Updates and Learning to Rest

Quick July/August/Sept/Oct updates:

  • Bought a condo in the best city in the world
  • Started my career teaching with Atlanta Public Schools
  • Strengthened and/or formed new healthy relationships with friends/family
  • Applying to Ed.D Curriculum and Instruction at Georgia State to start summer 2018

As you can see there has been a lot going on..hence I haven’t written a blog post in a while.

But another reason why I haven’t written in a while is because I’ve been intentionally working onย learning to rest. I feel that as a society we are pushed to work and be productive all the time. That every minute of our lives must be filled with some sort of “doing”.

I get caught up in work and goals all the time..and even when I get a minute of quiet time to myself, I still feel like I could be doing something– such as writing a blog post.

It is hard to break away from the need to be productive all the time. But sometimes the most productive thing we can do is just rest. Just do nothing. Sleep or sit and relax, and just let your body and mind take a much needed break for a minute.

So in the spirit of taking a break and care of myself, I’m keeping this post short and sweet. Rest well everyone!!! Let your body and mind recover and heal from the craziness of life.

 

 

 

 

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Finding the Friday and Summer in Everyday

Happy June! I love summer. As someone who has been a student and then a teacher for pretty much her whole life, summer always had a special carefree vibe about it.ย  Sunshine brightens people-wait-all-week-for-friday-all-year-for-summthe mood, and I think because the days are longer there is this illusion of more time. More time for fun, more time for love, more time to procrastinate errands, more time for nourishing the soul. Life is good in the summer:)

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Detaching in order to Live

Life has been amazing recently, and I can attribute a lot of it to the simple fact that I have been practicing the art of Detaching..the art of Letting Go.

We tend to take things too personally. We let our environment control our happiness. We let negative thoughts consume our mind. We waste time playing made-up scenarios in our heads. We keep toxic relationships in our lives. Image result for let go
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Not stressed, but blessed.

Recently I’d been feeling a lot more stressed than usual. But my daily yoga practice (which includes plenty of meditation and reflection) has helped me realize that all of theseblesstress stresses are really just reminders of the many blessings in my life. Continue reading

NASA – good for the soul

It’s Friday, it’s supposed to snow, I live in the south..so it’s a night in for me and the rest of the state:) And what better to do than blog? Today I write about NASA because I am SUPER excited to be attending the Space Exploration Educators Conference this year.

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Reflect and Redistribute

I posted a little inspirational quote on my social media (@pamliuyoga) recently that says, “I am my problem, but also my solution.” I love this because it simply states that you have the power to control any problems in your life.

I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately in my life on what is going well and what is not going so well, and once again came to the conclusion that everything in life is about energy and balance.

We all want to be happy, and this comes from a balance of all things good in our finances, relationships, family, health, career, and our connection to our truest selves in the greater universe.

But everything is give and take. We won’t always have 100% amazingness in all aspects of our life. Maybe we are finally successful in our job and also making great money…but then perhaps our health and relationships suffer a little because of it. Or maybe we don’t have a job and are struggling financially, but have a loving and supportive family and great personal, motivational drive to do better and achieve more. Maybe we are living the perfect life according to what society dictates, but haven’t admitted to ourselves that this is not what we want.

So what can we do? How can we add more happiness and balance in our lives without losing the good that is already here?

My answer is: Redistribute. Redistribute energy from the good parts of our life into the ones we want to improve.

  • Have great friends, but just lost your job? Ask them for help. Use some of your time with them to work on your resume or practice answering interview questions.
  • Are financially successful, but feeling lonely? Get involved in recreational sports, volunteer organizations, or invest in membership to networking groups or clubs.
  • Found your perfect job, but having a hard time fitting in fitness and healthy eating into your work hours? Try gathering a support network and health accountability group from your coworkers. Suggest group walks during lunch break or ordering healthier options for catered events.

There is always a solution to your problems. There is always a way to increase the “good” in your life. The answer is to use what is already good to propel goodness in those areas that need support!

Hey and if you have nothing to complain about, then share your happiness with others. Donate, volunteer, help. When you share your success with others, it will come back to you when you need it again. ๐Ÿ™‚

Reflect on your life, and then Redistribute some energy.

Scripting for the life you want

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while now, but alas, life has been so full and so good–it has been difficult to set aside some time to write! Having a moment purely to myself and my thoughts is rare. However, I make sure that I take time for me every day, even if it is only 5 minutes. Personal care and health are so so SO important.

Today I wanted to share with you all something introduced to me by a yoga friend and a lovely woman by the name of Joyce Rennolds, motivator and inspirational speaker. She has a class every Tuesday 7-8:30 pm at the PalmerHouse Property Building (2911 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30305). Go, and I promise you your life will never be the same.

Joyce introduced me to concept of “Scripting”. Scripting is the process of writing out your life, the way you want it to be, as if it were already true. I see it almost as the opposite of journaling. Journaling is writing about HAS happened. Scripting is writing your life story, as it WILL happen.

For example, if I want one of my struggling students (hey I’m a K12 teacher..I have to do a teacher example!;) to finally understand a math concept and begin investing more time at Image result for writing in a journalschool–I would write in my scripting book, “My lovely student, Jennifer, understands how to add fractions and comes to school with new ownership of her education”.

Or if I want a new car, I would script, “I buy my dream car.” **Notice this is NOT the same as writing “I will buy my dream car.” ** When you script, you write in the present tense. You write as if things are already the way you want.

Why script? Because it directs energy towards the life of your dreams. By directing energy to the life you want, that life is going to come to you. Everything is energy. Our thoughts, our actions–it is all energy. Sending energy toward all those good and happy things we want (more friends, new friends, a healthy relationship, healing a relationship, international travel, perfect health, a new job, paying off debt, etc) while ALSO expressing gratitude for all that we have, is how we can actually get the life we want.

Scripting has changed my life, and it can change your life too! Everything I have scripted for has come true. Really it has.

Check out Joyce’s class on Tuesdays–you won’t regret it!!! Plus she will give you tips and tricks and A LOT more detail than I have done in this post. Go. Learn how to script. Get the life you always wanted. ๐Ÿ™‚