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 […]

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 Saturday morning after yoga I returned home to find my 13 year-old playing video games, the downstairs living area was trashed, chores had been tossed out the window and my […]

Slowing down to the speed of summer

One of my touchstones for gauging how fast–or slow–I’m living, is noticing if I have a vase of fresh herbs and flowers on my desk. When I’m living the life I desire, I create the time to meander in my garden and pick colorful and unusual flowers or plants to enjoy in my home office. […]

7 reasons to ask for help (& support for getting started)

My husband and I have been navigating some bumpy parenting terrain; unfortunately we’re not alone. While at times, things can feel really tough, I find tremendous comfort from knowing we have a strong support network in place that we can turn to for mentoring, emotional support and resources. But asking for and receiving support wasn’t […]

Ready to start living intentionally?

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 […]

My 4 must-ask questions for 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 […]

What the mountains taught me

The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone who thinks and feels with us and who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe This week I returned from a much anticipated, month-long […]

Do you live … intentionally?

My family is thinking of moving to a different area of Austin. This is part of a larger plan we’re piecing together around how we want to work, play, connect, foster community, generate revenue and “be” in the second half of our life. (Read more about making hard life choices from my blog last week.) […]