Beginning of the School Year Stress: Optional or Mandatory?

At the beginning of Tami’s quest to find the joy in teaching, she went back to school and studied to be a yoga teacher. She figured if nothing else, she could find some inner peace by spending a lot of time on her yoga mat.

She found a whole lot more.

As these things happen, her rigorous yoga teacher training coincided with the beginning of the academic school year and the very long year with a very difficult class. Talk about conflict and stress!

In her post entitled, I Teach, Therefore I Suffer, Tami explores the learning process and holding expectations lightly while simultaneously trying to let go of her über controlling ways.

Just how does one have expectations of themselves as teachers and for their students without getting too caught up in the outcomes?

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So this brings us to the question at hand: Is beginning of the school year stress inevitable? Have you found ways to transition from the relative ease of summer to the rigors of a demanding classroom? 

Please leave a comment with your thoughts.

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Learning to Set Boundaries and Getting More Comfortable Being Less Agreeable

Rosie’s learned an important lesson recently from her four-year old son whom she calls Happy. boundary

The other day, Happy suffered a disappointment.

“I am sorry, buddy,” I told him, and he looked at me confused.

“You don’t have to say you are sorry if you didn’t do anything wrong, Mama.”  He instructed me.

Funny how my four-year old is a little more adept at life lessons than I am sometimes.

You see, for a whole lotta years, I have been an apologist and, thus, a compromiser.

Before I really decided that I was just going to embrace authenticity, other people’s intentions for me be damned, I was a bit of a rampant apologist.

I was the person who compromised a whole lot in order to make other people happy….

Does this sound familiar? To read more about Rosie’s  No Apologies Tour click here.

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Teacher Self-Care Inspiration

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Are you ready to engage in a bit of self-care this summer break and you aren’t sure where to start?

We’ve started The Healthy, Happy, Sane Teacher board on Pinterest to help give you some ideas. We’d love to have you follow along. If you aren’t yet pinning and would like to use this easy breezy teacher resource you can join here.

We’ll be pinning easy, healthy recipes, tips for adding a bit of yoga and meditation into your life, inspirational quotes, books you may enjoy and maybe even a little humor.

Please let us a comment about the kinds of pins you’d like to see on our HHST board.


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Tami’s Teaching Story and How She Was Totally Doing It Wrong Until She Wasn’t Anymore.


I found my life’s calling when I became a teacher. Finally, I thought, a job I could see doing for the rest of my life. 

And pretty much as soon as I found my calling, I lost my f*king marbles.

I’ve always been a super productive, perfectionist, ambitious, go-getter and stepping into a new career wasn’t going to change that fact.

My plan was to be the best teacher ever in the history of the universe.

Click to read the rest of the post first titled The Secret To Being A Happy Classroom Teacher…

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Rockstar in the Classroom and In Your Life… Welcome to The Healthy, Happy, Sane Teacher!

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Love being a teacher?

Hate how it leaves you depleted for everything else?

You worked hard to get your credentials and, with a roomful of students depending on you, we know you are giving it your absolute all.

Yet, we also know that it never feels like enough (meanwhile: you are running on fumes, haven’t exercised in weeks, the laundry monster is growing, and the grading monster is even scarier).

Are you wondering how to be a rock star in the classroom while maintaining a better life balance?

Want to learn how to have an incredible school year AND get your laundry done?

Join us for The Healthy, Happy Sane Teacher: Sustainable Self-care for a Successful School Year.

We’ll teach you how to take care of you so you can take care of all those sweet faces looking back at you.

Buy now —  your teaching- and your life- will never be the same.

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