My inspiration levels have been off the charts as of late. I went through a little big of a slump throughout the month of January and even some of February. Students were restless, the weather was less than appealing in CT, and my overall mood was low. I lacked motivation to work out, wake up early, and even eat properly (skipping meals and subbing with coffee…not good!) So, after some a crazy long winter blues session, I’m here with what I’m loving now that February is almost over and Spring is less than a month away.
First up? The lovely Tara Stiles! She’s a yogini master and a inspirational extraordinaire. I’ve been digging her Sharespiration section on her website and have been checking it out and sharing an affirmation that sticks with me.
This affirmation struck a chord with me because I was allowing my mood to affect my well-being. I wasn’t properly taking care of myself in terms of giving myself good fuel, a proper period of rest, and quiet time alone to practice Yoga and meditate. In turn, I was not able to take care of my students, my husband, my home, or anyone else! Tara Stiles has some very authentic affirmations that can apply to almost any part of your life. Her smoothie recipes are pretty dope, too!
Going along with the theme of reflection, I’ve become absolutely obsessed with Decomposition Notebooks by Michael Roger. I’ve actually always had a thing for Composition Notebooks anyway, but these were different and fun. I loved the name and the quirky designs. So, obviously when I was at my old job’s bookstore, I had to purchase two.
I love this Forest design, the green ink, and the adorable deer. Inside the paper is “normal”, but the artwork is fun and exciting. These notebooks are from 100% post-consumer waste recycled pages which makes them sustainable.
I save all of my journals and I’ve been writing in a journal since I was 12 years old. I don’t think I’ll EVER be able to give up the paper journal, especially not since I tie this into my Yoga and mindfulness practice. If I’m having writer’s block, I google QOTD or I search up an affirmation from one of my favorite Yogis and try and write from there. I also use this book for daily ramblings which usually get me where I want to be with my journaling.
Simple meals have been part of my daily routine so I can have more time with my husband, friends, and family and spend less time working and doing meal prep. This is the GPS salad that I made. (Garbage Pail Salad, haha). I had Kale, Avocado, Quinoa, and Roasted Cauliflower and didn’t know what to do with any of it. So, I mixed it all together. DELISH. Filling. Simple. Having salad bowls for dinners and lunches have simplified the cooking system and have made for some tasty leftovers, too. I also just really love my bowl.
What are you loving this week? This month? This second?