My mother gave me this little book:


I guess that means she thinks I stress out too much.


I especially like the tip:  Set Aside Quiet Time, Every Day.  The author writes that you don’t need to make your quiet time this big hurrah.  Even if you just sit in your car and relax for a few minutes after your commute home in the evening.  Or go for a walk after dinner.  Just let yourself settle down.


Thing I need to do more often:  desk yoga.


Learn some moves here.



  • seesaraheat August 18, 2009, 1:12 pm

    I really need to get that book. I hear great things about it all the time. Desk yoga sounds great 😉

  • katherine August 18, 2009, 1:13 pm

    Can't wait to check out the desk yoga – thanks – and good luck on finding some quiet time for yourself!

  • lilybeans August 18, 2009, 1:15 pm

    Gah, I love that book! Your moma picked a good one!

  • eatingRD August 18, 2009, 1:16 pm

    oh boy, me too! sounds like a great book. Have you also read the book 'who stole my cheese?' It's kind of cute, talking about change and how to accept it.

  • Jenny August 18, 2009, 1:18 pm

    this is awesome! just goes to show you can always find time to pack some zen in to your day! thanks for sharing Caitlin 🙂

  • Devan Geselle. N August 18, 2009, 1:26 pm

    i am actually reading that book right now!!
    i have still been posting tons of operation beautiful notes!
    people in Vancouver actually were spray painting OB notes over the city!!! I was impressed! haha
    will send you pictures soon.

  • Lizzy August 18, 2009, 1:30 pm

    great book! and good idea with desk yoga. so relaxing!

  • Sam August 18, 2009, 1:36 pm

    My husband actually just got that book a few weeks ago from the used book store. I will have to check that out! Thanks for the great ideas.
    And regarding your previous post, what a wonderful way to organize the week's eats! And I bet it probably helps with budgeting for food too.
    I have a running question…I am running my first 5K on October 10 (with the Baltimore Running Festival). I am basically going from couch potato to 5K. I know O could easily walk the 5K, but I would really like to try and run (err–jog) most of it. My problem is that this summer heat is really zapping any extra energy and motivation I have to start training. I have a few questions: 1) Do you think I would have enough time to be ready to run it without hurting myself?
    2) Any good motivational tips?
    3) Any training tips?
    I love your blog!
    My email is

    Also, I recgonized some of your girls in your wedding as fellow nursing students at college. We went to the same school, I graduated in 2006 from the School of Nursing.

    Take care,

  • VeggieGirl August 18, 2009, 1:40 pm

    I must have that book.

  • Anonymous August 18, 2009, 1:44 pm

    Why would you praise a run in 90-degree weather, as evident on Kath's blog? If that's not an unhealthy obsession with exercise, I don't know what is!


  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point August 18, 2009, 1:48 pm

    jen – don't sweat the small stuff. 🙂

  • Meganerd August 18, 2009, 2:01 pm

    YAY! I totally taught you that desk yoga! 😀

  • Rose August 18, 2009, 2:02 pm

    Word. Perfect timing.

  • Healthy Beach Bum August 18, 2009, 2:05 pm

    lol I love your comment to Jen 🙂 Don't sweat the small stuff people! Except when it's hot outside, runners are allowed to sweat 🙂 Love the desk yoga!

  • Jolene - EverydayFoodie August 18, 2009, 2:15 pm

    That book has loads of great advice! Enjoy!

  • Sarah August 18, 2009, 2:43 pm

    Desk yoga? Who knew. I'm going to have to check into that!

  • Anonymous August 18, 2009, 2:52 pm

    You don't address the issue at all.


  • Mandee Lei August 18, 2009, 2:57 pm

    Just wanted to say that my mom read that book when it first came out and loved it. That saying has been her motto ever since.

  • Angharad August 18, 2009, 3:02 pm

    I love love love your meal planning ideas! I need that binder in my life! I am pretty good at meal planning but terrible at keeping recipes and ideas I see. I am getting on it!

  • recipesforcreativity August 18, 2009, 3:08 pm

    Sigh. You have a good mom and just the fact that you're trying to live a good life says great things about you! Keep it up!

  • Sara August 18, 2009, 3:13 pm

    I have had that book for many years, and it's filled with wonderful insight. Enjoy!

    I also wanted to add that it was such a pleasure to meet you this weekend — you're so funny and you really have a knack for public speaking! Anyway, as I mentioned on a few other blogs, the whole 'Blogging 101' presentation finally spurred me to start my own after two years of reading; stop by if you get a chance.

  • Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection) August 18, 2009, 3:13 pm

    Wow, what a useful book! I totally stress out too much too and need to stop worrying about all the small things as well. I hope things calm down for you and you can't get some R&R! Desk yoga sounds like a great idea though 🙂

  • NYgirl@heart August 18, 2009, 3:28 pm

    How strange that I just wrote about this yesterday. Not even reading this book or anything. Weird.

  • teacherwoman August 18, 2009, 3:43 pm

    I would like to read that book. And I agree, we all need some quiet time every day…

  • randomlymikey August 18, 2009, 4:06 pm

    i read that book with my hubby once.we both found it very helpful

  • Michelle @ Life.Life.Fully August 18, 2009, 4:13 pm

    I got that book when I was in college from a professor.

    It's good to be organised, but don't stress yourself out. Stress is so bad for the body…remember to find balance.

    Live.Life.Fully ~M

  • Ania August 18, 2009, 4:24 pm

    My mom got me the same book recently as well! I'll be honest – I haven't looked at it quite yet – perhaps that's a sign in itself that I should! I can't remember the last time I just read a book for a solid hour or so.

    And it was nice to meet you at the summit! If you ever find yourself in NYC, let Casey and I know! : )

  • Anna August 18, 2009, 4:46 pm

    Nice eagle arms! Great book. I think we all could use a piece of that book.

  • Melissa August 18, 2009, 4:47 pm

    I have that book! There are some great tips in there.
    I'm going to do desk yoga tomorrow. I sit in the middle of 12 cubes, so it's going to be fun. I like making my coworkers feel awkward.

  • Lauren August 18, 2009, 5:17 pm

    Love this book! And I think that we are on the exact same wave length today because I just posted on my tips for menu planning.

    You've inspired me with your "Things I need To do More Often." I am definitely taking these things to heart. Thanks for reminding us all to be aware of the simple things.

    Take care darling girl!

  • Amanda August 18, 2009, 5:33 pm

    I found a LOVE for yoga about a year ago and find that incorporating it into my every day life has made a significant positive impact. Learning to breathe to persevere through tough poses has helped me so much when I get stressed out. Not to mention that my body isn't as tense!! Still loving these posts!!

  • Amanda August 18, 2009, 5:40 pm

    Oh and Jen, who said that going for a run in hot weather means that you have an unhealthy obsession with exercise? Each person has their own exercise preferences and I'm sure if Kath felt that the heat would be dangerous, she wouldn't have run. I think Caitlin is telling you to stop worrying about other people! Live your own life 🙂

  • blueberrymuffins August 18, 2009, 5:50 pm

    Hi! That looks like a great book 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point August 18, 2009, 5:59 pm

    thank you dear amanda 🙂

  • peanutbuttr plz August 18, 2009, 6:03 pm

    love the link to the desk yoga poses. these will definitely come in handy when I go back to college 🙂

  • Ali August 18, 2009, 7:00 pm

    I love that book, a teacher bought it for me as a gift in high school, it is a great reminder to us about all the little things we stress about in life that are so not work it!

  • Ali August 18, 2009, 7:00 pm

    I love that book, a teacher bought it for me as a gift in high school, it is a great reminder to us about all the little things we stress about in life that are so not work it!

  • jibbalibba August 18, 2009, 7:06 pm

    my mum grabbed me that book to its magical i love it 🙂

  • lauren August 19, 2009, 7:45 am

    my mom gave me that book too. ha.

    it has some good stuff in there.

  • MarathonVal August 19, 2009, 11:07 am

    That's such a good book – he has a good one for women too, which I enjoyed since obviously we tend to take on additional stresses that men get to avoid!

    Love the tip about desk yoga!!

  • Anonymous August 19, 2009, 12:06 pm

    Amanda: B/c going for a run in hot weather, rather in the middle of the day especially, is just dumb. Call it what it is, instead of constantly defending insanity.

  • Elina August 19, 2009, 3:29 pm

    Oh Jeez, I see some heated discussion here. Not getting into that 😉
    I think I need a copy of that book. Damn stress.

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