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Today’s Gonna Be Awesomesauce

I was reading something once about how a school turned their low attended literacy night into a memorable parent favorite. While educators love to share knowledge – this is one of many reasons why we teach – not everyone is as excited about the information we’re sharing, including parents. So, what did this school do… Read more

My students often look at me incredulously when I share mindfulness tools and practices for the first time. The look on their face is as if they are saying to themselves, “Right, if it were that simple, why isn’t everybody doing this stuff?!”  In all honesty, the trite reminders to “just breathe” as an antidote… Read more

There you are scrolling through IG and seeing one post after another remind you that you MUST HAVE a written gratitude practice.  These posts might promise that your life will completely transform if you simply purchase a gratitude journal and write 5-10 things you’re grateful for.  Gratitude is awesome. I happen to love gratitude journaling… Read more

Sharing my failures and shortcomings with my son and my students is one of the best parenting and teaching tools in my toolkit. Being a mindful parent (or teacher) doesn’t mean you’re a perfectly calm parent that controls her thoughts and emotions with guru type perfection.  I mean let’s be honest, even gurus aren’t perfect… Read more

The coronavirus pandemic has had a massive impact in our lives. Who would have ever thought that our wee ones would be zooming into the classroom? It’s something that I certainly thought would never happen at such a young age. I also thought I would never have zoom dates with friends and family. It’s hard… Read more

Trauma-informed practices have been making headway into many public domains, particularly in education as it relates to student engagement, emotional regulation, and behavior management.  Since Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk released his highly acclaimed book in 2015, The Body Keeps the Score, we have an extensive, and continually growing body of research to help us… Read more

Moving is stressful for everyone involved. If you’re a family who tends to always be on the go this might seem like a great adventure for your little tribe but for those who have a difficult time with change, moving might be one of the scariest and uncertain times of their life. The majority of… Read more

Cultivating Peace In 5 Minutes or Less

Your day is going awesome. Everything is flowing right along. You feel really confident about your next big thing scheduled for the day – teaching your next class or heading out to your next meeting, having a conversation with your kids about their day, trying to connect with your partner, or just trying to wind… Read more

Finding Joy

Experience the little joys to feel the big JOYs inside. I remember sitting on my sofa many years ago bawling my eyes out while reading a yoga and happiness book one of my teachers recommended. I was separated from my former spouse at the time and going through a shitstorm of emotions, grief, and existential angst. I had… Read more

My older son and I try to take solo adventures together at least once a year. It’s a great time to re-connect and re-discover what matters most in our lives. I’ve found that hiking and backpacking in nature is a great reminder that peace isn’t a destination or a place, it’s a state of mind… Read more