Tiny Tips Tuesday: Summer of Intentionality – To Learn

Dear Friend,

Have you started your Summer of Intentionality lists yet? I am super excited to report lots of people have reached out to say they are starting to think differently about how they spend their summer time and want to use their time a bit more intentionally. Please leave a comment or send me an email (tgbtsblog AT gmail) and let me know what you want to read, do and learn this summer!

A few friends contacted me to say my lists were kinda stressing them out because my reading and to do lists are pretty long. This is such a great point! My lists {especially the fun ones} are long on purpose.

I spend a great deal of time (as do you) dealing with the seriousness of grown up life that when I have some free time rather than having fun on purpose or spending time getting lost in a good novel I find myself at the bottom of a Facebook rabbit hole wondering where the last two hours of my life went. {Please tell me I’m not the only one….}

These lists are mostly a reminder to myself that fun doesn’t have to be super planned or time consuming, it can be as simple as eating our meals outside away from all the screens or laying on a blanket in the backyard reading another Mercy Watson book out loud to my daughter.

There is probably no way possible for me to finish all the items on my lists. In fact, that’s part of the project for me – to see what I actually do by the end of the summer. So much of my life has been productivity driven, at least for the summer months I want to be sure to mix in some fun. And to let go of the idea that if something makes my list that I am obligated to finish it.

I say BOO to that business. Summer is for fun! And reading! And learning! Without further ado…

to learn

TGBTS/Tami’s 2014 Summer To Learn List:

  • Webby things. It is my intention to have a sparkly NEW WEBSITE to reveal by Labor Day.
  • Instagram is my favorite social media site. I would like to learn how to use it effectively.
  • How to look good in a photo to myself. I will let you know when I figure it out. I think the answer might be different than we first think.
  • Positive Discipline techniques for my professional three and a half year old. It might involve locking myself in the bathroom.
  • How to prepare vegan salads (you’d think that would be a given….) that I want to eat every day of my life. I will share what I learn.
  • How to do some basic hand lettering and water color. Ever since I took an art journalling class I’ve been a little obsessed with water coloring and I’ve recently fallen down the let’s pin all the hand lettering pins rabbit hole.

I do hope you decide to make you own Summer of Intentionality lists. 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

xo

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Other posts you might like:

Leisure Stress Defined

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar (aka Cheryl Strayed

10 Things I Loved In March 2013

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Tiny Tips Tuesday: Make the Most of Your Summer – Part 2

Dear Friend,

Have you started your Summer of Intentionality lists yet? {Missed last week’s Part One: To Read post? Check it out here for details}…

summer of intentionality part two to doToday I share with you my Summer of Intentionality To Do List aka my list of fun things I want to be sure to experience this summer.

TGBTS/Tami’s 2014 Summer To DO List:

  • Take my daughter on vacation alone – Portland in June, Truckee/Tahoe in July, Minnesota in August. So I can go to Curve Camp in Nashville all by myself!
  • Ride the steam train in Tilden Park
  • Take my daughter on a city bus, a light rail and a train. She’s totally into things that go right now.
  • Read 100 picture books with my girl – already well on our way!
  • Make {dairy-free} ice cream
  • Kayaking at Lake Natoma
  • Read outside – at the park, at the pool, at the beach, in the hammock.
  • Attend at least 10 yoga classes at It’s All Yoga and use my Curvy Monthly classes at home.
  • Host a neighbor get-together – homemade ice pops me thinks.
  • Return to weekly meal planning
  • Daily meditation – already started!
  • River Cats baseball game
  • Family bike ride
  • Complete the library reading program with the little one. I sign up every year and have yet to finish.
  • Splash in a splash pad.
  • Swimming pool most evenings (and swimming lessons for the little one – already signed up)
  • Watercolor with the little one – already started. We both LOVE it.
  • Art days: paint outside on easel, paint vistas outside
  • Drive in movie
  • Fishing with the grandparents.
  • Wash car – at home and at the car wash.
  • Picnic lunches with post lunch rinse offs in the water table – already have done several days and everyone feels better.
  • Breakfasts outside with our lonely cat – such a great way to start the day! We’ve been eating outside for a week and I’ll be sad when it is over.
  • Patio dinners with friends.
  • Farmer’s markets on every day of the week – meaning go to new ones around town.
  • Play in the sprinkler
  • Go to the beach and play in the waves
  • Fly a kite at the beach and at the lake house.
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Investigate the Crocker Art Museum
  • Visit Mendocino County grandparents
  • Visit Bay Area grandparents
  • Visit Minnesota grandparents
  • Build a sandcastle at the beach
  • Make sidewalk paint/chalk
  • Walk 100 miles
  • Drink fruit infused water – cucumber, lime, watermelon, pineapple. YUM!
  • Take a wagon ride
  • Family hike somewhere cool.

Are you noticing a pattern? Not a typical to-do list! A list of fun things that would get lost in the day to day of life (or in the air conditioned house watching endless hours of Sprout) unless we are intentional with our time.

I do hope you decide to make you own Summer of Intentionality lists. Please leave a comment or send me a message 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

xo

PS – If you find this helpful or know someone who would, please be sure to pass it on. Sharing is caring!

Other posts you might like:

Teacher Travels: De Yound Edition

Teacher Travels: Academy of Sciences

Meet the Teacher

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Saturday Senses 2014

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

happy little trees

tasting ::   my first nectarine and plum of the season, vanilla vegan protein shake, watermelon, chocolate chips, dilly scrambled eggs, rainbow quinoa salad, lemon soy yogurt, cornmeal crust pizza, vegan brownie and french fries at sugar plum vegan, lemonade, almond butter and honey on rice cakes, coconut almond oatmeal, mango/pineapple smoothie, asparagus, cabbage and broccoli over israeli couscous, bacon burger and fries.

hearing  ::    three year olds “playing together” aka lots of crying, laughing and protesting.

smelling ::   the swimming pool, watermelon and coppertone sunscreen.

seeing ::      an artist born. my girl and i have taken up watercolor painting this week and i’m not sure who is loving it more.

feeling ::    oh so full of doubt. discouraged. the other side of doubt. grateful.

wishing/hoping ::     i am really missing restful sleep in the morning. a full mind is waking me up before sunrise. hoping for some peace and deep sleep.

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.

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

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HHST

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Tiny Tips Tuesday: My Secret for Maintaining Self-Care Practices

long term self care

Dear Friend,

Recently several people have asked how I maintain a meditation practice (and a yoga practice and a writing practice). They were trying to learn my “secret” so they could add these useful practices into their own lives.

My secret is pretty simple.

Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good – Voltaire

Nothing is perfect. I no longer let myself get caught up in the limiting belief that a practice has to be or look a certain way for it to “count” because if I did, nothing would ever be good enough.

Easier said than done and definitely a daily practice, but seriously life changing.

For example, for my meditation practice to happen each day I have to do it before I do anything else. Sometimes I meditate before I get out of bed to pee. Sorry for the TMI, but I’m being real here. If I really have to go, I will and then get right back in bed to start.

Is now a good time to tell you that my meditation practice takes place in my bed, under the covers and on most days laying down?

I know it’s not how meditation is “supposed” to work, but it works for me.

My yoga practice follows the same principle of not letting the perfect get in the way of the good.

In an ideal world I’d devote 90 minutes on my mat each and every day. In reality my phone reminds me every day to “DO YOGA” and my physical practice is sometimes a single restorative pose (on my bed) before I teach my class. Sometimes it is rolling out two mats -one for me and one for my daughter- and moving the dining room table out of the way so we can play. We pull out all the props, turn up some “yoga music” {usually the Freedom 90 or Queen station on Pandora) and see what happens.

Again, not how it is “supposed” to work, but it works for me.

The same for my writing practice. Ideally I would spend the first 2 or 3 hours a day first thing (post meditation, of course) writing my most perfect prose. The reality is that I write in fits and spurts daily. I brain storm and keep my ideas in Google docs and write skeleton outlines and fill in the details in my head while I push my daughter on the swing at the park. Every afternoon I spend some time writing something.

Again, not how it’s “supposed” to look, but it works for me.

Have you ever been stopped from doing something you wanted to because the perfect got in the way of the good enough?

With lots of love and compassion,

Tami

xo

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Other posts you might like:

Tips for Starting and Maintaining A Daily Meditation Practice

Meditation Mantra or How To Stay In The Moment Without Losing Your Marbles

7 Steps to Jump Start Your Meditation Practice

Saturday Senses 2014

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

my favorite age

tasting ::   my first apricot of the season, vanilla vegan protein shake, raw veggies at the park for snack, red lentil coconut milk soup, overnight oats with pecans and raisins, watermelon, chocolate chips, dilly egg salad, avocado olive oil and salt on country toast, pineapple “ice cream”, a tiny little bourbon and homemade ginger syrup cocktail.

hearing  ::    radio lab show on pathological liars. riveting!

smelling ::   the swimming pool and fresh foothill air.

seeing ::      the light at the end of the tunnel and visions of the future and the wisdom in the quote above. so true.

feeling ::    satisfied.

wishing/hoping ::     a safe and fun holiday weekend.

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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HHST

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Saturday Senses 2014

A way to capture the spirit of each week…

2014 may 17

tasting ::   my first peach of the season, vanilla vegan protein shake, green smoothies, raw veggies at the park for snack, red lentil coconut milk soup, hummus olive wrap, eggs with lots of garlic and dill, honey lemonade, chilled noodle salad with grilled pork, peanut butter cookie sandwich from magpie, overnight oats with pecans and raisins, kettle corn, zucchini and chickpea saute over isreali couscous.

hearing  ::    a tiny little dictator yelling MINE! ugh. three and a half you are HARD.

smelling ::   swimming pool and ice pops.

seeing ::      almost a complete turn around when i asked ruby to yell “i have another idea!” instead of her favorite word “NO”. life-changing.

feeling ::    started the week overwhelmed. stuck. ended the week feeling pretty damn optimistic and grateful. a long over due lunch date with an out of town friend sealed the deal.

wishing/hoping ::     for finalizing the healthy happy sane teacher home study and website.

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?

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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…

 balance of holding on and letting go

tasting ::   vanilla vegan protein shake, old fashioned vegetable soup, green smoothies, pork tamales, teacher appreciation chicken burritos, red lentil coconut milk soup, overnight oats with pecans maple syrup and strawberries, vegan creamy garlic pasta with sauteed broccoli, vegan lemon lavender muffin, roobios chai with almond milk, gallons of plain water.

hearing  ::    lady business radio with jessican kupferman (and myself laughing) and more kid coughing (does this ever stop?)

smelling ::   mango coconut candle from my bud kirsten at kmk design.

seeing ::      myself in new ways. i’ve been shopping my closet and remixing my clothes to participate in #stylememay on instagram.

feeling ::    honored people are reaching out to me about the healthy happy sane teacher home study program. i helped create the program i needed when i was working in the classroom and i am so humbled by the feedback and interest.

wishing/hoping ::     you and all the other (american) mamas a very happy mother’s day. have you checked out what i’m (trying to) teach my kids over at yes and yes? i got chills reading the other mamas’ words.

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.