Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Change Number Four

This week my little habit change will be simple:  Add a vegetable to my lunch. 

I am a bit fussy when it comes to veggies however I am going to make this work.  My favorites are:  cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and spinach.   So I am going to search out what I can do with those.  Wednesdays are going to be salad days. 

Hopefully this simple little change will help improve my health.

I am on Easter Vacation this week so I have had a few minutes to read with breakfast.  I found on my iphone a book I started but never finished:  The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. 

Today I read a really good idea to incorporate into my daily journal; it was something Ms. Brown picked up from a friend during a Twelve Step Meeting.    I may find this a neat idea because I am a first grade teacher and I spend a lot of time teaching vowels.

A  = Have I been Abstinent today? (Pick something to give up each day!)
E  = Have I exercised today?
I   = What have I done for myself today?
O  = What have I done for others today?
U  = Am I holding on to unexpressed emotions today?
Y  = Yeah!  What is something good that’s happened today?

I am going to give it a try this week and see if it will help me focus.  I really like the idea of giving something up each day. (I'm thinking sugar, wheat, after school snacks...Starbucks.)   Give up a little sacrifice each day that I can turn into a blessing.  

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Pink Flowers in Mason Jars


I am taking a mental break from my house work to day dream.  It was a beautiful day today and I was stuck inside doing school work and housework.
So I am giving myself permission to daydream for 10 minutes on Pinterest.  What I am most interested in looking at today in pink flowers in mason years.  

They are so soft and fresh looking and they make me want to be outside.

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers.  



I love these pink mason jars.  It gives me an idea for the Baby Shower.  

Saturday, March 29, 2014

22 Changes to a Healthier Me

Exercise is one of the most important things you can do for your health and mind.”
Leo Babauta

As you may already know I am focusing on Leo Babauta’s book 52 Changes right now.  I don’t know if I will have 52 changes when all is said and done, however my goal is to create some real healthy habits that stick with me no matter what.

My first change was to add stretches into my daily routine.  Ideally I would like to do this twice a day.  However for right now I will settle for in the morning when I wake up. 

Last week, my second change, was to drink more water.  I am trying to drink water instead lemonade, orange juice, and Starbucks Iced drinks.

This week will mark my third change.  I will commit to walking after school each day, in addition to my regular workout schedule.  I will walk before I make dinner. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Change One: Adding Stretches Daily

In order to simplify my life I am starting with my list of responsibilities and wants.  This is a general list of the things I do weekly and what I want to do weekly. 
All the things in my life
(in no particular order)
1.      My Husband Joe
2.     My Four Grown Children
3.      My Full Time Teaching Job
4.     Correcting Papers
5.     Lesson Planning
6.     Class Website
7.     Classroom
8.     House Cleaning
9.     Laundry
10.   Daily Dinners
11.   Daily Lunches
12.   Mine/His Parents
13.   Blogging School
14.  Blogging Personal
15.   Exercise/Biking
16.   Reading
17.   Creative Projects
18.   emails
19.   Daily Kitchen Cleaning
20.  Baby Shower
21.   Soon to be Grandma
22.  The Wedding
23.   House Projects
24.  photo books

 Now after some carefully thought I am listing my top five responsibilities/loves.  
The most important right now
1.      My husband and family
2.     My health and well-being
3.      Reading
4.     My Clean/Well Managed Home
5.     Teaching

I spend a great deal of time on my teaching responsibilities and taking care of my home but now it is time to take care of myself. 

What am I willing to do starting NOW……
This week I am starting with morning and evening stretches. This is something I will do daily.  
Start tiny, with a simple but unbreakable promise to yourself to do one small thing every single day.
Every sacrifice you make will become a blessing to you.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Life is the sum of your choices

“Life is the sum of all your choices.”
Albert Camus

I started to read the new book by Tsh Oxenreider,

I cannot say that I am enjoying it however I have found an important quote that has me thinking today:
Do the choices I make line up with how I really want to live?
The answer is no!   NO!
Change the little things in your lives so that your path is better aligned

And in steps my favorite blogger, Leo Babauta, from Zen Habits, writing about Letting Go of the things……
Making room for create/reinvent/TRANSFORM
one awesome thing

Put my entire being into one Focus!

He wrote a book a while ago called

First of all what is my Focus/Goal
Improve MY Well being!

Leo’s Principles:
1.     One small change at a time.
2.    Enjoy the change
3.     If you fail, re-evalute and try again.
4.    Tie it to something you already do daily.

Sue’s Changes
1.     Identify Your Essentials
2.    Morning / Evening Stretches
3.     Eat more Veggies/Fruits
4.    Most Important Things
5.    Biking
6.    Cut Out Grazing
7.    9:00 Bedtime
8.    True Simple Needs
9.    Walking
10. Go Back to Menu Planning
11.  Less busywork more impact
12. et machine
13.  Mindful eating/real foods
14. let go of tv
15. Drink more water
16. Mindful exercise
17. Gratitude
18. Vitamins
19. Find time to create
20. Detox weekend
21. Enjoy the change
22. Create a space of your own

My focus for the next 22 weeks is to work on changing one habit a week.  Hopefully some of these small changes will add up to a healthier me.