Home Stretch

04.18.2016

I was once a swimmer who had a coach that thought I would be a great person to swim the 200 butterfly- at every single meet. The 200 fly is not easy- long enough where you can not sprint, but short enough where it’s not a true distance event where you just hold a consistent pace. The strategy was to chop up the event into 3 sections: 50-100-50. Take the first 50 fairly easy, build up your pace during the 100, and pour out whatever you got left to bring it back home for the final 50.

For many students, they are in the 4th quarter, 3rd trimester, or the back half of the 2nd semester. This can also be a stressful time for students and parents, as the pressures to succeed, or simply pass. It can feel like a mad sprint to the end of the year, while others are still trying to get out of cruise control. Here are some tips to make the end of the year as successful as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

Honor Today

11.17.2014

There are many things that I personally and professionally enjoy about yoga. As a counselor, I particularly like the words that are spoken in class -positive affirmations, thoughts of gratitude and blessings, and honor.

 

There’s always a moment at the beginning of the session where “honor where you are at,” is spoken. To me this is a gentle reminder to take an honest inventory of where I am at. This could imply that this is my first class in 2 months (so my body is going to react differently), it could be that I’m physically tired or emotionally drained, it could also imply various other things for different people. The reminder that this is “where I am,” allows me to have realistic expectations for self, and make alternative plans for the future, if I so desire.

 

I’m here, this is me, I owe it to myself to respect and honor where I am in this moment, and to fully be engaged and active in where I am at today.

 

Mondays can be a challenge, but it’s the beginning of a new weekday, and the possibilities are endless today.

 

How will you honor yourself today?

 

 

*photo credit: Washington Post

 

 

 

“Friendship is Magic”

11.10.2014

If you were hoping to read about about fostering a life long relationship, I’m sorry to disappoint. If you were lured into three words that instantly made you think of the ever so popular show My Little Ponies, well welcome, but I’m sorry if I disappoint.

 

 

If you’re a professional mom, teacher, or anyone else that happens to work with 4-10 year old girls, you will know that the culture of pink, princess, Disney princesses, Frozen, and My Little Ponies, are the topics that girls like to perseverate on. Read the rest of this entry »