Inspiration for the week


My podcast crush on To the Best of Our Knowledge continues. This time, they did an episode on going wild, where they talk about adventures for families, for diversity, and for your soul.

As a result of the afore-mentioned podcast, I added a ton of new adventure books to my book list.

How we spend our days is how we spend our lives. An argument for biking to work every day.

You don’t have to be excited to stay committed to a habit like running. This post is hilarious, and a much needed reminder when I am not feeling up for a run (or yoga or skiing or whatever it is). “It happens with our work, with our hobbies, with our relationships, and with our best intentions and biggest goals. Sometimes we’re excited and sometimes we’re not, but excitement isn’t the holy grail we make it out to be. And, frankly, I think we’re all putting way too much pressure on ourselves to FOLLOW OUR PASSIONS! and FIND HAPPINESS! and CARPE DIEM DO WHAT YOU LOVE BECAUSE LIFE IS SHORT AND YOU’RE A SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE OF BRILLIANCE WHO NEEDS TO CHANGE THE WORLD!”

Some recipes to try this week: oat nut chewy granola bars / roasted broccoli and red pepper grilled cheese

I just read the book “It’s Okay to Make Mistakes” to my class, written by my all-time favorite children’s author, Todd Parr. The messages in all of his books are so simple and positive. And he has coloring sheets for kids!

Inspiration for the weekend

banjo girl

girl meets banjo. In case you want to get lost in a world of banjo pictures and songs.

Why sensitive souls need rituals. This is me.

Hurry Up and Wait: a children’s book for grown-ups, about presence in the age of productivity.

I made this, and it was delicious. I really want to make this, because I think it will be delicious.

A new simple living blog crush: Think Big Live Simply.

I really want to hang up this poster about meditation in my apartment, but I can’t figure out how to print it! Anyway, it’s really pretty and makes meditation seem do-able.

A podcast on political correctness, including a discussion on the word “tolerance.” Helped me think about the difference between teaching tolerance, and teaching acceptance/understanding.

I haven’t listened to this yet, but I think it will be interesting: Why early childhood standards of Common Core are developmentally inappropriate.

Inspiration for the weekend


It’s finally spring! Some links that helped me find calm, beauty, and inspiration this week:

The case for mindful dining. Put your phone down and enjoy the food (and people you’re eating it with).

From the same awesome magazine, an article on why where our seeds come from is something we should think about when it comes to sustainable eating. Thanks to my farmer friends at Regenerative Roots for showing me this!

This post on how to take a real day off made me laugh out loud because it reminds me so much of my dad. And I followed in his footsteps, rarely allowing myself to have a real day off. It’s something I’m working on.

From Mark Bittman, the best response I have seen yet in answer to the question “Should we be labeling GMOs?

I finally started doing salads-in-a-jar to take to work! Here are some good recipe ideas.

I just bought the book Nature Anatomy for my classroom. It’s a beautiful and intriguing book of nature illustrations and I can’t wait to share it with my kids!

Some free spring nature hunt printables for your students.

Inspiration for the weekend.


Some links that helped me find calm, beauty, and inspiration this week:

Life gets awesome when you opt out. “Of course (of course!) I don’t care if other people love giving oodles of holiday gifts, sending Christmas cards, or driving a 2015 Camry. If it brings you joy – do it! But these things don’t bring me joy, so I’m not doing them.”

23 things only people who love spending time alone will understand.

On admitting what you don’t know, and letting yourself learn something new.

Why standardized testing, and standards themselves, don’t promote learning the way we want them to. “A broad, flexible curriculum that supports children’s individual interests and strengths is more likely to engage them and promote learning.”

And to follow up on that…What schools could use instead of standardized tests.

These banana-oat-chocolate cookies are delicious and pretty healthy.

I just read Canyon Solitude, about a woman who does a solo river trip through the Grand Canyon. It was an awesome and inspiring book about adventuring, and also about solitude. Next up: Torch by Cheryl Strayed.

And all these beautiful pictures: Wanderers Welcome.

Inspiration for the weekend: live bravely.

adventureToday is officially the day before the Birkebeiner cross-country ski race! This is by far the craziest thing I have undertaken in my life – 51 K of skate skiing, a skill that I just picked up a few months ago. The course is FILLED with hills, and the temperature is only going to reach 18 degrees during the day. I’m expecting it’ll take me 7-8 hours to complete. But I still want to give it a shot! I decided long ago that I want my life to be filled with more adventure, so I chose my two words for 2015 with that in mind: live bravely. Tomorrow’s experience on the Birkie course will be my biggest adventure yet, with the possible exception of the marathon I ran in 2013, and will push me to remember those words – live bravely.

With that in mind, I have a few links that I have been using to keep myself motivated over the last few days. The concepts of bravery and daring greatly have been popping up all over the place in my life lately – it’s funny how the universe works like that. So here are a few that I keep turning back to:

How will you be brave today?

Honoring the wild within.

Look your ego in the eye and say this.

These words. And these.

One of my all-time favorite quotes, on this print.

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Some links that helped me find calm, beauty, and inspiration this week:

Practicing slowness. One of my intentions for this year.

Speaking of intentions: what intentional living means.

How to make your travel & adventure goals sustainable throughout the year.

And my favorite intention for this year: being fearless.

This traveler’s vegetable curry looks delicious.

The many benefits of outdoor play in kindergarten.

What schools could use instead of standardized tests (so many better ideas!)

Three amazing blogs about teaching inquiry and critical thinking:

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Some links that helped me find calm/beauty/inspiration this weekend:

New beautiful food blog: Love and Lemons. I’m sure her butternut squash burrito bowl will turn out delicious when I make it tomorrow.

The NYTimes magazine‘s Food Issue is out today! I want to read all the articles, especially Getting Your Kids to Eat (or At Least Try) Everything and How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground.

Jack Kerouac on kindness. He’s my fave.

I made crockpot apple butter, and it was so easy!

Young children should observe. everything.

What if every person treated trees as if they symbolize life?

New research finds a link between eating fruits and vegetables, and finding a greater sense of meaning in life. When encouraging someone to eat more vegetables, I feel like this isn’t the biggest thing you should emphasize. But it’s an intriguing find.

Inspiration for the weekend.

TeachRunEat: maintaining the calm while being an insanely busy elementary school teacher

I think I am finally crawling out from under the huge pile of stuff that needed to be done at the beginning of the school year. This was my first weekend that wasn’t jam-packed with plans, either, so I finally had some time to relax and catch up. Here are some lovely things for maintaining a healthy life while being an insanely busy elementary school teacher:

For maintaining the calm:

A gratitude list for fall

Don’t worry, be happy now.

For staying healthy:

3 ways to start making your life an adventure.

pumpkin + oatmeal = the best combination in the world

I had this last night and it was delicious. Alas, the end of cherry tomato season is here.

For keeping the passion for teaching:

I want to put these illustrations from Maurice Sendak up in my classroom.

A lesson in how teachers became resented and idealized.

Inspiration for the weekend

peace-through-yoga from Teach Run Eat

Well it’s official! My students and I survived the first week of school! It was four intense (but fun) days that didn’t leave a lot of time for self-care. This year I’m making it a goal to bring some of that summer calm into the school year. I want to find ways to maintain a healthy life, while still keeping my passion for teaching high. So here are some links for just that:

For maintaining the calm:

7 things I’m grateful for right now.

6 health lessons everyone can learn from introverts.

The unexpected benefit of being bad at yoga Being perfect at yoga, even being good at yoga, was simply not a goal of mine anymore. Instead, I started focusing on how my body felt, on what it was telling me. And, once I listened to it, I could begin giving myself what I needed.

For staying healthy:

Easy refrigerator pickles.

Food that magically regrows itself.

Scrambled tofu dish, for using up any vegetables you have.

For keeping the passion for teaching:

Guiding guided play in New York City’s prekindergarten.
This speaks to me, as a kindergarten teacher who can barely find time for free choice, let alone guided exploration time. Apparently NYC’s school chancellor has a commitment to “joyful learning” (so cool!) and wants to make sure “poor children will theoretically be taught as the city’s affluent are, which is to say according to the principles of immersive, play-based, often self-directed and project-driven learning.”

A very cool research project: Calling all parents who are parenting outside the gender box.

I love these ideas for weekly nature walks with your kids.

“Attention is the beginning of devotion.” – Mary Oliver always gets it right

Inspiration for the weekend.

passionateWell it’s hard to believe, but another school year is starting! I’ve been doing a lot of reading of education and teaching articles, while also trying to maintain a sense of peace (aka find ways to stop freaking out about the beginning of the school year). I want to carry over some of that summer calm into my classroom this year. So here are some links on how to maintain a healthy life, while still keeping your passion for teaching high.

For maintaining the calm:

How to live to 100: drink wine and walk.

Walking toward peace.

For staying healthy:

Summer eats: zucchini eggplant tomato gratin / tomato stack salad with corn & avocado / berry goat cheese & almond salad

Good morning yoga sequence.

For keeping the passion for teaching:

Teach about Mike Brown. But don’t stop there.

An awesome Pinterest board full of social justice teaching ideas.

My new favorite blog: NPR Ed.

A print I want for my classroom: “I will let them be little, fill their hearts with laughter, let them grow wings.”