How bad do you want to feel good?

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Last weekend 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, one […]

We need each other

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“No matter how much we meditate or pray, we still need others to help us dismantle the walls of our isolation and remind us of our belonging.” – Tara Brach One time I was leading a work-life balance retreat for a group of twenty very successful female attorneys. As I was teaching about self-care one of the […]

Who do you want to “be” when you’re 80?

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When all your desires are distilled you will cast just two votes: to love more and be happy. Hafiz Years ago, my husband, son, and I visited some old family friends —and native Irish speakers — who live in a fishing village outside of Dublin, Ireland. We took lazy cliff walks and farmer’s market trips […]

Are you over-managing your life?

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“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.” ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose A few year ago, I led a telecourse on how to let go and go with the flow (available for download now). I was motivated to facilitate this […]

6 questions to stop you in your tracks

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Last Friday I led a one-day self-renewal retreat for wonderful group of women in Austin. It was a wise, creative, contemplative group. There were many insights and “ah-ha’s” shared, but one that stayed with me was, “I never knew a question could carry so much power. That really made me think,” from a woman in […]

4 ways to be more compassionate with yourself

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The quote my siblings and I chose for the front of my mom’s funeral service program was, “The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action.” Mother Teresa My mom’s ability to feel empathy, acceptance and deep compassion for those who suffered–particularly her patients–was deeply moving. One time when I was about twelve, […]

7 reasons I practice self-care

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I was recently at a dinner party and found myself in a corner with a heart surgeon discussing the concept of self-care. Like many in healthcare, she saw self-care as something you “should do” for your physical health (exercise, eat well, get enough sleep), but that’s where it ends. She became curious when I shared that […]

Win my 2015 Year of Self-Care Mother’s Day Giveaway!

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Self-care—the art of attuning and responding to your needs and desires—is a moment to moment process. It’s not about adding something to your to-do list; it’s about cultivating a kinder, gentler relationship with yourself.  Renee Trudeau I remember the first time I ever attended a powerful women’s retreat. I left the experience feeling aligned, deeply […]

7 reasons to choose love over fear

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After a sweet early morning Easter meditation yesterday, I left my husband asleep and headed downstairs to see my 13 year-old. Reading on the couch in his pajamas, he looked up and begged me for raspberries and blueberry waffles for breakfast. I was feeling loving and had the time and bandwidth for this, so I said, […]

Why I unplugged on my busiest day ever

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Last Monday morning I returned to mountains of work having been off for a week with my family for spring break (when we go on vacation we generally go “off the grid”). In addition to hundreds of emails, phone messages and requests for my time, I received several big, timely work opportunities for consideration. By Tuesday […]