Elemental Kids - Fall Fun Favorites

Happy Fall Everyone! Here in Alabama the weather likes to tease us. One day it is hot and then BAM! it feels like a cool Fall day. To help us enjoy this Fall season, I would like to share my top three Fall Fun Favorites for the whole family to enjoy.

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1.Nature Walk

What will I need?

  • Comfy clothes and shoes

  • Nature walk check-list( great for children)

  • Binoculars

  • Water

  • Blanket and snacks for a little picnic

What to do?

  • Walking meditation(Walking quietly together for five minutes or more then discuss what you saw, smelled, heard, felt, or maybe tasted.)

Price? FREE!

Where? Top Ten Parks to visit in Birmingham.

Why? Our bodies can crave to be outside. The smell of the crisp air, the sound of the birds, the views all around, being able to move our body, and the feeling of the cool Fall breeze on our skin can be healing for the soul. Go outside and listen, feel, smell, and see what nature has to offer for you and your family.

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2. Pumpkin Carving

What will I need?

  • Pumpkins

  • Pumpkin Carving Kit

  • Carve outside for easy clean up OR put a bunch of newspapers, magazines, old sheet, or small tarp down.

  • Bowl to keep the seeds for a yummy snack.

What to do?

  • BE CREATIVE! and HAVE FUN!

  • I understand if you might need some inspiration. I know I do at times :)

For Who? ALL AGES

Why? Embracing our inner child and creativity is refreshing.

3. Cooking Sweet Treats

What will I need?

  • Your families favorite Fall sweet treat recipe. My favorite is candy apples.

  • Don’t forget to add a pinch of love, is what my mom always says :)

  • Utensils(Kid safe)

  • Music to cook and dance to

  • Aprons

    Why? Because who doesn’t love sweet treats!!!! :)

    But really, cooking can be fun, creative, relaxing, and bring everyone together.

I shared my top three Fall Fun Favorites, now share yours with us!

Yoga for All
Love for All,

Laura

Elemental Kids: But Why?

Hello Families!  Laura here to explain more why I am talking about creating a mindful lifestyle for the whole Family.


Why is it important?  Why mindfulness? Why Yoga? Why talk about it?  I’m channeling my inner three year old of asking why. WHY. WHY! :) The question of why can be annoying to hear , but asking why provides us with so much to learn and explore.

 

Why mindfulness?  

First, what is mindfulness? Mindfulness, in my mind and heart, is taking in every moment and feeling without judgment. For more on how to introduce and incorporate mindfulness in your family, go to my post Elemental Kids: Mindful Summer for the Fam.  Now let us get back to WHY MINDFULNESS?  Once I found mindfulness, I am now able to look at each moment of my day in a completely new way.  When a good or bad situation is brought to me, I am able to breathe and embrace each moment.  Even on those days my mind is out of control,  I remember I always have my breath. Now, is this possible for children to grasp this concept?  OH YES! Watch this beautiful video of children discussing the breath.  The video brings tears to my eyes every time because why wouldn’t we want children to feel safe and calm every day? Especially the dark moments of their lives.  Mindfulness is a superpower we all can tap into.  OR this video explains WHY MINDFULNESS in a way that anybody can understand.  Scientist are finding evidence that mindfulness/meditation has a positive impact on our brains.  I’m not a scientist, so here is an article on scientific discovery on mindfulness from Huffington Post.  

Now that you have more information on mindfulness, why not try this approach?  What could you and your families lives look like with mindfulness? I believe it is a risk worth trying!   

Why Yoga? 

What is Yoga?  Yoga means unity or what I like to say is community because yoga has allowed me to bring unity within myself, so that I can build a community around me.. The benefits that yoga provides for children is similar in the benefits yoga provides for adults. Yoga is a recipe incorporating mindfulness, meditation, and poses. These ingredients come together to create a safe place we can ALL come to when we are feeling our worst and even when we are feeling our best.  Yoga isn’t just for when we are broken. Yoga is a lifelong practice of allowing us to always try and be in the present good or bad moments of our lives. Yoga Ed states, “Yoga supports your child’s development physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and academically.” The article reminded me of how beneficial yoga would have been during my childhood. I believe I could have handled my stress and anxiety in a healthier way with yoga.  Now, for my favorite part… the science of yogaI can’t argue with science. Yoga supports development, sleep, physical fitness, the brain, and reduces stress and anxiety.  I understand there are many out there that just won’t try yoga for many reasons. Now that you have this information,  all I ask is for you and your family to try then see and feel what happens in your mind, body, and heart.  

Why talk about it?

First off because our world needs to talk more, text and social media less (find a balance),and talk about the matters that might make us a little uncomfortable. Here is why: I believe we all have shoved so much into the back of our minds because we are afraid of confrontation or change. I am 100% guilty of being this person who pushes conversations in the back of my head to be stored away and never communicated.  I’m done being that person and I hope you will join me in this discussion and many more.

Just imagine what would you and your families life look like with mindfulness, yoga, and healthy communication.  Remember my Bonus tip from my Back to School Mindset Post you don’t have to make huge changes fast.  Take one moment at a time.

I want to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment and we can continue this conversation together.  

Yoga for All Love for All

Laura

People Pleasing: a little blog chat

Hey Loves,

Are you a people pleaser?

Be Honest.

There's no judgement here.

Most of my clients identify as people pleasers. Which on the surface feels like a very positive trait - especially if you're a female in the business world or managing a family - or BOTH! Understanding how to identify peoples needs and meet them is a highly sought after skill for everyone - except, it doesn’t always work out for you. So, here's the thing... People pleasers are blocked from living their best life. They don't feel true joy because, they live & thrive off others slight praise. Living off external influencers will NEVER allow you to feel whole, within. Which, my dear, is no way to live. 

Now let me pause here and recognize that I could totally take a page from your book. I could learn to take things in the stride, go with the flow and accept more. My entire being says CONFRONT. CONFRONT. CONFRONT. I get uncomfortable when stones are left unturned. When I’m out of my comfort zone. When I don’t feel valued. So, I ask the tough questions - but, constantly. Which helps me to be a killer coach, but sometimes less than desirable to a loved one. I'm always learning from my clients.

So - let's just put it out there: at the end of the day, the grass may be greener, but we all have a lawn to manage. We can learn so much from each other. This post is about understanding one small aspect of your sweet, human self and learning how to improve it - because you're beautiful, my darling, and you don’t have anything to prove. 

one of these mornings the chain is gonna break but up until then, child, im going to take all I can take
— aretha franklin, chain of fools

The thing about people pleasing is that the chain always breaks. You always end feeling less than. You don't get credit for your effort. Your effort becomes expected, not praised. Expectations are raised right at that moment you're at capacity - but, you say yes. Yes! I'll take on the project. I'll pick up the kids. I'll bring the homemade, gluten free, nut allergy compliant cupcakes. I'll make the costume. My kid will wear the orange shirt. I'll pay the money. I'll go for drinks with the client. OMG I'm exhausted just typing it all. You do it all, and NEVER feel enough.

I'm a big fan of homework and reflection, so let's talk about solutions. Below is an activity I give clients. Do it. Take your time. 

How are you valued? (reliable, the sweet one, the clean one, the smart one...)

What's your real value? (shed the labels - who are you really???)

What are you saying yes to right now? (what obligations have you committed to? what upsets your partner, but makes you genuinely happy? What conversations do you cave to? what foods do you eat that aren't inline with how you want to eat?)

What do you wish you could say no to or stand up for?

OK, so what can you change? (there are so many things out of our control, but so many things in our control that we just give to others)

What is the impact of your change? (who/what will be impacted from your change? Is it livable?)

Being less of a people pleaser doesn't mean you become a selfish asshole. It means you take ownership of your skills and time. It means you own your value. It means other people will SEE YOU and value you as well. Because you have so much value. 

This is a heavy post, so reach out with any thoughts or feelings - I'm here for ya!

Much Love,

Emilie