My BuJo version, or how I stay organized

A few weeks ago, I launched my planner, the LEAFY planner. I love this planner because it’s beautiful and includes all the organization tools that I need as well as mindfulness and well-being practices. However, before I made this planner, I used notebooks as my daily organizers.

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I loved using notebooks because it is creative and customizable to whatever you might need. I was inspired by bullet journaling, but I tried to keep things simple and manageable. Here are the basic parts I always included.

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1. Trackers: After deciding on my goals and priorities at the beginning of the year, I made some tracking grids that I used all year long. Those grids helped me stay accountable and on track.

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2. Weekly spreads: I used this on a day-to-day basis to keep track of appointments and things to do. At first, I used an hourly to-do list to help me stay productive while working from home. When I got the beat of this, I then switched to a daily to-do list which was more flexible.

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3. Creative space: I always made sure to keep some space to take notes, doodle, draft out posts or work on my projects. I liked having that room to be creative because it meant that I always could write down ideas or draw, even on the go.

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4. Interior pockets: I love adding pockets onto the interior flaps of the notebook’s cover to put some business cards or important papers. This made the notebook a lot more practical.

5. Tabs: I used tabs to have the current week’s spread easily accessible. This also meant that I didn’t have to flip through the entire notebook when I needed to take an appointment or something. It also meant that other people didn’t have a look through my creative notes but only my weekly spread, which I liked.

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I really hope this was helpful to you. I really enjoyed using a notebook as I was able to create my own system and make it really practical and relevant to my own needs. I strongly encourage you to try it out and to create your own system!

The Leafy Planner, or my latest project!

I have been the worst blogger these last few months, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t done anything with myself. As some of you might know, I’m currently changing a lot of things in my professional life, and so I needed some time to think. I also started training a lot more at the gym, so that has been taking me a bit of time (see the plan I started with). But, really, the thing that has taken me away from the kitchen is the Leafy Planner.

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I basically condensed my wellbeing and mindfulness practices into this planner to create not only an organisation tool, but a personal growth guide. I love to take notes and to organize my day with a planner, but I also like to doodle and track my habits. I also wanted something where I could follow how I was taking care of my body and mind. Instead of having a dozen notebooks around my desk, I’ve included everything I need in a single planner, and that’s LEAFY!

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Over time, the planner evolved into two different versions. The desktop one is beautifully filled with inspirational pictures from nature and printed in colour. The pocket version is perfect to take with you everywhere and in black and white.

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I’m now going completely out of my confort zone and trying out a kickstarter campaign to help me get some funds to print some more planners. I’d really help me out if you could take a look at my campaign and share it with your family and friends.

As for the future of this blog, I’m working on improving myself a lot, and that also means changing things up with my diet. I’m feeling that inspiration is on it’s way, so stay tuned for more recipes!

Simple tricks for better sleep \\\ Petits trucs pour mieux dormir

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I love sleeping. In fact, it has become a running joke that I take sleeping very seriously. For my defense, I just want to say that first, sleeping is awesome. It is also great for you. It gives your body a chance to recover, relax and regenerate. I find that sleeping well is also a great way to ensure that I am in a good mood, patient and creative. So, yeah, sleeping is pretty serious! Here are my few tips to help you get plenty of Z’s.

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  1. Set a routine. Having a regular sleeping pattern will help your body fall asleep quicker. This is probably the most difficult thing to set up. However, having a clear time when you know you need to stop working, cleaning up or watching TV will really help make your nights longer. I like to stop all fussing around at around 10 pm. I know that at that time, my computer will be switched off, I will be in my pj’s and getting ready for bed.
  2. Put your devices outside of your room. This has been a tremendous help in sleeping more and better. I used to use my phone as my alarm, but I also found myself spending way too much time on Instagram instead of sleeping. Now, I let my phone charge outside of my bedroom. This helps me stay away from the internet when I should be sleeping but also reduces light interference in my bedroom.
  3. Create a sleeping routine. I find that giving myself 30 minutes of reading or quiet time really helps me settle down from my day and fall asleep quicker. I make sure that this 30 minute is unconnected and quiet: I read, I talk with my boyfriend or I just relax. That way, when I turn off the lights, I’m ready to fall asleep.
  4. Use soothing smells. Lavender is your friend for this. I love using lavender essential oil to create a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. I like to put a few drops on my pillow case or right under my nose when I feel like I might be getting a cold.
  5. Get comfortable. This might sound obvious, but I feel that many people don’t take the time to set up a good assortment of pillows and covers. My boyfriend knows that my pillows are a serious affair and that they all have a different role. Well, taking the time to make sure that your pillows give you the right support will really help you sleep deeper and also make sure that you don’t wake up with sore muscles.

I hope these little tricks will help you get plenty of sleep and make your sleep better. Let me know if you have any other tricks. Happy sleeping!


J’adore dormir. En fait, c’est une blague récurrente dans ma famille que je prends mon sommeil très sérieusement. Pour ma défense, je veux simplement dire que dormir, c’est génial. Ça permet au corps de se régénérer, de relaxer et de se remettre de longues journées. Je trouve que bien dormir m’aide également à être de meilleure humeur, plus patiente, et aussi plus créative. Donc, oui, dormir c’est sérieux! Voici mes trucs pour vous aidez à bien dormir.

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  1. Créez une routine. Avoir un horaire de sommeil régulier aide vraiment à s’endormir rapidement. C’est probablement aussi la chose la plus difficile à mettre en place. Cependant, avoir une heure fixe où je sais que je dois arrêter de travailler, de ranger, ou de regarder des vidéos sur YouTube m’aide vraiment à rendre mes nuits plus longues. J’aime arrêter de m’agiter vers 10h. Je sais qu’à cette heure-là, mon ordinateur sera éteint, je serai en pyjama et prête à aller dormir.
  2. Laissez vos appareils électroniques hors de votre chambre. Ce petit truc simple m’a vraiment aidé à améliorer mon sommeil. J’utilisais mon téléphone comme de mon réveil, mais en fait, je passais beaucoup trop de temps sur Instagram au lieu de dormir. Maintenant, je charge mon téléphone à l’extérieure de ma chambre et cela m’aide beaucoup à m’endormir plus tôt tout en réduisant la quantité de lumière dans ma chambre.
  3. Créez une routine pré-nuit. Je trouve que me donner 30 minutes de calme avant de me coucher m’aide à me calmer et à me remettre de ma journée. Une fois bien relaxée je m’endors également plus vite. Je m’assure que ces 30 minutes sont déconnectées et calmes: je lis, je parle à mon copain, j’essaye de communiquer avec mon chat: bref, je relaxe. Comme ça lorsque j’éteins les lumières, je suis prête à m’endormir.
  4. Utilisez des odeurs apaisantes. La lavande est votre amie! J’adore utiliser de l’huile essentielle de lavande pour créer une atmosphère douce et relaxante. Je place quelques gouttes sur ma taie d’oreiller ou juste sous mon nez lorsque je me sens tomber malade. C’est juste magique.
  5. Soyez confortable. Ce dernier truc est peut-être évident, mais plusieurs personnes l’oublient. Mon copain sait que mes oreillers ont chacun un rôle important à jouer et un endroit précis où être. Prendre le temps de s’assurer que vos oreillers vous donne un bon support vous aidera à dormir plus profondément et aussi à vous réveiller sans douleurs dans le dos ou dans le cou.

Voilà! J’espère que ces petits trucs vous aideront à mieux dormir. Partagez vos trucs sommeil dans les commentaires! Bonne nuit!

 

Sweet Potato Tricks \\\ Trucs de Patates Douces

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Sweet potatoes are a staple in my kitchen, and I find myself putting some in everything I eat these days. That’s why I had to come up with some tricks to make sure that I always have some yummy sweet potatoes ready to be eaten. It’s probably the simplest part of my meal prep, so I thought I would share it with you!

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  1. Choose your sweet potatoes well. Make sure they are firm and even-toned: you don’t want too many black spots on them. To help the cooking process, try to select sweet potatoes that are similar in size. That way, they will all be cooked in the same amount of time. I usually buy 5 to 7 at a time as this is enough for me and my boyfriend for an entire week.
  2. Wash them just before you cook them. Using a gentle bristle brush, clean the sweet potatoes under water to help get all the dirt out. Doing this will enable you to keep their skins on which will help make the cooking mess-free, and you will also get a ton more of nutrients that are in the skin. Avoid cleaning them unless you are ready to cook them as the humidity will accelerate their decay.
  3. Cook them all ahead of time. Nothing is more simple. It’s oil free, mess free and will guarantee that you always have healthy carbs on hand. Poke your sweet potatoes with a fork all the way around. Line a cookie sheet with some aluminum foil and place all your sweet potatoes on it. Place that into your oven set at 350F and bake for 60 to 75 minutes, or until you can poke them with a fork right to their center without any resistance. Let them cool in the oven, wrap them up in the aluminum foil you used for baking and keep them in your fridge. Ta-daaa! Sweet potatoes available and ready to be eaten!
  4. Use sesame seeds to pan-fry them. This is what I do when I want to warm up the sweet potatoes. Just add 1 tsp of sesame seeds per sweet potato you are frying up to a non-stick pan. Warm up on medium heat and add your sliced sweet potatoes in a single layer. Let sit for 5 minutes on each side and enjoy delicious slices of goodness.

That’s it! I hope you will use these tips to add more sweet potatoes into your life! They are so rich in vitamins and minerals and are a healthy source of carbs and fibers. Plus they add so much colour to any of your meals. Let me know what your tricks are!


On retrouve toujours des patates douces dans ma cuisine, et, ces jours-ci, j’en mets un peu partout dans mes recettes. C’est pourquoi j’ai dévélopé quelques petits trucs pour être certaine que ces délicieuses patates soient toujours disponibles et prêtes à être mangées. C’est probablement la partie la plus simple de mes préparations de repas, alors je me suis dit qu’il fallait que je partage!

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  1. Choisissez bien. Assurez-vous d’acheter des patates douces bien fermes et dénuées de taches noires ou brunes. Pour aider à la cuisson, choisissez-les également de tailles comparables. Comme ça, elles seront toutes prêtes en même temps. J’achète habituellement 5 à 7 patates douces à la fois comme cela suffit pour une semaine à deux personnes.
  2. Lavez-les seulement avant de les faire cuire. Utilisez une petite brosse douce pour nettoyer vos patates douces sous l’eau. Cela enlevera les residus de terre à la surface de leur peau tout en préservant cette dernière qui est pleine de nutriments. Garder la peau facilite également beaucoup la cuisson. Évitez de les nettoyer si vous ne les cuisez pas tout de suite: vous les garderez ainsi plus longtemps.
  3. Cuisez-les à l’avance. Rien n’est plus simple. C’est sans huile, sans dégats, et cela guarantie que vous aurez toujours des patates douces à disposition. Faites des trous tout autour de vos patates douces propres à l’aide d’une fourchette. Placez du papier d’aluminium sur une plaque à biscuits et placez vos patates douces dessus. Enfournez dans un four préchauffé à 180C (350F) pour 60 à 75 minutes, ou jusqu’à ce que vous pouviez les transpercer de part en part, sans résistance à l’aide d’une fourchette. Laissez-les refroidir dans votre four éteint, enveloppez-les dans leur papier d’aluminium de cuisson et gardez- les au frigo. Ta-daaa! Des patates douces prêtes à être mangées!
  4. Utilisez des graines de sésame pour les réchauffer. Voici ce que je fais lorsque je veux réchauffer des tranches de papates douces. J’ajoute 1 c. à thé de graines de sésame par patate coupée en tranche à une poêle anti-adhésive que je chauffe à feu moyen. J’ajoute mes tranches de patates douces en une seule couche et je les laisse chauffer 5 minutes de chaque côté. Savourez!

Voila! J’espère que ces petits trucs vous aideront à incorporer plus de patates douces dans votre alimentation. Elles sont si riches en vitamines et en minéraux, et elles ajoutent une belle touche de couleur à toutes vos assiettes. Et vous, quels sont vos trucs?

 

Motivation Tips \\\ Let’s go, on est capable!

It’s the middle of January already! Like many people, I took new year’s resolutions. The first week or so, things were simple enough since I was still home on a break. However, now that my work and study routines are back, I find it difficult to keep up with my resolutions and to work on my new habits. I thought about this at the start of the month and found a few tricks that keep me accountable and support me when things get hard. I thought I would share them with you, so here we go!

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  1. Think about your priorities: Why are you changing the way things are? What is your ultimate goal? I really find that keeping a big picture, a longer term goal in mind helps me when I get discouraged or find it hard to keep up with my resolutions.
  2. Write everything down: I like to keep my goals on paper so that I can refer back to them as I’m going along. It serves as a good reminder when things get tough. You can also write down some inspirational quotes to give you a little push as you are working on your resolutions.
  3. Track your progress: I like to make lists and check off things as I do them. Of course, this works well for things to do, but it’s also a great way to track new routines that you are trying to incorporate into your life. Having things like “read for 30 minutes” on my to-do list each day helps me feel more accountable, but also weirdly satisfied when I can check it off.
  4. Have positive role-models: The internet is your friend for this! Find people who have achieved your goals and get inspired. This will help you refine your goals and expectations. It can also be a powerful tool to help you visualize your goals being achieved.
  5. Remember that progress takes time: It’s really important to remember that progress is not something that will happen overnight. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you are enjoying the process. Make sure you choose things that are important to you, but that you actually enjoy doing. This will help you stick to your new routines and reach your goals.

I hope these tips help you out and give you inspiration and ideas to help you stick to your resolutions and achieve your goals. Good luck!


Wow! On est déjà à la moitié du mois de Janvier! Comme beaucoup de gens, j’ai pris des résolutions pour l’année 2017. La première semaine, les choses allaient plutôt facilement puisque j’étais encore en vacances. Cependant, maintenant que j’ai repris ma routine de travail et d’études, c’est plus difficile de me tenir à mes résolutions et à mes nouvelles habitudes. J’avais réfléchis à ça au début du mois, et j’ai trouvé quelques petits trucs pour me motiver lorsque la routine tente de l’emporter. Voici mes 5 trucs pour vous aidez à atteindre vos objectifs.

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  1. Refléchissez à vos priorités: Pourquoi introduire ces changements? Quels sont vos objectifs ultimes? Je trouve vraiment que de garder un objectifs global, à long terme, m’aide à me focusser et à me motiver lorsque je me décourage ou que je sens la paresse revenir.
  2. Tout mettre à l’écrit: J’aime écrire mes objectifs à long terme et à court-terme parce que je peux m’y référer lorsque je me décourage. C’est aussi une bonne idée d’écrire quelques citations inspirantes pour nous donner un petit boost de motivation lorsqu’on a pas envie!
  3. Faites des listes: J’aime faire des listes de choses que je dois faire chaque jour. Bien entendu, ça m’aide à m’organiser pour mon travail, mais c’est aussi une bonne manière de se sentir plus responsable de ses résolutions. Lorsque je vois “lire pour 30 minutes” sur ma liste du matin, je considère cette résolution comme quelque chose de concret à accomplir, et je retire une drôle de satisfaction à pouvoir rayer cet item lorsque c’est fait.
  4. Ayez des modèles positifs: L’internet est vraiment votre ami pour ça! Trouvez des gens qui ont déjà accompli vos objectifs et inspirez-vous de leur parcours! Cela vous aidera à redéfinir vos objectifs et vos attentes. C’est aussi un bel outil pour vous aider à visualiser vos objectifs.
  5. Soyez patient: Il est vraiment important de se souvenir que le progrès ne se fait pas en une nuit. C’est pourquoi il est vraiment important d’apprécier le processus. Soyez certains de choisir des objectifs qui sont importants pour vous, mais qui vous procure du plaisir. Cela vous aidera à garder vos routines sur le long terme et à atteindre vos buts.

J’espère que ces petits trucs vous inspireront et vous auront donné des idées pour rester motivés et atteindre vos objectifs! Bonne chance!

Organizing tips for productive days

As I’m now working from home a few days a week, I had to find a way to organize my work and make sure I did not spend my entire days on Youtube or watching Gilmore Girls for the hundredth time (anyone else super excited for the upcoming episodes?). Here my few tips to get productive and organized.

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  1. Wake up happy: Make sure you get enough sleep! This is so important if you want to be productive. To make sure I get enough sleep, I try to go to bed every night at the same time to get my body into a routine. I also try to wake up at the same time every day. For this, I use my phone alarm and write down a motivational message as my alarm label. That way, it’s the first thing I see in the morning, and it stays in the back of my mind throughout my work. This week’s mantra: I take care of myself!
  2. Give yourself time to wake up: I know this sounds cheesy, but I like to make sure that the first hour of my day runs smoothly so that I can really wake up. For many years I’ve jumped out of bed into my boots and out the door, bringing my breakfast along with me. Even if that work, I now see the importance of giving myself time to wake-up and take care of myself. That’s why I give myself a 30 to 45 minutes yoga practice every morning when I wake up. I have a special date with Adriene every morning, and it just puts me in the best of moods.
  3. Use a schedule of some kind: I went through different systems over the last few weeks. My favourite two systems: lists and hourly schedule. On Monday mornings, I like to make a list of all the things I have to do during the week. Then, I write an hourly schedule for the days I stay at home to help me with time management. That way, I know what I need to be doing and when, which really helps with procrastination and time management. As I include breaks, I lose a lot less time and get a lot more work done. Of course, as the day goes by, I might adjust a few things, but as I have done this for a while, I can now estimate the time amount each task is going to take me pretty accurately.
  4. Take breaks: After working on my computer for a few hours, my brain becomes jello. When this is the case, I like to take a short break to do something else: walk outside, go play with my cat or look at a book. That way, I don’t get headaches from too much computer, and I when I get back, I’m refreshed and ready to get back to work.

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Anyways, I hope these little tips will help you get more productive and organized. Let me know how you go through the days!

 

 

 

 

Food Prep: avoid waste, save time + money!

Sometimes I feel like I spend my entire days in the kitchen either preparing something for the blog or something for lunches or dinner. It can be annoying to realize how much time you have to spend daily in the kitchen! A simple trick that I love is to food prep on Sunday afternoons. It really helps with avoiding food waste, with the cooking of the week, and it reduces food waste: if everything is ready to be eaten, you’ll eat it up! At first, you’ll think that spending an entire afternoon in the kitchen is really long, but it’s actually much more efficient and when you realize that you can spend about 5 minutes in the kitchen on busy weeknights, you’ll be convinced! It’s also a gentle transition from the weekend into the week. You’ll feel a lot more relaxed if you know that there is food already ready in your fridge come Monday. Here is what I do on Sunday afternoons.

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  1. Prepare your vegetables: Cut, wash, cook!
    • I love grating carrots and beets in big batches that I keep in my fridge. I can then add some to salads, stir fries, fancy bowls or smoothies. It’s much more simple to have them ready to go in the fridge then having to grate one carrot at a time as I need it. I do the same with lettuce, kale and any other veggie that I want to keep on hand. This makes eating healthier so much easier!
    • I also cook vegetables ahead of time. Onions, broccoli, asparagus, zucchinis, and potatoes will go in the oven before they find a home in containers. It’s much more efficient to cut everything up and to place everything at once in the oven time and energy wise. You can also batch-boil vegetables reusing the same boiling water. It is super practical: toss your veggies with some rice and you practically have a complete meal ready any day of the week!
    • I usually wash any vegetables that I’ll eat raw during the week. Cherry tomatoes are perfect for this. Just place them in an air-tight container with some paper towel at the bottom to absorb extra water and they’re ready to go!
  2. Get your proteins ready: Marinate, broil, cook!
    • I like to marinate tofu ahead of time as it really makes it so much tastier. I like to cut my tofu up and prepare a few marinades in containers. I toss the tofu in, stir it up, and forget about it in the fridge. This is perfect because it will be ready to go for stir-fries or anything else I might be needing it for during the week. I also like to throw some in the oven and roast it so that my proteins for the first few meals of the week are ready. You can do the same thing with canned legumes.
    • If you are using dried legumes and beans, this is the perfect time to cook them up! I usually like to let them soak in water from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, cook them up and then freeze them in individual portions. That way, it’s just like using canned beans!
  3. Take care of sauces: mix it up!
    • Sauces are an easy way to make simple vegetables more exciting or the key to creating fancy vegan bowls. It’s also really fun to have a few alternatives ready to make each meal different. In air tight container, I find that most sauces or salad dressing will keep longer than a week, so you’re safe to go!

I hope these tips help you out! I really like putting some Gilmore Girls on (am I the only one who is crazy excited about the upcoming season?) and prepping everything up. Let me know what you like to prepare weekly and how you organize your food in your home! Oh, and don’t forget to participate in my super giveaway!

 

 

How to avoid Sunday night blues

I like my teaching job. I just like week-ends better… especially at this time of the year, when students are tired to be at school, it’s great outside and I know that the end of year exams are just around the corner. Sunday night blues is something very common, so don’t feel horrible if you are dreading Monday mornings. Here are my few tips to avoid feeling blue on Sunday nights and wasting away those last week-end hours.

  1. Organize yourself: Know what it is you have to do to be ready for Monday. Do you need to prepare a presentation for work? Do you need to prepare food? Do you need to wash some clothes? Once you have identified everything you need to go through Monday, allot a specific number of hours or minutes for each task and know when you are supposed to be working on them. I usually keep 3 hours on Sunday night to plan my lessons, correct, and do school work. I also keep one hour to meal prep for the week. Like that, I know it’s coming, I know it’s useful, and I know Monday will be okay.
  2. Plan a Sunday night fun time: Now that warm weather is back, we just want to live on our balcony. So, as our fun Sunday ritual we enjoy a nice Pimm’s cup with some aubergine toasts and nuts outside. L’appero, quoi!IMG_3049IMG_3047
  3. Give yourself some relaxing time: Yoga, bath, reading with candles, drawing or listening to your favourite album are ways to create a nice, relaxing bubble so that you are ready for the up-coming week. It can also be a great way to calm down and get ready to be.
  4. Try to sleep early: I know it is counter-intuitive to cut away precious week-end time for sleep, but your Monday will be much better if you are fresh and well rested.
  5. Plan a Monday morning fun thing: You know that yoga video you really wanted to try out? Why not keep it for Monday morning? Or that special piece of clothing that makes you feel like a million bucks? Keep it for Monday. Or maybe your chocolate overnight oats? Prep them for Monday…or do all three of these things on Monday! That way, it will be much more exciting to wake up come that dreaded alarm sound.

I hope these tips are useful and will help you welcome new weeks happily. And remember, there is only one Monday per week. Let me know what tips you have to be happy on Monday mornings!

5 tips for the morning!

I hate waking up early. It really is the worst thing in my day. However, because of work I usually have to wake up pretty early, and I don’t have much time for confusion. Here are five tips to make your mornings easier, even if you only have a few minutes to check out of zombie mode.

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  1. Prepare the night before: This includes packing your lunch, preparing your breakfast, setting out your clothes and putting all the necessary things in your bag. I usually make sure that everything is organized before I go to bed because my brain is more functional than in the morning. This ensures that important items will come with me to work and that I won’t have any silly ‘I don’t have anything to wear/eat” moments.
  2. Keep some water on your bedside table: I usually keep some herbal tea or water next to my bed. I find that drinking when I hear my alarm helps wake me up, and makes me feel refreshed and less groggy.
  3. Add some movements to your morning: I wake up 30 minutes earlier so that I can cram in a Yoga with Adriene video. This is such a nice way to start the day! It really wakes up my body and puts me into a good mood right from the start of the day. It also ensures that no mater what happens afterwards, I will have had at least 30 minutes of movement and time for myself. On really busy days, even just a few stretches before rushing out help however.
  4. Have something warm next to your bed: I keep a throw blanket or robe next to my bed because it is absolutely to worst thing to have to snuggle your way out of a warm bed to meet an ice-cold apartment. But, if you have a nice comfy robe waiting for you, it seems a lot less scary.
  5. Sleep early: This is kind of a “duh” tip, but I really feel like this is a crucial habit to nurture. Even if it is only 20 minutes more than usual, I find that going to bed earlier just makes me a better person (I don’t snap as much, I laugh more, and I’m happier). So, put that cellphone aside, and go to bed!

I really hope these tips will help some of you. I have been super tired these few weeks because I’ve been recovering from a monstrous cold and it’s the end of the year. I don’t think any of my highschoolers is as excited as me for the end of the year! That being said, I’m off to catch some Z’s.

Sunday Planning Time!

For a few months now I have used Sunday as a buffer day for the rest of the week. I sit down with my cookbooks, bullet journal, markers, and try to figure out what my week will be like. Doing this has really made weeknights a breeze with more time available for fun stuff and the mornings a grab-and-go routine. It also really helps with food waste and reduces our grocery bill. Here are a few tips on how I do this:

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Of course, sometimes you just have to take a cat break while planning.

  1. Think on what things you need to organize or be done with before the week starts. In my case, I like to make big batches of food so that all the lunches and breakfasts are done for the week. I also like to keep notes on my yoga practice, as well as on my teaching. I use my bullet journal to write down these categories: meal preps, yoga practice, teaching reflections. Then, during the week I can quickly take notes and keep track of things.
  2. Take out your cookbooks and post-it away! I like to select one per week and choose one or two recipes that I’ll be able to either batch-cook or make quickly on a week-night. I really like doing this because 1. it justifies the number of cookbooks I have and keep on buying; 2. it changes things up because I’m not going back again and again to the same recipes.
  3. Make a grocery list. Write down the ingredients that you need for your weekly recipes and stick to these things. Also make sure you only buy the quantity that you’ll need for the week. This makes grocery shopping super efficient and cheaper while also reducing the amount of food we waste drastically.
  4. Cook, cook, cook! This step might seem daunting, but it actually saves so much time! Imagine this: no lunches to prepare for the entire week! I usually go for soups because they’re so easy to prepare in bigger quantities and make for great lunches. Also, I like to cut up all the vegetables and fruits for snacks or salads. Finally, I prepare some granola or roasted nuts so that we have easy snacks for the whole week.

I hope these tips can help you out! Let me know what are some of your organization tips!