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. […]

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 […]

Feeling uneasy? 6 ways to find your way home

I’ve been traveling and speaking a lot over the past six weeks about stress management. As I move through airports, workshops, community centers, companies and conferences, I’ve noticed a buzzy, low-grade anxiety and palpable stress in the air.  No doubt you’ve been feeling it, too. Before you claim all the credit (and think you’re just […]

Beware of a sense of urgency

When I was thirty and working as a media relations director, my therapist — a wise soul who coached me on stress management and how to understand the connection between my thoughts and my mood-– stopped me dead in my tracks one day with the words, “Beware of a sense of urgency.” My initial response […]

6 things to do when life feels tough

I was visiting with a dear friend this past weekend 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. Recently I had a bomb dropped on […]

7 back-to-school strategies to promote less stress & more flow

It’s 1976. I’m in fifth grade and standing by our front door with my red plaid backpack. My eyes scanning, I watch my four younger brothers dart from room to room. My stomach is in knots. It’s 7:45 a.m. We should have left fifteen minutes ago. Lunches are half-made, my brothers are shooting slingshots and […]

Are you over-managing your life?

“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.” ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose A few year ago, I led a telecourse on how to let go and go with the flow (available for download now). I was motivated to facilitate this […]

Is crazy the new normal?

Last weekend I saw the film Interstellar with my 12 year-old; I really enjoyed it. It was set in the future, a time when our soil was polluted and food supply and fresh air were dwindling. People had to re-engineer how to live and be in the world and seek out radical new solutions for […]