Moving On

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Once I graduated college I started teaching.  I became a NYC Teaching Fellow and found a job teaching dance in a public elementary school in Washington Heights.  I then taught in Italy, Washington D.C., and back in NYC.  June was a month filled with incredible excitement as the end of the school year grew near.  It was comparable to Christmas.

This June is different since I have been on maternity leave since January.  Next June will be different as well since I decided to not return in the fall.

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I loved teaching dance in the schools.  It was a very special job.  I loved making up dances with the kids, nurturing their creativity, making tiny things (like a little turtle) super special, and moving my body every day.  But right now my priorities have shifted and my interests are evolving.

Now I am a Mom.  I want to spend time with Luca.  I want to work on my business when I want to.  I want flexibility.  I want to curate charm and magic through.  I want to teach yoga, host workshops, make mini malas, and work with clients.

Shifting into this new phase has taken a lot of time figuring out what it is I want. Giving up my identify as a teacher might have been the hardest thing.  I was so attached to it.  It was comfortable and safe.  I will always be strongly connected to teachers, and I am looking forward to supporting them in some way because I know first hand how freaking hard they work.

So for now I will be dancing with my itty bitty student, Luca, and continue to make tiny things super special.

I’d love to hear what is next for you.

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Mini Yoga Flow *3

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You will need a little space for this standing warrior sequence as you strengthen the legs while opening through the upper body. Just 5 minutes to stretch + open + ground and you don’t even need a yoga mat or yoga clothes!

Does your body want more? Try:  [ Mini Yoga Flow *1 ]   [ Mini Yoga Flow *2 ]

 

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What You Focus On Expands

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“It is gratitude that expands my ability to receive beauty in my life.” – Oriah

When I focus on all the wonder in my life I am significantly happier. Life seems easier and sparklier when I write mini gratitude lists or jot down the magic that exists in my days.

Example: I am grateful for morning runs, Luca naps, muesli with chocolate, and quiet mornings.  I’m grateful for rain showers, loud booms of thunder, and the picture of a rainbow my brother sent me via What’s App.  I’m thankful for unicorn stickers, handmade stamps, fresh lavender, and homemade cookies.

Result: Ahhhhhh……

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Sometimes I forget this super simple practice and my life then reflects it.

When I have a clear space to write down highlights from the day life gets even sweeter.

Find a place where you can keep a growing list of all things that are awesome. Moleskines rock.  I love my gratitude journal.  And I’m starting a magic log in a mini-notebook.

Start with the basics.  Let it ramble.  Let the words tumble out.

Write in the morning.  Write at the end of the day.  Find a time and just write anyway.

 

 

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Mini Notebooks

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My friend, Alaina, shared this link with me about how to make mini notebooks.  I immediately fell in love since I love all things mini.  I got to work and let polka dots and washi tape dance on the covers.

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They are incredibly imperfect.  I didn’t let the desire for perfection squelch the joy I had making them.

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So uneven pages will just have to do for a place that words can rest.

“You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

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