Tiny Tips Tuesday: Make the Most of Your Summer

Dear Friend,

Summer.

That word alone brings to mind a kind of freedom from the have-to’s in life to more a may-do way of living. Everything slows down and we are finally able to fully exhale. Our family takes the summer away from school (one of the serious benefits of being a teacher) and we dedicate ourselves wholeheartedly to doing what we like to do.

It hasn’t always been this way. We used to save all the yucky house projects for summer break and then spend the summer avoiding them and not really getting anything accomplished and also not having that much fun.

Enter the Summer of Intentionality. {thank you, Rosie!}

You can click the link above for the whole story, but it pretty much comes down to this – in order to get the most out of your summer – plan what you want to learn, what you want to do and what you want to read. – You don’t even have to be a teacher to play along!

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TGBTS/Tami’s 2014 Summer Reading List:

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson

Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates The Soul by Stuart Brown

How to Be a Woman by Caitlyn Moran

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

And I am hoping many, many more… I’m also signing up for the Sacramento Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for even more incentive to read this summer.

Have you ever been accused of reading too much? Is there really such a thing? What are you reading this summer?

I do hope you decide to make you own Summer of Intentionality lists. Please leave a comment and tell me all about it. If you’d like to take a peek at some of my lists from the past click here.

With lots of love and compassion,

Tami

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Other posts you might like:

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Books I Love: Mindset

Books I Love: Steal Like an Artist

No Seriously…. I LOVE BOOKS. Lots and Lots of BOOKS

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Tiny Tips Tuesday: Trade Titles You Love

Dear Friend,

I am an avid reader and often I’m asked what’s on my nightstand, my library hold list and my kindle. Because let’s be honest, I’ve always got multiple books going at once.

Here’s a sneak peek at what I’m reading:

the body book

Basically a user’s manual for the human female body. I just started this, but am already impressed. Diaz encourages women to get to know their bodies and to tap into how they are FEELING rather than how they look.

Part One covers nutrition with a focus on whole unprocessed foods cooked at home and drinking lots of water. Sounds a lot like what everyone’s mom said growing up and they were right!

Part Two is all about fitness with a focus on movement. Using your body in the way that was intended – exercise and weight training and SLEEP (my favorite).

Part Three is all about the mind. Creating new patterns of thing about food, exercise and planning for nutrition and exercise.

self compassion

I first heard about Kristin Neff’s work through Brene Brown and thought if Brene thinks this work is life-changing, so will I.

I was right! When I read it I thought, “Oh, it’s all so simple and straightforward – easy breezy!”

Then I tried putting all three pieces into action and quickly learned this self-compassion business is a moment by moment every day practice.

The three pieces of self-compassion are:

1. Self-kindness.

Pretty self-explanatory and WHOA! Harder than I ever imagined. A serious work in progress.

2. Common humanity

Neff says everyone suffers. No one is perfect. There is no perfect. We are all flawed.

I find this way easier because compassion for others has been something I’ve been trying to practice for years.

3.  Mindfulness

Neff defines mindfulness as seeing clearly and accepting what is happening in the present without judgment.

This is where my yoga and meditation practice really get a workout. Again, so much harder than it sounds. For me, I am usually noticing patterns after the fact. Someday I hope to see in the moment. Always a practice.

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Sacramento yoga teacher, Cori Martinez’s wrote this little gem. I found myself unexpectedly laughing and shaking my head in agreement while reading this on a plane.

Cori’s honest account of her younger days and life in Hawaii have made me want to read more from her.

That’s what I’m reading these days.

I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment and tell me what’s on your nightstand. What can’t you wait to read or what is the book you recommend to everyone?

With lots of love and compassion,

Tami

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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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Ten Things I Loved: October 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 October

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Things I/We Did

1.     Celebrated Family DayTwo years ago we met our girl for the very first time and we celebrate that day every year. It’s like Christmas and your birthday all rolled into one. This year we went to Apple Hill and celebrated with hot apple cider donuts, apple pie and pulled pork sandwiches followed by a giant car nap on the way home for Little Girl.

2.     Completed The Healthy, Happy, Sane Teacher You how they say you should write the book you want to read and create the program you want to take? THAT. Met some amazing teachers along this segment of the HHST journey and now we’re seeing where it continues to take us. Stay tuned. This ride isn’t over yet.

3.     Began getting serious about creating my business. I’m in full on learning/researching mode. I love learning new things, so this is fun. {ed note: “fun” turned into massive self-doubt.} Now just to make it all a reality. Look out 4th quarter 2013!

4.      Connected with friends in person and on the phone. I love social media, but nothing replaces seeing faces and hearing voices. This month saw walks with kids in strollers and in ergos, breakfasts out, office chats, tea around the dining room table and watching kids play in the backyard.

5.     Cousin time! Running, chasing, climbing, pretending, laughing. So happy to see my girl so happy.

Products and Services I Dug:

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6.  Inequality For All. The movie. Go. See. It. NOW.

It is not your imagination. The middle class is shrinking. The uber rich are richer than ever. Like richer than any other time in the history of the world. And you aren’t one of them.

Robert Reich is a super smarty policy dude with lots of charm. He’s funny and engaging and able to make complex issues digestible.

Go see it.

Books I Can Highly Recommend:

7.   Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I think this one is my favorite yet. The writing seems a lot better than the others. Or have I just fallen under a magical spell?

{ed note: I wrote the comment above before I finished the book. HOLY HELL. I SOBBED at the end. As if I knew these people in real life. Dude.}

8.    Fat, Forty and Fired: One Man’s Frank, Funny, Inspiring Account of Losing His Job and Finding His Life by Nigel Marsh. I LOVE stories about people quitting their jobs to find more meaning in lives.

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.

Videos I Fell For: .

10.     Fire Starter Sessions videos with Danielle LaPorte. I freaking love the smart people on the internet.

BONUS!  Sidesaddle KitchenI may or may not have watched every single one of these videos in one go. What can I say? Laura Miller is adorable and makes raw vegan food not gross. Who knew?

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Ten Things I Loved: September 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. 

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Ten Things I Loved In September

Things I/We Did

1.     Sacramento Free Day of Yoga – Full house in my class with almost every person being brand new to restorative yoga. Love that people (about 1,700) were trying new studios, classes and teachers. A day full of love and rest.

2.     Played at the park in a rain storm on Labor Day. It NEVER rains on Labor Day in Sacramento and it did this year and it was kinda perfect. Little Girl looked up in the sky from the sandbox and shouted, “Mama, rain! Mama, rain!”

3.     Finished Take15 meditation program with HeadspaceAnd started Take 20. I have been trying to formalize my meditation practice FOR YEARS and with the help of this program, I can honestly say it is becoming a regular part of my life. I took the plunge and bought a year’s subscription, so we’ll see where I am next August.

4.     Enrolled in Parent Education Preschool. I’m the student and Little Girl comes with so I can learn from her and all the other little ones. We’re learning positive discipline, what to do with anger (hers and mine), how tiny people learn and develop and lots of fun age appropriate activities. The teachers are AH-MAY-ZING. Easily the most enjoyable 2 hours of my week.

5.     Cooked up a storm thanks to the meal planning and life scheduling instruction in The Healthy, Happy, Sane TeacherIs it weird I’m doing the program while I am teaching it?

Whatever. This is life changing stuff. Why should those enrolled be the only ones who benefit?

Interested in what we’ve been chowing down on lately? I’m meal planning on Pinterest usually on Tuesdays. Check out my This Week’s Menu board for what we’re currently eating and my Recipes to Make Again board for meals we’ve enjoyed so much we’ll be eating them again. We’re mostly vegan eats at home because I’m allergic to dairy and the hubs is vegetarian.

Products and Services I Dug:

6.  The post scheduling feature on Facebook pages. Who knew? Thanks to Smaggle I am now in the loop. 

Do any of you have any other little tidbits of information you think everyone already knows? I could use some more life hacks. Obviously.

Books I Can Highly Recommend:

7.   Seating Arrangments by Maggie Shipstead

8.    Last Letters From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes.

9.    Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in 10 Minutes a Day by Andy Puddicombe. At some point, I’ll stop talking about Headspace and meditation. Or not.

Videos I Fell For: .

10.     Olive UsDesign Mom’s kids have a series and it is inspiring. I would like to be in the Blair family please.

BONUS! Good Life Project with Jonathan Fields. I’ve been listening to the podcasts on my Bay Area trips. Makes my time on the road fly by.

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Ten Things I Loved: August 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 August

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Things I/We Did

1.      Spontaneous trip to the steam train at Tilden. On a Tuesday. Back home before three. I’ve been having a serious love affair with the Bay Area recently. I don’t see it coming to a close any time soon.

2.      Sing along with Rhett Miller at a campground AND slept in a fancy tent. No, not like that. He played at a campground in the tavern and then we (me and my friend) slept in the most comfortable bed in the history of beds. In a fancy tent. If sleeping outside was always this comfortable, I’d do it more often.

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3.    Visited Big Sur for the first time. How is this even possible as a native Californian? Too busy in the Muir Woods, Mt. Tam, Stinson Beach area I guess. I will return again though. Well, if Rhett plays there again.

4.     Ran in the waves with my favorite girl at Navarro Beach with grandpa and the hubs. Girlfriend LOVES the beach, the waves, the birds, the sand. We had a blast running into and out of the waves for hours.

5.     Celebrated 18 years together with my dude. 18 YEARS. We ate burritos and took a dip in the pool, of course.

Products and Services I Dug:

6.  Take 10. Meditation app – 10 days for 10 minutes. Guided meditation. It practically has a gold star chart. 

Books I Can Highly Recommend:

7.   Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I’ve also been watching the movies and I’m way less of a fan. Makes sense, but I’m still a little disappointed.

8.    Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. You also may want to check out her Life Class with Oprah.

9.    Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger. Loved this video with him and Marie Forleo.

Videos I Fell For: .

10.     Show Your Workfrom Austin Kleon (of Steal LIke An Artist)

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

Did it take most of the summer to recover from the school year?

Have you already started school and are already stressed out?

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

The Healthy, Happy, Sane Teacher: Sustainable Self-Care for A Successful School Year is that reset button.

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

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Books I Love: Mindset – The New Psychology of Success: How We Can Learn To Fulfill Our Potential by Carol Dweck

Each summer I try to make the most of summer break by learning something, doing special summer only activities and reading a few books.

One of my teacher questions that comes up every year is student motivation. Why do some students excel and work hard and others give up before even trying? You’d maybe think it was the less skilled students who would freeze up and not want anyone to know about their lack of skill, right? In my experience it has actually been the opposite.

Every year it is the seemingly really smart kid that refuses to work. The kid who tests well and comes from a super involved family. The one who clearly knows how to do the work or could with a little instruction and practice, but for some reason, just isn’t motivated.

This kid gets under my skin every year. I’ve spent enough time in therapy to get why (I WAS that kid – my second grade teacher told my mom I “wasn’t living up to my potential” – *gulp*), so I’m super motivated to figure out their lack of motivation and follow through because I know how limiting this behavior can be. I also know telling someone they aren’t living up to their potential isn’t all that helpful. As in, not helpful at all.

So when I ran across the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential by Carol Dweck, I was super interested in reading it. The author directly addresses the issue of student motivation that I’d been grappling with all these years.

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Check out this video from the Huffington Post with the author, Carol Dweck. In it she explains why praise is so harmful to student success and how to help students and their families move away from a fixed mindset which says intelligence is inherent and smart people shouldn’t need to work to a growth mindset which shows how the brain works like a muscle and can grow and change with challenge.

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This infographic explains the basics as well and can be found in this well-written post by Alex Vermeer.

Let me start with what I liked about the book:

  • The title. I am very much in the thick of parenting and have a vested interest in student success so the title drew me in from the start.
  • The author very quickly disclosed she began her life in a fixed mindset with limited success which helped me admit to myself I had as well.
  • The author explained how her change in mindset from fixed to growth helped her do much more in her life than she ever thought possible. I’ve experienced a similar thing.
  • My mentor teacher during my first year was ahead of her time. She absolutely knew that praise was not helpful to students and in order to get students motivated, a teacher/parent needs to praise the work/effort rather than the child or child’s intelligence. – Dweck’s research proves her point.
  • This book helped me feel like I may be able to better work with my students who struggle with a fixed mindset. The brain research and the science behind the work makes it an easier sell to students and parents.

Things that weren’t my favorite:

  • This is another winner for me. Seriously, I can’t get enough. In fact, another teacher/coach and I have started a Facebook group to discuss this book further and how we can best apply the principles in our classrooms and with our own children.

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

.Absolutely! I am completely fascinated with her work. I feel like I could learn so much from her.

Should you read Mindset?

Absolutely. It isn’t just about student motivation. The is a lot of great information about relationships and business and parenting. In other words, there is something for everyone.

Have you read Mindset? What did you think?

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Are you looking for other books to read?

As part of my 43 Before 43, I tried to read 43 books. I made it all the way to 39 and only included books I liked, so if you are looking for something to read, please go take a look. The list varies quite a bit – from Harry Potter to yoga memoir and everything in between.