Your summer of self-care: 9 ways to say no!

I just returned from Ireland and am excited to dive into a creative project I’ll be working on this summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I am also exhausted from the intense emotional roller-coaster I’ve been on for the last six months and know I need time for deep relaxation. So this week I’m sitting […]

What if everything is just perfect?

“If you want reality to be different than what it is, you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.” Author/teacher Byron Katie For the last ten days, I’ve been waking up at 2:30 a.m. and my mind has been chattering wildly about all the problems it perceives in the world, in my […]

Are you honoring your journey?

Last week in the middle of my NIA class, I looked at myself in the mirror and thought, “Wow, you’ve aged, you really look tired.” I was tired. Not “I didn’t get a good night’s sleep tired,” but tired from the emotionally intense rollercoaster I just stepped off of (challenging relationship dynamics with family members […]

How do you want to BE in 2019?

2018 was emotionally intense for me and most of my family, friends and clients, but one thing that helped me get through this period was my quality for the year: KINDNESS (read more). I don’t have to tell you that most New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside come March 1st.  The idea of […]

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 […]

Claim the summer you desire (+ tips for saying no)

I love summer and can’t wait to dive into an exciting new creative project. What’s your intention for this summer? Do you plan to slow down and enjoy expanses of unscheduled time 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 […]

Maybe everything is perfect

“If you want reality to be different than what it is, you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.” Author/teacher Byron Katie We had a really bumpy holiday. There was some extended-family discord around our Christmas celebration, a series of unexpected, stressful events in December, a foregone mini-vacation due to a case […]

Change your environment, change your perspective

This past weekend while I was leading a women’s self-care retreat at Esalen–a beautiful, legendary 40-year-old retreat center in stunning Big Sur, CA–I was reminded of the power of changing environments to shift perspective. As I lay on my belly on the grass journaling and listening to the ocean waves crash against the rocks a hundred […]

Feeling powerless? Try action-motivation-action

This past July I was driving in Austin and heard a news story about Syrian refugees who were stranded in the middle of the Mediterranean in a political gridlock with slim hopes of making it to a safe haven. They apparently had embarked on the journey KNOWING they only had a 50/50 chance of making […]