Feeling called to take action? Read this first

I just got back from leading a self-renewal retreat at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health for 50 women from across the US and Mexico from their 20’s to their 70’s; our theme was Embracing the Wild Unknown. I love leading retreats at these national centers as it gives me a “macro” snapshot of where […]

Why it’s essential to “do less” this year

I’m noticing that lately I’m waking up many mornings–even after a good night’s sleep–feeling tired. Actually, wiped out and exhausted. My guess is with all the chaos, uncertainty and unrest we’re facing both near and far — that many of us are not getting the deep, relaxed rest we need to fully replenish. One thing […]

9 self-care practices I can’t live without

I continue to swirl in a vortex of feelings after the amazing Women’s March on Austin this past weekend (read Why I Am Marching). It was incredibly powerful and emotionally exhausting.  As a result of all the stimulation and tumult from the previous seven days, my family’s diet and well-being didn’t get the care it […]

4 questions I’m asking before I leap into 2017

I love the month of January in many ways. As a coach/speaker/author who has spent almost 30 years studying, writing and teaching in the area of human potential and transformational growth, this window of time–ripe with possibility–always excites me. And this year in particular, feels like it brings with it an invitation to step into […]

5 ways to start your day (& change your life)

My family and I just returned from a whirlwind vacation in California.  I loved stepping out of my daily routine and eating new foods, sleeping in new places and exploring new locales. But when I arrived back home this weekend, I felt a visceral pull to return to my favorite morning practices. Why? Because as […]

Are you abandoning yourself?

Have you ever experienced a time when you were wronged or mistreated and didn’t stand up for yourself? In my late twenties I worked at a large international biotech company as a communications specialist. My counterparts in our Paris office were impressed with my work and invited me to come work side by side for […]

Crazy-busy? Try incremental self-care

Last week I was visiting with my brother, a management consultant. He just started a new position based in another state, he has a toddler and a blended family, he travels for work and he’s working in an uber-fast-paced industry. We talked about his struggle to find balance and I suggested he play with a […]

What determines YOUR happiness?

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation, but your thoughts about it.” ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose Last week my teen son and I were getting along smashingly. He was affectionate, appreciative, communicative and practicing good self-care. But knowing what a roller coaster ride it can be […]

How do you abandon yourself?

Recently while facilitating a women’s retreat at Esalen, I shared my definition of self-care with the group: the art of attuning and responding to your needs and desires moment to moment. And then I asked the circle, “Do you feel safe with yourself?” The room grew silent … only one person raised her hand, nodding […]

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 […]