6.08.2015

Love's Lesson Plan


This past year when people ask me what I'm doing, and I say, "substitute teaching," I get a lot of interesting responses. Sometimes I try to defend my answer, but lately I've realized no one can really understand why at this moment in time I need to be a sub.

It may not be the right thing for others, but it's exactly what I need. It's part of my lesson plan because subbing contains all the things I need to push myself into uncharted emotional territory. It's breaking down my barriers to love and tearing apart all the ways I've adapted to the fear of uncertainty -- imaginary walls I created as a child to protect me from getting hurt.

  • I can't over plan to avoid disaster because I don't know what the plan is until I show up.
  • I can't hide out in my safe introvert world because the kids need me to be there for them.
  • I can't do everything myself as a way to avoid receiving help because my students know more about their class than I do. They're my best resources for making the day successful.
  • I can't duck out of conflict and criticism because kids need me to model healthy solutions. 
  • I can't slip into my rigid routines because every day I need to adapt to a unique environment so as to develop group trust and safety.
  • I can't use my introversion as an excuse for avoiding relationship because kids are a constant landslide of wanting me to know them and to know me in return.
  • I can't design the perfect day in my head to combat my fear of failure because every day is a free-fall into living moment by moment.
  • I can't hold onto petty resentments because it's becoming increasingly easier to see every kid's cry for love and forgiveness in all that they do.
  • I can't let my ego get caught up in the fantasy of being a great teacher because hands down kids are doing a way better job at teaching me how to be more alive.
  • I can't avoid the joy of attachment and the pain of letting go because each day I meet a new group of students I can't help but love and then have to say goodbye to at the end of the day.

This is the hardest emotional work I've ever done. For me, it feels like a PhD in a kind of love that's blowing up my heart to gigantic proportions.

I don't know why I couldn't go the normal route: career, marriage, and kids. All I know is that this was the way I was suppose to receive a lesson of love. Like a bomb going off in my heart this was the best possible design for me to understand love in a way that will completely change me.

It's my spiritual journey, and if I keep following my soul's plan designed by something greater than myself then I trust everyone's going to benefit.

We all have the best life lesson plan laid out for us. If it seems bizarre or difficult, perhaps it's because you need a bomb going off in your heart to break down barriers and help it sink in.



6.01.2015

Learning to Fall


A couple weeks ago my bike and I had a disagreement. I thought we were going left, but my bike went right. The result was me kissing the pavement. That night as I laughed at my ridiculousness and nursed my wounds I realized I couldn't remember falling off my bike before. In 40 years of riding bikes how is that possible?

Experiencing a fall is an essential skill and in my desire to avoid this uncomfortable feeling I managed to be so cautious that I never took risks on my bike. This metaphor could also apply to the story of my life. Driven by a fear of getting hurt, I've tried to be so careful that I've also missed out on the excitement of falling and growing.

Lately this strategy of creating the perfect plan to avoid disaster is dissolving, and I've been taking greater emotional risks: giving speeches, meeting more people than I've ever met before, hiking up mountains, teaching on the fly, and collaborating with students in the moment. 

Along with my change, I'm falling, screwing up, disappointing people, listening to critics, and losing parts of myself that I no longer need.

Next time you see the fear that keeps you from taking risks. Remember we are meant to fall, to get lost in the wilderness of our heart without a map, have no idea what's coming next, and trust that here is the only place to be -- whatever that may look like.


4.10.2015

Mother's Day Sale: 25% OFF Hint Jewelry & Charms

Mother's Day Sale Hint Jewelry by Beth Hemmila
Mother's Day Sale, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry)

To honor and celebrate all the mothers in your life, from today until Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10th, you are invited to take 25% off your entire purchase of Hint Jewelry charms, chains, leather cord, and gemstones by entering the following Hint Jewelry Coupon Code during your checkout process in Etsy:

MOTHER

During checkout from Hint Jewelry in Etsy look for the blue link in the payment section titled "Apply shop coupon code" (see picture below). Click on this link and in the empty field type the word MOTHER. To review more detailed instructions for redeeming a shop coupon code click here. Please note that 25% will be taken off your entire purchase excluding shipping costs.


3.18.2015

Mind and Body Wellness: Leveling Up Your Life

Lake Tahoe from Jessie's Peak 9225

One of the greatest lessons of Bikram yoga is learning not to leave the room for 90 minutes. In the beginning, this can be difficult. At first, you want to escape the heat, postures, teacher, and fellow students.

Even when you accept that leaving the room is not possible you try mental escapes: thinking about your plans after yoga, enjoying a refreshing shower or delicious food. Future plans -- they are rescuers saving you from present pain and suffering. I think of it as a form of bargaining. I can't physically leave the room, but you can't control my imagination -- I can be anywhere I want to be.

At some point if you do Bikram yoga long enough, you actually stop wanting to leave the room. However, I'm at the point where what was uncomfortable before is comfortable now, and I don't want to escape but rather I want to stay safely tucked away in the yoga studio. My clinging has swung in the other direction. Before I clung to the ease outside the yoga room now I cling to the safety inside.

When you have mastered a discipline or become so accustomed to certain conditions that you are complacent and appear to be hiding out, it's possible you have spiritually fallen asleep. How do you come back to the middle where it's neither suffering you need to escape from or safety you want to cling to?

I believe this is a moment where you are being asked to take on greater risks. It could be an emotional, physical, or mental risk that you need to embark on; however, when you find yourself in this state of comfort it's a sign that you are ready to add a new level or dimension to your life.

3.11.2015

Free DIY Arts & Crafts Tutorial: Clay Rattles & Double Pinch Pot Animals



This video shows you how to put two pinch pots together to make a clay rattle. You can also use this double pinch pot method as the basis for sculptures such as animals and figurines.

For a video on how to create a pinch pot click here.
For a video on things you can make with a pinch pot click here. 

The following three clay sculpture projects -- Despicable Me Minion, fish, and Angry Bird -- were all created using the double pinch pot method. 

Clay Despicable Me Minion Sculpture by Beth Hemmila of Hint Jewelry
Clay Despicable Me Minion Sculpture, Beth Hemmila





Clay Fish Sculpture by Beth Hemmila of Hint Jewelry
Clay Fish Sculpture, Beth Hemmila





Clay Angry Bird Sculpture by Beth Hemmila of Hint Jewelry
Clay Angry Bird Sculpture, Beth Hemmila

2.23.2015

Free DIY Arts & Crafts Tutorial: Clay Pinch Pot Ideas



This video shows some different examples of how you can use a simple pinch pot as the foundation for making many other sculptural pieces in ceramics. For a video on how to make a simple pinch pot click here.

Free DIY Arts & Crafts Tutorial Clay Pinch Pot Ideas by Beth Hemmila
clay pinch pot ideas




Free DIY Arts & Crafts Tutorial Clay Pinch Pot Monster by Beth Hemmila
clay pinch pot monster




Free DIY Arts & Crafts Tutorial Clay Pinch Pot Monster by Beth Hemmila
clay pinch pot monster




Free DIY Arts & Crafts Tutorial Clay Pinch Pot Robot Face by Beth Hemmila
clay pinch pot robot face




Free DIY Arts & Crafts Tutorial Clay Pinch Pot Mouse by Beth Hemmila
clay pinch pot mouse

2.16.2015

Free DIY Arts & Crafts Tutorial: How to Make a Clay Pinch Pot



The basics for how to make a simple clay pinch pot. I also teach you how to use slip and score to attach embellishments.

Stay tuned. Next week I will post my video that shows all the different things you can make with a pinch pot.

Free DIY Arts & Crafts Tutorial: How to Make a Clay Pinch Pot by Beth Hemmila
owl pinch pot planter

2.09.2015

Free DIY Arts & Crafts Tutorial: How to Make a Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card




Valentine's Day is fast a approaching. Why not surprise someone you love with a Valentine's Day pop-up card? Here is a great craft project that is suitable for kids of all ages, including adults.


Free DIY Arts Crafts Tutorial Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card by Beth Hemmila
Valentine's Day Pop-Up Card

2.02.2015

Free DIY Arts & Crafts Tutorial: How to Make an Origami Gift Box from Scrap Paper



You don't need origami paper to start making your amazing creations. This video teaches you how to recycle junk mail into origami gift boxes for special events such as Valentine's Day, Christmas, Hanukkah, and birthdays.

This craft project is suitable for kids and adults.

Free DIY Arts Crafts Tutorial Origami Gift Box from Scrap Paper by Beth Hemmila
origami gift boxes using scrap paper


You can also use pages from an old book.


Free DIY Arts Crafts Tutorial Origami Gift Box from Scrap Paper by Beth Hemmila
origami gift boxes using scrap paper

1.26.2015

Free DIY Arts & Crafts Tutorial: Blind Contour Line Drawing of African Animals & Watercolor Painting Tips



If you have kids or are simply young at heart, here is a video that teaches you how to use a simple blind contour line drawing of an African animal and transform it into a vibrant watercolor painting using many transparent layers of paint.

This is also an engaging lesson plan and fun way for teachers to introduce color theory to students in elementary and middle school.


Step 1: Contour Line Drawing

Gazelle Blind Contour Line Drawing by Beth Hemmila
gazelle blind contour line drawing


Step 2: Use Multiple Layers of Watercolor Paint

Blind Contour LIne Drawing and Watercolor Painting of a Gazelle by Beth Hemmila
gazelle watercolor painting


An Example of a Finished Painting:

Blind Contour Line Drawing and Watercolor Painting of a Giraffe by Beth Hemmila
giraffe watercolor painting

1.19.2015

Valentines Day Sale: 20% OFF All Hint Jewelry & Charms

Forever Two Hearts Tied Together Sterling Silver Charm by Beth Hemmila of Hint Jewelry
Forever, Beth Hemmila (Hint Jewelry): two hearts tied together sterling silver charm

There are two sorts of romantics: those who love, 
and those who love the adventure of loving. 
- Leslie Blanch

In celebration of love, from today until Valentines Day, Thursday, February 14, 2015 you are invited to take 20% off your entire purchase of Hint Jewelry charms, chains, leather cord, and gemstones by entering the following Hint Jewelry Coupon Code during your checkout process in Etsy:


BELOVE


 To review more detailed instructions for redeeming a shop coupon code click here.

1.05.2015

Learning Humility


Humility

Shredded.
Ripped apart bit by bit.
Hungry, holy claws tore knowing into nothingness.

What’s left is bone –
empty of thought,
weightless, silent, open, untroubled.
Where acceptance feels like
wrung out sheets hanging on a clothesline, flappin’ in the breeze.

Surrender is an easy joy
like the fleeting life of a rainbow,
coming and going on the whims of sun and rain.

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We all have things in our lives that break down ego to teach us patience, acceptance, and humility.

It's a wrestling match worth losing for then every misstep becomes a new seed of humility planted in your soul.

May you embrace all things this year that break down your illusions and shape you into a humble servant -- a holy handmaiden meant to serve for love alone.

12.31.2014

Be Forgiveness & The Karma Puzzle



This video is a companion to my Free ebook Be Forgiveness. To learn forgiveness and letting go, download a free copy of Be Forgiveness by clicking here: http://bethhemmila.com/freedownloads/

In the New Year, I invite you to embark on a path of love, compassion, forgiveness, and letting go.