The oscillating fan: who’s in control?

I have four calendars. Five, if you count the cutesy week-at-a-glance one sitting on my desk that I haven’t used in quite some time. But mostly four: a shared whiteboard one with Brian, my pen-and-paper planner that came with cute stickers and perfectly-placed inspirational quotations selected by Bando brand. then there’s my iPhone calendar, and…

Food for thought – The case for setting New Year intentions

Greetings, friends! I am genuinely astounded that 2018 is upon us– and not in the small talk-y way– many of you who know me know that I’m a real sucker for reflection, and absolutely love reminiscing about where we were last year, marveling at how much can happen in X amount of time. 2017 was…

DIY: Make yourself a wallet-sized mindfulness card for daily reminders

Hey gang, Your loyal Mindful Maniac here, with all of a sudden– gasp– a huge chunk of glorious free time, since it is that amazing time of year that rhymes with schmoliday schmrake! (Holiday Break). I must admit, at first the rapid switch between schedule-runneth-over-mode to dream-amount-of-lounging around time kind of threw my brain for a loop….

Food for Thought – Know what your own meaning of “pamper” is

If I had a dollar for every time I thought to myself : “Okay during this [weekend/school break/work holiday], I’m going to really make the most of my time and finally pamper myself a bit,” I’d, well, probably have a nice stash of dollars. But the same thing happens again and again- whenever I have…

DIY – turn your self-nag into a light-hearted challenge

Nobody’s perfect. (Thank God, am I right?) There are all things we beat ourselves up about, such as wanting to be better at saving $$$, wishing we got more physical activity within the work week, maybe we wish we spoke up more at staff meetings, or maybe we wish we didn’t eat meals out as…

DIY- Use a podcast as a slowing-down tool

I’ve always wondered what a snapshot of my mind would look like on a standard morning before work. I know the image would be much more scientific than a brain-shaped icon with little labels written in puffy comic sans saying things like “add xy and . z to the my checklist for the day!” “did…

DIY – Leave your phone behind- like, intentionally.

While we may be slightly bombarded (and rightly so) with the wise words of “put the phone down, disconnect and be in the moment, step away from the glowing screen,” I’m not going to pretend to be anything different than that plethora of messages. Because it is so.very.important, but I don’t actually think that many…

DIY: Create a Peace Corner

What’s a peace corner? A peace corner is a place reserved solely for the fine act of chillin’. In my classroom, I have a peace corner set up for my kiddos for when they feel that they just need a sec to re-group or get focused. Here’s a snapshot:  But y’all. Little ones certainly aren’t…

So. What exactly can you expect from this blog anyways?

Here it is, folks- a window into what we can expect from here on out. I’ve written a handful of wordier posts to welcome people to this blog and shed some light on its origin, but from this point forward there will be three different types of posts that you can select from, based on whatever…

The Busy Brag

Okay so we tackled identity, now for the busy brag. If you’re anything like me, at one point or another, you’ve rattled off what’s on your plate, perhaps without that person even asking what your minute-by-minute schedule looks like. Usually it’s in response to a friendly, unsuspecting, “How are things?” Our society tends to glorify…

The “I” word

Before I start spicing things up with super simple mindfulness tips and tricks, I want to first take a quick dive into the two factors that I named as barriers for seeking a little more inner calm. The first one is Identity. Specifically, a fierce attachment to specific identities that we cultivate– or sometimes that people cultivate on our…