7 good reasons to ask for help

I’m preparing to launch a new nonprofit organization in Austin this week focused on supporting parents of teens; the underlying premise: community is medicine.  I have many motivations for starting this initiative, but ultimately I have experienced how life-changing it can be to have a support network when going through a challenging life stage.  But asking […]

Are you ready to FEEL GOOD?!

A couple weeks ago I came down with a violent 48 hour stomach bug. After my illness, as I slowly regained my strength, I continued to feel “off” for days afterwards. My mood and energy level were low, my joints felt stiff and I had lost my joie de vivre. As I stewed in this malaise, […]

Everything is perfect

“If you want reality to be different than what it is, you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.” Author/teacher Byron Katie Saturday morning after yoga I returned home to find my 13 year-old playing video games, the downstairs living area was trashed, chores had been tossed out the window and my […]

What is uniquely yours to do?

“I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.” ― […]

Turning 50

“Now I see that the journey was never meant to lead to some new and improved version of me; that it has always been about coming home to who I already am.”   ― Katrina Kenison, Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment I was elated last week to turn 50. My husband makes fun of me. […]

4 questions to help you release & let go of 2015

It’s Saturday night in Austin, it’s raining and cold out and my son is away at a sleep-over. My husband and I are relaxing in front of the fireplace. In front of us: paper strips, a thin, blue marker, a metal pail and a lighter. No, we’re not conducting a science experiment, we’re writing down […]

4 ways to schedule time for reflection

Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world … what are you doing to nurture your inner life? I relish this time of year: my birthday is Jan. 7th (I’m excited to celebrate my big 5-0!), winter beckons us to nest, hibernate and slow down, I love the rich spiritual tapestry of the holy season […]

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should

Last week I had a delightful evening of Thai food, wine and deep, soulful conversation with three dear friends. One was in her mid-seventies, one in her late sixties and the other was in her mid-fifties. One thread of conversation that lingered with me long after the plates were cleared, was around what they say […]

Rituals: why I love them & why they matter

Life is not a thing to be managed but a mystery to be lived. Recently my extended family got into a bit of a heated mess around a long-time Christmas giving tradition and how best –or even why— we should carry it out. It really crystalized for me how key these touchstones are for me […]

Who (or what) most needs your attention?

I recently had the curtain lifted around a key piece of my business. An expensive project I worked on with a business partner over a year ago wasn’t executed well and it was becoming increasingly clear it needed to be addressed. I was angry, frustrated and confused at how this had happened. Then I felt […]