Intentional Living · Lifestyle · Spirituality

Speak with Nature Saturday—Dragonflies and Sacred Things

Writing Challenge Day 2: Speak with Nature Saturday Today Havarti and I went down to the pond. I found a quiet spot to sit. Havarti talked to the bumblebees and the wildflowers. I sat with my sacred little things, fresh air permeating my lungs. Earth. Fire. Air. Water. As I sat there in the stillness, two dragonflies… Continue reading Speak with Nature Saturday—Dragonflies and Sacred Things

Advice · Health · Lifestyle · Spirituality

Autumnal Equinox: How to Shed What Doesn’t Serve You

Many people associate springtime with renewal and rebirth, but for me the autumnal equinox is equally as important. It is a time to renew our vows to ourselves, and to let go of what doesn’t serve us. Trees actually go through a process called abscission whereby specialized cells stop sending water to the leaves and the tree… Continue reading Autumnal Equinox: How to Shed What Doesn’t Serve You

Lifestyle · Parenting · Teaching · Waldorf Education

Rock Climbing Blindfolded and Risk-Taking in Children–Hallie & Havarti

Yesterday I took my students to a rock climbing gym.     Then, we blind folded them. Hard, physical work; facing fears; and heightened tactile stimulation. My developmental psychology-trained brain was echoing a resounding YES! I love taking my class to things like this because the truth is: children need to climb.  And furthermore, children need to… Continue reading Rock Climbing Blindfolded and Risk-Taking in Children–Hallie & Havarti

Advice · Food · Gluten-Free · Health · Lifestyle · Lunch · Nutrition · Uncategorized

3 Reasons Why I Never Buy Salad Dressing

I don’t buy salad dressing any more. In fact, most of the time if I’m eating at home I don’t use it at all. Why? I usually add some form of protein to my salads (like salmon, chicken, ground beef, quinoa). I usually fry up the protein first because I love the contrast of cold crispy… Continue reading 3 Reasons Why I Never Buy Salad Dressing

Fitness · Havarti · Lifestyle

Working Out Again and Post-Gym Cuddles

Honestly? It’s been about a year since I was actively engaged in a daily fitness routine. Being a new teacher was a challenge greater than anything I had faced before. I really had no idea what I was getting into. All of my personal habits and rhythms were tested. My social life became as skimpy as Miley Cyrus’ stage… Continue reading Working Out Again and Post-Gym Cuddles

Havarti · Lifestyle

Havarti Wants Salad (And Attention!)

If you don’t already know, I have a dog named Havarti. At 5 lbs, she’s full-grown and has more spunk than Gene Simmons in his prime. She’s peppy, playful, and an extremely snobbish foodie. Today while I was trying to take pictures of my salad for the blog, Havarti literally followed me around the house… Continue reading Havarti Wants Salad (And Attention!)