7 ways to stay connected to your partner

Everywhere I turn my friends are navigating choppy waters in their most intimate relationships. This makes my heart hurt, but I can relate. Lately, my husband and I have been feeling out of sync and stressed out from parenting our wonderful, passionate, intense teenager (wow, can the “adolescent differentiation process” test your marriage!). We went […]

7 good reasons to ask for help

I’m preparing to launch a new nonprofit organization in Austin this week focused on supporting parents of teens; the underlying premise: community is medicine.  I have many motivations for starting this initiative, but ultimately I have experienced how life-changing it can be to have a support network when going through a challenging life stage.  But asking […]

4 ways to schedule time for reflection

Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world … what are you doing to nurture your inner life? I relish this time of year: my birthday is Jan. 7th (I’m excited to celebrate my big 5-0!), winter beckons us to nest, hibernate and slow down, I love the rich spiritual tapestry of the holy season […]


(Photo: Each morning we wake up to my 13 year-old working on this new Phillip Glass piece; he’s playing on our family Steinway. He inspires me every day to keep looking for new ways to express my creativity. Here’s a clip.) __________________________________________________ This past Friday I attended a wonderful creative meet-up made up of poets, […]

7 back-to-school tips to help you stress less & find your center

Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, the start of a new school year offers the opportunity for a fresh start and a chance to do things differently. If you’re feeling some anxiety around all the transitions, scheduling, juggling and driving that usually accompany a new school year, take a deep breath–you’re not alone. Then, […]

Do less, experience more

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 […]

7 reasons to choose love over fear

After a sweet early morning Easter meditation yesterday, I left my husband asleep and headed downstairs to see my 13 year-old. Reading on the couch in his pajamas, he looked up and begged me for raspberries and blueberry waffles for breakfast. I was feeling loving and had the time and bandwidth for this, so I said, […]

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 […]

7 reasons you should ask for help

This morning a dear friend went in for hip surgery and I called together a circle of women to pray for her. And this week as I prepare to head to New York for a week to lead a retreat, I’m calling in ALL the troops–from additional admin help to support from other parents for […]

6 ways to stress less & simplify this fall

In the Native American tradition, September signifies the start of a new year. It certainly feels this way to parents. Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, the start of the school year signifies opportunity, a time for a fresh start and a chance to give yourself permission (read Permission Granted) to do things differently. […]