The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life by Hal Elrod
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, Hal really taught me to just get my buns out of bed and get my day started! The thing that stuck with me the most was to just decide to get up and get over the excuses. Then when I did get up and follow his SAVERS routine in the hour before everyone else got up, I LOVED starting my day that way!

Workout, reflection, quiet, PD... calm before the crazy of getting a family out the door. As a teacher, we are spending so much energy just getting through the day, that an evening workout or chapter of a book sounds like the last thing we have time for.  But solving the problem of not being able to get to the gym by doing a workout at home before the family needs me has created the very best demeanor for my mornings at home that extends far into the school day.  Now, when I sleep in until after the kids wake up, I always regret it.

This book will definitely motivate you to try his method - and who knows, it just might be perfect for you even if you are not a morning person (like me).

The Power of Habit

in , by Holly Thompson, May 28, 2019
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy cow! This book is so freaking interesting! I started it with the expectation that it would convince me to workout and eat better and change some lifestyle habits. It sort of did that, but mostly it told me stories of how the habit loop works and how habits change people, groups, and entire societies!

I actually connected a lot of this more with how to help my students be successful at following basic rules at school. It explains the science and research of how habits work in our brain in such an interesting way. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to stay in my car listening longer or yelled, "That is so interesting!" At my steering wheel. This one did more teaching instead of persuading like a lot of the PD books I have read. I loved all of it!

The Happiness Project

in , by Holly Thompson, May 28, 2019
The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I think Gretchen Rubin is my soul sister. Except we have different "Tendencies." I couldn't stop writing little tidbits on post-its as she said so many things I connected with. Each month, she focused on one different thing to be happier each month. This is one I need to buy the hard copy of. I need a highlighter. I need to remember to do happier things in my relationship with my husband, kids and friends. I also need to remember that it's ok to just be me.

A light, fun dive into a quick burst of happiness without being heavy!

Happier by Gretchen Rubin

in , by Holly Thompson, May 28, 2019
This is the podcast that I recommend and listen to the most.  Writer and researcher of happiness and habits, Gretchen Rubin, and her sister Elizabeth Craft chat easily about being happier everyday through habits, small changes, and mindset. It's a well produced show and I get little tidbits each week. It follows a predictable format and is easy to listen to.

There is a new episode each week and I binged the seasons during brain surgery anticipation and recovery.  They really did bring me a lot of calm and happiness in some very scary times. I highly recommend this one for a commute after work for a happy distraction and stress free transition into your home. 

Gretchen also releases a nice "Little Happier" episode each week that's just a little 2 minute tidbit. Love that, too!  I highly recommend this - especially if you have read or are interested in Gretchen's books on habits, happiness and motivation. LOVE!
The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday CourageThe 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Freaking MIC DROP!

First of all, Mel's voice and flow on the audio book is really fun to listen to. It's one of those where you feel like she is standing with you as you clean your kitchen, holding a cup of coffee and sharing her life story.

Though repetitive for a reason, it's never boring, absolutely accessible for EVERYONE no matter what you are trying to change in your life from getting out of bed earlier, to finishing that load of laundry, to getting that grading/paperwork done. The story she told at the end with the story of her dad brought me to tears of absolute connection with my own life.

WOW! 5 seconds really can change your life.


by Holly Thompson, May 27, 2019

Enrollment is open for our June Session! We start "prep week" on June 10th! 

Pre-Order before June 3rd for a free gift! 
Enrollment Closes June 9th


Here's what you can look forward to: 

*being more intentional with our time/days to find THE MOST JOY this summer
*A deep dive into our mindset of teaching to avoid burnout in the coming school year
*incorporating our families into our healthy habits
*making time for FUN
*summer recipes

Each Month our plans consistently include:

*mindset work to find joy in our teaching
*a supportive community of teachers
*a focus on physical health first so we can be the nest for those we serve
*clean eating focused
*at home workouts that you do on your time (20-60 minutes a day depending on the program you choose)
*flexible guidance and support of your own workouts, running, gym, hiking, or NO workouts!
*not a diet with the expectation that you give up your favorite foods
*learning to understand YOUR BODY/ how to fuel it
*beat sugar addiction
*provide you with family friendly tips + recipes
*using food to make us stronger, more mentally focused, and physically fit.
*of course, accountability, mini challenges, and a fun community 

Initial Enrollment ranges from $160-$295 (see the program page for more info!)

To get a personalized recommendation from your coach,
please fill out the Joyful Healthy Teacher Information Request
We start our "Prep Week" on June 10th


If you already know which package fits your goals, 
fill out this pre-order form and I will send you an easy ordering link!

Easy Grape Salad

in , by Holly Thompson, May 27, 2019

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: Chill overnight or serve immediately

Serves 4
UPF: 1 💜, 1/4 💙
2B Mindset: FFC and Accessories for Breakfast, Lunch or Snack


  • 2 cups red seedless grapes
  • 2 cups green seedless grapes
  • 1 small package blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. 
  2. You can serve immediately or chill overnight to let the flavors jive.
  3. It's fix approved, refreshing, and beyond easy.

Easy Asian Lettuce Wraps

in , by Holly Thompson, May 27, 2019
Serves 2-3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes depending on chicken

UPF: 1 Red, 2 Green, 1/2 Blue
2B Mindset: Dinner

  • 1 head of bib or romaine lettuce
  • 1 lb of boneless/skinless chicken breasts (I used tenders for faster cooking)
  • 3 cups of chopped Brussels sprouts, broccoli slaw, or cabbage (whatever you prefer or can find- the photo is Brussels)
  • 1 cup of chopped raw cashews
  • 1.5 cups of Asian sauce (I used Trader Joe's Island Soy-aki, but anything you love and is relatively clean will work)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

  1. Tear off the bottom of the lettuce, separate leaves, wash, and lay to dry
  2. Heat Olive oil in large pan on medium heat
  3. Add chicken gently to avoid oil splatter
  4. Cook chicken for 5-7 minutes until sides begin to turn white
  5. Dust with salt & pepper and turn
  6. Dust with a few more salt and pepper shakes and cook until temperature reaches 165F
  7. Remove chicken from pan and cut or shred into bite sized peices
  8. Add cashews and roast until lightly browned
  9. Add chopped vegetables and saute lightly
  10. Add 1/4 cup of sauce and mix with the vegetable/cashew mixture until warm
  11. Remove mixture from the pan and into a serving bowl
  12. Add chicken back to pan with the remaining sauce and cook until flavors set and sauce is warm
  13. Move lettuce and chicken to serving plates/bowls
  14. Fill the lettuce with chicken and veggies and ENJOY a healthy meal

#5starathome (restaurants do not have such awesome snack cups and dinos in the photos!)

Basil Beef with Zoodles

in , by Holly Thompson, May 27, 2019

This one is so perfect for a batch of easy lunches to heat up or dinner with leftovers!

PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 20 minutes

UPF: 1 ❤ 2 💚
2B Mindset: Dinner


  • Find a good Ginger/Asian sauce you like (as clean as possible).
  • 2 nice sirloin steaks cut into chunks.
  • Bag of mini peppers or 2 bell peppers, cut lengthwise
  • 2 cups Zoodles (spirilized zucchini, found premade, get a spirilizer, or use a carrot peeler to peel off thin strips of zucchini)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tsp fresh chopped ginger root
  • Small handful of chopped fresh basil.

  1. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to pan and sear meat until it's done enough for you. (I like mine pink)
  2. Remove meat and add onions & peppers and saute until hot and starts to soften.
  3. Add garlic, ginger, and chopped basil and cook until peppers and onions are to your liking.
  4. Add premade sauce and meat to pan and heat/mix until warm.
  5. Add zoodles and heat until dish is hot and all flavors are mixed.

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