

What blogs do you love?

In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 42

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I’ve found some links to posts that made me laugh, cry, think or at least raise an eyebrow. Please click the links and check out the posts. You may find something that rocks your world too.

Leave me some feedback in the form of comments below on what you liked, what you hated and what you’d like to see more of. I’m here to help you find the best of what is online.

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My Best Of…

I’ve been enjoying lots of green smoothies the last few months and Joy the Baker’s Good Morning Greens are about to be added to the morning mix.

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Summer break is on the horizon! Here are Ten Free Kid Activities in Sacramento.

Bowling, museums and movies – hello, free air conditioning!

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Looking for a signature summer cocktail? Tracy from Shutterbean is on to something with the Bombay Fizz Cocktail.

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Can I do Curvy Yoga if I’m not…..curvy? Anna’s latest video sums it up perfectly.

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Have you decided what you are going to do once Google Reader bites the dust?

Sarah at Whoorl wrote an excellent post on How to Use Feedly.

Tsh from Simple Mom also covers how to stay up to date with your favorite blogs.

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And last, but not least, Five Tactics for Cheap, Healthy Eating from The Simple Dollar.

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Blogs I Love: Marie Forleo

Blog I Love: MarieForleo.com

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Who they are:

Marie Forelo will help you create a business and life you love. She’s part business strategist, part marketing maven and part spiritual ass-kicker with a side of hip-hop swagger (her words).

She’ll most likely make you laugh really hard too.

Basically, she is a rock star.

Why I love Marie Forleo and what I learn from it:

.Marie sends out a newsletter every Tuesday and I’m happy to get it. And read it. And then watch the enclosed video (sometimes more than once) and sometimes I’m inspired enough to leave a comment on her post.

What does she talk about that a school/yoga teacher finds so inspiring? Pretty much everything:

How to Overcome Fear and Self-Doubt

How to Get More Done in Less Time

What to Do When Life Hands You A Sh*t Sandwich (hint, it’s not sit around and complain about it).

When to Close A Business: How to Know If It Is Time to Move On – good relationship advice.

Marie’s book Make Every Man Want You: How to Be So Irresistable You’ll Barely Keep from Dating Yourself! is not really about dating or finding a dude. It’s about getting your sh*t together so you can have your best life.

Ed note: I effing HATE the title of this book and almost didn’t read it because of the title, but I am so interested in what Marie has to say I sucked it up and read it anyway. She’s good….

Posts I find inspiring:

How to Be Fascinating (I’m a Trendsetter and you?)

How to Balance Being a Great Mom and Growing Your Business

I Made a Mistake: What to Do When You’ve Said Something Stupid

How to Deal with Jealousy and Being Intimidated By Someone Else’s Success

Feeling Like a Fraud? Stop Self Sabotage with this Unexpected Technique

Want more, more, more? I know I do. Check out Marie’s amazing archives for Advice for Sticky Situations, Be Your Best Self, Focus and Be Productive, How to Develop Killer Content, How to Conquer Your Fear and Limiting Beliefs and more.

If you haven’t already, go check out Marie Forleo and then tell me what you think.

What blogs do you love?

You Become What You Pay Attention To

In class each week I try to share some nugget of wisdom I’ve picked up along the way. Recently most of what I’m sharing comes from my friend, Rosie’s book, Beautiful You.

Day 23: Realize That You Are What You Pay Attention To

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Consider this very simple truth. What we pay attention to, what we put our energy into, is a statement about what is important to us. It is a reflection of who we are.

She goes on to challenge the reader to examine and reflect where their attention and energy is spent and to make adjustments if they don’t like what they find.

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I’ve been limiting my intake of things that I don’t find helpful or kind (no more Law and Order SVU marathons for me) and I’ve found I’ve felt more at ease as a result.

Here are a few things I have found quite helpful lately.

  • Megan Francis’ The Kitchen Hour podcast. Specifically the episode with Math For Grownups author Laura Laing. In this podcast they talk about how to help your kids with math homework, online resources and how to deal with that pesky “new math”. I was completely riveted and wish I had known about this website and book earlier.
  • Joy the Baker podcast. Good lord, where do I start?  My child sings the theme song. Let’s just say these ladies have made their presence known (and loved) in our household. Can not say enough how much I crack up in every episode. I’ll bet you’ll want to be their best friends too.
  • Body Positive Yoga’s videos have brightened this curvy girl’s day. Amber is super funny and she knows her modifications for the three B’s: booty, belly and boobs. Such a great resource!
  •  How to Be Fascinating – Marie Forleo’s interview with Sally Hogshead. I was lucky enough to get a free deal because I subscribe to Marie’s weekly emails (and I will say I actually look forward to getting them each week because they are so good.) Turns out I’m a trendsetter – I see the future and would like you all to come with me. Sounds exactly right! In a world full of power yoga, I’m asking people to lay down and be quiet.
  • Brene Brown (one of my all time favorites) is sharing her favorite books. This is ridiculously exciting for a book nerd like me.
  • My friend Rosie is a genius (this post is inspired by something in one of her books!) and she has figured out the secret to life: unscheduled days. I know. Brilliant!

What are you putting your energy and attention these days?

43 Books: Minimalist Parenting by Christine Koh and Asha Dornfest

As part of my 43 Before 43, I’m reading 43 books.

I bought this for myself for my birthday and it is book number 39. Not too shabby.

Let me start with what I liked about the book:

  • The title. Seriously, if the word minimalist is in the title I’ve probably already checked it out.
  • The subtitle: Enjoy Modern Family Life MORE by doing LESS. – I love doing less and enjoying more. Like a lot.
  • An entire chapter dedicated to self-care!
  • The ideas in this book are completely doable.
  • This book helped me feel less alone in the sense that I want to do less and enjoy parenting more. I still see so much what I call parenting Olympics around that it was refreshing to read a book with beliefs similar to mine.
  • As part of the book launch, the authors held a 2 week Min Camp where each day we were asked to do an easy action from the book. It was such a great way to put the book into action. It’s free, it’s easy and it’s still going on.
  • I love the idea of limiting extra curricular activities (both from a parent AND teacher perspective – down time is good for everyone).
  • I love the idea of saying no to activities and physical stuff to make room for the remarkable.
  • Kudos to the authors for emphasizing working with the teacher when dealing with their kids’ school and the idea of GOOD ENOUGH when it comes to school. I was basically fist pumping and shouting during that part.

A couple of things that weren’t my favorite:

  • I wish the self-care chapter would have been first instead of last because I am such a huge advocate of self-care. I get that a lot of people haven’t been taking care of themselves and have to sort of be talked into doing something for themselves. But SO IMPORTANT!
  • The writing in the education section got a bit circular. I’m thinking because it is so ridiculously personal for each family and everyone’s experience is so different. Still, the emphasis on taking the competition out, (ironically) wins.

The all important question – would I want to be friends with the author?

Good lord, YES! Asha and Christine use their own experiences and family stories to illustrate the topics in the book and I feel like we are kindred spirits.

Should you read Minimalist Parenting?

Absolutely. If you have kids and feel like your life is running you instead of you enjoying it, read this book now.

Have you read Minimalist Parenting? What did you think?

Blogs I Love: Curvy Yoga

Blog I Love: Curvy Yoga

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Who they are:

Anna Guest-Jelley is the mastermind behind Curvy Yoga – a training and inspiration portal for curvy yogis and their allies and teachers.

I was fortunate enough to meet Anna pretty quickly after my yoga teacher training and had the opportunity to interview her for our Featured Teacher Series. You can check out those interviews here and here.

Basically, she is a rock star.

Recently she guest posted here at TGBTS about How Restorative Yoga Healed My Body Image – which includes a free restorative section from her book Permission to Curve.

Anna organized the Curvy Yoga community to send photos to the Yoga Journal Model Contest and published all the photos on her site. If you look you may even find some familiar faces.

Some local Sacramento Curvy Yogis from It’s All Yoga and I talked with Anna about our Curvy Yogi photo shoot, radical insight and the subversiveness of acceptance and the interviews are here and here.

In other words, Anna has been a TGBTS ally since the start and she is not only a warm, generous person, but also an inspiration. I am so happy to have Anna in my corner.

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Why I love Curvy Yoga and what I learn from it:

Anna writes thoughtful, thought-provoking posts and provides information I haven’t found anywhere else.  She inspires me to bring yoga to people who may believe they can not do it for whatever reason.

Posts I find inspiring:

Why Touching Your Toes Doesn’t Matter

Restorative Yoga (a simple practice for home)

25 Ways to Add Yoga to Your Life

13 Ways of Looking At A Yoga Pose

Weighty Words

Dear Yoga Journal

Curvy Yogis, Represent!

Yogi Imperfect

Are You Advanced In Your Practice?

Finding Your Teacher

Yoga From the Wounded Place

If you haven’t already, go check out Curvy Yoga and then tell me what you think.

What blogs do you love?

Blogs I Love: Yes and Yes

Blog I Love: Yes and Yes

Who they are:

Yes and Yes is written by the effervescent Sarah Von Bargen – a globe-trotting, cheese loving, list making, business woman of the most awesome variety. I’ve had the pleasure of brunching with her while she visited Sacramento and was pleasantly surprised that she is even more awesome in person than she is online.

Did I also mention she has taught English in Taiwan? A girl after my own heart.

Why I love Yes and Yes and what I learn from it:

What isn’t to love? I mean, seriously. Sarah starting writing the blog she wanted to read and as it turns out found exactly what other people want to read too: smart, funny, thought-provoking, inspiring, and helpful posts on a variety of topics.

I’ve learned how to solo lady travel, pack, create a list of new experiences and follow through on them, say NO, restart a new year, give a compliment. Seriously, the list goes on and on, but I think you get the point.

Sarah writes to help her readers. In a clever way. So refreshing!

I’ve even written about adoption for Yes and Yes and was honored to be included in the Yes and Yes community.

Posts I find inspiring:

Greatest Hits! Titles include: How To Create An Amazing Group of Friends, Settle the Eff Down: (Or How to Avoid Psyching Yourself Out), How to Get Over A Break Up, How Do I Become a Grown Up Parts 1 and 2!

Mini Travel Guides

Taiwan – Since we are totally taking little girl back to Taiwan at some point, I loved this travel guide.

Sarah revisited Taiwan recently on her way back home. Here are some Notes from the Road.

Sarah’s advice for Getting A Good ESL Job may come in super handy when we return to Taiwan.

If you haven’t already, go check out Yes and Yes and then tell me what you think.

What blogs do you love?

Blogs I Love: 100 Days of Real Food

Blog I Love: 100 Days of Real Food

Who they are:

100 Day of Real Food‘s tag line – 1 Family, 2 Kids and 0 Processed Foods pretty much sums it up. A couple of years ago, Lisa – the mom behind the blog – read Michael Pollen’s In Defense of Food and had a major food epiphany and decided to change how her family ate for 100 days. They are still at it and she writes about how they keep their food real.

Why I love 100 Days of Real Food and what I learn from it:

I have been really interested in whole food and organics for the better part of a decade. I honestly can’t remember why I decided to start eating whole foods, maybe it was starting to really learn to cook and realizing how fulfilling it is to feed myself.  Also reading books like This Organic Life: Confessions of A Suburban Homesteader changed how I thought about where my food came from. After reading this book, I signed up for a CSA and began eating foods in season and grown close to home. And I started feeling better.

When I was studying to become a teacher, we got to work in school gardens with some of our students. It was pretty eye-opening how little students knew about where their food came from. That experience helped me to want to help others eat better.

One of the ways I teach students about food is sharing what I eat. This may sound weird, but I show my students my meals. I eat breakfast at school and show them my steel cut oats with cooked apples or yogurt with honey and real blueberries.  Sometimes we sit together at lunch time. They are so interested in what I’m eating. They usually say they’ve never heard of it or comment that it looks weird, but smells good. We talk about the importance of eating the rainbow. Not like eating every color Skittles (actual conversation), but to eat different colored fruits and vegetables. On my birthday, I bring treats: strawberries and vanilla wafers with whipped cream. Well, I don’t use the dairy anymore, but they love it.

I love food and now that I’m in change of feeding another human, I am even more concerned with the quality of said food. Plus with all my allergies, I’ve got to be pretty diligent about reading labels and keeping allergens out of my system.

I absolutely love reading about other people’s adventures in navigating the real food world.
Posts I find inspiring:

Real Food Tips: 7 Healthy Holiday Parties (for kids!) – as a teacher, I am thankful for posts like this one full of ideas on how not to sugar up the kiddos at school. I’ve already tried a couple of these ideas with great success (recycled trash crafts and board games with the teacher playing day) and I look forward to my return to the classroom to try more.

Real Food Tips: 10 Ways To Switch Up Your Kid’s Lunch – Kid’s lunch? What about MY lunch? Really, in all seriousness, use these ideas to make your own lunch better.

Real Food Tips: 10 Reasons To Cut Out Processed Foods – please know I still eat completely and utter like crap some of the time. On purpose. But 90% of the time, we are hitting up the whole foods.

Real Food Tips: 12 Ways to Keep It Cheap – Eating whole food can be expensive. Lisa has specific tips to help defray the cost. At this point my life, I’d rather spend money on quality food than medicine in the future. I’m that guy now.

Welcome to 100 Days of Real Food – where it all started and a 10-Day Pledge.

Lunch photos on Facebook – I very much want Lisa to make my lunch.

If you haven’t already, go check out 100 Days of Real Food and then tell me what you think.

What blogs do you love?

In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 41

{photo credit: Etsy – click image for source – PS I would not be sad to have this in my house if anyone is feeling gifty}

I’ve found some links to posts that made me laugh, cry, think or at least raise an eyebrow. Please click the links and check out the posts. You may find something that rocks your world too.

Leave me some feedback in the form of comments below on what you liked, what you hated and what you’d like to see more of. I’m here to help you find the best of what is online.

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My Best Of…

You all know how much I love music, right? Like borderline obsessed.

It all started with my first live show in 1982 – The Police – Ghost In The Machine Tour. Changed my life and started my life long love of live music.

Jen over at Classic Play is curious about bringing kids to concerts – should she or shouldn’t she? Please stop by and let her know what you think.

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6 Steps to Better Student Blogging - dude, blogging with my students is actually something I am totally looking forward to doing again.

Do you blog with yours?

Do you want to? Mrs. Ripp is a great resource for what works.

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Do your students or kids spend half their game time fetching the dice that have “rolled” away. Parent Hacks to the rescue!

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How do you process? My smarty pants friend Rosie Molinary came up with The List: Tools For Processing. I’m a huge fan of numbers 1, 2 and 5. What about you?

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Do you make seasonal or yearly or birthday to-do lists? I just started and it turns out they help me be more productive in my fun. Yup, productive and fun used in the same sentence.

You’re welcome.

Sarah from Yes and Yes came up with an excellent list in Your Autumn To-Do List  or check out The Fall Frolic from Rosie Molinary for ideas on how to get all the fun this fall.

I’m already thinking about what to put on my list.

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And last, but not least, from Our Little Apartment – How I Practice Self-Care. So many great ideas!

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 40

{photo credit: Etsy – click image for source – PS I would not be sad to have this in my classroom if anyone is feeling gifty}

I’ve found some links to posts that made me laugh, cry, think or at least raise an eyebrow. Please click the links and check out the posts. You may find something that rocks your world too.

Leave me some feedback in the form of comments below on what you liked, what you hated and what you’d like to see more of. I’m here to help you find the best of what is online.

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My Best Of…

Over the last year I’ve become a walker. Partly because I need to get the girl outside and partly because I find life is more manageable once I’ve taken myself on a walk.

Andrew from A Peaceful Resolution posted about The 10-Minute Worry Walk and I decided to share with all my freshly back a school teacher friends. I believe walking with your worries works better than sweet or savory carby snacks. Plus 10 minutes is shorter than recess, so you can still hit the bathroom before picking up your class.

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Vegan frosty and fudgesicles? Yes, please! Being dairy-free just got a lot more delicious thanks to Amy at Coffee and Sunshine. These may be the only reasons to celebrate the still hot as blazes temperatures.

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How To Be Unhappy – from Chris at The Art of Non-Conformity. The comments are as brilliant as the post itself. Read it and add to it.

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Have you ever been physically and emotionally exhausted from your job as a teacher? Or a mother? Or a daughter? Me too. Jen Louden has some very brilliant tips on How To Stop the Cycle of Over Providing.

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Have you read the Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin? The book? I did and found it to be super helpful. I also read the blog and am very much looking forward to her new book Happier At Home coming out in September.

Anyway, I find her writing style simple and compelling and this post about getting up earlier to find time for yourself to be brilliant. Easy for me to say because I’m a morning lark, but I thought it was worth sharing. The more I talk to other moms and teachers, the more I realize how hard it is for women to take time for themselves.

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 39

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I’ve found some links to posts that made me laugh, cry, think or at least raise an eyebrow. Please click the links and check out the posts. You may find something that rocks your world too.

Leave me some feedback in the form of comments below on what you liked, what you hated and what you’d like to see more of. I’m here to help you find the best of what is online.

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My Best Of…

Can You Coccoon? The Challenge and Power of Taking a Rest from Amy Kessel. Gaining strength and inspiration from taking time away from the busyness of life to recharge your batteries.

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Want to change a habit and aren’t sure where to start? Leo Babauta gives four steps here in Where In The World Do I Start?  

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For some, summer break is starting to wind down and teachers are starting to think about the return to work. While I am not joining them this year because of my extended parental leave, I’ve still got teaching on the brain this time of year.

Lisa Dabbs from Teaching With Soul and the founder of the New Teacher Chat on Twitter has published an amazing list of teacher resources titled: Mentoring Monday An Article A Day…Might Just Save Your Teaching Life.

I can’t wait to dig into this list. Please check it out and leave me a comment on your favorite.

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Are you or someone you know going through a break up? Not sure what to do or say? Divorce Field Guide: Best Advice from Mighty Girl has some gems. My favorite is number 3. So, so, so true.

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Curvy Yoga’s Guide To Creating A Home Studio – a step-by-step guide for setting up a space and practice at home. A short, ridiculously helpful guide for getting on the mat at home.

Did you all know Anna is coming to Sacramento and specifically It’s All Yoga? I’m so excited!

CurveFest 2012 – October 13th – 1-6:30 pm

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 38

{photo credit: Etsy – click image for source – PS I would not be sad to have this in my house}

I’ve found some links to posts that made me laugh, cry, think or at least raise an eyebrow. Please click the links and check out the posts. You may find something that rocks your world too.

Leave me some feedback in the form of comments below on what you liked, what you hated and what you’d like to see more of. I’m here to help you find the best of what is online.

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My Best Of…

From Frugal Mama – 5 Cheap Ways to Make This Summer Really Fun. Food? Check. Friends? Check. What more do you need? Tips for coordinating your people to actually make it happen.

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Things I Think At the Gym from Already Pretty. I wish I were this dedicated and evolved in my thinking…

My favorite part:

Well, I still loathe the gym. I vastly prefer to be walking or biking or doing virtually anything exercise-y besides holing up in a moist, crowded building with a hundred of my neighbors. (And I swap in those activities as often as I can.) But MAN have my gym-based thought processes changed. I’ll admit to the occasional huff when I catch myself in the mirror, but everyone else? I literally look at them and think, “Yep, you’re awesome. You too. And you.”

Click through to find out why everyone is so awesome.

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Remember when the newness of summer break wore off and you started telling your mom how bored you were or your kids are now telling you how bored they are? Jennifer at Classic Play has some ideas to keep your little people busy this summer.

Welcome to Camp Classic Play! – Featuring bubbles | outdoor games | fortune tellers | pen pal letters | photography | tin can telephones | marble games | walkie talkies

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Brene Brown has done it again with The Toughest Thing I’ve Learned About Parenting.

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Have you met Holly from Holly Would If She Could yet? My god, what a breath of fresh air! I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with her a couple of times and I find her to be delightful.

I loved her post about The 5 Best Decisions I’ve Made In My Adult Life.

What are yours?

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Remember to click the links and leave some comments. This is a conversation, you know.

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 37

{photo credit: Etsy – click image for source – PS I would not be sad to hang this in my house}

I’ve found some links to posts that made me laugh, cry, think or at least raise an eyebrow. Please click the links and check out the posts. You may find something that rocks your world too.

Leave me some feedback in the form of comments below on what you liked, what you hated and what you’d like to see more of. I’m here to help you find the best of what is online.

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My Best Of…

Where is the Mommy War For the Motherless Child? from Rage Against the Minivan – Kristen says it like it is and I like it. -

When it comes to issues of motherhood, there is one issue I care about: some kids don’t have one. All of these petty wars about the choices of capable, loving mothers is just a lot of white noise to me, Quite honestly, I’m often astonished at the non-essential parenting issues I see moms getting their panties in a wad about. Particularly when there are so many kids in this world not being parented at all.

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Chardonnay, Pantyhose, and Other Advice From My Mother from Aunt Peaches (via Small Notebook’s link post) – Just good advice.

My favorites:

…on kids with weird names
Make a special effort to be nice to kids with weird names. It’s not their fault their parents are idiots.

…on teachers
Expect 20% of your teachers to be bad at their job. This does not mean they are bad people, it just means they chose the wrong profession. Why should you suffer for their mistake?Learn to spot them and avoid them. For the other 80%, treat them as though they are the most important person you will ever meet. They probably are.

Be sure to click over and leave a comment about your favorite or the best advice you got from your mother.

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Reason #73 Why We Need Curvy Yoga – Anna pretty much sums it up with this:

well-meaning teachers who shame students because they haven’t thought through the meaning of their words.

If you teach anything, especially yoga, please read this post.

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If I Had A Million Dollars from Amy at Coffee and Sunshine (formerly Just A Titch). Click over to see how I’d spend mine and leave a comment about how you’d spend yours. I found it more difficult than I thought it would be.

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I Spy from Rosie Molinary. Have you ever wondered if the photo you are looking at and comparing yourself to has been digitally altered? Most likely it has and the biggest tell is in the hands. Go check out Rosie’s post for more details and images. The Ralph Lauren model? WTF? Also see: stop comparing yourself to models who don’t even look like their pictures.

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 36 – Moving At A Baby’s Pace

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Happy Memorial Day weekend! We are on the home stretch of the school year and are using our time Monday to finish up adoption paperwork (because it is NEVER done) and hanging out with the hubs.

Wow, it’s been a few months since I’ve done a link post. I’m not sure why since I’m still reading and starring posts every day. Now that I remember how fun it is to share, expect more of these in the future.

I’ve found some links to posts that made me laugh, cry, think or at least raise an eyebrow. Please click the links and check out the posts. You may find something that rocks your world too.

Leave me some feedback in the form of comments below on what you liked, what you hated and what you’d like to see more of. I’m here to help you find the best of what is online.

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For months now, ever since we brought Ruby home, I’ve been walking. And walking. And walking. Sometimes with a friend, sometimes alone, but mostly with the girl.  Until recently, I never thought walking was hard enough exercise (also see: not worth doing), but I’ve come to rely on walking as a way to reset my mood, my day and what feels like sometimes, my life.  I highly recommend reading Walking As A Retreat For the Busy Mom  (on Simple Mom)- about how one mom’s effort to save some money changed her life. – Are you a walker?

Do You Wish Life Went More Slowly? I loved everything about this post. Up until I started staying home with Ruby, I would have definitely answered yes. Life was moving so quickly and we had plans and classes and dates and more. Now I’m not so sure. Babies move pretty slowly (at least in that sense). – How’s the speed of your life?

Having trouble getting your greens in? Parenthacks (one of my newest favorite reads) delivers easy kid tips on every topic including getting your kid to eat green food. While Ruby is still happily eating anything and everything we put in front of her (and some off of our plates – and yours if you don’t watch out) – I know there will come a day when she doesn’t. Enter the Green Food Taste Test – so brilliant I am thinking about doing it with my future students. So science-y dorky and fun. – Do your little people discriminate based on (food) color?

3 Things You Need To Be Happy As A New Mom. – Um, yeah. I would also add: Massage/Yoga/Bodywork and in my case, weekly therapy. – Anything to add?

Adulting -How To Become A Grown Up in 387-ish Easy Steps. While you have probably already seen this blog, I feel it is my duty to recommend it again. Good god, I could have used this a decade ago.

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 35 – Magic, Faith and Pants That Fit, Damnit

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It’s Not You, It’s The Clothes – If you read nothing else ever again, please read this post by Sally at Already Pretty. It will change your life. Yes, I’m being dramatic. The message is spot on. Write it on your hand next time you go clothes shopping.

There’s Magic There, If We Make It – Sarah from Pink of Perfection has a serious way with words. I’m so happy she is back from her trip and back posting again. This post made me laugh, tear up and feel motivated to be present in the moment.

On Faith – Amy’s personal post on wanting a spiritual home really hit a nerve with me. I, too, have in the last few years been thinking about taking care of my spiritual health and well-being. I’ve mostly been doing it on the yoga mat, however she may be on to something here. For a little background on my feelings on religion.

40 Hours That Are Critical To Your Health and Well Being – Did I ever tell you all about the one where I was so ridiculously ill-suited for my career I was losing handfuls of hair, had an awesome case of acne and chronic tummy troubles?  It wasn’t pretty, so while I understand changing jobs is truly difficult, in some cases, it is absolutely necessary.

Let’s Start With The ABC’s of It – Jennifer Is A Work In Progress participated in the ABC’s of You. Go check out her post and say hi.

How To Make A Good First Impression – they had me at “Stop talking”. Man, I wish someone would have told me earlier in life that listening is way more important than trying to show how smart I am with my incessant chatter. Good to know…. helped a lot with my own personal new school year resolution from last year. Listening is good.

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 34 {back to school, expectations and enough}

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So you may have heard, it’s already back to school for a lot of teachers. Many are already setting up classrooms, making new lesson plans and dreaming of how this year will be the best yet. Every August for the last eight years, I’ve  returned to work with big plans to help my students succeed and this year instead I’m turning my house into a home for a baby.

A lot of the same feelings are coming up: excitement, anticipation, anxiety, perfectionism.

In other words, I’ve had lots of opportunities to practice self kindness, managing realistic expectations and the concept of enough.

My Best Of…

….But no one ever bothered to tell the boss that her expectations were so completely unreasonable as to be inhuman….

Havi at the Fluent Self is talking bad bosses, expectations and teams of magic makers. Deadline? Oh Really?  spoke to my inner mean boss who simultaneously wants me to stay completely chill while making my house Martha-worthy. Or if I was in the classroom, making sure every.single.thing was perfect before the first day of school.

No pressure or anything. Ugh.

Let’s all try to keep expectations at least some what realistic, shall we?  

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10 Ways You Can Have Enough Money and Stuff from Be More with Less. Unexpectedly taking a year unpaid from work has my inner ‘enough’ alarm bells sounding on a pretty regular basis these days. This post helped me find some perspective.

How do you define enough?

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Back to School Jitters: Theirs and Yours Some tips for managing the return of school from Jen at Classic Play.

Any other tips to add?

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Socializing with Students: To Brunch or Not to Brunch?  Madeleine brings up the pros, the cons and the dirt on who can get hurt. So useful for teachers of all kinds.

Do you socialize with your students?

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Because I love you:

FREE yoga with my lovely teacher/friend Michelle.

Confessions of a Recovering Flowtard – yet another book I want to read {BOOK CLUB?} – Yoga Bitch: One Woman’s Quest to Conquer Skepticism, Cynicism, and Cigarettes On the Path To Enlightenment.

Do you think this Suzanne is my new BFF? 

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 33 {kids, creativity, confidence and summer}

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As a teacher and mom-to-be I am very interested in the topic of classic play for kids. No plugs, no batteries, no bells or whistles – basically how I grew up playing. Being a kid of the 70’s really was all about having a ton of free time to create from our own imagination: games, imaginary play, arts and crafts with the supplies from around the house. Seems quaint now, but there is a lot of value in being able to create something from nothing.

Recently I’ve found a blog called Classic Play run by Jennifer Cooper of Ellie Bellie Kids (thanks to Jennifer of Sophie and Lili!) and I’ve fallen in love with their Creative Families Series. The most current interview is with one of my favorite bloggers, Molly from Charlotte’s Fancy.

Read here how Molly marries family and creativity.

Kyla Roma wrote a wonderful post about Making Space for A Creative Life. I especially loved the part about not needing to quit your day job in order to have a life filled with creativity as much of the blogosphere would lead you to believe. It’s all in the intention and attention. Hallelujah!

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Do you ever find it difficult to say nice things about yourself? I didn’t think I did until Sarah Von from Yes and Yes challenged all of us to discuss All The Ways We’re Adorable.

Need a little confidence boost? Check out Lady Smaggle guest posting on Just A Titch.

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Because it’s summer:

Top 10 Reasons To Practice Outdoor Yoga – Maria from Daily Downdog is absolutely spot on. Read it, then go outside for a little practice yourself.

A perfect salad recipe from Sarah at Pink of Perfection.

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 32 {Student Blogging}

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School is out for summer and what that really means for teachers is figuring out what we’re going to do with our classes next year. Since I started blogging with my students this year, several people have asked me for help setting up blogs for their students.

One of the biggest stumbling blocks to student blogging is just getting started. When my class set of netbooks finally arrived in late Fall, I went directly to Twitter my – PLN {personal learning network} - for help on how to get started.

{Did I mention Twitter and how ridiculously helpful the teachers on it are? Read this post Dear Teacher Who Isn’t On Twitter.}

I’m not going to lie, my biggest concern was not doing it “right” and now that I’ve had some experience, there is no right way. Just get started. Reading these links is an excellent way to get the nuts and bolts taken care of.

This week’s In Case You Missed It Edition is dedicated to student blogging.

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My Best Of…

Mrs. Ripp has written a number of helpful posts on student blogging. My favorite post, 14 Steps to Meaningful Student Blogging, includes internet safety links, lesson ideas for teaching them how to comment and write posts on paper first as well as how to get comments for your student writers. These posts were my bible in getting started and feeling confident – I highly recommend using her lessons.

One of Mrs. Ripp’s blogging tips is connecting your class with another. Here is her class blog , check it out and leave a comment or two.

What Makes A Great Blog Post – a link that came to me – 3 minutes after asking for help on student blogging this morning.

Not sure what to have your students post about? TeachFactory’s Getting Students Blogging! Students CAN do it! has some great ideas.

Pictures truly are worth a 1,000 words, but where does one find royalty free use pictures for student posts? Creating Lifelong Learners has the answer!

So what do you get comments for your students? Check out #Comments4Kids – a gold mine of ideas for student blogging.

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Speaking of this student blogs …. You know Hollee, co-author of  Good Enough is the New Perfect ? She also publishes her sons’ blog Third Grade Rocks. Stop by and show them some comment love.

If you’d like to get together and talk about Hollee’s book this weekend, It’s All Yoga is hosting a book event from 6-8pm.  You’re all invited! Hollee will talk about the book and then we’ll have a chance to ask her questions. Books will be available for sale at the studio.

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 31

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A completely insane week. I can’t believe I was just in Texas last week. Nutty.

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My Best Of…

Do you ever feel like you are living a double life? A work you and a you you? My life is definitely much more integrated than ever before and yet Summer Tams still exists. Check out Madeleine’s post about bringing yourselves back together: Code Names and Living A Double Life

Interested in learning to meditate and aren’t sure where to start? Check out The Open Heart Project.

We Are What We Do – kinda says it all, huh? via Charlotte’s Fancy.

What are you doing this summer? My new favorite blogger, Rosie Molinary’s, post Summer of Intentionality got my wheels churning.

Jenna from This Is My Happiness (formerly Adventures of a 21st Century Family) did an awesome post about an upcoming Picasso exhibit straight from Musée National Picasso, Paris. I’m adding it to my summer today list right now, what about you?

Speaking of this summer…. have you read Good Enough is the New Perfect yet? If not, get yourself a copy and start thinking about what you’d say to the author is you got to meet her because Hollee Schwartz Temple will be in Sacramento at It’s All Yoga in late June. Details to follow.

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 30

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Compressed family time this weekend. 24 hours round-trip to Texas. So happy I was there for my niece and nephew’s big days and to hand-deliver Mother’s Day cards.

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My Best Of…

You all know of my huge blog crush on Pink of Perfection, right? Well Sarah went on a yoga retreat and reported about it in the 6 Things I Learned On A Yoga Retreat. Totally spot on.

Staying Green and Healthy When Time Is Running Short – um, sign me up. I couldn’t click this fast enough.\

The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries from Dave Eggers in the NYTimes.

Why You NEED to Get Up Earlier (And How To Do It) found on Twitter via @sarahschaale

Terry Gross talked education this week on Fresh Air.

Michelle is offering an online meditation class which starts tomorrow. Don’t miss out!

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 29

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Strange how going back to work helped me settle and actually feel rested. Pretty sure the routine and predictable schedule helped me get grounded. Is this true for you too or am I becoming one of my third graders?

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My Best Of…

Smoking As Dirty Pranayama from Elephant Journal. I know it’s controversial, but seriously, smokers pay attention to their breath way more than most. I found this so compelling.

Smore’s Cake In A Jar from How Sweet It Is –  Are you kidding me???? Who wants to de-dairy this for me? I’m still shaking my head at the absolute brilliance.

Renewal – from Namaste *Heather – sounds like the theme from this week’s class. Rest, rest, rest instead of go, go, go.

7 Tips for Giving Effective Praise from the Happiness Project. Check out the comments too. Good stuff.

Just A Titch is Ms. April, TGBTS’s Featured Teacher – love her.

Summer break is on my mind and so is travel. Jenna from This Is My Happiness recently posted on her travels to and in Brazil. 

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 28

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What’s the best way to have your Spring Break fly by? Invite a friend in from out-of-town and have your husband go out-of-town. Chick Chat 24/7. So happy to have had the time, yet so sad for it to be over.

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My Best Of…

Anna from Curvy Yoga interviewed me and the It’s All Yoga Curvy Crew: Part 1  and Part 2 . The title includes one of my favorite words of all time: subversiveness. Check it out! The photos rock, thanks to Vanessa.

While I am no longer living gluten-free, I still enjoy Gluten Free Girl’s posts. This one caught my eye – How to Cook and Bake Without Dairy (score!)

Love some of these ideas from Peace and Projects: 5 Drug-Free Ways to Manage Anxiety – I probably could have used this earlier in the month when dealing with all the adoption paperwork nuttiness. I’d probably add do some restorative yoga or call a friend.

Good Enough Is the New Perfect is now a real book! I’ve read it and I loved it. I think you will too. Check it out.

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Curvy yogis Photoshoot/ Yoga Journal Talent Search Update:

Want to see the finalists? Not to take away the surprise, but I didn’t make it into the finals.

Here’s Madeleine’s excellent response to the big reveal – a post about Redefining Winning.

The Curvy Yogi Gallery is up! Check out the lovelies.

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In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 27

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2 words: SPRING. BREAK.

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My Best Of…

An interview with the It’s All Yoga Curvy Crew over at Curvy Yoga. Part 1 today and Part 2 later this week. So.Much.Love.

Good Enough Is the New Perfect is now a real book! I’ve read it and I loved it.

Yes and Yes makes me happy. If you aren’t reading it yet, please stop what you’re doing (ok, after you’ve finished reading TGBTS!) and get yourself over there.  Sarah has created a Post College Survival Kit I wish had existed when I was graduating. Some sound enticing now as a grown up. Do you think she’d notice if a 41-year-old signed up?

Loved this post from Seth Godin. Turning The Habit of Self-Criticism Upside Down

Have you checked in with your 3rd Chakra lately? Michelle’s exploration of this feisty one and her questions got me thinking.

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Curvy yogis Photoshoot/ Yoga Journal Talent Search Update:

Thank you all who five-starred our photos over at Yoga Journal’s Talent Search! A strange experience seemed to be had by all.

I’m still shaking my head about that rating business.

In any case you’ll be able to see the finalists on April 21st.

The Curvy Yogi Gallery is up! Check out the lovelies. One of them appears to be sleeping…

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Speaking of curvy (and not) Northern California/Sacramento friends – are you coming to the nextSwapAsana?

{THIS SATURDAY – April 23rd- start saving your swapables now.}

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In Case You Missed It Edition, Volume 26

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I had the opportunity to take a two day workshop with my teachers’ teacher, Mary Paffard, this weekend. We worked on the 5th and the 3rd chakras. It was delicious.

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My Best Of…

“If there is one thing I pride myself on is my common sense, my complete imperviousness to all things zany and new age.” – from Listen to the Quiet Within by Tim Parks. Ed. note: Did I write that?

Mary Paffard has been teaching for over 25 years and she still gets the wobblies at times. This article is her attempt to share ways of working with the wobbles and to see how one can explore this “asana’ just like every other yoga challenge to enhance ones practice and self-reflection. — Heebie Jeebies of Teaching – brilliant.

Other articles from Mary include: Breathing into the Feet, Bobbling the Head: Balancing the Head on the Spine, and Befriending the Belly. – Get some, friends.

Want to take a class with Mary, but you aren’t in California? You can! Here’s the link for her DVD and a review.

“Paffard, a long time yoga teacher in Northern California, expands on the familiar with her meditative approach to yoga practice….Her instructions are clear, detailed and thoughtful, informed by her many years of Buddhist Vipassana meditation…” – Richard Rosen – Yoga Journal, June 07

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Curvy yogis Photoshoot/ Yoga Journal Talent Search Update:

The Perils of Success – Madeleine kicks out more brilliance this week, friends. Oh my.

Anna from Curvy Yoga has posted the Curvy Yogis Gallery of Greatness (my name for it). Have you checked it out yet? So.much.beauty.

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Speaking of curvy (and not) Northern California/Sacramento friends – are you coming to the nextSwapAsana?

{April 23rd- start saving your swapables now.}

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