5 ways to support rest & renewal this holiday

Yesterday I spent an hour with my November/December calendar–not penciling things in, but cancelling pending events and making choices that supported a more open, spacious, restorative winter schedule. Does the thought of hanging lights and attending holiday parties make you want to grab your sleeping bag and run for the nearest cave? It would be […]

4 good things born from these times

As I travel around the US speaking and facilitating resiliency workshops/retreats, just about everywhere I go, I witness emotional fatigue and exhaustion. I know Clarissa Pinkola Estes says, “We were made for these times.” But between all the political and social upheaval, natural disasters and off-the-charts stress and anxiety—it doesn’t always feel that way. Yesterday […]

Are your relationships fueled by love or fear?

I don’t write much about my son, now 15, out of respect for his privacy and journey to becoming a young man. But it’s not a secret among my friends that parenting a teen has been the hardest thing my husband and I have ever done. (I’m not embarrassed to admit that this weekend when […]

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 […]

Do you see things in black and white?

“Nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” ~Shakespeare Around the globe, many of us are experiencing deep frustration and despair right now. Others are expanding joyfully into new ways of being and seeing. And most of us are dancing with both. A long-time client, Julie, is struggling. At the end of […]

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 […]

Beware of a sense of urgency

As I reflect on how I want to experience this fall, I’m reminded about a parenting workshop I attended years ago at my son’s Montessori school on peace-based education. The seminar offered kids and parents a model for conflict resolution and ideas on how to have more mindful interactions with one another. As I sat […]

Ask yourself THIS before summer slips away

My son starts his sophomore year of high school in two weeks and I feel like the last day of school was yesterday. If I had to choose a few words to describe our family’s summer, I’d say productive, fruitful and filled with growth and challenges. My son really stretched himself over the past three […]

When we feel it, we heal it

How comfortable are you “feeling uncomfortable feelings?” During my 20’s and 30’s I experienced my parent’s divorce, my brother’s suicide, and the death of my mother and father.  All of the pain, sadness, betrayal, anger and abandonment these losses brought up for me left me with a deep desire to stuff, ignore or run from […]

3 reasons to schedule an unplugged day

Today marks my first day back in the office after a week unplugged (no computer use, email, TV/movies and only minimal phone use). I spent the last five days working in my garden, writing, swimming, doing creative visioning for my business, walking barefoot outdoors, visiting spring-fed rivers with friends and tending to my soul. Over the past few […]