Are you getting your 8 hugs a day?

A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away. ~Bil Keane, “Family Circus” I love my sister-in-law Ronna. The first time I met her, she gave me the most incredible hug. It wasn’t obligatory, wimpy or semi-commital. It was a full-on bear hug, complete with belly contact and a stout, strong, enveloping embrace. […]

Are you ignoring your emotional self-care?

This morning I woke up feeling fabulously nourished and complete. What happened? This past weekend I attended a beautiful holiday sing-a-long, had a three-hour lunch with a dear girlfriend, picked up our new rescue pup and last night I hosted a meditation circle. All of this “belly time” (face-to-face connection) and heart-nurturing left me feeling […]

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 […]

8 ways to own your power

Allison, 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. Allison paused and decided to stop the email tennis match, pick up the phone and set up a walking date with her colleague […]

How bad do you want to feel good?

Throughout my twenties and early thirties, I can honestly say most of the time I was walking around with low grade anxiety. I just never knew it. I thought feeling not good enough at work (even though I was exhibiting extreme outward success); succumbing daily to should’s; agreeing to take on volunteer tasks and outside […]

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 […]

A note to my friends in transition

Before I went out on my own to launch Career Strategists in 1999, I remember counting the days at my last job as a marketing communications director and feeling frustrated, stuck and anxious. I was ready for a big career change, I just wasn’t sure which path to take. So, in keeping with my old […]

Some times call for radical self-care

I’ve been navigating some rocky family terrain over the last couple of months.  While I can’t go into the details, the situation has come to a head. I’ve had enough. This morning, though, I had a big realization. I’ve been trying to do business as usual—running my coaching firm, preparing for travel/speaking events and helping […]

7 reasons you should be #1 on your to-do list

Sometimes I feel like a broken record, constantly advocating the benefits of self-care and how this practice has transformed my life over the last 15 years. But this past week confirmed for me that this message is one we all need to hear, again and again. I was leading a workshop for entrepreneurs at various […]

5 ways to reclaim rest

“If we feel tired, we think something is wrong. Nothing is wrong. We are just tired. We need rest. Sometimes a lot of it, if we’ve gone for years vetoing our body’s signals.” – Dr. Claudia Welch A yoga teacher with a neurobiology background recently shared that every time we hear our phones ding–or our neighbor’s […]