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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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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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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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!

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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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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

Saturday Senses 2014

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

2014 march 15

tasting ::   burger king, vegan protein shake, sweet potato lentil soup, chicken tacos, iced tea, creamy garlic vegan pasta, sauteed broccoli, scrambled eggs with brown rice and sauteed kale and tomatoes, mandarins, green smoothies, kale salad with fruit.

hearing:      my girl laugh like a mad woman on the swing, friends on the other line and some little sue.

smelling ::     soup!

seeing ::      some serious progress in my business and the kindness of so many people. it’s stunning.

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!

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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

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Tiny Tips Tuesday: Use A Timer to Take Better Care of Yourself

Dear Friend,

Several people have asked me recently about how I find time for things I want to do like self-care when there are so many things in life that must be done even if I don’t want to. {I’m looking at you, dishes!}

I love this question because it is something I have really struggled with over the years, especially when things aren’t going well and I tend to slip into very black and white/ all or nothing thinking patterns. The last few years have been working on making self-care a priority and I’ll share with you some of my tips for getting in some self-care every day.

First a story.

During yoga teacher training all of us trainees were up to our eyeballs with homework: reading and writing assignments, 40 required studio practices, building a new home yoga practice, starting a new meditation practice in addition to the jobs that paid our bills and our families and social lives.

Needless to say, a lot of us *I* spent a good amount of time complaining about our lack of time to pretty much anyone who would listen –  including our teacher, Michelle.

Apparently she heard about the homework A LOT and in a moment of frustration (and utter brilliance) she asked us to consider if we might making the homework worse by avoiding and complaining and procrastinating and telling ourselves about our lack of time. And maybe if we stopped doing that we’d have plenty of time to actually get our work done.

Ouch.

And yet, probably some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten.

Once I removed the complaining time, the avoiding time and the storytelling about my lack of time: BOOM! Suddenly homework didn’t actually take that long.

Apply lesson to other areas of my life.

I absolutely loathe doing dishes and will pretty much avoid them at all costs because it just takes so long to do.

Or does it?

I timed myself. Guess how long it took to unload and reload the dishwasher… less than FIVE minutes.

I no longer avoid doing the dishes.

This summer I received a beautiful necklace from my friend Melissa from compliment and it was tangled up in the box when it arrived. Seriously sad panda.

Then I remembered my timer technique. In my enthusiasm for problem solving I planned to spend 15 minutes on the necklace each day until it was untangled.

I got out the necklace, the timer, hit go and TWO MINUTES LATER it was untangled.

Did I mention how much time I had wasted worrying about the knots in this necklace? All I really needed to do was get started.

And that’s how I have been handling all the unpleasant tasks in my life – by using a timer I can see exactly how long something takes. Or if that way doesn’t sound appealing in a situation, I give myself a set amount of time and see if I can race through the unpleasant task. Or I simply split the task into 10 to 15 minute increments and do them in several sessions until it is completed.

The point being: Get started and it will probably take less time than you think.

One other tip I want to share that has been pretty life-changing is the Pomodoro Method/Technique. I use it when I have thinking work to do and I want to avoid the procrastination traps I can sometimes fall into (I’m looking at you social media) when I am not sure where to start or how I am going to tackle a project.

What does this have to do with self-care you ask?

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I used to think self-care took a lot of time or it wasn’t worth doing. For instance, if I wasn’t able to go to a 90 minute yoga class, then no yoga for me that day. Or if I couldn’t get in for a massage with my massage therapist, then no massage for me.

Are you seeing a pattern? A little black and white and all or nothing.

So I started applying the timer technique to pleasant tasks as well.

Five minutes of legs up the wall feels way better than none.

Ten minutes of foot massage feels way better than none.

Fifteen minutes in the hot bath feels way better than none.

Again, seeing a pattern?

I’ve learned that the unpleasant tasks usually take WAY less time than I think they will and that pleasant tasks in short spurts can be quite beneficial especially when done a bunch of days in a row.

I have also found that by doing a little bit of self-care each day helps me build my self-care slash nurture muscle better than a big session once in a while.

What are your tips and tricks for building self-care into your daily life?

I would love to hear from you. Please share how you build self-care into your life.

With lots of self-kindness and love,

Tami

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More links for self-care ideas:

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

Saturday Senses 2014

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

2014 march 8

tasting ::   whole grain hot cereal with brown sugar almonds and raisins, broccoli bisque, pita pizza, beet salad with pecans, old fashioned vegetable soup with brown rice pasta, potato leek soup, egg salad on sprouted toast, green smoothies, mandarins, applesauce, pb&j on sprouted toast, olive rosemary bread, chipolte, chai with almond milk.

hearing:      the ever patient voices of our wonderful preschool teachers.

smelling ::     eucalyptus essential oils in the bath and continuing rain. i could seriously get used to this. love that we’re finally getting some rain.

seeing ::      kid boogers again. she is just sick enough to be a grump.

feeling ::    optimistic. i’ve committed some time and money in some continuing education and i can’t wait to get started.

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

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Saturday Senses 2014

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

2014 march 1

tasting ::   avocado toast (i may need some sort of intervention), whole grain hot cereal with brown sugar almonds and raisins, beet orange salad with pecans, red lentil white bean coconut milk soup, green smoothies, mandarins, ravioli with sauteed broccoli, homemade bread, in and out, chai with almond milk.

hearing:      sid the science kid theme song.

smelling ::     soup simmering on the stove.

seeing ::      a new babysitter! rain!

feeling ::    like my word of the year is getting a good workout. as well as my body – this week was a massage and a release the beast session.

wishing/hoping ::     for some more peaceful thoughts.

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

HHST

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Tiny Tips Tuesday: 19 Tips for Taking Care of Yourself While Also Taking Care of Your Loved Ones

Dear Friend,

I am not going to lie. This past week was HARD. Quite possibly one of the hardest of my life. Something about parenting a small child while being far away from my own ailing mama plus the reality of our situation settling in and really making itself known. And let’s not forget the seemingly never ending cold virus.

Today I offer you some tips on taking care of yourself while in the middle of taking care of the people you love.

[DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional and if you are in crisis please seek immediate medical attention from a medical professional.]

A vast majority of these helpful ideas were crowd-sourced from my Facebook friends, many of whom have experienced parenting while caring for their own parents through long-term illness and transitioning into end of life.

I offer these tips to you because they’ve already begun to help me. If you have a secret self-care tip to share, please message me. I am all ears.

Wishing you a week filled with love and self-kindness.
xo,
Tami
PS – If you know someone who is in need of some self-care or wants to help someone out, please forward this on to them.
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And you don’t even have to do all of them to feel better.

1. Reach out. Friends, family, loved ones, your primary care doctor, a therapist, a support group. Any and all of these can be helpful. A text, a phone call, a Facebook message. Isolating yourself is not the answer. No one can go through crisis alone, so please ask for help or at least let people know you need help.

We are programmed as humans to need connection and one of our basic human needs is to tend and befriend not just fight and flight. So reach out.

The number one thing take away from friends is we can’t do it alone. Ignoring our own needs and those of our immediate family does not help anyone – not you and not your ailing loved one.

2. Accept help when it is offered.  I struggle with this, but I am trying to change that because I am finally understanding you can’t do it alone. If people offer you dinner, take it. If someone you trust offers childcare, take it.

3. Slow down. Take it one day at a time. Or one hour. Or one minute.4. Clear your schedule as much as possible.

5. Meditate.

6. Let people physically comfort you. Embracing long hugs and hand holding and letting yourself cry in front of others.

7. Recharge your batteries. Go on a walk, hit the gym, take a yoga class

8. Nap. Rest until you are better.

9. Sleep. We’re all just giant two year olds without it.

10. Laugh. Some people watch funny movies. I like to exchange ridiculous comments on friends’ Facebook statuses – usually on Friday nights. Because we old, but we are still funny as hell.

11. Stay away from negative media/the “news”.

12. Cry. Watch a sad movie and cry it out. Ugly cry on purpose.

13. Let your kid watch TV sometimes. And don’t feel guilty about it. (We’ve been loving Sid the Science Kid, Elmo’s Potty Time and Little Einsteins. Someone else recommended Kipper for its mellow vibe).

14. Keep a gratitude journal to keep perspective that not every single thing in your life sucks. Take time to add five small things that delighted you each day. I’ve been doing this on and off for years and it has made a huge impact on my happiness.

15. Silly play with your kid. We’ve been puddle splashing and mud stomping lately and while dirty (and gross) little girl has been lit up like a Christmas tree. And in turn, I’ve laughed and played and felt good about connecting with my kid.

16. Solo movie watching during the day. With popcorn. At home or the theater.

17. Eat soup.

18. Eat chocolate – if that’s your thing. Apparently it’s my peeps’ thing. Lots of chocolate on my list.

19. Read a lot.

BONUS!

6 Ways To Reach Out To People Who Are Hurting:

1. Offer to Skype with a friend if you are out of town or scheduling makes it impossible to get together face to face. While it doesn’t allow for hugging, talking to another human’s face is remarkably comforting.

2. Offer to babysit their kids. Nothing is more helpful than someone else taking your kid for an hour or two for fun. Especially if the parents are struggling with depression and fun isn’t on the forefront of their minds (but they still manage to feel terrible about it).

3. Offer to cook them a meal or pick their kids up from school or get them coffee. Families struggling with the basics of life need help with the basics. So if you’ve got an extra batch of veggie soup in your freezer, offer it up. When we first returned from picking up our kiddo, the last thing on our minds was food. And then like magic it appeared on our front porch and I never felt more loved or cared for.

4. Offer to take them to the gym or on a walk or run or yoga class. People need physical activity and to get the ickies out and yet they might be stuck in the caring for others instead of themselves loop.

5. Stop by to give your person a hug. Maybe bring a treat (or not), but hugging them longer than they want to be hugged.

6. Listen and allow people to just be sad without having an solution at the ready. Just being a shoulder to cry on.

Please leave any tips you have used in the comments below.

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Saturday Senses 2014

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

2014 feb 22

tasting ::   dairy free chocolate chip cookie bars, avocado toast, whole grain hot cereal with mango and blackberries, beet orange salad with pecans, gluten and dairy free flax muffins, grilled pork bahn mi, red lentil white bean coconut milk soup, steamed pork buns, pretzels, coconut granola, green smoothie, mandarins, lentil soup.

hearing:      myself laugh. whoa. it had been a while.

smelling ::     flowers.

seeing ::      a bereavement counselor, light at the end of my tunnel and house of cards season 2. omg! so hard not to binge watch!

feeling ::    so much better. thanks, friends.

wishing/hoping ::     i was in charge in life. turns out most things are out of our control, so it makes sense to let those thoughts go.

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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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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Tiny Tips Tuesday: Permission To Rest

Dear Friend,

Recently I was given permission by two people I trust – my GP and my therapist – to stop everything and rest until I feel better. No matter how long it takes.

– Don’t they understand I have things to do? Can’t they see my giant to do list? And on and on….

The irony is not lost on me.

Obviously we teach what we need to learn. Over and over again. No matter how long it takes.

So I wanted to offer that same permission to you. To rest until you feel better. No matter how long it takes. Because you might need it – the permission and the rest.

Like I do.

Wishing you a peace-filled and restful week.

xo,
Tami

PS – if someone you know is having a hard time and would benefit from rest, please forward this message to them.

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Saturday Senses 2014

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

2014 feb 15

tasting ::   red lentil white bean coconut milk soup, popcorn, dairy free chocolate chip cookie bars, avocado toast, corn chowder, coconut cranberry granola, warm almond milk with cinnamon, beet salad, apple/fennel/pear salad, coconut yogurt with almonds and cashews, baba ganoush, classic hummus.

hearing:      my inner critics being super mean.  to rest. twice. and so many other lovely words from my friends.

smelling ::     doctor’s office and afrin.

seeing ::     my people rally to support me and my family.

feeling ::    deeply sad. super tired. still sick. well loved.

wishing/hoping ::     for this virus to disappear once and for all and to finally feel physically better (& for my momma to get well soon).

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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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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Tiny Tips Tuesday: Tips for Starting & Sustaining A Daily Meditation Practice

So much has happened in recently.  

The phone call you never want to get. The last minute plane tickets. Public crying – at my most happy of places – the airport. The person I have loved the longest in a hospital bed. Plus a massive head cold to add a little more icing on life’s cake.

The worst time of my life.

 Or was it?

I kept wondering why I wasn’t spinning out of control from anxiety or sinking into a massive depression.

And then it hit me!

 My first instinct when I got The Call was “I better meditate before I do anything else today.”

What?

I know.

Turns out I’ve been practicing living in the moment and now I’ve been called upon to do it for real.

Let me assure you I am not in denial about the situation (I was for a few minutes, so I know I have snapped out of it. whew!) or that things have been easy. They haven’t.

But what I realized is that by keeping myself in the present moment, I could actually help the situation. I could make decisions based on the information right in front of me. I could be fully present with my family when I needed to be — for them AND for me. Plus I could keep myself from falling off the What If ledge of insanity.

Who doesn’t want more of that?

So my friend, if you haven’t already started a daily meditation practice, please do.

It’s not just you who benefits from your practice. By you living in the moment and staying present with the people you love, you can help change the world.
Tips for starting and stustaining a daily meditation practice tuesday tips

Join Headspace. It’s free for the first 10 days. And like any good dealer, they just leave you wanting more. I’ve written about it before here. I get absolutely nothing for recommending this program to you except the good feeling that comes from showing someone what has worked for me.

Learn about meditation from Andy Puddicome, founder of Headspace. Here’s his TED Talk.

Not into Headspace? Babble likes these other meditation apps.

Meditation Mantra Or How To Stay in the Moment Without Losing Your Marbles.

7 Steps to Jump Start Your Meditation Practice

Tech Tools for Making Your Life Better

So tell me…. Do you have a regular meditation practice? How did you get started? What keeps you coming back?

I would love to hear from you. Please let me know what you think.

xo,

Tami

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Saturday Senses 2014

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

el paso winter sky

tasting ::   potato chips and french fries by the truckload in texas (hello, comfort food), turkey avocado sandwich, brownies, hemp milk, oatmeal, red lentil soup, toast with coconut butter, popcorn, dairy free chocolate chip cookie bars, avocado toast, homemade veggie soup, loaded up 20 minute chicken noodle soup, garlic toast.

hearing:      the southwest ticket agent explain how i could afford to fly on less than 24 hours notice.

smelling ::     airports, airplanes, hospital rooms, rehab facilities. rain!!!!

seeing ::     my family.

feeling ::    shaken to my very core and oh so very loved and supported.

wishing/hoping ::     for my momma to get well soon.

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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10 Things I Loved In January 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. 

Ten Things I Loved In January

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Things I/We Did

1.     Blog break. Sometimes you need to step away from something you love in order to see how much you love it. I am glad to be back.

2.     Fired up and Focused Challenge with the Yogipreneur. All I can say is -wow. If you have trouble getting yourself to work on your business, do this challenge. You can sign up at any time and it is totally free.

3.     .Hosted my own personal summit and picked my word of the year. It’s not too late to do this life-changing practice. Click the link for instructions and inspiration.

4.      Taught Restoration Not Resolutions – my first yoga workshop AND there was writing AND it was awesome – if I do say so myself. Have I ever mentioned how much I love teaching?

5.     Connected with some super inspiring local business ladies. I am so excited to be working with and learning from this group. Can’t wait to share more about them as the year goes on!

Products and Services I Dug:

6.  Southwest Airlines. It has been about forever since I’ve spoken to an airline employee on the phone. Last week I had the chance to talk to two different women from Southwest who were both so kind and understanding and helpful I wanted to hug them both.

7.  Mailchimp. Such an easy way to keep in touch.

Books I Can Highly Recommend:

8.   Positive Discipline for Preschoolers by Jane Nelsen

9.    The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte.

10.    Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Videos I Fell For: .

Bonkers Awesome with Joy The Baker. Of course, my favorite episode is with Tracy from Shutterbean and her fabulous organizing skills.

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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…

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tasting ::   chocolate hazelnut milk protein shakes, chai tea with coconut milk creamer, fresh blueberries, pomegranates, mandarins, pinklady apples, orange freezes, avocado toast, green smoothies without bananas, chicken noodle soup, mashed potatoes with sauteed cabbage, homeroom510 vegan mac and cheese with sauteed broccoli and red lentil coconut milk soup.

hearing:      so many podcasts. current faves: good life project, the art of simple, and joy the baker.

smelling ::     citrus of all kinds. one of my favorite winter smells.

seeing ::     so many pix! have i mentioned how much i love instagram?

feeling ::    rested and ready to rock the new year! (are you on the newsletter list yet? be sure to sign up so you don’t miss a thing. changes they are a comin’!)

wishing/hoping ::     for some rain. dude, we need enough water for the swimming pool this summer.

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.

Saturday Senses

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

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tasting ::   toasted country bread slathered in olive oil, avocado and sea salt, cupcakes from pushkin’s, chocolate crinkle cookies, vanilla protein shakes, chai, pork pupusas from kaliente in elsob#1, cookies, cookies, cookies.

hearing:      the happy birthday song all week. three year olds are amazing in their love of repetition.

smelling ::     frosting on my hands. aka heaven.

seeing ::     the inside of my eyelids. what a crazy tired week. too little vitamin d? the darkest week of the year? fighting off a cold? who knows, there was simply not enough sleep this week.

feeling ::    e-mo-tion-al. apparently this was a crying week.

wishing/hoping ::     both my loves in this world a happy, happy birthday!

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?

Did 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.

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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Tiny Tips Tuesday: Eat More Soup

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Maybe you already eat lots of nutrient-dense soup and need no reminders, but it wasn’t until I started working with an amazing health coach that eating soup became a habit. And once it became a habit, I started noticing how great I was feeling – physically, mentally and spiritually.

From soup?

Yep.

Soup.

Turns out, fall (vata season) is a great time to feed yourself warm, dense foods like soups and stews. And when you give your body what it needs, you feel better. Or at least I do.

Below are a list of my favorite soups, some home made and some not. I make sure to fill my thermos every day ensuring at least a couple bonus servings of vegetables. And who couldn’t use more of those?

Old-Fashioned Vegetable Soup – the secret is to add a veggie bullion cube and bay leaf to this recipe.

Vegan Creamy Tuscan White Bean Soup 

Coconut Curry Noodle Soup – the recipe calls for a JAR of curry paste and I use 2 teaspoons. You spice it up as you like. I also added chicken thighs cooked in sesame oil. Pretty delicious.

Pacific Natural Foods vegan soups. For when you want a little variety and are short on time.

My current favorite – Red lentil coconut soup. So warm and nourishing I feel like it is changing my life!

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What are your favorite soup recipes? How do you feed yourself in the fall? Does your diet change with the seasons?

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Saturday Senses

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

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tasting ::   old fashioned vegetable soup, 5 ingredient whole wheat honey bread, roasted tomatoes over brown rice pasta with peccorino, green smoothies, pumpkin bread, creamy tuscan white bean soup (vegan+life-changing), coconut curry noodles (with waaaaaaaaaaaaaay less curry paste – more like 2 tsp and a side of chicken thighs cooked in sesame oil), chicken sandwich at bows and arrows.

hearing:      holiday music! for some reason hearing rock stars sing christmas music is way better. also, i love mariah carey’s version of “all i want for christmas is you” – ps: WHO AM I?

smelling ::     pumpkin bread baking, tomatoes roasting, soup simmering.

seeing ::     ridiculously helpful tips in nicole’s healthy holiday survival guide. and zebra stripes. we needed to investigate if they went all the way down their legs. they do – right down to their hooves. who knew?

feeling ::   excited about my new year’s day workshop. and freezing because well, freezing.

wishing/hoping ::     to better revise my reaction to my daughter’s tantrums. at least one of us needs to hold it together.

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?

Did 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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10 Things I Loved: November 2013

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. 

Ten Things I Loved In November

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Things I/We Did

1.     Celebrated my niece’s marriage. Saw my whole family in one place and a new city at the same time. Beautiful wedding and lots of family connection. Plus a photo booth.

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2.     Dug deep into The Gifts of Imperfection ecourse with Brene Brown.

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3.     Worked with Nikki Stern, Holistic Health CoachHello, patterns. Hello, vegetables at breakfast. Hello, soup. Who knew I needed you so much? So much great information in a relatively short amount of time.

If you struggle with self-care especially around food, I highly recommend working with Nikki.

4.      Worked with a private yoga client setting up a home practice as well as practices to do at work, to transition from work to home and more. As it turns out, I love working with clients one-on-one and helping them incorporate yoga into their busy lives on their terms.

Does this sound like something you’d want to do? I’m starting to schedule for January now.

5.     Reconnected with Out of Town Friends! You know you have great visits when no one takes photos. Too much talking and hugging.

Products and Services I Dug:

6.  Instagram! I got a (yellow – omg! it’s so cute!) iPhone 5c and exactly 3 minutes after I got it, I wasn’t sure how I ever lived without it. Then I got my first bill and I remembered. OUCH. But then I look at all the pretty on Instagram and I’m better. Kinda an emotional roller coaster, but I think I’m good now.

Books I Can Highly Recommend:

7.   Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I am totally going to miss Harry, Ron and Hermonie and all the awesomeness of Hogwarts.

I get it now. I’m so glad I finally read this series.

8.    Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle LaPorte. This book (or Danielle LaPorte) isn’t for everyone. And not for every time in your life. But if you are on the precipice of making some big changes, this book can help.

Real talk: I’ve tried reading this book three other times and it didn’t work for me. I came back to it because of the video series and POW! This time was the real deal.

I highly recommend it, but would caution that this book is one that needs to be read slowly and with a highlighter in your hand. Good stuff.

9.    The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. Courage, Compassion, Connection. Re-reading it for a course and wow. I’m feeling it this time much deeper.

Watch this video. It will change you life. Then pass it on and consider it your public service.

10.     Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff, PhD.  The 3 core components of self-compassion: 1. self-kindness 2. common humanity 3. mindfulness. Seriously, life-changing.

Videos I Fell For: .

Convos With My Two Year Old.

My life in a nutshell.

Hackschooling Makes Me Happy.

I want to be this kid when I grow up. (Thanks to DavidG for posting on FB).

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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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Tiny Tips Tuesday! No More New Year’s Resolutions

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It’s getting to be that time of the year when most of us start to think about all the things we’d like to change about ourselves, our bodies and/or our families and our lives at the new year. Most people think of it as setting new year’s resolutions or goals if they just had enough will power, but I think we all know how that goes.

Most of us start the holiday season with high hopes it will feel different this year.

We’ll have the heart-connected family we’ve always dreamed of, our house will be magically transformed by Pinterest-worthy decorations and we’ll glide into the new year celebrating with lots of champagne and none of the heartache or hangovers most of us suffer with.

Let’s face it, most holidays fail to live up to expectations.

We eat our feelings or try to drink the discomfort away, we shop too much, we live in obligation and expectation and basically ruin the last six weeks of every year and then set ourselves up to fail again at the new year.

You know the drill.

Starting in the new year, I’ll….

  • Run a marathon (after never having run a mile before in my life).
  • Lose a ton of weight (right after I eat all my emotions over the holidays).
  • Floss every day even though I never have and we all know that’s what virtuous people do…
  • Fill in the blank on whatever your perceived shortcomings are here….

I’m here to invite us all to stop the resolution madness.

Resolutions don’t work and they leave us feeling worse in the long run, so let’s just quit before we start, shall we?

No more resolutions.

Ever.

Instead let’s focus on how we want next year to FEEL.

Yes, feel.

And this time we get to pick how we want to feel.

Would it be nice to set up your life around the way you’d like to feel?

When I think in terms of feelings, rather than ‘goals’ or resolutions, I come up with a completely different list.

Some possible feelings I am trying on for the new year: connected, cozy, compassionate – to self and others, nourished, nurtured, loved, abundant, rested, well taken care of, healthy, enough.

You get the picture. Nothing in that list even hints at what could be wrong with me, it is instead simply a wish for a better feeling life experience.

So rather than punish myself with exercise as a way to pay for emotionally eating or god forbid, not wearing a size six, I will focus my energy on creating experiences that cultivate my chosen feeling.

For example, last year I chose CONNECTION as my word of the year. The previous year I became a stay at home mom and found myself feeling super lonely and I wanted that to change. Each activity I chose in 2013 came back to this word: connection.

Would staying home in my yoga pants (again) help me feel more connected than getting out to the park and chit chatting to other stay at home moms? Would staying in town versus maybe running into terrible traffic be better than making a breakfast date with lifelong friends in the Bay Area.

You get the idea. I weighed my status quo against how I wanted to feel and made the effort to connect with friends and family.

I am not the first to suggest this idea of framing an experience as feeling: Rosie did it really well and even gives you a tutorial. Danielle did it too.

The whole point is this: you already have everything you need. 

{Pema Chodren came up with that gem. Someone ought to get the tattoo.}

Consider this post to be your invitation to have a better new year – one without resolution.

If this sounds like an idea you can get behind and you’d like to join in there are two ways.

No New Year’s Resolutions Option #1

Join me on New Year’s Day for Restoration NOT Resolutions: a restorative yoga and guided writing workshop. We will spend the afternoon together deeply relaxing and rejuvenating with a long restorative yoga session before we diving into creating an intentional feeling for next year using a guided writing exercise.

I am bringing hot stones and dairy free cookies and tea for extra warmth and comfort.

No New Year’s Resolutions Option #2

If you live outside Northern California, you can join in from home by resolving to give up resolutions, do an at home yoga retreat and do some writing on your own.

Either way, I wish you a wonderful new year filled with the feelings you wish to cultivate in 2014.

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Saturday Senses

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

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tasting ::    homeroom vegan mac, sauteed kale + brown rice and scrambled eggs, apple crisp, chocolate soy milk, sweet potato fries from shutterbean, lots of tea, old fashioned vegetable soup, 5 ingredient whole wheat honey bread THAT I MADE, pad se ew, yellow curry with tofu, chicken satay, popcorn with chocolate chips and thanksgiving traditions.

hearing:      baby girl chatting up friends over the holiday weekend. so nice to catch up and hang with old friends while they get to know my shrimp.

smelling ::     cardamon and flax in the rice bag and coconut oil in my nose (seriously helps with the dryness in the air and with little girl’s bloody noses).

seeing ::     some serious collaboration on the horizon.

feeling ::   emotional. holidays still bum me out sometimes.

wishing/hoping ::     for more excellent self-care over the holiday season.

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?

Did 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.

Saturday Senses

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

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tasting ::    chocolate hazelnut milk, tuna on toast, burger and fries, red lentil curry soup, green smoothies, cashew carrot ginger soup, roasted sweet and russet potatoes with chickpea gravy, gyu don, chocolate chips, homeroom vegan mac!

hearing:      a new friend’s old album and liking it a lot. lots of tantrums and liking it NOT.

smelling ::     pine shaving cream and rain.

seeing ::   an old friend at the grocery store and new friends at a winery.

feeling ::  so exhausted. early wake ups and crazy bird toddler. oh my.

wishing/hoping ::     for some solitude and sanity.

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?

Did 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: Yoga at Your Desk

Today begins a new series here at Teacher Goes Back to School: Tiny Tips Tuesday!

Every Tuesday I am going to share my hand-to-the-forehead simple tips to make your life and self-care easier.

Tiny Tips Tuesday #1 – Yoga at Your Desk

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Do you ever wish you had more time for yoga in your day?

Me too. There just isn’t enough time to run a class every time my body gets tired or stiff or sore.

For instance, last week after returning home from a wedding in Santa Fe where I did precisely no yoga despite my body hurting from all the sitting I’d done over the weekend, I decided I needed to figure out how to get more yoga in my already super full schedule.

During Savasana in my favorite class (Madeleine at It’s All Yoga) my brain took over trying to solve this problem and BOOM! The idea of setting an alarm on my cell phone and practicing one or two poses during the day on my own was born.

Simple and easy, just like I like it.

Set an alarm on your phone reminding you to stop what you are doing and bust a yoga move or two. Nothing fancy, no need to change clothes – just maybe a desk cat/cow or some super slow neck rolls or a quick desk down dog.

Every day at 10:45 my smart phone tells me it is time for yoga.

I check in with what is calling out for the most attention and I start there. I spend a couple of minutes each morning moving and stretching and I have already felt a huge difference in how my body feels.

Want to try it?

First, decide what time works for you on most days.

Second, set your alarm.

Next, determine what part of your body needs the most help at the moment, I go with what hurts most: low back, hips, wrists, neck, shoulders.

Last, bust your move or two and get back to work.

Need some help with the actual poses?

Try these:

Yoga Journal has a free video series - two minutes a day for 15 days.

Vanderbilt University has a handy desk yoga guide.

Popsugar has some ideas.

Do you do yoga during your work day?

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Saturday Senses

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

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tasting ::    colcannon, frosted mini wheats with rice milk, green smoothies,chai tea with clover honey and soy creamer, vegan bologonese over brown rice pasta with pecorino, sweet potato black bean stew over brown rice garnished with black olives and avocado,  fish and chips, eggs and hashbrowns with bacon, fruits, nuts and seeds – oh my!, almond milk, cranberry juice with tonic and a slice of lime (my new on the plane drink), butternut squash soup in my new thermos, roasted zucchini and corn and butternut squash, popcorn.

hearing:      on the same day – catholic wedding vows. beats thumping in a hummer limo. whoa.

smelling ::     santa fe’s fresh, crisp mountain air and steamy hot baths with essential oils at the end of some tantrum-filled days.

seeing ::   my family gather for my niece’s wedding.

feeling ::  so happy i went. protip: if you want to feel connected to people you have to show up. gretchen rubin found the science behind this showing up business.

wishing/hoping ::     someone figures out epic tantrums don’t result in getting what she wants or doesn’t. holy moly!

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: bathtub philosophy by Blancalala on Flickr (cc)}

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

Did 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.

8 Tips: Self-Care for the Holiday Season

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1. Start now.

I know the holidays – Thanksgiving, Hannukkah, Christmas – are weeks away. Now is the perfect time to start taking really good care of yourself or at least start planning what you are going to do! It is so much easier to do something that already has momentum.

Remember – self-care doesn’t have to be all or nothing. It can be small steps each day depending on what you need.

Let’s start now: What can you do today that will show yourself you care?

It can be as simple as going to bed 15 minutes earlier or eating a piece of fruit instead of a cookie.

2. Prioritize feeling good/taking care of yourself over whether you might disappoint others.

Yes, disappointing others sucks. But here’s a secret, it only lasts a little while. This isn’t to say you should not take other people into consideration, it means you deserve to be considered as well.

Taking care of yourself has lasting effects, well beyond the holiday season.

The 100th holiday celebration will go on without you, I promise. Those extra hours you spent soaking in the tub reading a novel you have had trouble making time to read will live on and on in a feeling of deeply caring for yourself.

3. Make a list of what is your minimum self-care.

Get real with yourself. What is the bare minimum for sleep, movement, food, quiet and fun? Not the kind of fun where you spend days recovering (I am looking at you boozy night out), but the kind where you make it through cold and flu season without really ever getting sick?

I have super high minimums for self-care. I share this with you because until really recently I used to think something was wrong with me because I need all this self- care to stay healthy. Turns out, everyone does. Even you!

My minimum self-care is at least 8 hours of sleep a night, some sort of yoga most days (some days a 90 minute class, other days 15 minutes of reset button or some simple cat/cow) fruits and vegetables at most meals (green smoothies make this tons easier) meditation at least 5 days a week (I still love Headspace) and a friend connection – usually a tea date or a lunch out once a week. Oh, and let’s not forget avoiding all forms of cow dairy and shellfish!

Not sure where to get started on your minimum self-care? Want to write your own wellness prescription?

4. Make a list of maximum self-care.

Just for fun take your self-care a step further and imagine if time and money were not a consideration, what would you do to take care of yourself?

I would have weekly therapy, weekly massage, access to a steam room and sauna, at least quarterly girl friend getaways, twice a year yoga retreats and quarterly yoga workshops. And that is just off the top of my head!

That’s fun, huh?

Now let’s try to make some of that happen. Maybe you do something for your birthday or add a massage gift card to your holiday list.

It’s all in the name of good, so do it.

5. Set yourself up for success.

Don’t buy the chips at the store. Or the cookies. Or whatever is your go-to crap food when you have had a terrible day or stressful meeting.

Not sure if you are an emotional eater?

Take a week and write down every single bit of food that passes your lips and for each thing that is being eaten for something other than actual hunger- write the feeling you are eating or the event the came right before you downed those chips or cinnamon toast.

PS – Sometimes my feelings taste like French fries, burgers and bourbon. 

What about yours?

6. Start a weekly review.

Every Tuesday I sit down with my wellness prescription (part minimum and maximum self-care list) and I schedule my sleep, food (breakfast, lunch and dinner), exercise (yoga, cardio and strength training), meditation,  plus my birthday list and I plan my week.

The simple act of visiting these lists at least once a week helps me actually do more self-care and getting it on my calendar makes it feel important and real.

7. Plan something special just for you during the holidays.

Maybe a vegan cheese making class or a yoga workshop or even an at-home pedicure. Something that makes your heart sing.

8. Make your plan visual.

I keep all my wellness prescription items on individual post-it notes on a price of construction paper. I hang this elementary school masterpiece on my closet door. As I complete each item I move it to the done place. Each night I review ( without judgement!) how my day went and note where I might need extra support or focus in the next few days.

It is simple and for me, it works.

How are you planning to take care of yourself this holiday season?

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In case you are looking for more holiday self-care ideas,you might like:

How I Overcame the Holiday Humbug in 7 Steps

75 Ways to Show Yourself Some Love Today

The One Thing You MUST Be Ready To Do To Take Care of You This Holiday Season - a must read for anyone wondering how to respond to rude comments we get from those who love us most.

Saturday Senses

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

slow down weekly reflectiontasting ::    vegan pancakes, frosted mini wheats with rice milk, chocolate hazelnut milk, green smoothies, winter minestrone soup, sweet potato black bean stew, chai tea, overnight slow cooker apple cinnamon oatmeal, easy enchiladas, smoky tempeh wrap, butternut soup in my new thermos, vanilla soy steamer, rootbeer float, popcorn, tator tots with bbq sauce.

hearing:      meditation to go! and i need to slow down even further. this really is a practice.

smelling ::     airplane air.

seeing ::   a private yoga client. would you like a session (or five)? i’m scheduling december now.

feeling ::  apprehensive. i’m going to be a (long) airplane ride away from my girl for the first time ever.

wishing/hoping ::     we all survive the trip. and to find all my people on instagram.

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: 26. Life in the Slow Lane by InAweofGod’sCreation on Flickr (cc))

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

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How To: Make Yourself Happier The Easy Way

how to make yourself happier the easy way

Start a gratitude practice.

I know, I know. It sounds lame, but the science supports it. UC Berkeley studies gratitude. UC Davis studies gratitude. More brain study research here.

And the science shows, if you want to feel more joy, optimism, and happiness, have a stronger immune system, lower your blood pressure, experience more generosity and compassion and feel less lonely and isolated – you have to practice gratitude.

For years, I resisted keeping a gratitude journal because I thought it was eye- rollingly New-Agey and so simple I thought it wouldn’t do anything. I pretty much mocked the very idea of practicing gratitude. But after reading the Happiness Project, I decided to give it a try because I really wanted to prove it wouldn’t work.

When I started, I kept it really informal. I just kept a running list of little things I was thankful for on my mobile device as I noticed them throughout the day: a cup full of sharpened pencils, a stack of graded papers, a really good hair day, a compliment from a student’s parent, a tasty lunch. Mostly pedestrian stuff.

Random at first and then I got more formal in that I asked myself to track five things every day that filled me with a sense of joy or thanks. Little things. Big things. But especially the little things.

And you know what happened?

I started feeling happier.

gratitude changes everything

Dammit.

Another thing I thought was lame and wouldn’t work, totally proved me wrong. AGAIN.

Today my gratitude journal lives as a document on my Google drive. Each morning after I finish my meditation I write five things I am thankful for and then I close the file.

When my day sucks, as it does occasionally, I open the file and remind myself of all the things that make my life not suck.

And you guessed it, I feel happier.

Interested in starting your own gratitude journal?

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My Attitude of Gratitude 2011 Edition including a link to our shout out on the Oprah Life Blog.

My November Yoga Pinterest board is full of all things gratitude including fancy art journaling ideas and inspirational quotes.

Do you have a gratitude practice? Will you try it for the month of November and see if it works for you?

Saturday Senses

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

saturday senses last week of october

tasting ::    green smoothies, stir fried veggies and brown rice, roasted tomatoes over brown rice pasta with peccorino, , butternut squash with lemon sage quinoa, earl grey tea in the afternoon, coconut chocolate pudding pie with graham cracker crust (recipe testing for thanksgiving natch), butternut squash kale quesadilla (barf), vanilla soy steamer, organic cashew carrot ginger bisque, organic cashew carrot ginger soup, chicken pot stickers, chow fun with tofu, so much chai tea, winter minestrone.

hearing:      i’m on the right track with my itty biz and that i can start investing in what i need to be successful. love shopping with a reason!

smelling ::     a new aroma therapy candle called feel beautiful with moonflower, neroli, orange and lavadin.

seeing ::    watercolors. so pretty. also pretty? my new iPhone 5c – yellow! with a blue cover.

feeling ::  excited about the future.

wishing/hoping ::     my new phone is finally connected and i can start texting all my friends my every waking thought. (just kidding). (kind of).

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: me. please do not use without permission)

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Did 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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Saturday Senses

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

saturday senses

tasting ::    green smoothies, pork pupusas, pacific chocolate almond milk, grilled chicken burrito from la fiesta, roasted tomatoes over brown rice pasta with peccorino, popcorn with chocolate chips, pumpkin bread, pumpkin-pistachio kale fried rice bowl with maple tofu cubes, chicken and simple sesame noodles, roasted broccoli, red bell peppers, pumpkin cake with chocolate chunks, meatloaf mashed potatoes and canned green beans, apples with peanut butter and lots of chai tea.

hearing:      little girl chatter up a storm. have i ever mentioned how incredibly funny my girl is? also the whining that comes with a cold.

smelling ::     pumpkin bread baking and tomatoes roasting. home cooking smells good.

seeing ::    i am imperfect and i am enough written on my hand and put out there for the whole world to see. working on brene brown’s oprah life class. i got myself a journal and watercolors. stepping right out of my comfort zone!

feeling ::  connected. sometimes driving to the bay area for breakfast on a weekend means lots of family time AND pork papusas!

wishing/hoping ::  little girl regains her delightful demeanor. semi sick toddlers are exhausting.

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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Did 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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Saturday Senses

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

tea saturday senses

tasting ::    green smoothies, vegan mashed potatoes with chicken pea gravy from appetite for reduction, homeroom vegan mac and cheese, so many cups of chai tea, avocado smoothie, autumn blt and purple potato salad from magpie, pita pizza, roasted zucchini fries, avocado with olive oil on toasted crusty country bread, apple with goat cheddar and peanut butter, over night oats.

hearing:      so many podcasts. the internet is magic, friends. so many smarties helping people.

smelling ::     you don’t even want to know. sigh.

seeing ::    the little business that could. working on a business plan and all that jazz.

feeling ::  like a genius! figured out my sore throat and ear aches were caused by fall allergies. imagine my surprise since i have never had fall allergies.

wishing/hoping ::  for the continuation of more sunlight. this is making for happier brains for the mama.

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: morgue file.)

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

Did 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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Saturday Senses

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

green gingko

tasting ::   roasted red pepper goat cheese alfredo with brown rice pasta and pecorino, omelet and potato breakfast bites sans meat  warm lemon water, chicken pot pie, chicken chow fun, vegan pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, fizzy lemonade,  green smoothies, spicy sweet potato fries – minus the cayenne, also thanks to a tip from shutterbean: homeroom vegan mac AT MY HOUSE (!!! recipe later this week).

hearing:      in praise of slowness: carl honore’s ted talk.

smelling ::     vegan pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies baking.

seeing ::   pumpkins all over the house. little girl might be obsessed.

feeling ::  a little bit rushed. time is going really fast all of a sudden. no likey. also: sore throat and ear achey – again.

wishing/hoping ::  to s-l-o-w d-o-w-n.

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: I took this picture. Please do not use it without permission.)

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Did 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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Teacher Cooks: Breakfast Recipes I’ll Be Making Again

I have spent a boat load of time in the kitchen recently. There is something about fall that makes me want to spend time making all the yummy things.

Nothing says “yay for me” more than a warm breakfast.

Plus Little Girl LOVES helping, so it is a win, win.

These recipes have all been pretty easy to make and absolutely delicious.

recipes to make again overnight oatsCoconut Mango Overnight Oats from Oh My Veggies

I just warm them up in the morning and my belly is full until snack time.

recipes to make again vegan cinnamon rolls

Easy Vegan Cinnamon Rolls from What Vegan Kids Eat

Seriously easy and seriously delicious.

recipes to make again bagel apple goat cheese honey

Bagel With Goat Cheese (my sub), Apple and Honey from Real Simple Recipes.

What can I say? I love the carbs.

What’s been cooking in your kitchen lately?

If you want to keep up with our weekly menus, you can find them here. I add new stuff to try on Tuesdays and remove them from the board as I make them.

Or if you’d like to see other recipes I’ll be making again, you can find them here.

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