Wednesday, November 19, 2014

30 Day Plank Challenge ~ Free Pretty Printable!


One of one hundred things I love about my sweet yoga practice, is coming to the mat and just accepting where ever I'm at today. Yesterday I may have been able to go further in a pose. Maybe today one side is looser than the other or I feel more stable- or less. Paying attention and taking in that information with love is helping me grow in so many ways.

With a lower energy these last few months, both my stamina and physical strength are low. That's okay. It makes sense and I am celebrating all that I've been investing in healing.

Now I'm ready to start building back up so I can increase my stamina and hang in there longer. Whether it's at Mommy and Me class, finishing up the dishes after dinner (instead of in the morning), being able to say yes to a friend date that happens after 11am when my energy is fading. Yes. I said 11am. I'm ready to start building back up what has had to be torn down in fighting this dis ease.

Not with crazy goals of hittin' the gym every day or crazy cardio I'm not ready for.
I'm showing up on my mat.
I'm taking long walks.
And giving myself this plank challenge to start building strength to create even more in my life.

If it speaks to you- please join me!
I have a blue, orange, and light orange for you to choose.
Just print it out.
Do it.
And tick the box- done!

To download 30 Day Plank Challenge in blue click here

To download in orange click here

and in a lighter orange click here 

I have a blue, orange, and light orange for you to choose.
Just print it out.
Do it.
And tick the box- done!

Yoga Journal pointers for a strong plank.
Ready to step it up? Mix in some side planks. 
Let me know how it goes for you with a comment below. I'd really love to hear!

xo,
Amy


Monday, November 17, 2014

Easy Cinnamon Sauteed Persimmons


Almost 500 persimmons were gleaned off the happiest little tree a couple of weeks ago by the Mister, Em, and me. Fuju Persimmons are the kind that you can eat right off the tree, like an apple. Throw them in a pan for a few minutes and they get softer- and sweeter.


Sauteed Cinnamon Persimmons
2 TB ghee (or other quality fat: coconut oil, butter, bacon drippings, etc)
6-8 persimmons, sliced and seeds removed (I do not peel)
1-2 tsp cinnamon (I like to go big with cinnamon)
pinch of Himalayan pink salt
* a few slices of apples add quite a bit of sweetness and deliciousness

Heat pan first. 
Add fat until melted.
Toss in just the persimmons and other fruits if using.
When beginning to brown, turn off heat.
 Toss with cinnamon and pinch of salt.
Enjoy!

You might enjoy:

Nourished Kitchen has a full post on why her family, like ours, keeps a good stock of ghee. I trust her recipes and information as a valued source to nourish my family with food.

I keep track of recipes I've tried- and want to try- on Pinterest. Join me there and let's share!

This would be sooo good in Baked Oatmeal with extra chopped apples thrown in the pan.

Random joy: Bill Murray "You're awesome" bath mat. Because you are. And you have to shower anyway so why not be reminded?

xo,
Amy


10 Pick Me Ups for the 3pm Slump



My mind and my soul embrace the day between 7am and 10am. Some days I have more energy than others. Like most people, I hit a wall somewhere around 3pm. Can't go over it, can't go under it, we'll just have to go through it. Here are 10 little pick me ups I sometimes pull out to get me through with greater joy. Or least I'm far less b*tchy.

1. 10 jumping jacks. Or 2. It depends.

2. Plank! 10 seconds...sometimes 60. Yes, just one.

3. Go outside, feel the sun (or fog...) and breathe. Long and slow. 

4. Walk up our hill and back down again. Sometimes around the block. Sometimes for an hour. But for a quick pick me, up and down the block with pep do the trick.

5. Make Dandelion Root Tea and pretend it's coffee. It's pretty darn close!

6. Powder my nose. Brush my teeth, fluff my hair, put on some fresh balm and let the world know I'm ready to make my entrance! Again. Or least back to the kitchen with a more shine. I swear this actually works.

7. Drink a big glass of lemon water. Preferably with a few cucumber slices.

8. One slow, thoughtful Sun Salutation. It helps that I wear leggings with or without stretchy skirts pretty much every day.

9. Pop off a love note. Text my kids something I love about them (the big grown ones, that is), a card that just says hi to someone near and dear, or just text a friend I'm thinking of them.

10 Sit by the sea. This has been my draw since I can remember. The ocean. It helps that I have always lived minutes from the beach. Did you know the salt in the sea (and the Earth) contain negative ions that help zap out all the positive ions bombarding us from technology and even dis-ease? I thought I was just a beach girl. Turns out, my heart has known all along where I need to be. 

Bonus:
11. Dance! Sometimes I can go forever, sometimes I finish the song dancing on the floor down with Em but the rule is I have to finish the song. This is Emily's favorite little trick!

What gets you out of the 3 o'clock slump and ready for the rest of your day? Leave me a note below and maybe I can add a new trick to my bag, too.

xo,
Amy

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Saturday. Billy Bragg, Vermicomposting, Yoga Workshop. And Breakfast.


Happy Saturday! Breakfast from the garden (mostly). Love pulling out our home dried tomatoes from summer farmers markets. Tomato plants are not happy growers in our foggy little garden. Kale and greens thrive and we are so very glad.

Today I'm listening to some old Billy Bragg songs.

Headed to a yoga workshop at mBody on Energy Management using holistic health tools by Malia of namasteslo. Yes, please.

Tidying up the worm bins. Have I mentioned we are vermicomposters

Yes, it's going to be a lovely day.

How about your Saturday? Leave a comment below. I'd love to hear!

xo,
Amy



Friday, November 14, 2014

Leaving Space for Miracles



You know the one about the guy who is waiting for a miracle on top of his house during a flood? It goes something like this...

As the flood waters begin to lap at his rooftop where he waits for a miracle, his neighbor comes by in a rowboat. "Hop in!" says the neighbor.
"No thanks, God will save me."

Shortly  after, a speedboat appears and he waves it on.

A helicopter hovers overhead. "Grab the rope!"
"No thanks, God will save me."

Not surprisingly, the man has his chance to meet God in the hereafter and asks, "God, I had faith. Why didn't you save me?"
God replied, "I sent a rowboat, a speedboat, and a helicopter. What more did you expect?"

I like that guy. I want to be his neighbor. To wave everyday to someone with such an open, trusting heart that the Universe/God will provide.
I feel I've been doing the opposite these last many months. I've been working hard at this healing thing. Taking my medicine, tinctures, teas...doin' my yoga thing. Forgiving. Both myself and others. Meditating, manifesting, and keepin' it positive.

But I forgot one thing the guy on the roof has been doing this whole time.

Leave space for a complete and profound miracle that can happen in a single breath.

Maybe my next one. Maybe yours.
Because they happen every day.

Maybe my miracle is this long, hard, beautiful road of healing dis ease. Of peeling back the layers. Taking a good look and cleaning house. In every way. That is a mighty fine gift. I'm grateful for it.
But I'm going to remember- complete healing through the body, mind, and soul can also happen in that breath.

Let's leave space for that.

xo,
Amy

You might enjoy:

Just Breathe. Willie Nelson's version of a beautiful song.

Gabrielle Bernstein. Author. Miracle maker. Likes to keep it real.

Comfy tee for miracles makers like you.

PS I had a chance to connect with an old acquaintance who quickly became a Soul Sister to me in about 5 minutes flat. When talking about different healing treatments it was she who first said to me "It may not lead to your complete remission and healing in one go...but let's leave space for that." Be smart. Do the work that needs doing. And always leave space for miracles!

PSS by the way...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Simple Parade. Happy Music from the Central Coast!

A moment is a moment so don't let it slip away.
- The Simple Parade

You know those days when just making it to the store is like, "Go, girl, look at you get it done!" as opposed to those days when leaving the house just ain't gonna happen. One day, not too many days ago, I was stocking up on my organic lentils (cheap+good=love, btw) when I bumped into Kayla and Justin. They are a breath of fresh air, these two. So is the music they make. They shared (with so much joy!) about their new project, The Simple Parade.

This video is filmed all around my home town, and our little towns around it. A little peek at where I live. Except the snow parts. It does not snow here. Ever.

But we do like to get our happy on. And I think we keep it pretty simple, too. Enjoy!

xo,
Amy

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

You Got This.


You got this. Keep going. 
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