7 reasons I practice self-care

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I was recently visiting with the head of large east-coast private school who shared that his stressed-out school community was struggling with self-care. Like many, he saw self-care as something you “should do” for your physical health (exercise, eat well, get enough sleep) and that’s where it ended. He became curious when I shared that I define self-care as the […]

Are you at a threshold, too?

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THRESHOLD    noun/thresh·old/ˈthresh-ˌhōld: the starting point for a new state or experience. Yesterday we attended a moving “Ceremony of 13″ at our church for my teenage son. Cultures around the world share a tradition of marking the transition from childhood to adulthood beginning at age 13 (in the Jewish tradition this is called a Bar […]

Are you making time for friends (and why you should)?

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The other night I hosted a book swap and summer gathering for the women in my neighborhood. Most of these women I had never met before but it felt important to me to cultivate these relationships as I know what a huge impact making time for friends–both new and old–can have on our quality of […]

Do less, experience more

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Recently, our family was invited to visit friends for the weekend at their cabin on the river, an hour’s drive from our house. The night before we were going to leave, my husband and I were frantically creating lists of all the things we needed to buy, prepare, and pack — when we suddenly paused […]

Are you having the summer you desire?

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We just got back from a work/family trip to the east coast–our first time to visit Maine! While I am beyond grateful for this opportunity and loved seeing our beloved friends and family, visiting five cities in 10 days after leading a weekend self-renewal retreat for 50 women was not relaxing. We knew this trip […]

4 reasons to take a digital detox

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Today marks my first day back in the office after five days unplugged (no computer use, email, TV/movies and only minimal phone use). I took off Thursday morning through Monday night–essentially only 3 work days–and spent the time working in my garden, writing, swimming, doing creative visioning for my business, walking barefoot outdoors, cooking a […]

The power of sisterhood

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“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 […]

Setting a summer intention (+9 ways to say no)

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What is your intention for summer 2015? Do you plan to slow down and enjoy unscheduled downtime with your family? Is there a work or creative project you want to complete by early September? Do you desire to reconnect with those you love and start living more in the present? Maybe you’re exhausted and need to pull out your calendar […]

8 ways to have a mindful vacation

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I was visiting with a good friend last week who was feeling exhausted, frustrated and saddened that her recent family vacation was not what she had intended. “We crammed too much in, checked our work email too often and didn’t build in enough downtime. I don’t feel like we really got to connect as a family,” she shared. Planning […]

Can you just “be with what is”?

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“To listen deeply is an act of faith.” Adyashanti, author, The End of Your World This morning I dropped off my newly minted teenager–who loves working with children–at our wonderful, local nature and science center to begin his first stint as a summer camp “counselor in training.” He was thrilled and had been eagerly awaiting this […]