Tag Archives: yoga

Thriving in March

February flew by, but I guess that’s what to expect from the shortest month of the year. Unfortunately, we had some illness again this month. Ugh, I’m so ready for the sicky season to be over and the sun to come out again! Although, I’m also game for a good snow day if it decides to visit Texas this year (a girl can dream!).

As far as my plans, here is how February went:

I have set up a workout rhythm at home, including the trips to the gym on the weekend. It wasn’t perfect this month. We had another visit from the illness fairy, but the rhythm is something I can stop if I need to and pick right back up the next day.

I didn’t complete the second chapter of the book in February because I got inspired to add things to my first chapter. But I’m really happy with that chapter, and I’m using that momentum into this month.

I did bake twice this month, though! I made a strawberry lemon cheesecake around Valentine’s Day. And I made cookies and cream cupcakes towards the end of the month. Both were delicious and fun to get back into baking. I put up pictures of both of these on my Instagram.

Here’s my plan for March thriving:

  1. Work up to reading 50 pages in a day. I don’t know if I will actually accomplish this, but any excuse to read is definitely something that fits into my definition of thriving.
  2. Continue writing the second chapter, and add a few things to the first chapter. Hopefully, complete both and beginning writing on the third chapter.
  3. Start my garden! I already have the setup done, I just need to plant the seeds at the right time, or ahead of time in the house.

I will try to post updates throughout the month on these on my Instagram, and of course, have an overview at the end of the month.

Do you have any goals you are trying to reach this month?

Thriving in February

Whew. January was incredibly insane for my family. I can’t help but wonder if it is an indication of crazy things to come for this year. Our family was out for about half of the month with at least one of us sick. But still, there were definite moments of thriving, even if there were about the same amount of moments surviving.

As far as my plans, here is how January went:

I went to the gym probably once a week on average. Between coordinating with Michael and being sick or Sam being sick, I had to miss a few of my intended visits. Still, I enjoyed the times I did go, and my plan is still to go at least twice a week in the month of February.

I did begin writing my book. I got a bit of outline done for most of the chapters, and according to my document, I’ve written a little over 2000 words. It’s not much, but I am getting into the rhythm of writing each week.

I did bake twice in the month of January! I made cookies out of a mason jar mix that I received for Christmas. I didn’t anticipate them becoming so big in the oven, so they didn’t come out perfectly. But they were the best cookie crumbles! I also baked chocolate chip cookies from a British recipe so I got to use my kitchen scale. They were very good!

Here’s my plan for February thriving:

  1. Incorporate some at-home smaller workouts. While I still intend on going to the gym at least twice a week, I am starting to feel the need to do some more strength work at home. And maybe some more yoga outside of the class. I used to do this all the time, but with a baby, it can be a bit of a challenge.
  2. Try to complete two chapters in the book. I started getting some momentum with my book, so I want to finish up the first chapter I’m writing and hopefully finish another one before the end of the month. This is a shorter month so this will also be a bit of a challenge.
  3. Bake two things with the word “cake” in it. Last month I baked cookies, so this month I want to try my hand at some kind of cake. I know cheesecake is going to be one of them, but I don’t yet know if I will try a cupcake or some other kind of cake for the other.

So, it is going to be a lot like January, but I’m actually working through each of the seasons in rhythms. I might share more about this later. Hope everyone had a great start to the new year, and if you didn’t meet your goals, that’s okay. February can be your new start!

3 Things I Learned from Yoga Class

I’ve been doing yoga since college, but I’ve never actually taken a class. That is, until recently. I’ve taken two. One of them was at a local gym and the other was by a friend of mine from high school who was doing a Holy Yoga session.

Being in a public setting has become something that causes a lot of anxiety for me. I didn’t always use to be that way. Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten older and more set in my ways. Maybe it’s the PTSD and anxiety that are a result of my pregnancy loss. Maybe it’s all of the above. So, I celebrate the fact that I showed up and went through with it. Twice.

Even though I’m familiar with the movements, positions, and vocabulary of Yoga (and Holy Yoga which sometimes uses different words for the same positions), I still learned a few things from these two classes.

Photo by Burst on Pexels.com
  1. Everyone is a little self-conscious. If you had any question about this fact, look at the number of yoga mats laid out towards the back compared to the front of the room, no matter how much encouragement comes from the teacher.
  2. The only person who can really challenge you is you. In both classes, you are encouraged to go at your own pace, which means no one really knows your pace. Only you know whether you are taking it easy or really pushing yourself. So it really is up to you to decide to grow.
  3. Sometimes you fall and then you get back up. Oh, this happened. I got caught up in my thoughts or my breathing or something and lost where my feet were and just toppled over. But I just got back into the next position, realigned with the breath and kept moving.

I hope to incorporate more yoga classes into my weekly schedule this year. Taking the time to move with the breath in a group setting was so relaxing and enjoyable. I highly recommend it!

My Word for 2019

Happy New Year everyone! What an incredible, crazy, and amazing year 2018 was for me and my family. It ended with wonderful time with family and friends. I am so grateful for the year, and I’m ready to take on this new one.

Last year, I used the word Anticipation as my focus for the year. It was the perfect word and worked so well considering we were anticipating the arrival of our son and all of the firsts that come after that. I almost couldn’t decide on a new word for this year because it wouldn’t top last year’s word.

As I continued to think back over the last few years, I realized that a lot of it was spent simply surviving. We were in survival mode after our first miscarriage, continued to be in survival mode as we tried to conceive again, and stayed in survival mode after the stillbirths of our first and second daughters. Even in this last pregnancy, it was all I could do to survive one day at a time.

So, I want to change my mindset this year. While I want to continue to live in the present and take one day at a time, I want to do more than just survive. I want to thrive.

To thrive means to flourish. It’s not staying in my comfort zone. It’s challenging myself to grow vigorously.

Honestly, I’m slightly afraid that I will fail. That I will find out that I’m not good enough to accomplish the things I want to do. But I can’t remain in fear. I know that my default is to stay where it’s comfortable (any fellow nines out there?). But I also know that while comfort is good when healing, it’s not the best for growing. And I want to grow.

So, while I have many plans in the coming months, here are a few things I’m going to try in January to help me get into the mindset of thriving.

  1. Start going to a gym regularly. This is a pretty typical new year resolution, isn’t it? However, I have already tried out this particular gym’s yoga class and absolutely loved it. I’m hoping to go at least twice a week this month, including a few more of these yoga classes.
  2. Start writing my book. This is probably the biggest and scariest goal for me this year. But I feel like last year was a chapter in my life closing and a new one beginning. So before I get too far into this new chapter of my life, I thought writing down my experiences of the last five years or so into a book would help me reflect on all of it.
  3. Try to bake two things this month. Michael and I love to watch the Great British Baking Show on Netflix. And I want to try my hand at baking a couple of things this month. I got a new kitchen scale, so I’m excited to try it out.

There are a few more things that will be a bit different this year, particularly on the blog, but I will talk about that later this week. I am a ball of anxiety and excitement at what this new year will bring. I might have to incorporate some more stillness and meditation to counteract all the excitement. I hope you have had a great start to the new year!

December Favorites

I know I’m doing this a week early, but next week is going to be crazy.  I’m actually going to take the week off from blogging and videos for the next week so that I can spend time with family and my husband.  We are celebrating our ninth anniversary next week as well, which I’m looking forward to.  So, this will be the last blog post this year!

I also wanted to let you know that I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.  These are all things I have used personally.  I wouldn’t recommend something I haven’t tried myself.  Thanks!

Clothing and Accessories

The weather outside is finally cold, so now I can slip into these!  These are BOBs from Skechers Women’s Keepsakes Delight Slipper.  I practically live in these shoes during the winter.  They are so cozy and comfortable.  I think I got these a couple years ago for Christmas, but I wear them every year during the winter months.  Sometimes, I will even wear them to the grocery store.  With long jeans, they just look like regular shoes!  You can get them on Amazon here: http://amzn.to/2h6Jg9W

003Also, I’ve been wearing a lot more jewelry this month, and I’ve really been loving this bracelet that Michael got me a while ago.  It’s by Georgie Designs on Etsy.  It’s absolutely gorgeous and simple, which is why I like it so much.  You can add more charms to the bracelet if you want to.  Also, if it needs to be resized, she’s willing to resize it for you!  She also makes a lot of other gorgeous bracelets, so her shop is worth checking out. (By the way, I’m not sponsored by her.  I just love her stuff and thought I would send some love back her way).

App

downdogapplogo-2

I have been doing yoga for years now.  I had to stop during my pregnancy because of my pubic symphysis disorder, but I’m finally able to incorporate yoga back into my daily rhythm.  Usually, I use YouTube to find practices that fit into my schedule, but I found an app that creates great practices too!

The down dog app creates practices for anywhere from 15 to 35 minutes and from beginner to advanced.  Along with the practice, they also include music that is set to the pace of the yoga sequence.  And I really enjoyed doing these practices.  You can also choose the sequence types, from full practice, restorative, and on your feet.  You can customize it even more if you become a member, which I haven’t done yet, but it’s only 3.99 a month.  So I may be doing that in the new year.  You can find out more at: https://www.downdogapp.com/

Health and Beauty 

I have had thick hair that has gone from straight to wavy over the last few years, but after my pregnancy loss in August, I’ve had nothing but frizzy hair that seems to fall out a lot.  I’ve tried a lot of shampoos on the market, but then I got a coupon for Garnier’s Whole Blends.  I tried it for the first time at Thanksgiving, and goodness what a difference! My hair has regained it’s softness and it has been a lot easier to manage.  Of course, I’ve also been allowing my hair to air dry a lot more, and I have been using hair bands that are easier on my hair, but I have also noticed a lot less hair falling out as well.  Plus, it smells amazing.  You can find more about it here: http://amzn.to/2i6uzFP


In addition to the shampoo and conditioner, I’ve fallen back in love with It’s a 10 leave-in product.  I used to use this all the time.  It’s a bit on the pricey side for me (although it’s not that expensive), but it lasts for at least 3-4 months at a time, depending on what size you buy.  I buy the 10 oz.  I’m not exaggerating when I say the product is magic.  And I’ve tried cheaper alternatives, only to keep coming back to this.  You can find it here: http://amzn.to/2hWq3Gt

Those are all of the things I have been loving this month. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.  See you in the new year!

What are some things you have been loving this month?  It doesn’t have to be in the above categories, either!  I love trying out new things!