How to tame the scattered brain

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I’ve always been impulsive. I am the action girl! Don’t think, just act, react! It served me so well most of my life… in high school I was involved in sports, clubs + activities and in college was always pioneering the next adventure with my friends. It was easy to be impulsive. I got a lot of stuff done. But now that I’m officially “adulting” (our definition of adulting is becoming parents, that’s when I really had to get it together)… so now in this phase of life, being impulsive is not such a fun trait. In fact it is down right debilitating. It’s not cool to be impulsive when you have two little humans who are way more reactive, spontaneous, irrational + crazy than you who have more of a right to be than you! Now it looks more like legit ADD.

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So you want to start a blog… I say DO IT!

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Sometimes when you start a new journey you need to hit a lot of bumps along the way to make sure you are on the right path for the right reasons. I started sharing my writing on my blog after I had Everly (almost three years ago now!) I had no idea how to do this, where to start and was extremely intimidated by all the other amazing bloggers out there writing and earning an income from their efforts.

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Begin with the End in Mind

It’s the new year. A chance to start fresh and set new goals. I personally love doing this in the fall after summer is over (probably because I am married to an Assistant Principal who is on the school schedule) and partly because the fall is a wonderful time of year to buckle down and get productive. However, the New Year is a perfect time to refresh your thinking and offers a chance to examine what you accomplished the previous year and celebrate! …And also to look ahead and think about all the things you want for yourself and your life in the new year.

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Don’t let your bad habits define you.

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As many of you guys know I am facilitating the Diabetes Prevention Program over at the YMCA. I am coaching a group of people through lifestyle changes that can hep reduce their risk for developing Type ll Diabetes and I love love love it! It’s been really eye opening for me to see just how challenging behavior change can really be. It’s also making me do some “checking in” with myself on how I handle some of my own hard to break habits. Continue reading

My love/hate dilemma with MLM “opportunities” to earn residual income

Multi-level marketing seems to be all the rage these days. Stay at home parents are making a living off posting on social media about products they are now using. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then head over to your Facebook or Instagram feed and let me know how many posts you are seeing with things like: before and after photos using Rodan + Fields skin care, or the many uses of Young Living Essential Oils or Beach Body 30 day challenges or the Plexus “pink drink” slimming supplements or 31 Gifts or Juice Plus whole food vitamins or (fill in the blank here). If you still have no idea what I’m talking about then your friends just haven’t started selling something yet.

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4 Tools I’m using to organize my house + my mind this Fall

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Well summer is on its way out and Fall is coming to stay for a bit. I love this time of year- chilly mornings, chai lattes, cozy fires at night and getting a fresh new agenda planner to “be more productive”! I guess I will forever be on the school schedule where the start of the year is always in the fall. It’s good, it feels like the right cycle for me (plus my hubby works in education and goes back each Fall to start a fresh new year).

Here are 4 tools I’m excited to use to help me organize my home and clear my mind in preparation for the next seasonal change…

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
This is downloaded on my Kindle and waiting for me to read! I have heard great things about this powerful Japanese philosophy of organization. After watching a news segment about this amazing method of folding your clothes– I was HOOKED! The method helps you to look at your possessions in a new light and learn to let go of items that don’t serve you anymore to make room for things you truly need in your life. I am so pumped to de-clutter my life and make space!

Buddha Mom
This book is an awesome guide for all the mamas out there (thanks to my girl Bridget for telling me about this book!) It incorporates the basic guidelines of a Buddhist lifestyle into the art of motherhood. I love how Jacqueline Kramer separates the insights in her book into chapters that correspond to Buddhist principles like Simplicity, Nurturance, Joyful Service, Unconditional Love. Some of the things I read in her book I still think about on a daily basis while in the midst of being a busy mama… like you are the master of your space and are responsible for everything that comes in as well as everything that goes out. You determine the energy and vibe of your home by keeping your space clean and inviting. I always keep a “treasure” from nature on our dining room table to symbolize our connection to the natural world and to remember the beauty and elegance inherent in nature. I also try to remember to find joy in the menial tasks (doing the dishes or laundry) because although they may not seem enjoyable, they are necessary and why not find something positive about it?

Zen Habits website
This is a new “go to” of mine- Leo Babauta’s super simple and clean website called Zen Habits is filled with articles about mindfulness, spirituality and the daily practice of being at peace and in the present moment. I go to this website for some daily inspiration and spiritual teachings (without distractions from advertisements or a cluttered website). He offers insights and activities to get you thinking about the small things you can do each day to invite a sense of peace into your life.

Headspace App
Have you ever tried to meditate? Yes, it seems daunting (and sometimes we are just too busy for mindfulness, right??) but this app makes it super easy to schedule time to create some “headspace”. There is a free version to try 10 days of guided meditation and after that you can purchase a subscription. I have access to lots of resources on meditation and mindfulness but they aren’t all in one organized place… so this app is PERFECT! All the guided meditations and resources you need… plus the scientific evidence to back it up. I am excited to get back on track with my meditation this fall!

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
This is by far one of my favorite spiritual books. I stumbled upon this book in college in the super old town library. I was walking along the creaky floors looking at the Buddhist, Hinduism, eastern philosophy section when this old hippie dude appeared and said, “have you read The Power of Now?” and I told him that I hadn’t heard of it… he put a copy in my hands and winked. “This book will change your life” and it certainly did… Eckhart tells us what we already know deep within our hearts… that we are all OK!!  And that we have the power within us to be happy. It’s all in our perspective. His teachings help bring us back to knowing that the present moment is all that exists and in the present moment there is always peace. This book is packed with simple spiritual lessons and a super easy read because you can pick it up whenever you need some inspiration and doesn’t necessarily need to be read in one sitting(although that’s how I read it the first few times)… now it sits on my book shelf and I pick it up whenever I need a reminder to look within. Your inner light is always guiding you ❤

What are you guys doing to get organized or tap into your mindfulness practice this Fall?

3 Tips for keeping a journal

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I’ve been writing in a journal since first grade. I have documented aspects of my life since I knew how to write. It’s an amazing practice even if I didn’t realize how powerful it is until now. Being able to look back and read my thoughts from different points in my life has been so enlightening. Continue reading

How to date your husband

February is the month of love (well that’s what the marketers tell us with all the Valentine’s Day commercials and candy displays at the grocery store). Since I am approaching this year in terms of themes to guide my intentions for living I decided that February would be LOVE… but not superficial love that you can buy in candy form. Real freaking love. Love for myself, love for my family, my life, my daughter and most of all my hubby. Continue reading

I’m an ENFP, Moon in Libra + Socially Intelligent gal… what are you?

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I love taking personality tests. I remember doing the quizzes in YM magazine as a teenager and sharing my results with girlfriends. It’s fun to get feedback on our unique perspectives, wants, needs and feelings. This is also why I love to read my horoscope and infuse the celestial guidance into making sense of my life. It’s nice to view my behaviors from other disciplines outside of my own brain. I recently took the 16 Personalities quiz and my results have helped both explain things about myself and at the same time have shaped some of the activities I have been seeking out as of late. I am ENFP. The Campaigner, the promoter, the idealist, the person with big ideas and the ability to see potential everywhere. It makes complete sense to me. It also helped me identify why its so frustrating for me to see a project trough to the nitty gritty detailed end, I am naturally more inclined to be the initiator, to get the project started, launch it from an idea to a real thing. I knew this about myself but it was cool to see it reflected back to me in the form of an analysis. Most of my close friends happen to be ENFP as well. Is that coincidence? Do we really flock with birds of the same feather? Apparently I do in my life! Although, Aaron’s results came back as INFJ (which is probably good for a spouse to be different, right?)

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