5 life-changing ways to start your day

I’m in the middle of my busiest speaking time. I just finished two engagements and am headed out this week for three more. While I love to travel, break routine and “do it different,” going for extended periods where I’m eating new foods, sleeping in hotels and moving through airports can be hard on the […]

8 ways to own your personal power

Jodi, one of our career coaching clients, had a rough week. After she received a disconcerting email from a new business partner, it became clear they were not on the same page. Jodi paused and decided to stop the email tennis match, pick up the phone and set up a walking date with her colleague […]

THE most important question to ask yourself (+ video)

Growing up as the oldest of seven children in a chaotic, creative, often-stressful environment (five boys, two girls), I don’t ever remember anyone asking me, “Renee, what do you need today?” My recollection is I floated through my days and allowed my well-being and mood to be determined by what was going on around me. […]

5 ways to practice spiritual self-care

It’s 1976, and my mom and dad are sitting quietly with their eyes closed, hands resting upward—thumb and index finger touching—while my younger siblings crawl on their backs and shoulders. My older two brothers and I sit nearby, holding our own meditation poses, bored, rolling our eyes and counting the minutes until this ritual will […]

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 […]

7 self-care rituals I can’t live without

The last two weeks have been a series of rapid transitions. My 16-year-old starts 11th grade this week, I’m preparing to launch into a full fall speaking schedule, and my husband, son and I have been traveling off and on since June 5th (from Tanzania to the Rockies to the Blue Ridge Mountains) and are […]

5 self-care strategies for your toughest days

Yesterday morning I found myself inert on the couch, trying to find the energy to shower and head to the office  (I had slept very little due to a tough parenting patch). I know I’m not alone. Lately, I’ve watched many of my friends and clients struggle to stay afloat. Whether it’s swimming through collective […]

Smart employers get it: self-care is crucial

I recently attended two professional conferences. One was filled with companies/employees who were talking about resiliency, mindfulness and how essential self-care is to finding work-life balance. The programming—which touched on the importance of “filling your well” so you can deliver at peak-levels at work–was creative, engaging, collaborative and alive. The second conference was in a […]

Why we need each other

“No matter how much we meditate or pray, we still need others to help us dismantle the walls of our isolation and remind us of our belonging.” – Tara Brach Last month I was leading a work-life balance retreat for a group of twenty successful female executives from around the US. As I guided an exercise on […]

6 things to do when life gets hard

I was visiting with a dear friend recently who shared she’s battling depression. “It comes and it goes. But when it returns, I often freeze and forget what helps me most; all my great self-care practices fly right out the window,” she said. I could relate. Last week I had a bomb dropped on me […]