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 […]

4 ways to practice self-compassion

When my mother died in 2000, the quote my siblings and I chose for the front of her celebration of life program was, “The fruit of love is service–which is compassion in action.” Mother Teresa My mom’s ability to feel empathy, acceptance and deep compassion for those who suffered–particularly her patients–was deeply moving. One time […]