Are you comfortable living with polarities?

“Nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” ~Shakespeare Around the globe, many of us are experiencing deep frustration and despair right now. Others are expanding joyfully into new ways of being and seeing. And most of us are dancing with both. A long-time client, Erica, is struggling. At the end of […]

The one thing we need (but often don’t value)

I just returned from delivering keynote addresses at several women’s leadership events. My topic, Finding Balance in a 24/7 World: The Art & Science of Self-Renewal, was well received and the audiences loved practicing my four strategies for building resiliency and reducing stress in daily life.  When I coached them on managing their energy, I […]

Do you have a foot in two worlds?

Last weekend my teenager, husband and I all wanted to see a movie. This is always tricky, but our compromise Ant-Man and the Wasp worked, and I even enjoyed it! In the movie, the primary antagonist, Ava Starr (above), can phase through solid matter as a result of a childhood accident involving radiation from the […]

What we miss by “holding it together”

I’m the oldest of seven, the product of overachievers, a hyper-competent “woman who always has the answers and knows where she’s going.” My friends and family see me as the go-to girl who always seems to have it together. But over the past few years, I’ve been questioning how this affects me. What is the […]

7 self-care rituals I can’t live without

The last two weeks have been a series of rapid transitions. My 16-year-old starts 11th grade this week, I’m preparing to launch into a full fall speaking schedule, and my husband, son and I have been traveling off and on since June 5th (from Tanzania to the Rockies to the Blue Ridge Mountains) and are […]

Change your environment, change your thoughts

There’s just one way to radically change your behavior: radically change your environment.—Dr. B.J. Fogg, Director of the Stanford Behavior Design Lab I just returned from four weeks in Western North Carolina. It wasn’t so much a vacation but really an opportunity to “test drive” what it would be like to live there for half […]

What is your life trying to tell you?

While leading a life-mapping workshop for seasoned small business owners, I was visiting with two long-time entrepreneurs who both shared they were getting signs it was time to let their business go. They were ready to harness and redirect their energy towards “what’s next.” But, easier said than done. Both have spent years and a […]

Quiet

I’m at the tail end of a month-long writing sabbatical working on a new creative project. I’ve been in Western North Carolina (WNC) in the cool, misty Blue Ridge Mountains, an area that calls to my very essence. Known as the Appalachian temperate rain forest, WNC is perched atop one of the oldest mountain ranges […]

3 things I remember when I’m in transition

Tran·si·tion.   tranˈziSH(ə)n,tranˈsiSH(ə)n/. noun   1. the process or a period of changing from one state of being or condition to another I reconnected with some friends over the weekend and it seems just about everyone I know is facing a big transition. My friend Rachel’s last day at the job she could no longer stomach is this […]

Do less … so you can experience more

I’m noticing that many mornings–even after a good night’s sleep–I’m waking up feeling exhausted. My take is that with all the chaos, uncertainty and unrest we’re facing both near and far — many of us are not getting the deep, nourishing rest we need to fully replenish. One thing I’m clear about is when we’re […]