Healthy Lifestyle

Un manic Monday 

Happy Monday!

I think spring fever has hit, because I, personally, am E-X-H-A-U-S-T-E-D! Pretty much everyone else I spoke to today, felt the SAME WAY. I am not sure if it is Spring Fever, or if we are all just trying to do too much. 

 For me, I think it is both.  I am really, really, REALLY trying to slow down a bit and be gentler with myself (and others)

I am tired. I am exhausted. The combination = pure misery

I find myself being short with myself and others, easily annoyed, irritated and very impatient. I don’t like feeling this way at all. It is not fair to me or anyone that crosses my path.

So what do I do?

  1.  Yoga.  Yes, this has been SO helpful! However, I think I am overdoing it just a bit.  I find myself exhausted and forcing myself to go to some pretty intense classes ALL THE TIME.  Instead of opting to do a little routine at home on those nights I am super tired, I force myself to go to classes.  Sure I feel better after, but I think I pay for it the next day, and the next…… I start my unhealthy pattern and routine, where I feel FORCED. This just makes me dread and dislike something I truly need and love.  I need to figure out HOW to stop being so pushy with myself.
  2. sleep more.  This is so tough. I am a morning person. I love to get up early and start my day!  Great, right? Trouble is………I push, push , push myself from the minute I get up until I literally get ready for bed.  Maybe instead of Sleep More, my goal should be “rest more”.  I need to find less stressful things for my body to do that are restful yet constructive. This is the difficult part. Finding that balance.
  3. Stop making an endless to do list, that I try to accomplish in ONE DAY. I jam pack my days. Otherwise, I feel unproductive and guilty.  Some of my BEST days have been the ones that I did the least, but REALLY, truly gave my full attention and effort to the tasks or experiences.  Being more present is much more meaningful that doing MORE.
  4. Slow down. Enjoy people, things, feelings, food.  I am getting better at realizing WHEN I need to slow things down, now its just about executing that. I acknowledge it, then push it down and think “I can rest LATER”

My goal is to enjoy life MORE. I am pretty sure in order for this to happen, I really need to slow down and just be present. Present with my relationships, food and experiences.   In fact, I think we ALL need to slow down. I am definitely not the only one guilty here.

SO how are YOU going to slow down and start enjoying things?


 Some fun Sunday stuff:

  1.  This little peanut is turning ONE! Oh my gosh! Where did that year go? (REMINDER: Slow down!)
  2. Great book, what a beautiful story!
  3. Loving my new yoga mat.  I got the Harmony 71″, a bit longer than my old one which I am loving!  
  4. Saw the Outlander dress window display  at Saks in NYC this weekend BUT am sooooo bummed I missed seeing him
  5. will it ever be warm enough so I can wear something like this or this?  I am not even motivated to buy spring/summer clothes at the moment, because it is just too…..COLD
  6. Love these too…      
  7. Love that my mama taught us how to make golumpki!   
  8. Fun project for my dad!!
  9. Yoga journal live NYC pretty awesome! Next year I want to sign up for the weekend.  I just did the yoga market and a few community classes. It was pretty amazing being around so many incredible people!  
Healthy Lifestyle

Saturday Safes

What makes you feel safe?


For me. It is stability. Security. family. friends.


it is also routine and the SAME thing.

This by no means is a bad thing. However I am a very all or nothing, black or white type of person and thinker. So for me, being safe means setting a rigid routine that I do not like breaking free from. Which in turn leaves me…….empty.

I have safe foods. Safe exercises. Safe people, places, things, etc, etc, etc.

It is safe to say (haha) That I (too) easily fall into playing things and doing things the “safe” way.

I associate safety with security. YET if I do not venture out of my safe little bubble. I will never get to see what my likes or dislikes are. I will not be able to grow. I will not be able to truly enjoy life. Right now, safe is just that………safe. It is also pretty boring and often times I feel like I am just going through the motions.  Slowly I am forcing myself to do things OUT of my comfort zone. It is hard, but I am finding a select few things along the way that I am loving. If I never left my comfort zone. I would never have known.

Yes, there are often more things I dislike during this exploration, but I also know the more I continue to step out of that safe zone, the more I will begin to find happiness and pleasure.

Here are just a few of the things I am finding when I leave this comfort zone  OR things I plan on trying to see if I will enjoy:

  • Teaching new grade levels, settings, even states!

  • new yoga classes, with new instructors! ( I want to branch out and try different types of yoga now)I have also limited myself and told myself not to push because of an old hamstring injury………well I am finally beginning to feel stronger and want to slowly try new things…..specifically? inversions!
  • meditation. Yes, I have tried it on my own, but I am ready to branch out of my comfort zone and try it with others. I almost took a class here today, but chickened out because I did not see anyone taking the class. I did not want to be the only one, although I probably would not have been. Next time 🙂
  • do more on my weekends. I am falling into routine and pattern. I find myself getting angry or upset if my routine is changed up.  If I never branch out and go, travel, see new things or places, I will be stuck in a rut and not really grow. A few things I’d like to do?  this , a day trip here and must eat/visit Lexington Market, and a great hike
  • say YES to social invitations that sound right for me 🙂
  • trusting my gut and instinct and NOT second guessing myself
  • speaking up and speaking my mind and NOT worrying if someone won’t like me if I say something they do not agree with
  • plan a vacation that is completely out of my comfort zone like this
  • continuing to embrace and face my negative or sad feelings because without them, I would never know what joy and happiness felt like
  • laughing more. I really, really, REALLY need to work on this. Eh, none of these sound very appealing at the moment
  • go to a burlesque show 🙂
  • read something out of my comfort zone…..ugh, that means fantasy! gah!
  • try foods I have never had…….you never know what you may like!  I’m talking about this,  not this
  • being ok with things when they Don’t Go How I Expect
  • practice gratitude. I would love to say to myself what I am grateful for every time I worry about something (that I can not control anyway!)

So it looks like I have some work cut out for myself. Some challenges.  I am hoping to continue to find my likes and dislikes by trying and doing new things, because after all, isn’t that what life is about?




I would LOVE to hear of things you have done (or plan to do) that are out of your comfort zone!


Healthy Lifestyle

Friday Feelings

Happy Friday coffee chalkers’!  

I hope you had a great spring break, week, or just regular ol’ Friday!

My week has been a bit intense. Tons of thoughts, feelings, emotions. At times I think I am doing awesome, others I am ready to cry at any moment….I am sure you can all relate! LIFE 🙂  BUT It is what we make of it and how we CHOOSE to perceive and live it.


So here are a few things I am feeling this week!


hungry. Not hungry. Hungry. not hungry??

My eating habits/pattern has been OFF this week. Its crazy. I get extreme , bottomless pit moments of hunger, then other times I feel like food is the LAST thing on my mind. Regardless, I am HAPPY about this, because for a long time, all I EVER felt was……….starving!


So, I have to share some things I was really FEELING this week!  ❤

L&M’s strawberry shortcake – SOOOO good! Not too sweet, the icing was just perfect and so light and fluffy! WINNER!

Peanut butter. Yup, sorry , I am ALWAYS feeling that – with banana and greek yogurt.



on my salad. Yup

Swiss cheese (Lacey swiss)






Majorly. I HATE HATE HATE not being in control of things. It is so hard to let this go for me.

I can NOT control things, people, outcomes, etc, BUT I can control HOW I react to them.




I have moments where I feel like someone (Me probably) tore out EVERYTHING inside me. I feel numb. I am working on this…..



With this book, It was OK, but I was expecting MORE!


excited for…..




a friends birthday celebration here

my beautiful cousins wedding  coming up

my next adult book club ( The Circle) and my next Critter Club installment junior book club ❤

That I got to spend and celebrate my moms birthday with her and it was so special!!

Cupcakes and Coffee ❤

Make a wish!

oooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhh we are going on the golf course! (My first time driving a golf cart!)

So stylish in her adorable outfit!!  My mom looks awesome in jackets!

First stop Bloody Maries!

Happy HAPPY birthday girl!


MORE candles!!!


like I would LOVE to do this retreat, BUT I am worried it will be too “social” for me. I require a lot of “me” time, or quiet time

yogalife Thailand


like I really need a new yoga mat, I love the Jade brand, but am wondering if I should expand my horizons maybe this one?...I guess “It it ain’t broke then don’t fix it”.  Trust myself ❤



of myself for packing up, loading up, unpacking and nicely stacking my belongings in public storage. Thank GOD for my amazing mother and father and their help…….Seriously feels so good, I am so grateful I had this week, and my amazing parents, to help me

ps – an indoor unit SUCKS when you have an awkward couch to load in it………Let the Polish jokes begin….. 🙂



I need/want another adventure soon…..what will it be?

this place looks amazing