Category Archives: Happy Monday!

Make A Plan Monday

Make A Plan Monday was a great success for me last week. I actually marked all but one thing off my master list and I got everything done that was on my starred list! That is a first for this girl. Seriously, I love a cool planner, but they usually don’t do much good. I write stuff down and then that is about the end of it. I was a bit skeptical about if making a list and putting it out there would really make a difference for me. As a former elementary teacher I am staunchly in the one size does not fit all camp. But, when you find something that works for one it can often be tweaked to help others. So that is what I did. I tweaked suggestiions from my many self improvement and organiztion books, and I think it might just be the trick for me. Last week I found myself “on task” much more than usual. I felt a little cheer inside every time I crossed something off. Now let’s see if I can keep it going!

We had a little trouble with alarms this morning, as in no one got up for one! So the day has gotten off to a chaotic start. This normally would be where it all falls apart for me. I would just tell myself I don’t have time and I will do it later and never get around to it. But today I decided this needs to be a ritual for me, something I look forward to and therefore I make the time for. So I have decided Monday’s will consist of a cup of tea in my favorite mug, a review of Brene Brown’s Guideposts for Whole Hearted Living, and a few moments get a handle on the week. Crazy chaotic or not.

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Obsessed with Flying Bird Botanicals tea!

I have my yummy tea, I reviewed the Guideposts and I have made my mega to do list. So this week I chose 4 projects/goals to put out into the universe.

  1. Calm- Read at least 50 pages
  2. Self- Make it to at least 1 yoga and 1 pilates reformer class
  3. Create- Blog at least 2 times this week
  4. Play, laugh and dance– Dance and have fun in the kitchen this week while I am working on my baking projects

On a side note, something came to mind while I was writing today. As much as I miss the days of running around with and after Hugh and Bella, sometimes so much that it makes me tear up. There was little to no time for rituals and quiet moments during that period of my life. When everyone overslept it was a mad dash to catch up all day. I am so grateful for all those mad dash days with my kids, but I am finding that I am also grateful for these days that I am now settling into. I can take a moment to make a cup of tea, read a book and think about what I would like to do next. I guess it is all about embracing where you are today.

Have a great day! I hope you have a moment for you!

Make A Plan Monday!

Hello and welcome to Make A Plan Monday! So, I have determined I have a bit of a problem with distraction. I have lots of ideas and plans, things I really want to accomplish that never quite seem to get completed. I make lists, but somewhere along the way I lose the list, the drive, or both. So I have come up with Make A Plan Monday as a possible solution to my terminal distractedness. The plan is to sit down every Monday and put all the things I would like to accomplish in my weekly planner. I mean everything, down to cleaning the toilets and mopping the floors. Then I am going to pick 3 to 5 tasks/projects off my list to share. Don’t worry, I will spare you the housekeeping crap. But I am thinking if I put it out THERE that I am working on these projects I might have a little more focus and a little more accountability.

So here goes! I have made my list in the planner. I have decided to star 5 projects from my list and share them here. All are things that I enjoy and bring quality to my life, but often get put off or rushed through. I am not making them goals, but things I AM going to do. Trying a little power of suggestion.

This weeks projects:

  1. Books– I am going to read at least 50 pages this week. I wasn’t sure what a reasonable goal would be. I have a tendency to set goals way to high and then give up when I fall short so I went for a number that sounds easily doable to start with. I love to read and it always seems to be the first thing that gets cut. I want to make sure I get this in.
  2. Blog– I will blog a minimum of 3 times this week. Doesn’t matter what it is about, Just Do It!
  3. Wellness– Get to at least one Yoga and one Pilates class this week.
  4. Create– Create a gift for a friend.
  5. Play– Play with fall cake ball ideas.

So that’s my list for this week. I used take aways from two different books in making my list, The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown and The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin. If you’re looking for a little light reading to add some inspiration into your daily life I recommend both.

Have a great week!

Mindful Monday

Placeholder ImageIt’s Monday! Oh the excitement!LOL! Actually, I am only half way joking. There is something about Mondays that I do enjoy. It is that feeling of a fresh start. I can let go of what I didn’t accomplish the week before and be full of hope and excitement for what I might accomplish in this new week. I am thinking maybe I should make Mindful Monday a thing for me. Use Monday as a sort of ritual to take stock of what I learned the week before and consider what I might want attack in the upcoming week.

So here goes! Hugh, our son, has been off to college for a month now. I wish I could report that I no longer miss him EVERY day, but I cannot. It is crazy how you are expected to devote your life to caring for another human being for 18 years and then wave goodbye and go about your merry way. Seriously, some of my friends take pride in saying things like, “Oh, I am just so excited for him/her that I am not sad at all.” I call BS on that one! I am excited for my son, but I still miss being part of his every day life. Those little conversations over a snack after school or those late night recaps after a night out. I know that I will survive and carry on. I will eventually fill my days with activities and grow accustomed to the new normal. But for now, my heart still hurts sometimes.

Bella, our daughter, has accomplished a lot in the last couple of weeks. She has settled into her senior year and seems to being moving right along without too much drama. Wohoo! She submitted 6 college applications last week and has 2 more ready to go. She will spend the next month meeting with admissions counselors and trekking back to take a second look at some campuses. I look forward to that part. I love road trips, and no road trip is better than one with one of my kids. Hugh and I only got one, friggin football! Bella and I will have had more than I can count by the time she makes her decision. Good memories for when she has headed off to school too.

As for me, I have made a couple of decisions. My husband and daughter have been “encouraging” me to get another dog to love on since the car ride back from dropping our darling son at school. Literally, I think we might have been 2 hours into the 14 hour trip! Over the weeks I have waffled back and forth. I miss our beloved Quaker, he has been gone for about a year and a half, but I wasn’t sure about the commitment until a few weeks ago. I know it will be another pull on time and suck on the bank account, but I  followed my heart and made the leap. Bella was over the moon excited! We have already picked a name for a precious addition. In honor of our darling son/brother his full name will be Alabama Blue, and we will call him Bama for short. He is expected to make his arrival on this earth November 14th and hopefully to our home in early January. That is going to make for some cold potty training I suspect.

As I am waiting for Bama’s arrival I am working on getting the house and my personal ambitions in order. Lot’s of housekeeping stuff going on; leaking bathroom, peeling pool, and incredible amounts of clutter! In between all that noise I have narrowed down my interests into three possible directions. So I have decided I am definitely not heading back to the classroom at this point. I am thinking that of all the things I enjoy there are three that really stand above the rest; yoga, learning/reading, and baking. So over the next few months I am going to spend my free time on the mat, in the kitchen and beyond the classroom.

Last week I worked with a former student on study skills and organization. I had a great time preparing for our time and just as much fun working with her. I do love working with kids/teens on how to make the most of their time and natural gifts. I am thinking I will continue to work with students one on one when the opportunity arises, but I am thinking I am going to dive back into my beloved kid lit and YA library. I have always wanted to make some kind of companions for parents to work with their kids beyond the classroom. I am not sure what shape this might take, but I think it will feed my love of reading and improving learning.

Over years I have spent a lot time in the kitchen baking. Baking checks many boxes for me. In the last couple of years I have gotten into make cake pops for the kids sports teams and special events. I have had so much fun making them and totally love people oohing and awing over my creations. I actually was in a yoga class one day and told the lady next to me I thought she looked familar. She asked me if I had a son that played baseball at the high school. When I told her yes, she asked if I was the “cake pop lady”. Totally cracked me up and made me smile! So I am going to do a little experiment. I am going to create a few sample Halloween cake pop baskets over the next few weeks and post pictures and see if I get any orders. Worst case scenerio, my friends and family get some yummy, spooking pops!

Finally, on the mat. For the past 10 years I have practiced yoga of and on and to verring degrees of commitment. The consistant has been the knowledge that yoga makes me feel good in a way no other excercise does. Unfortunately, I still let it slip out of my daily routine. Moving forward I am not only going to make a concious effort to practice more regulary, but to learn more about yoga. I am reading The Pure Heart of Yoga, Ten Essential Steps for Personal Transformation by Robert Butera, Ph.D. I am about 100 pages in and feel compelled to keep reading. So far my biggest take aways have been about the importance of intention and breathing. I working to incorporate the suggested exercises into my daily life with some success. Woohoo! Win/Win!

This week I am going to keep moving forward On The Mat, In The Kitchen, and Beyond The Classroom! If you are reading this, I wish you a Happy Monday!

Finding My Way!

So I have been finding my way down this ayurveda path for two months. I am definitely learning a lot, seeing results and feeling better. This is clearly not a one and done formula though. Ayurveda requires you to pay attention to your body and environment, and then make adjustments as your body, environment and seasons change.

I think the key for me is to learn about my individual constitution. When I met with my ayurveda practitioner I found out that I am a Pitta-Vata. I have been doing a lot of research on the characteristics of both the Pitta and Vata doshas. Pitta is associated with the elements of fire and water. Vata is associated with air and ether. If you would like a general overview of each of the doshas check out this post from Anthea’s Ayurveda and Beyond. It gives good general information to start off with.

I have found that Vata and Pitta are opposite in many ways. This makes it easy for me to figure out when something is out of balance. When I am feeling scattered and unable to complete a thought or anxious I know that my Vata is probably running a little high. I do things to calm and ground myself. I have found warm oil massage, meditation, or a nice cup of jasmine tea will make a difference. On the other hand if I am feeling angry, itching, or breaking out in a rash then my Pitta has taken over. Then I know I need to cool myself down with some meditation, cucumber water, or some gentle yoga.

I am becoming much more in tune with what is going on in my body and mind. I am starting to settle into this journey and truly believe that with yoga, meditation and ayurveda I am not only going to improve my health, but the quality of my life. I am just getting started and know there is sooo much to learn!