2014: A Year in Review

Dear Friend,

2014.

It was a YEAR. I started by taking the month of January to reflect on the previous year and then spent the rest of the year really putting my self-care practices to the test.

Looking through all these posts, I can, without a doubt, say I feel genuinely proud of the work I’ve put out in the world this year.

I hope you find something that helps make your life feel more healthy, happy and sane.

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Without further ado, here’s 2014 in review.

With lots of love and compassion,

Tami

xoxo

2014 a year in review

January 2014:

Looking Back in Order to Look Forward

2014 newsletter #1

2014 newsletter word of the year

February 2014:

Tips For Starting and Maintaining a Daily Meditation Practice

Tips for starting and stustaining a daily meditation practice tuesday tips

Permission to Rest (For As Long As It Takes to Feel Better)

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19 Tips On Taking Care of Yourself While in the Middle of Taking Care of Those That You Love. Plus 6 Tips for Helping Others Who are In Need

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10 Things I Loved In February 2014

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 March 2014

Simple Techniques For Adding Self-Care to An Already Over-Scheduled Life

self care timer

Want More Energy? Make Less Decisions.

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Celebrate YOU.

it is your birthday

Featured Teacher Nikki Stern: Connecting Food and Mood

nikki stern featured teacher

10 Things I Loved in March 2014

10 things march

April 2014

 Removing Obstacles to Your Self-Care

obstacles to self-care

May 2014

The Healthy Happy Sane Teacher Home Study Program – self care isn’t just for teachers!

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Books I Love

what i am reading

Please Introduce Yourself (and how can I best be of service?)

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Even Imperfect Self-Care Counts!

imperfect self care

June 2014

Summer of Intentionality Part 1: To READ

so many bookssummer of intentionality part one to read

Summer of Intentionality Part 2: To DO

summer of intentionality part two to do

Summer of Intentionality Part 3: To LEARN

summer laziness

10 Things I Loved in June 2014

10 things june 2014

July 2014

Links Worth Clicking Through

links i love summer 2014

5 Reasons to Go On A Yoga Retreat

5 reasons

9 Ways to Keep Your Cool This Summer (+ 12 More)

9 ways to cool it down summer

August 2014

Favorite 15 Minute Dinner (vegan + gluten free)

creamy vegan garlic sauce over pasta

10 Things I Loved In Summer 2014

10 things i loved summer 2014

September 2014

 Treat Yourself: 8 Reasons Why Private Yoga Sessions Might Work for You 

8 reasons private yoga sessions might work for you

Life Lesson From My Mom

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TGBTS Cooks! Green Muffins (aka my girl’s birthday cupcakes)

green muffins

October 2014

Top 7 Podcasts of 2014

top 7 podcasts of 2014

Links Worth Clicking – Fall 2014

links i love fall 2014

All the Self-Care in the World Can’t Save You

all the self care in the world

November 2014

Can Your Smart Phone Improve Your Health?

can smart phone improve your health

December 2014

Restoration Not Resolutions the WHY behind my annual New Year’s Day workshop.

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Feel Lonely and Sad at the Holidays?

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Why Choose a Word of the Year? 

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Why Choose a Word of the Year?

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Dear Friend,

Why choose a word for the year?

I choose a word each year because it helps to keep me focused on how I want to feel. It helps ground me in my own desires. It helps me to stick to my intention because sometimes I suffer from shiny object syndrome. It sets the tone for my year. And sometimes it breaks me open in very unexpected ways. (I’m looking at you, NURTURE).

Here are a bunch of my favorite writings about words of the year.

Why I Hated My Word of the Year from Create as Folk. SPOILER ALERT: it brought tears to my eyes.

My Word of the Year for 2014 from Be Your Own Beloved

From Vivienne: When I pick a pretty word, a gentle one that warms my heart, that feels calming to say aloud….I have a gentle year (which is usually oh so appreciated).

But when I pick a word that feels deeply uncomfortable to say aloud, let alone write about in a blog post, those are the words that change my life.  Those are the words that I need to choose to make transformations happen.

Choose One Word to Set the Tone for the Year from The Happiness Project /Gretchen Rubin

A Word to Guide The Way from Liz Lamoreux

A Word of the Year: A Practice also from Liz Lamoreux

If choosing a word for the year sounds like something you’d like to do and you’d like a gentle guide through a pretty simple process check out the link below for Restoration Not Resolutions.

If you’d like to try it on your own, check out this post from my girl, Rosie Molinary.

I hope you are well.

With lots of love and compassion,
Tami
xo

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Other posts you might like:

Look Back In Order to Look Forward

Treat Yourself: 8 Reasons Why Private Yoga Session Might Work For You

In Case You Missed It Edition! Volume 14

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My Best Of…

Have you read the WSJ article (via The New Perfect) on Amy Chua’s new parenting memoir, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother? It has clearly touched a nerve, more than 6,000 comments so far and has started a firestorm of articles and blog posts.

I found the article shocking, yet intriguing. I don’t agree with a lot of what she says and does (quite frankly I’m a little afraid of her), however I do agree kids could benefit from more practice and focus on learning. There has to be a middle place.

What do you think?

Do you think she goes too far or is she just helping her kids succeed?

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Mrs. Mimi writes one of my favorite blogs – It’s Not All Flowers and Sausages (there’s a book too!). In this post she takes on class size.

Perhaps We’ve Confused “Innovation” With “Insanity”

I couldn’t agree more.

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Frugal Babe pretty much sums it up with Why I Don’t Make New Years Resolutions.

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I don’t know about you, but there was a time in my life when I believed that if something didn’t fit there was something wrong with my body. I was too fat and completely misshapen. I would feel horrible about myself and quite honestly ususally console myself with food.

Somehow I finally got over that (I think it’s a combination of getting older and all the yoga). When I saw this post from The Connection Revolution, I wanted to cheer.

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Cleanse update: It’s been a quite a week of learning. Boy, there are a lot of opportunities to eat not-so-good-for-you foods. I was able to resist most and have found support within the bigger group.

Some things I noticed: I don’t miss sweets as much as I thought I would, I am fantasizing about eating yogurt (pretty sure this means I still love dairy), I am feeling remarkably more alert and have lost an inch from my waist – that wheat allergy is the real deal.

Someone asked me why I am doing this cleanse and the best answer I could come up with is I’m tired of being sick so much. Between the 4-5 colds a year and the horrible hay fever I feel like crap most of the year.

If I can feed myself differently and feel better, I am in.

Check out this post from Gluten Free Girl – it’s long, so if you want the part I really like go down to the “Food Lovers’ Cleanse” section.

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BONUS! This Swear Word Canister from Bows and Sparrows just made me laugh. I could make some seriously big money from my sailor mouth.

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