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Honest Feedback: My Experience with Whole30

It’s funny how the things I seem to fight the hardest, the things I resist the most, seem to be the things that, ultimately, once I give in, end up being my favorite things. That’s what happened with Whole30. It all started when a couple of friends mentioned, on separate occasions, that they were doing Whole30. They shared their experiences. They shared how hard it was. And I had zero interest in giving up my wheat and dairy based diet. Good for them, not for me. Truly. But the images of Whole30 kept appearing everywhere: on my instagram feed, on facebook, even in Martha Stewart magazine. And, like anything that you see, repeated, enough: I started considering it. Then another friend mentioned it. And another friend. And another friend. And, finally, I had enough of the reminders. I took the hint. And I ordered the Whole30 book – which is also a cookbook – from the library (which is what I do when I’m curious about something). When the book arrived, I tried a few …

Make your own DIY Non-Toxic Chemical Free Laundry Detergent

Make Your Own DIY Chemical-Free ALL NATURAL Laundry Detergent

Hi friends! Today I’m sharing another recipe from my awesome friend Awbree of Bunkhouse Creative. This time, we’re making laundry detergent. This is one of those things that I was absolutely interested in – from the very first time she mentioned it. And yet – completely intimidated. Months ago, at craft night in Awbree’s gorgeous studio, she convinced me to try it. Not only because it’s really good at washing clothes (and keeping her white towels really white!), but also because it’s a fraction of the cost of regular laundry detergent. As a friend, I trust her advice. But as a big Awbree fan, I truly admire her frugality when it comes to everything she invests in. So I went to the store and bought all of the ingredients. And did nothing. For MONTHS. When you see the recipe, you’ll probably wonder what I was so worried about. I mean, it’s SUCH a simple recipe. I make more complicated recipes almost every night for dinner. So what was the deal? The truth is, I was …

Make your own DIY Chemical Free Deodorant

Make Your Own: DIY Deodorant

OH, friends! If you’ve never made your own home products, you have NO IDEA what you’re missing out on. Last week I had a chance to attend a demonstration from my fabulous friend Awbree of Bunkhouse Creative. She’s one of the most capable creative people I know. Seriously, friends, everything she touches comes out beautiful and perfect. And her deodorant recipe is no exception. I’ll admit: I was fully skeptical. After all, I’m a power yoga teacher. I sweat regularly. How could some homemade product keep up with me? But I have to say – after using it for a week – I truly LOVE this deodorant!! My body has transitioned with no problem (maybe, in part, because it’s winter?) and I love the smell of coconuts every time I start to sweat. So I know what you’re thinking: “Ok. I get it. But seriously….” WHY would I make my own deodorant? Well, friends, let’s be honest: your arm pits are an incredibly sensitive part of your body’s largest organ – your skin. And every …

30 Days of Thankful 6x8 Mini Book | 2015 Gratitude Project by Julie Gagen, How I Sustain Blog

Make Your Own DIY Homemade Chai. Savor. Repeat.

I had this moment the other day where I just HAD TO have a chai. But after I had my purse and keys in hand (in like 0.05 seconds), I could tell it was going to be a tough sell to convince Max to leave his lego tower. And, honestly, if you have kids – you know how it goes: the second your child enters a public place, they turn from their otherwise pleasant selves into a crazy, whining, impossibly loud and disruptive tornado of boogers and toddler slime. So I reconsidered my options. And I googled it. And this recipe came up. And I made it. And it was A-FRICKEN-MAZING. I mean, just LOOK at it! And, after thorough investigation (and lots of chai teas), I have decided that the only way to enjoy a chai is daily – at home – with this recipe. Naturally, I made a gratitude album spread about it. Because I love them. — Today’s pages are a mix of products that I had from my stash. I made …

30 Days of Thankful 6x8 Mini Book | 2015 Gratitude Project by Julie Gagen, How I Sustain Blog

Take Care of Your Body. Thank it for all that it does.

It’s easy to consider the people, places, and the things that you love most and give them gratitude. It’s what we’re socially encouraged to do. It’s what we know. What is harder, by far, is to have gratitude for ourselves. And, even harder, is to have gratitude for our bodies. I’ll be honest: for all the exercise that I do, I don’t naturally love my body. Sure, it’s a fine body. But it could be better. I’m sure you get that. And, right about now, you may have trailed off thinking of the ways yours could be better. DON’T. That’s not what this post is about. This post is about acknowledging the work that your body does every day. EVERY DAY it works to get you from one place to another. EVERY DAY it holds, pushes, lifts, grabs, hugs, shuffles, hustles, and works as you ask it to. EVERY DAY it works hard. EVERY DAY it gives and gives. And how do we thank it? By nitpicking what it isn’t. It isn’t, for instance, perfect. …

30 Days of Thankful 6x8 Mini Book | 2015 Gratitude Project by Julie Gagen, How I Sustain Blog

30 Days of Gratitude 6×8 Mini Album Project #30DaysofThankful

For more on past 30 Days of Thankful projects, check out my 2012 Album, 2013 Album, and 2014 Album – as well as all of my posts – under the tag “30 Days of Thankful”. Every year, in the month of November, I participate in Cathy Zielske’s 30 Days of Thankful project. It’s a welcome opportunity to practice gratitude. And, man, do I need more of that. You see, the month of October was a busy month: I developed and launched Little Paper Projects’ first class #LPPLoveWhereYouLive, took and shared a TON of pictures, listened to two amazing audiobooks, designed and taught my first yoga classes, networked like crazy, and hustled my way to see both new businesses make their first dollars. It was absolutely amazing. It was absolutely exhausting. So while the month of October was all about my business, the month of November – consequently – is all about investing in me. I need to consider myself – and my needs – more. I need to get back into healthier habits that sustain …

Sometimes you have to just put yourself out there and see what happens | How I Sustain Blog

Sometimes You Just Have to Put Yourself Out There

Friends, most of my life is heavily edited. I edit my actions, my choices, my ways of thinking, and my social media posts. Most of the time I would argue that it’s good to self-edit, especially when it comes to negative thinking patterns, or meeting new people, or just being in a world where everything is so documented, so quickly discussed, so often judged. But sometimes the self-editing goes too far. It gets to the point where I edit so much, that I don’t actually say anything at all. And my point is missed. And people never get to know me. And I want people to know me. I definitely do want that.. though I regularly have to remind myself that’s what I want. I’m in the middle of launching my first yoga class (a week from today!) and it’s hard. I have a goal of selling out – which is a great goal – but it’s probably not going to happen. Which is fine. But I still want a critical mass of people in …

Monday Morning Coffee with Julie

Let’s Talk Goals

Okay, friends. It’s mid-month September and I’m about to make a big push in my free goal-setting and accountability group Monday Morning Coffee. If you would like to join, now is THE TIME to do it. I have a lot on the schedule, and now that my goal is fully progressing (more on that soon!) into something that I have to manage (yay!), I’m fully ready to take all of you with me. Let’s do this! YES! Sign me up! Need a little more convincing? I would too. Let’s talk about what it’s going to look like. First, Introductions First, we introduce ourselves and we introduce our goals. For me, it’s good to know who is in the group, what your interests are, and what you’re looking for. That’s how I tailor the goal setting and smaller challenges. If you have a BIG goal – like changing your lifestyle or taking on a big project – your needs are different then if you have a smaller goal – like completing an unfinished project. And if …

How I found my first job teaching yoga

How I Found my First Job Teaching Yoga

Gosh, friends, SO so much excitement around here. Starting with my BIG big announcement: I’ll be teaching my FIRST yoga class at a local gym (just 3 minutes from my house!). I’m SO excited. And in the next few days I’ll start to share my teaching website and resources, just so you can see what all the excitement is about. And what a journey! You probably don’t know this, but there can be a surprising amount of ego in the yoga world. I don’t know why I’m surprised – I mean, it happens in every industry, why should yoga be different? Still. It was a surprise. If you haven’t read it yet, read my post:  The Ego Issue (in Yoga): A Surprising but True Story About the Time I was Yelled at by a Yoga Teacher The Journey After I finished yoga teacher training in August, I had a couple weeks of wild adventuring with the boys before the start of the school year and the start of new routines. I’ll tell you: that is …

The Ego Issue (in Yoga): A Surprising but True Story About the Time I was Yelled at by a Yoga Teacher | How I Sustain Blog

The Ego Issue (in Yoga): A Surprising but True Story About the Time I was Yelled at by a Yoga Teacher

Friends, the search for finding a place to teach yoga is – surprisingly – full of a lot more drama and heartache than any other job search I’ve done. I’m sharing this story because I think it’s important to understand what can happen with the wrong instructor. And I’m sharing it because, if it’s ever happened to you, it can be upsetting. And you can feel helpless. And there is a whole lot more to say about it than I have room for in this post. But expect me to talk about it again. Expect to hear what I have to say. And, please, share your experiences as well. Learning Something New I recently came across a class at a power yoga studio which focused on working your core. “Great!” I thought “This is exactly what I’m looking for!” and went to the studio, fully intent to get the most of this experience and confident that I would learn something and meet an instructor that I wouldn’t forget. All of that happened. But not in …