School (aka work) is back in full swing = autumn starts tomorrow = discoveries are abundant!
Started my Happiness Project , but now feel the need to implement it into my classroom without the students knowing.... hmmmm...lots to do this weekend.
Here are a few pics from the last few weeks that keep me goin....
Enjoy! xoxo Michelle
- sunflowers are still amazing
- peppers are plentiful
- love the little reminders my morning tea gives me :)
- huge cabbages....must find lots of recipes this weekend to make with them!
- roses and morning glories, i love you....please stick around for a few more weeks
Hard to believe we are in the last days of August. I am so grateful for the time off this summer to relax and unwind. I really feel recharged and energized for the new school year. The past few months have brought oodles of "delightful discovieries". Here are some of my faves :) Enjoy! xoxo Michelle
Baby Reckling is on the way! I can't believe I was able to keep this a secret on here this long. Baby Reck already rules all I do and think about :). Figured I might as well tell the world before I show up at work next week with a belly bump. Due date is February 5th and if you can't tell I am glowing and excited! So far everything is going well and I am actually getting my energy back... just in time to go back to work. We have already cleared out a room and I started sewing curtains. We aren't gonna find out the sex so I will have to be creative with my decorating :) .
I have spent a good amount of time art journaling this summer. I will share more of my journals later... I can't wait to share this concept with my student and fellow teachers once school starts. Here are a few of my favorite quotes I have made into little colorful reminders. I think I am going to create some kind of frame or way to hang them so they are in clear view for me to read daily.
Slow summer reading. Took me a while to finish The Help, but I finally did and it was fantastic! This was the first book I read on my Ipad and I really enjoyed the highlighting and bookmark features. Funny thing is I didn't have a clue the movie was about to come out...now can't wait to see it! Maybe I will wait and download it to the Ipad as well?
Just downloaded The Happiness Project... already on Chapter 2.
Love it so far and plan to apply these concepts to the new school year.
I will post my plan soon.
Not quite sure where June went, but I am loving the month of July. Summer allows me to do lots of things I just can't squeeze in during the school year....reading more than 1 book a a time, long walks, random photo shoots of my garden, and just being outside :) .
Here are some of my fave Summer Delights as of now.... Enjoy the day! xoxo Michelle :)
The 2011 summer garden is in full swing. Here are a few before/after shots of a couple areas. I think I am going to start harvesting some of the kale and collards to freeze today. It my be hot out, but I love kale soup :) .
Downloaded this one from amazon.com for the kindle app on the ipad. So far so good. Thanks to my friend/yoga teacher Courtney for the great recommendation.
Find more informatio about the book and auther at this link: http://www.kathrynstockett.com/
Tara Sophia Mohr - Wise Living
My new favorite blog this summer.
Tara's ideas and advice are truly inspirational and real.... especially for women and yoginis :) .
Check it out at http://www.taramohr.com/blog/
my wishlist for the long weekend...
1. work on my garden, lots of planning and planting to do, forecast looks descent... 80+ and sunny/ maybe a bit of rain
2. hit up the warren farmer's market, if you have never been you must check it out! it is 1 of the best in town, it is on van dyke between 13 and 12 mile, easy access via 696
love this idea!
3. charity yoga @ red lotus yoga on memorial day to benefit camp mak-a-dream
check out their site @ camp mak-a-dream michigan chapter
quick journal after a long week
4. art journaling = need to catch up and organize my workspace
1st time up in the tundra w/our besties (P & E)
5. plan our trip out to Colorado to meet our new nephew xoxo so happy for leeah and scot :)
Suryanamaskara A Study Sheet
6. yoga studying = i think i have suryanamaskara A and B down :)
time to move on to the next poses....also much needed = some serious sanskrit studying and understanding of how our muscles work
David Swenson - Ashtanga Yoga
tonight i was called on to teach 1 round of Sun Salutation B to our class. my heart was pounding so hard at first. as we began to practice, i remembered to let my breath take over and some how the words flowed right out. yoga is teaching me who i am, who i want to be, and how my body works. it is a wonderful reminder to us all: we are perfect just the way we are right now :) and that is how i felt as i was teaching Sun Salutation B. i may have missed a couple of words, but deep down i know i gave my best effort and am proud of all of the studying and practice i have done.
i had never even heard of Ashtanga Yoga until about 7 weeks ago. since then, it is has found a dear place in my heart. Short Form Ashtanga (SFA) is such an invigorating and special practice. my heart is opening, my brain is moving, and i still have so much to learn. the past 5 weeks of Yoga Life Style/Teacher Training at Red Lotus Yoga in Rochester Hills, MI have been absolutely fantastic. i am truly enjoying the journey, challenges, successes, and knowledge. the people are honest, real, and becoming like a family to me.
i am sad that i will have to end teacher training on june 16, but my heart tells me i need to take the summer off to travel, relax, rejuvenate, and spend time with my husband. i am confident i will start the training program up again on september 14 and continue this journey :)
there are many yoga studios in the metro-detroit area... i highly suggest checking them out. usually the 1st week is free :) many city recreation centers and gyms (like life time and LA fitness) also offer yoga classes.
there is no right or wrong class, just one that you enjoy.
here are some of the books i have been studying.
enjoy! peace, love, and namaste.
How Yoga Works
by Geshe Michael Roach & Christie McNally
The Tibetan Book of Meditation
by Lama Christie McNally
The Key Muscles of Yoga
by Dr. Ray Long
by David Swenson
spring = :D
i am a little late with this post. spring = so much to do :) here is 1 of my pages in my art journal. i try to art journal once a week. some journal entries are just a bunch of ideas and words, while others include magazine collaging. this has been a great way for me to jot some of my current inspirations, dreams, and accomplishments. i highly recommend taking an hour out of your week to get your creative juices flowing in an art journal.
these ideas have been inspired by the following blogs, podcasts, sites.
i have lived in michigan my entire life. i sometimes get an itch to relocate elsewhere. not quite sure what triggers this itch...curiosity? age? boredom? deep down i am confident the courage i will need to move away will also bring me back to the mitten in the long run . these peninsulas offer endless nooks and crannies to explore. your jaw will drop at first sight of a crisp fresh lake in our water wonderland.
these images are all fresh in my head as i return from a 4 day camping trip at ludington state park. i highly recommend visiting this park in the spring. i was blessed with the shores of lake michigan all to myself for the last 3 mornings. the wildlife is abundant and the sand is soft. the waves put me in a trance as the wind added a little rosiness to my cheeks.
these pictures and feelings = pure michigan enjoy :)
this month of may brings such hope for me. therefore i am going to bask in every moment it provides. so far = so good.
delightfullness for the first five days of may =
1. giant amoeba :)
2. projecting it on my front board = curious students = happy teacher
3. creative student make me a sign on my bday
4. fresh coat of cricket green on my new yoga space
5. pink perfection blooming in my front yard
been almost 2 weeks since the last update... time flies when are you havng fun! actually, i posted on my other blog (ed-tech) last week. feel free to check it out here. maybe i will alternate weeks between the 2 blogs?
Here are few quick delightful spring discoveries....
1. Trader Joe's Green Tea with Jasmine = :) it hasn't been warm enough to make iced tea, so this is a nice refreshing hot tea
2. hyacinths = smell so nice in my front yart, had to pull some and bring them indoors. and i finally see small signs of the lilac bushes blooming.
3. journaling = just bought a new personal journal as part of my yoga teacher training and have started using it. the main idea is to write down positive and negative thoughts/happenings for each day, things you are grateful for, and time spent meditating/practicing asanas (poses). really makes you think. i also need to update my art journals this week. i have posted a few of my old art journal pages. totally want to create a class on this someday for someone -moms, teens, anyone who wants to art journal
Must Do-s for the Week
1. repot the lettuce my mom gave me
2. learn the script for Sun Salutation A (not going to be easy)
3. make time to visit my sister
4. make an appointment for a massage (great early b'day gift from my sister)
5. go to Yin Yoga Class
April = Happy happy gardening month #1 !
Oh yes, all of you fellow gardeners know I how I feel... I can finally take a lap around my yard and admire all of the random perrenials I have planted. They hyacinths are so beautiful and fragrant (sigh). However, there is much work to be done this month.
Top 5 garden tips for April
1. fill up and turn the composter often: if it doesn't smell bad then it working, if it does smell you should check to see if it needs some dry matter (leaves, twigs)
2. plant some new bulbs: why not? they are all over the stores and hopefully on sale, today i planted peonies, irises, and liatris
3. repot anything that is getting big: if you have already started some seeds indoors like i have, they are probably a few inches tall by now :) , this is when i start repotting them to give them more room to add a few extra inches b4 they go out side for good... we have to wait an awful long time in MI for the last frost to visit us :( therefore i will have to continue to crowd the windowsills throughout my house for a few more weeks
4. clean up any dead leaves/perrenials from last year: i usually wait until spring to pull off most dead leaves and twigs from last year's perrenials, i also push away the wood chips to give this year's sprouts some room to come up and get maximum sunshine
5. plant some seeds: if you have not planted seeds yet, it is not too late, this is the perfect time to start some seeds indoors, all you need are small containers, soil, seeds, water daily, keep in a warm sunny place, i recommend starting with basil, tomatoes, chives, and parsely, kids love to watch plants grow (even my high school students enjoy this, stay tuned for our project we will be starting next week
Author - Michelle Reckling
- dedicated learner
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