How I am upping my spiritual game this year!

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Recently I found myself feeling a sense of lack. I couldn’t put my finger on it right away- but it was general sense of disconnection, lack of inspiration. I am a big believer in the Law of Attraction and know that a “scarcity mindset” or a perspective that there is anything less than abundance, is not something I want to have!! I was texting with a good friend and saw myself typing, “I don’t know, I feel like I need to find a church or something”… and when I wrote that I realized I was missing connection. Connection to my self, connection to my purpose and connection to faith.

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Tips for having an all natural, non-medicated labor + birth

I do not like hospitals. I do not like going to the doctor. I literally get high blood pressure when I go for a routine check up. I used to dread getting my blood pressure taken for fear of it being a high number (and inevitably my anxiety and stress made it high). Anyway, when I got pregnant with my first baby I was super excited but then immediately scared about all the visits to the doctor, the needles, the poking + prodding and most of all the thought of having a c-section at the end of the whole thing. I was determined from the onset to have a natural labor and birth. Continue reading

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

Your quick intro to Essential Oils

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Have you tried essential oils yet? They are increasing in popularity and for good reason, they have so many amazing benefits for our body, mind and spirit. Personally I have been incorporating essential oils into my life for the past few years. I use them as aromatherapy for mental well-being and topically for immune support. I love that these little “potions” as my friend Erin calls them are natural and powerful plant derivatives. Continue reading

Why I’m limiting my meat and dairy intake!

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Last week I binge watched food documentaries on Netflix. It all started because someone in my DPP class asked about alternatives to meat-based proteins and I remembered watching Forks over Knives a while ago and thought I could get some inspiration. Eeek, did I get some inspiration… after watching Food Inc, Forks over Knives and Vegucated I texted Aaron and told him we were all going Vegan and that I was going to throw out any animal products in the house. Ha!

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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?