Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wellness Wednesday - A New Journey

I am so excited to share something fabulous and wonderful with everyone today. I have wanted to get certified as a yoga teacher for a while now and I finally have the opportunity to take a leap and do it! The biggest barrier for me was paying for the training. I knew I could commit myself to studying and attending classes but if you've ever priced out yoga teacher training classes they can definitely be expensive. I am sure that in other parts of the country the cost is even higher than it is here in Utah so I feel blessed to be able to do this at this point in my life.
Backing up a little bit let me tell you a little more about how this came to happen in case you're new to the blog. I have always enjoyed yoga. Initially I liked it for the flexibility and physical challenge it gave me. Now I like it for the peace and energy I experience as well as the physical and mental support it brings to my life. I've been taking classes from my friend Tara and found that while I was practicing yoga and during the time after I felt better both physically and mentally.

Over the past couple of years since I had Russell I've had what my friend Amy and I have termed mystery illness. It's nothing severe enough to sound an alarm over and not consistent enough that you could easily go to a doctor and have them tell you what's wrong. In fact I've been to the doctor and had all sorts of blood tests done to see if anything was out of balance and of course everything has come back normal. I've had my heart checked again to be sure nothing was wrong there since I have mitral valve prolapse which I know can make you really tired if it's acting up. Of course that came back fine too. The only thing that has seemed to help me feel better has been yoga.

Russell, mastering down dog since before he turned 2.
I decided that I wanted to take a yoga teacher training course for myself so I could learn to take care of what hurt or bothered me at any time. I figured if nothing else, the discipline of learning everything for myself would be worth the cost and then if I wanted to teach later it would be a viable option for me. I love helping people and have always known my career would be helping people in some way. I feel that through yoga I can help others experience the peace and balance that yoga brings to my life. I also love that yoga is something I can do throughout my whole life to better take care of myself both mentally and physically.

When the opportunity came up for me to be able to get some money to support my dream of becoming certified as a yoga teacher I excitedly accepted it. It was one of those moments that you just don't know if you should run around screaming and dancing or pinch yourself to make sure you're not just dreaming. I felt amazed and inspired that someone else would believe in me so much that they would help fund my dream. Of course, being smart, I wasn't funded the entire amount. I would have to put some money towards my dream which helped ensure that I was really bought in and willing to put something on the line for myself. This split made it possible for me to finally take the first step to getting certified and following this new journey in my life.

Practicing a modified tree pose before he knew what it was.
I decided to sign up for the yoga teacher training at Bodhi Yoga in Provo, Utah. As I looked at all the options available, Bodhi Yoga fit best into my schedule and had the most comprehensive information online. I am definitely the personality type that wants as much information as possible before making a decision. I loved that there were sample videos online and plenty of information about what would be covered during the training. I also figured that since I loved the type of yoga I was practicing with Tara that I would surely enjoy the training I'd receive at Bodhi Yoga. I took the leap and signed up quickly, finding out that there were only two spots left for the Spring 2015 training.

It takes time to master down dog. This was the early stages of his practice.
I had the opportunity to drive down to Provo and met Syl Carson, the Founding Director and the woman who would be directing my training. I had heard from Tara she was wonderful and that the training was something she would definitely do again if she had to. From the moment I met her I knew my decision was the right one. Not only had she responded to my inquiries about signing up quickly but she is one of those people you meet and feel like you're old friends meeting again. I loved the energy she had and that was in her studio and knew that I would enjoy this opportunity.

Do it! Do it now! Start working to make your dream a reality.
Part of my training includes blogging about my experiences so you'll be seeing updates from me. This blog post is getting long so I'm going to save more for the next post. I am so excited to share about what I'm learning and doing through the blog. If you want to get an overview of the program I'll be participating in you can check out the video below.

I hope you'll come along with me on this journey. It's going to be great!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Motovated Monday - Creative People

Do you consider yourself a creative person? Do you feel you relate to some or all of these statements? Share your thoughts about what it means to be creative.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Orange Curry Couscous

AHHH... After last week's revival of the Coconut Thai Soup I decided going back to another recipe would be a great idea. So this week I ask you to look back at Orange Curry Couscous. This recipe is SO good and would be perfect for anyone looking for a great side dish or a light and flavorful main dish.

I did find making the dressing for this recipe made a ton and I remember marinating some chicken in it and that was really good. I'm sure you could toss some veggies in the dressing and grill them up to go with the couscous and that would be awesome if you're vegetarian/vegan.

Don't wait. Don't hesitate. Get to the store for the ingredients to make this and enjoy some yummy bliss!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Motovated Monday - Follow Your Bliss


Find a way... Or make a way...

Follow your bliss...

Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls. 
~ Joseph Campbell 
(March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987, American mythologist, writer and lecturer)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Family Friday - Happy Birthday Russell

Oh my goodness. My little Russell man is 3! It's hard to believe that three years have gone by since we walked through the uncertainty of his birth experience, watched him grow up hoping he'd be ok, and now seeing just how far he's come. It's amazing to me how much he's learning and growing every day. I wanted to share a few fun pictures from his birthday weekend.

Russell LOVES to swing and play in the park. When it's your birthday we'll "go outside", as he loves to say.
Simple hanging balloons and we're ready to party!
Only a grandma can let you stab your birthday cake before the guests arrive. :)
So glad my long time friend Tiffany brought her kids over to play!
The splash pad was back in action so we let Russell play and have fun.
Russell loves to step on the spots where the water comes out of the ground.
We are so blessed that this sweet little guy is doing so well. He's such a happy and positive light in our lives and I couldn't imagine a day without him. He makes us so happy and yes we do have bad days. There are times when we are tired, when he throws a tantrum in the store, or he just doesn't seem to want to do more than whine and scream but that's ok. I always try to remind myself that he is a kid and that kids don't know how to express themselves so sometimes they get mad or sad or fussy. I think it's easy to have expectations that kids will behave like mini adults but I know plenty of adults that can be just as bad as small children so I try to remember it's ok if he's not always smiling and happy all the time. I want him to know it's ok to experience and express a full range of emotions and that mom and dad will be there for him to support him and help him through it.

So, happy birthday little man! You are a wonderful blessing in our lives and we love you oh so very much! I hope he had nothing but a fun filled birthday weekend.

What do you do to celebrate your kids birthdays? Are you the parent that throws big themed parties with planned activities and coordinated decor? Do you prefer to take your kids to places that put on the party so all you have to do is show up and let the kids loose? Share your birthday tips and tricks. I'm always looking for new ideas.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Coconut Thai Soup

I've decided to add a new feature to the blog and it's Throwback Thursday! A friend commented on an old post of mine and I realized there are some great posts hidden way back in the depths of the archives. So, on Thursdays expect to see a revival of old posts, photos from way back when, or other nostalgic goodness. Today I give you, Coconut Thai Soup. Yep, it's from an old Saturday's Supper so you know you want to check it out. This is actually on the menu for us this week. I can't wait to see if it's as good as I remember.

Can't wait to make Coconut Thai Soup again this week. YUM!
Let me know if you try this throwback recipe. I remember it was really good and can't believe I haven't made this recently. The book the recipe is in is 365 Days of Slow-Cooking and Joe and I are thinking it's time to break out the crock pot again. MMM... Happy cooking!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wellness Wednesday - Celebrating Russell

This past weekend has been exciting as it was Russell's birthday! We had Joe's parents in town and it was fun to have them share in his celebration.

Russell got a cute pretend fishing set. One day Daddy and Russell will go fishing for real.
Russell also got a cute bike from my Aunt. He LOVES it already.

I think with birthdays it's easy to be reminded of all the things you want to write down, scrapbook, or otherwise make sure you capture it so you don't forget. After his family birthday celebration I felt inspired to write down some thoughts about Russell from this past year. The funny thing I found was that I had done that after his two year check up last year.

I know I could beat myself up for not having some cute scrapbook or wonderful template where I fill in the same blanks about him from year to year but I figure a few notes in a journal he can look at later work for me. Hey, more power to the folks out there who have time to go all out. Everyone's got to have a hobby and as much as I love that it's not what I'm choosing to fill my time with at this point. Maybe one day I'll scrapbook everything since I do own the supplies and have thousands of pictures of Russell. HA HA HA!

I love this little guy!!!
I got this journal from a dear friend of mine and I absolutely love it. It's where I write all my goals/hopes/dreams and memories about Russell and our family.
Thoughts about Russell from his 2 year check up. Some facts and some things about his likes.
This year I chose to jot down nicknames, his favorite shows, his favorite activities, words he can say, and his favorite foods. I think these things will be interesting to see as he grows up and changes.
Russell has some great things coming up in the next year. He will start preschool with other kids who have similar speech delays. We had his first IEP (Individualized Education Program) and we feel his class will be a good fit for him. I'm also hoping it will help him get ready for kindergarten so that it won't be as hard to transition once he's going to school more often. Overall he adjusts well to these classes so I think it's good for him.

At some point we'll get serious about potty training (he doesn't show a ton of interest at this point and can't speak well enough to consistently communicate his needs) and we're focusing on saving money to buy a house. I'm taking steps now to get familiar with the market in the area we want to buy and we're starting to flesh out the must haves vs. the needs and wants for a house. We completely understand that there is a difference between stuff that will be non-negotiable for us vs things that we would like but could wait on if they weren't there in an otherwise great house. Plus watching enough home shows I know the layout and "bones" of the house are far more important than anything cosmetic. With enough time, money, and work you can fix most things in a house but you can't really change the property or layout of the home.

We'll of course be focusing on helping Russell with his speech. I'm also hoping to find more activities we can do with him to help him learn new things and hopefully we can work in ways for him to play with other kids too. Overall we're excited for how far Russell has come and where he is going.

How do you capture memories about your kids? Are you the scrapbook master or do you toss everything into a box to do something with later? What are your thoughts about kid art? I have heard some people keep it all and others take photos and toss the original as new art comes in. I'm not sure which way I'll go yet.