Is crazy the new normal?


Last weekend I saw the film Interstellar with my 12 year-old; I really enjoyed it. It was set in the future, a time when our soil was polluted and food supply and fresh air were dwindling. People had to re-engineer how to live and be in the world and seek out radical new solutions for […]

5 ways to find spiritual renewal this holiday


It’s Christmas Eve, 1976. Gregorian chants are playing in the background and my mom and dad are sitting quietly with their eyes closed, hands resting upward — thumb and index finger touching — while my younger siblings crawl on their backs and shoulders. My two older brothers and I sit nearby, holding our own meditation […]

Can you be with what is?


This past weekend my husband and I needed to have a crucial conversation with our middle schooler, but due to schedule conflicts, his mood swings and poor timing, this talk kept getting postponed. My anxiety around wanting to have this conversation sooner than later continued to mount, but in the midst of all these swirling emotions […]

My #1 life balance secret


“Are you listening to your life; what is it trying to tell you?” Renee Trudeau Most people are surprised to hear that I love making a big pot of minestrone soup for my family and friends as much as I love getting invited to go to India to speak to a women’s group on work/life […]

Are your yin & yang out of balance?

The balance of yin and yang is evident in nature.

As a communications director, throughout my twenties and most of my thirties, I pushed myself hard. After securing media coverage for a client on the TODAY Show, I barely stopped to breathe before I was pitching their story to National Geographic. When it came to generating results, I was convinced if I just “forced” the […]

Simplifying from the inside-out

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I remember one 4th of July weekend when my husband and I gathered a small group of friends for a “Freedom Fest.” No fireworks, hot dogs, or Tchaikovsky. Instead, we had a potluck and asked each guest to bring one thing that “I want to be free from,” such as a habit, worry, situation, or […]

Holding it together is overrated

The messy haphazardness of this Big Bend landscape is ... perfect.

I’m known as the oldest of seven, the product of overachievers, a hyper-competent “woman who always has answers and knows where she’s going,” the go-to girl–the one who always seems have it together. And as I move deeper into the second half of my life, I’m questioning how this affects me–what is the price I […]

What are you missing?


In the next three weeks, I will be managing an extra full plate at work: multiple speaking engagements, leading a retreat, finishing a new telecourse and more.  And as I look at my schedule–all things I truly love to do and that feed me–at times, I’m finding myself wanting to blink and wake up on […]


“We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.”  ― Marianne Williamson I once spoke at a girls empowerment conference to a group of three hundred ten to thirteen-year-olds. As I was waiting to go on stage, I overheard a small […]

7 reasons you should ask for help

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This morning a dear friend went in for hip surgery and I called together a circle of women to pray for her. And this week as I prepare to head to New York for a week to lead a retreat, I’m calling in ALL the troops–from additional admin help to support from other parents for […]