What self-care is NOT

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I was lying in bed Sunday morning reading from author Anne Lamott’s beautiful little book Small Victories. In one of her stories about parenting, she shares with a little self-deprecation, but mostly tenderness, how she doesn’t bake for PTA fund raisers, is often disorganized and sometimes forgets to follow-through on updates from her son’s school. […]

What would your Wise Self say?

An inviting spot for contemplation at Omega Institute; ideal for a date with your Wise Self.

As I watch my five parentless siblings hit major life milestones — marriages, divorces, new babies, moves, career changes, health challenges— and observe their individual journeys toward emotional health and well-being, it makes me reflect on what I needed and wished I could have heard when I was their age. If I was sitting across […]

10 gifts I’ve uncovered while living in the unknown

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Are you moving through a career, relationship or health crisis or challenge?  Are you in transition and asking “What’s next?” Do things seem particularly intense for you right now? For many of us it feels as if we’re headed into a brave, new frontier without a map, and we’re being asked to evolve and create new tools for navigating this […]

How well do you know yourself?

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I just launched a new self-renewal group for women called Embracing the Wild Unknown (supporting the journey into the second half of life). I noticed during our introductions that most of the women seemed pretty self-aware. They knew their strengths, weaknesses and how they’re wired. It seems this is one of the many gift you […]

7 women’s wisdom: pearls from Kripalu

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I’ve been leading retreats for women for 25 years (read why I lead retreats) and every single time I’m amazed by how much I learn and am reminded of by the women who show up in the circle. This past weekend I was at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health—one of my favorite retreat centers […]

Shedding

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We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come. Joseph Campbell I’m doing a lot of shedding right now. Letting things whither on the vine. Die. Crumble. And fall […]

Ready to start living intentionally?

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We’re constantly creating whether we’re doing this consciously or unconsciously. Wouldn’t you rather create with intent? I just designed my vision board for 2015 (read more). My family and I believe one of the most powerful things you can do live on purpose and connected to what matters most is to live intentionally. Do you ever wonder how all the day-to-day […]

Are you ignoring your emotional self-care?

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Last night I attended a small women’s circle where we took turns sharing where we are in our lives and where we’re headed next. Afterwards, we did a short meditation and then created beautiful 2015 vision boards together, taking time at the end for show and tell. This morning I woke up feeling fabulously nourished and complete. […]

My 4 must-ask questions for 2015

What does your path to self-renewal look like in 2015?

I love the time before and around New Year’s Day. As a coach/speaker/author who has spent almost 30 years studying, writing and teaching in the area of human potential, this window of time–ripe with possibility and potential–always excites me. Yes, January 1 is just another day, but it also represents an invitation to step into […]

Don’t be afraid of the dark

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While I love celebrating Christmas as a season of light and time of spiritual renewal, often the days before and after this sacred holiday can be a bit dark for me. Between the cold, grey weather, honoring my deceased mother’s birthday, the Winter Solstice (the darkest day of the year), and celebrating my Jan. 7th birthday without […]