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March 2017

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Hello Monday! March 20

March 20, 2017

Spring flowers

First off, happy 1st day of Spring! I snagged these flowers from my yard. The sun was shining bright today, and dare I say the weather is warming up?! A lot of Virginia beach friends and even my two oldest sons braved the weather conditions this weekend for all the Shamrock races, fun to see photos and hear about how cold it was on the course.

Monday snuck up on me again. Here are a few things I’ve enjoyed over the past week:

  • Have you seen this poster floating around the internet? It has an illustration of every. single. bird in North America! Talk about inspiration. A group of artists all participated, so that’s even cooler.
  • A great reminder about mindfulness, and how to take control.
  • My “real” first job was an Event Planner Coordinator at Washington College, and those four years I spent there were a big part of my journey of becoming an adult! The college recently produced a wonderful video about Sophie Kerr –> Sophie Kerr (1880–1965) was a prolific writer of the early 20th century whose stories about smart, ambitious women mirrored her own evolution from small-town girl to successful career woman”. I watched the entire video, and smiled through most of it. Especially when one of my favorite faces popped up, Michele Volansky, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance at WC.
  • I just read this awesome post about making assumptions.”If you’re like a growing population of self-doubting moms, upon realizing that her house is clean (and yours looks like wild monkeys had a sleepover last night), you immediately transfer the fact that she does one thing well to the fact that she does everything well.” Just yes, to all of it.
  • And while you’re planning your garden… remember these wonderful plants and flowers that the bees, hummingbirds & butterflies will thank you for!

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Oh Hey it’s Monday! March 13

March 13, 2017

unnamedIf you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I just spent three glorious days at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health with my best friend Heather.

My sister has been a Kripalu employee for many years in their Healing Arts department, and I’m embarrassed to admit that this was the first time I’ve come to visit this amazing place. We spent the week attending the R&R events (yoga classes, lectures, etc.), eating delicious meals (they even have silent breakfasts!), and truly embraced the term “rest & relax”.  Kripalu has many rules for your weekend, one of which is no cell phones, so we spent the weekend with our phones set down and away. When was the last time you discounted from your phone? We stayed in “the dorms”, with 24 other women in bunk beds (hello white noise coming from my ear buds), and spent quite a lot of time in the whirlpool & sauna (helpful hint: bring ice cubes with you!). Heather and I often talked about hiking in the mountains, but each time we walked past a draft or open door, the frigid 4 degrees changed our mind…

As a mother, wife, and small business owner, I often forget about myself and my needs as I’m sprinting throughout my day trying to DO IT ALL. This weekend was magical, and so very helpful for me to realize what truly matters and how to go about getting where I want to be with a clear open mind (and often disconnected from my phone).

Here are a few Monday links that I wanted to share:

  • Yoga Dance – ever heard of it? We went to a class Saturday at noon with DRUMS! The energy in the room was out of control. Here’s a peak at KDZ The Kripalu Drummers.
  • I tried drawing a mandala on the plane yesterday for the first time. Upon further research this morning, I realize there is a process to it! And I plan on practicing this: How to draw a mandala.
  • In the dining hall at Kripalu, we learned about Ayurvedic eating. Ayurvedic gives some great guidance for eating, especially when it comes to digestion.
  • Remember how I talked about setting INTENTIONS for the New Year? This weekend was all about intentions, and it reaffirmed the ones I had set, and I added a few more to my list. Have you made a list? Here’s a great one from the Huff Post: Creating Positive Intentions for the New Year.

So I’m ready to start planning my next trip to Kripalu. Who wants to come with me? Happy Monday!

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Oh hey it’s Monday! March 6

March 7, 2017

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PC: Amanda of Orchard Cove Photography, one of my favorites of me and 2/3 of my boys.

Ok, so it’s technically Tuesday, March 7th – Monday got away from me…

My family survived the epic stomach bug of February/March 2017 – I barely made it. I am SO very thankful for currently healthy kids and a germ free home.

We went to the mountains this past weekend. It was glorious. If you haven’t been in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I highly suggest going. Besides the visit to the UVA campus (& Bodo’s Bagels), we drank a bit of wine and beer, and the husband took a “time-out” at Wintergreen skiing. I also visited with two different sweet beach friends and former neighbors.

  • Being a mom is hard. Heck, being a parent is hard. This article resonated with me last week.
  • Our former nanny (who also happens to be a wedding planner), had a shoot of hers featured on a blog. Think woods, gin, vines & just all around amazingness.
  • Have you read this article: “Doctors Explain How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains“? Thinking about starting up a weekly hiking group in the afternoons… who wants in?
  • Remember the WELL Women workshops I attend? In a few weeks, I will be the speaker leading the March workshop! Tickets are on sale now. I’ll be speaking on finding daily inspiration. You can also take a peak at their recent branding shoot by the talented Mary of Bluebird’s Garage, and of course Zoe Grant, Photographer extraordinaire!
  • The R&R retreat with my best friend is in TWO. DAYS. This will be a first for me. I am so excited I can hardly contain myself. Starting the packing process – any advice? Sounds like I’ll be unplugged from my phone for some of it, which will be wonderful but weird…

That’s it for now. Until next week!

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