Three Language Changes to Make in 2020

In 2019, I learned to say, “no.” Everywhere I turned I saw articles, posts, and heard conversations betwixt girlfriends in coffeeshops about saying no and setting boundaries. As a teacher and a naive empath, it’s a word I needed to learn to use and love to maintain a sustainable lifestyle. In 2020, I’m committing toContinue reading “Three Language Changes to Make in 2020”

Nurturing Breath with Nutrition

Undeniably, our breath holds our lifeforce. Every anatomical system depends on oxygenation, and the physical movement of our lungs propels parts of our lymphatic, nervous, and digestive system. In traditional Chinese philosophy and medicine, breath is linked to qi, an essential lifeforce and vital animating energy. In Hindu and Indian philosophy and medicine, including yogicContinue reading “Nurturing Breath with Nutrition”

Return to the Water: An exercise (literally) in surrender

Don’t be a fish; be a frog. Swim in the water and jump when you hit ground. ― Kim Young-ha As I’ve been vocal about before, this year nearly wrecked me. Last December, I suffered a transformational but deeply scarring break-up, and my family endured my infant niece’s diagnosis with cancer. A very young andContinue reading “Return to the Water: An exercise (literally) in surrender”

Open the Classroom to Abundance

Hey teachers, let’s get real: our jobs are terrifying. Student success falls (partially) on our shoulders, and often we don’t have the tools to 100% make sure that happens. Fostering loving, literate, critical minds is an experiment that never concludes. Education industry and legislature increase tomfoolery on a daily basis, and often we struggle toContinue reading “Open the Classroom to Abundance”

The Gift of Being a Perpetual Beginner

Had you asked me in high school what it was like to not specialize in an activity, I would have told you I felt like an untalented outsider. Watching my friends excel in their area of interest was often difficult for me: I wanted to try it all, but wasn’t very good at much. FromContinue reading “The Gift of Being a Perpetual Beginner”

Solo Travel and Being Your Best Self

I’m a lucky one: I have the time and means to travel abroad by myself at least once a year. As someone who didn’t board a plane on their own until they were 22, or get a passport until 26, I feel like I have a lot of catching up to do! A week agoContinue reading “Solo Travel and Being Your Best Self”

Breathe for Change and SEL*F Reflection

A week ago I finished the Breathe for Change Summer Intensive in Austin, Texas. B4C’s mission is to change the world one teacher at a time: a bold goal! From their marketing, I thought the claims were too good to be true. Change the world? Nah. Transformative? Nah. This is just another SEL training thatContinue reading “Breathe for Change and SEL*F Reflection”

Unity: A Yoga Flow Playlist

A community of new yogis (the self-proclaimed Unified Yoga Unicorns, of course) came together to make a 45-minute heart-opening flow this week for our first group-led yoga class. We believe finding peace with yourself is the way to find peace and unity with the world. I invite you to follow our playlist for your personalContinue reading “Unity: A Yoga Flow Playlist”

Wellness Apps You’ll Actually Use

Insight Timer is a no-nonsense, truly free meditation app with a library of nearly 20,000 guided meditations. From a quick visualization to start your day, to longer yoga nidra meditations, Insight Timer’s variety and multitude work in its favor. As with any overwhelmingly robust resource, it does take some time to find the right sessions at first.Continue reading “Wellness Apps You’ll Actually Use”