Yes you’re busy. But is your pace sustainable?

Recently while I was at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health leading a women’s retreat, I met an executive who was the dean at a large medical school. She said they had just added a class on work-life balance and resiliency to their medical school curriculum. But she wonders if her young doctors in training will […]

5 self-care strategies when the going gets tough

This past weekend I found myself inert on the couch, trying to find the energy to get up and get moving. In addition to not sleeping well, I was navigating a whole slew of work and parenting challenges. I was exhausted. And, I know I’m not alone. Over the past month I’ve watched many of […]

How often do you abandon yourself?

Once 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. Then I asked the circle, “Do you feel safe with yourself?” The room grew silent. Only one woman raised her hand, nodding her head […]

Why I do yoga and maybe you should, too

This past weekend I was visiting with some friends who have been navigating recent loss and trauma. My friend Elena turned to me and asked, “Renee, what do you do when you feel shaken to your core?”  I thought for a moment about all the hard times I’ve endured since my twenties and answered, “I […]

Are you craving unscheduled time?

When I travel and speak on work/life balance I consistently hear three things from my fellow Americans: a) Things are moving too fast; I’m spread too thin and consequently I’m not effective at work or at home, b) I feel like I can’t unplug; being constantly tethered to my phone is stressing me out and […]

8 ways to reclaim your humanity

Yesterday I had a lot of big deadlines to hit. Plowing through work, I began to feel more like a robot than a homo sapien. So midway through the afternoon I made myself pause, found my dog’s leash and headed out with my canine into the chilly weather for a short, brisk walk. I made […]

Struggling with self-care? Start here

“Self-care—the art of attuning and responding to your needs and desires, moment to moment—is not about adding something to your to-do list, it’s about cultivating a new way of being with yourself.” – Renee Trudeau Last week I spoke at a women’s life balance event and afterwards I visited with an attendee who asked, “I know […]

Do you need a fresh perspective?

I’m having a lot of “not good enough” thoughts come up right now around parenting. Some days, all I can do is take it hour by hour, breathe and pray. My productivity at work has suffered and I’m finding myself hopping on the worry train way too often. I know this is a temporary state, […]

6 tips for taking a personal retreat

This month I have been managing so many moving pieces — working on our new web site, training new team members, booking new speaking engagements and workshops, vetting new partnerships–that I have found it hard just to hear myself think. So recently, instead of continuing to plow through all the pressing to-do’s in my inbox, […]

5 reasons you need to ask for help

Recently I was leading a life balance workshop for a sales team on Building Your Support Network. When I asked the group to take a few minutes to sketch out what an ideal professional/personal support team would look like for each of them, the room got very quiet. Most in the room admitted that the […]