My top 3 non-negotiables to thrive in September (as a teacher or not!)

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Regardless if you’re a teacher (like myself) or not, there is a back-to-school kind of feeling in the air! I love a good routine but I need to make sure it’s going to actually sustain me more than just allow me to coast in survival mode. I want to share with you my top 3 non-negotiables I set-up for the month of September to keep my energy up even with all the unknowns that a new season brings! This is my approach to these 3 topic so I share in hopes of setting you up to reflect on your own non-negotiables! It’s the small things that will make ALL the difference this month!

1) Work-related technology - let’s start with the sticky one!

Here is how I manage this one: The gods of Google calendar allow my 5, yes 5, calendars to merge so I can keep on top of work-related events + personal events + LIA project events, etc. I allow my work events to come through on my phone so I can choose to look at my phone’s memo page. In terms of word-related emails, I have the app for my work emails on my phone, however I have it set that it sends me ZERO notifications. So when I receive emails, I only ever see them if I open the app, thus allowing myself to check my emails if I feel I need to on my phone. Otherwise, I have office hours for myself as well as a 24 hours response time if I feel I need more time before responding. 

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PHOTO: Unsplash

2) SNACKS - it deserves the caps lock!

I’m gonna let you in on a secret. I have to make sure I’m stocked at work because be HANGRY is a real thing for me. So, I order online snacks from (a Canadian company) that has an amazing selection of healthy snack options and I get them delivered directly to work! I put in about one order ever 2 months so I’m always stocked!

3) Appointments, appointments, appointments

Before things start to pick-up pace at work, I make sure I have a self care apt set… and like not a doctor’s kind of apt, like a self-indulging body/energy replenish experience, ex. massage, acupuncture, cupping, etc. I encourage you to really get to know your insurance and benefit accounts! I know I’m contributing to them monthly so I’ve got to make sure my money is being used for the good!

And there you have it! Obviously, this is a very personal view, but I enjoy talking about boundaries that I set in my calendar because I know my energy will be lower than normal this month as I adjust to the change of routine and of course this always trickles down to my ability to serve my students. Happy teacher, happy classroom!

I’d love if you comment below with your #1 self care non-negotiable for your coming month!



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Carolina Smith


Hi you! I’m Carolina, the creator of the LIA project, elementary teacher, certified yoga instructor, self care advocate and lover of all things outdoors. When I’m not creating lesson plans for my students, I'm usually in the rockies, at a spa, stretching it out at a studio or having soul conversations with a my girlfriends... glass of wine in hand.. (continue reading under LIA team tab).


Carolina Smith

Hi there, I’m Carolina, the founder of the, elementary teacher, certified yoga instructor, self care advocate and lover of all things outdoors. When I’m not creating mindfulness lesson plans for my students, I'm usually hiking the rockies, stretching it out at a studio or having soul conversations with a my girlfriends... glass of wine in hand. If you're reading this it's because you and I have a lot in common. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or ideas of real self care! 

Olive Wellness Podcast: Part 4 - “Why Us?”

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with robyn now a part of the team, olive is ready to tackle any big events you may

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olive approaches beauty in a different way - we want you to feel beautiful and comfortable in your skin. we love that natural look, but from time to time, we love dressing to the 9’s. health and wellness are right up there with beauty when it comes to olive. no judgment, we love all walks of life. whether that means you love to dress up every day and put a full face on every morning, or if you love rolling out of bed and throwing your beautiful mane into a ponytail as you head off to sweat in the morning. to us, the most important thing is that you feel beautiful from the inside out. and of course, we will get your hair done perfect and if you’re craving it, we will get your makeup on with that perfect airbrush glow.

rae lives with the passion and intensity of a 70’s perm for whatever she’s doing; art, photography, biking, baseball (big Red Sox fan…thumbs down, Rae.), action movies, (mostly Harry Potter, Batman, and Star Wars) even UFC fight nights.

….but here’s why you need her on your hair.

rae absolutely loves what she does. hair. she’s developed her skills over a

decade at places like Hedkandi, Bumble & Bumble, Vidal Sassoon, and Red

Bloom Salon. she moonlight’s prepping girls (and sometimes the dudes) for their

wedding day with Avenue Beauty, so ‘up’ do’s and makeup are all part of the


 check out some of the work at @holysnipsrae on Insta.

  ps.…Han shot first. (Google it.)

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- hair for Comic Con 

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- Global/City TV events for local designers like Camp

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robyn is always seeking out her next adventure or her newest challenge. give this girl a goal and there is nothing getting in her way. (including any and every variation of handstand you can think of practicing!) you are likely to find this little spunky ball of energy doing something active. whether that’s jogging with her pups, (lilly & deuce ((jack for short)) lifting those heavy weights at the gym or slowing things down to mediate and practice yoga. you can find her travelling the world, jumping out of planes (although we think that's a little scary..) or cooking her favorite meals for her family and friends.

...but here's why you want her doing your makeup...

learning from the best of the best, robyn has developed her artistry skills in bridal and beauty makeup over the past 6 years and loves nothing more than making women feel as confident and beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside. there's no fake here. (seriously) she is real, she is open, she is honest and she is confident. let her help you embrace your inner beauty so you can shine through on your special day. 

consults are free, so you can always give her a call to discuss what your vision is for your event/everyday makeup!

check out some of robyn's work on insta @missrobynj

ps. Han still shot first..

pps. here are some of the things robyn has done;

-6 years of bridal makeup 

-fitness competition makeup

-fashion shows

-engagement shoots

-photo shoots

-CTV segments

-featured in BLUSH wedding & lifestyle 

ppps. rae & robyn make a mean duo - perfectly timed and in sync, these two will have everyone ready when they need to be (wedding parties) - while looking your best for whatever occasion (girls night out?!) you needed a little glam-team help.

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