In this weekly vlog Michael learns to ride a two-wheeler, I chat about my holiday decor challenges, and we leave for our New Mexico trip!
In this weekly vlog Michael learns to ride a two-wheeler, I chat about my holiday decor challenges, and we leave for our New Mexico trip!
Hello! Welcome to my first weekly vlog! I had so much fun putting this together and sharing things about my life in a way I haven’t before. I hope you enjoy!
Hello, Friday! I hope you had Monday off, so this felt like a short week. I hammered away creating content, fueled by our new coffee maker. Seriously, the world’s best coffee! This coffee maker deserves it’s own post. I’ll write up a post about why we needed a new coffee maker and why we picked the Technivorm Moccamaster.
I’m subbing yoga again this evening. This is only my second yoga class (for people NOT in my teacher training), so I’m a little nervous. But I know I’ll feel good after class. I’m also going to be teaching at the Machine Performance Center in Vienna! If you’re located in the greater Vienna area, let me know! I’d love to see you in my class!
This week I’ve also been thinking about creating a block schedule for myself. Do you use a block schedule to plan out your work? Ideally, I’d like to block off certain times for recording podcasts, writing, editing, etc… It feels like such a good idea, but I also have a lot of moving parts in my schedule that seem to roll around or only come around once in a while, making a block schedule not always possible. I am trying to limit certain tasks to certain days. I’ll let you know how it goes.
I’ve also been dedicating a few minutes each day to mindfulness. Mindfulness just feels good. Well, not always in the moment. In the moment, I’m thinking: I can’t sit here! I have 10000 things to do besides listening to my own breath! But, after I complete a session, I always feel refreshed. It’s a reminder that the benefits of mindfulness happen “off the mat” in my everyday life. I always feel more inspired and happier after several days of mindful practices.
Speaking of inspired and happy, here are a few links that made me smile this week:
+I was a guest on the Coffee + Crumbs Podcast. Yikes! I’m usually on the other side of the mic, so this was new for me.
+I’d love to make my own mala necklace!
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Hello, hello! How was your weekend? I hope you have today off, so it’s a nice long weekend. The kids are off school, and Dan is off of work, so we’ve been enjoying the long weekend. Well. As much as we can with three busy kids demanding entertainment. 😉
Saturday was gloomy and rained allllll day. While that was challenging from an entertaining children perspective, Dan and I did get a lot done. I caught up on cleaning and laundry while Dan installed a closet system in Michael’s closet. Now he can reach his clothes without breaking hangers every morning. Yay!
I taught my usual Saturday and Sunday morning classes. My sweet Sunday class gave me a birthday card, and one of my favorite class participates, L, brought delicious cold brew from Whole Foods. Yum! I love teaching these classes. The people are so sweet, and they warm my heart!
On Sunday we finished up Michael’s closet, rearranged the linen closet (wow, we really know how to live it up, huh?!), and my parents and I took the kids to the park while Dan went to his hockey game.
I never take it for granted that my parents live near by. I didn’t grow up near my grandma until I was in middle school, and I loved spending time with her as a teen. I always wished I lived near her as a young child, so I love giving that gift to my kids.
Today we are celebrating my birthday with a pizza party my parents (another perk of family near by!), and we’re trying out our new coffee maker! We decided to go big and bought the Technivorm Moccamaster. We’re both big coffee drinkers, so I know we will enjoy this every morning. And afternoon. 😉
I love a fresh month! And I love September especially because it’s my birthday month! I am not super into birthdays in terms of big public displays, but I do love my birthday as a time for me to reflect on the past year from a personal perspective. Where I grew, where I stumbled, where I want to go.
While I am a firm believer in taking a fresh start whenever you want one, there is something nice about starting with a fresh month. I love making goals, but I don’t usually share them. Not because I’m embarrassed or because I’m secretive or because I’m worried I’ll fail in public. I think I don’t share them because I’m an Upholder, so I just kind of make, adjust, and work through goals on a constant and quiet basis. But! I love reading about what other people are working on, and I think there is value in sharing what worked for me, what didn’t work for me, and what I learned.
Here’s what I’m working on this month:
I’ve been into mindfulness for years, but I got deeper into mindfulness during my 200 hour yoga teacher training experience. While mindfulness can be controversial in terms of how much it really helps people, for me, it is a game changer. I signed up for the Mindful30 Challenge, so I will report in on how I find the experience, and how I practice mindfulness this month.
+Find a routine
For the first time, I have dedicated time to attend to my brand and my business and only my brand and my business. For the past several years I’ve juggled a couple different side hustles while also trying to blog and podcast, etc… Starting this week, I have some childcare and dedicated hours to building my brand. It feels exhilarating! And terrifying! I’ve come to realize that that is exactly how being an entrepreneur is supposed to feel. So. I guess it’s going right?! HA! This month I hope to create a block schedule for myself, as much as possible.
+Finish three chapters of my book
I am about 3/4 of the way through my book proposal. The last pieces are the sample chapters. I have the grand majority of the book written, but it’s in pieces. I’ve started getting the pieces in the right order, and out of that order, I found the three chapters I want to put in my proposal. Now I need to edit these and put them into the proposal.
What are you working on this month? I’d love to hear!
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I questioned everything I did with Kate when she was an infant. Was I holding her too much? Maybe. If so, then maybe she wouldn’t ever learn how to self-soothe, fall asleep on her own. She wouldn’t ever take a bottle. Maybe she’d never learn to drink from a cup. Was I stimulating her enough? I did spend a great number of hours cuddling her on the couch watching endless hours of shows on TLC featuring families with dozens of children and employees at beauty parlors duke it out over…I’m not sure what and women purchase wedding dresses they couldn’t afford.
One infant day felt like an eternity. So much time to question and wonder as I performed the tasks of feeding and holding and soothing and rocking.
It felt like wasted time, doing nothing but sitting and holding her hour after hour, day after day. And it also felt like what I needed and wanted to do.
Everything felt like it really mattered.
Recently several of my friends who I’ve known forever and several of my online friends who I know via square pictures on Instagram have had new babies. It’s so weird to think back and remember that my leggy second grader was once one of those new babies. She felt so vulnerable. Breakable. Mess-upable.
Now I don’t always know what or if she’s eaten because she feeds herself. I don’t pick out her clothes or supervise her showers. I guess she’s getting clean and brushing her teeth. She can, in fact, drink from a cup. And she goes to sleep on her own every night.
I didn’t bat an eye when she went to kindergarten. I didn’t cry when I dropped her off at first grade. But something about second grade feels different. It feels like what people are always saying about time.
Now I feel liberated and sad. I feel excited and anxious. I feel full and empty. I feel like this is how it’s meant to be.
Once again we embarked on our annual Family Vacation. A.K.A, a trip, where in which I perform all my usual duties (making snacks, meals, cleaning up, doing laundry, dealing with tantrums) in closer proximity to the ocean.
I get jealous when I see other people’s lovely beach pictures, and I think, why don’t we look like that?! So, in case you ever thought that about me, let me dispel all those thoughts.
These are cute pictures, no? Well. Behind every cute picture is a handful of tantrums. Let it be known!
Traveling with little people is fun – and it’s hard. Sometimes I’m good at going with the flow and other times I want to scream FINE LET’S JUST GO HOME!
But what’s the alternative? Never go anywhere or do anything? Oh, I’ve thought about that. But I still think it’s worth it.
Travel with kids: what’s your philosophy? One of my tricks is to get out of the house early every morning for a centering bike ride. Going fast, alone, in the cool morning air is brain reset. What are your “trip” tricks?
I kicked off the weekend teaching my first yoga class on Friday night. I subbed for a friend of mine, so that’s always tough since classes prefer their usual instructor, but the participants were super sweet and seemed to like the class. I was nervous, but I recalled something one of my instructor friends told me when I was first starting out: if you’re not having fun, they’re not either.
I’m glad I got that first class under my belt, and I’m excited to start teaching regularly this fall!
On Saturday we got hair cuts for the boys. This was the first time Thomas didn’t cry. Phew. This was his third hair cut, and he sat stoically but didn’t freak out as he’s done before. The first time he got a hair cut he was a total wreck. I called up all of his favorite Katy Perry music videos on my iPhone, but he still screamed. The second time Dan held him in the chair while he screamed. But this time he sat there as if he’s always been cooperative.
Do your weekends end up being filled with lots of chores? Or more fun? Or a mix of both? True story: I struggle with the weekend. I want to get things done around the house. And I want to have fun! With the age spread of the kids and Thomas still needing a nap, I have trouble finding activities that are “fun” for all of us. And if we fail to plan things out well, we end up doing errands and chores, and I feel like an un-fun mom.
So that’s what we did. Laundy, grocery. And a thrilling trip to Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Our kids love that place. Beatrice chewed up quite a few kitchen utensils, so we replaced those and purchased some new scrub brush heads for our OXO dishscrubber wand. Side note: I love that dishscrubber. The best one I’ve ever used.
I also picked up a replacement E.L.F lip exfoliator. I was mentioning in some recent Instagram stories that I have matte lipstick I want to wear, but the thing about matte lipstick is you need smooth lips! At least on me, matte lipstick over cracked lips looks pretty bad. I’ve used this product from E.L.F. before (it’s a steal at $3!), but I’m pretty sure one of my kids chewed it because it’s gone. (It is a sugar scrub! HA!) After one application, I am happy to report smooth lips. 😉
We ended the weekend with pool time with my dad, who always has cash for treats. I think buying treats is one of Papa Mike’s favorite things to do with the kids. What a nice Papa!
How do you plan out your weekends? Do you fall into the chores-and-errands trap like me? How do you make it fun and still get stuff done?
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She’s so wonderful! She’s so creative and so sweet. What’s not to love?
I hand over the card and orchid and lean in for a hug. She’s right. But that’s not always how I act.
Kate, I bark. I need you to focus! Open your blinds. Make your bed. Get dressed. Brush your teeth!
She’s sitting in her room at her art table, per usual, still in her pajamas. Her room looks like a Michael’s Craft Store exploded. Cutting up tiny pieces of paper is one of her favorite activities. Each and every day I grumble as I crawl around her floor, picking up detritus off the carpet.
Sorry, mom. I’m just writing my story.
Well it’s not time for writing stories!, I yell to her from the laundry room. It’s time for getting ready!
Pay attention! Focus! Where is your head at? Listen! I need you to help me!
This hasn’t been the easiest year for Kate. Or for me. But the gem of it all was Mrs. T. She finds all these quirks of hers endearing. Her messy desk and seat sack? Part of her charm. The tiny pieces of paper and trash turned into treasure? So creative. The hundreds of stories she writes? Amazing.
Her teacher calls her Sparkles. She emailed me the wonderful things Kate did that day. The struggles she faced but how well she’s done this year. What a joy she is.
Standing in the hallway on that last day of school, I feel my chest heave. That means so much to me, I say. So often all parents hear is the negative.
Your child did this, your child did that. Your child hit another child. Your child had to go to thinking time. Your child pushed. Your child didn’t listen to directions.
But not Mrs. T. Every time she spoke to me or emailed me, she reminded me of that gem of a girl I have. It’s not that I don’t know she’s wonderful. She’s more than wonderful! But, yes, it’s easy to overlook how her quirks, the things that drive me crazy as her mother, make her a remarkable young lady. A little girl who is just so easy to love.
Happy Friday! We are in full-on swim team mode around here. I’m back to packing up for the pool every afternoon and washing swim suits every evening. I already feel like we live at the pool. AND I LOVE IT! More on this soon.
I love making creative connections. So I’m introducing a new series. On Fridays around here you will find images, links, quotes, and other creatively inspiring things. I love sharing cool and creative work.
+I love notebooks and keeping lists, so, naturally, I’m into bullet journaling. I love this post from Tracy of Shutterbean all about her bullet journal supplies. I bought that exact journal! Can’t wait to dive in!
+Anyone who knows me knows I love Gretchen Rubin and everything she is about. I also love her sister, Elizabeth Kraft, so when she announced her latest podcast project, Happier in Hollywood, I could not wait to listen. It does not disappoint. I love the banter between Liz and Sarah, and I could listen for hours on end. Liz and Sarah, can I come visit?!
+I’m getting SUPER into chakras. I learned about chakras as part of my 200 hour yoga teacher training, and I’m obsessed. I found these oil roller balls from Aura Cacia that correspond to the chakras, and I want them all!
+My DSLR has been gathering dust, so I’m participating in the ShootAlong summer course to get my photography game back on point.
This weekend Kate has time trials for swim team, Michael has soccer, and my mom and I are going to see our sweet nanny, L, perform in her opera. It’s my first opera! I hear her sing in our house all the time, but I cannot wait to see her perform on stage!
I’m also hosting a Shop for a Cause event at Athleta Tysons Saturday, June 17! Come see me from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.! Get yourself a swim suit and check out the new UPF fabric!
Hi! I’m Sarah, I am passionate about creating community, building deep connections, and the power of creativity. I live in Northern Virginia with my husband, our three kids, and our golden-lab mix.
I believe in leggings as pants, and I drink my coffee black. I love shopping at Costco, teaching group exercise classes, and, athleisure.