In today’s post I’m sharing some of the highlights and updates from the last month.
Life hasn’t been very exciting this month, but I guess that’s a good thing sometimes. Life has been going according to plan.
Yoga Teacher Training Info Night
I had plans to go to a yoga teacher training info night this month, but I ended up not being able to make it. The night it was scheduled the weather was terrible and I didn’t want to risk driving all the way downtown to go to the info night. I’m still trying to figure out if yoga teacher training is something that I want to do. While I really do enjoy doing yoga, I think it would be different teaching it. Just like with fitness, as much as I love working out, being a personal trainer is very different. It kind of takes a bit of the “magic” away from it.
If I do decide to go ahead with yoga teacher training, I’m trying to figure out what kind of format I would want to do – there’s so many options. There are month long intensives during the summer that are offered by a few yoga studios here in Calgary. There’s also a couple that do the training on weekends throughout the fall and winter. Then of course there are trainings that are offered internationally. A friend of mine who is a yoga teacher really encouraged me to do one that’s away from home. Looking back now that’s what she wished she had done. There’s so many options and I’m still trying to figure out which one is right for me and when the right time is to do it. It’s a big commitment in term of both time and money.
Have you done yoga teacher training? Have any tips or advice for me? I’m open to hearing it!
A big goal of mine for 2018 was to get better at meal planning. I wanted to make it a priority because I know that I eat healthier when I have a plan opposed to trying to figure out at the last minute what I’m going to eat.
Now that I’ve been doing it regularly for almost three months now, I feel like I have a good handle on it now. Since I’m the only one eating these meals, three dishes will usually last a week between lunches and dinners. Planning my meals ahead of time also means that I save money when I’m at the grocery store. Having a list and sticking to it makes all the difference.
This week one of the meals I made was tacos. I very loosely followed this recipe from Budget Bytes and then added a few things. I bought some corn tortillas to go with the taco meat. I even splurged and bought some guacamole to add.
St. Patrick’s Day
I spent part of St. Patrick’s Day at a pub with my dad and brother to celebrate with some green drinks. I went with Magners, which is an Irish cider. It was a fun couple hours and I was glad to spend some time with them. My brother and I don’t spend a lot of time together, so it was especially nice to be with him. We need to start hanging out more often!
It’s hard to believe that Easter is this weekend already. 2018 is flying by. I’m not sure what the family is doing for dinner, but I did get some candy to make some little baskets of treats for my family. It’s one of those traditions that’s hung on since my brother and I were treats. I remember getting a skipping rope in an Easter basket and being so excited about it. I immediately had to go outside and use it, even though I wasn’t very good at it at first.
This month a big focus for me has been self care. That means that I’ve been trying to spend at least a few minutes each day (but mostly longer) meditating, journaling, working out, and even watching my latest guilty pleasure on Netflix, Gossip Girl. I find that busy days are when it’s the toughest to fit in self care, but those are also the days when I need to do it the most.
This month was a big one for me when it comes to meditation. I’ve now used the Headspace app for 900 of meditation. It’s a big accomplishment, especially for me because I never would have thought that I’d be able to do that. I’m not much of a “woo woo” person, but the way that the app teaches meditation makes it accessible to me. A lot of times I’ll meditate before bed, and it makes such a big difference in my sleep. I typically fall asleep quickly and stay asleep too.
Last week I finally started seeds indoors. I did a mixture of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. I’m most excited about the tomatoes! They always taste so much better fresh from the garden than any I can get at the grocery store. This is my first time in a few years starting flowers from seed. I’m a bit rusty at growing them, so I’m hoping they’ll do alright. A few things have already germinated (tomatoes, cabbages, broccoli, lettuce, and Swiss chard). It’s always exciting to see something green appear from the soil!
It still doesn’t feel very spring like here (there’s lots of snow on the ground still and we’re getting more later this week), so it feels kind of like spring to be able to start growing some plants outside. It’ll be nice to have a full garden when it’s warm enough to plant things outdoors at the beginning of June.
What was the highlight of March for you?