Feeling powerless? Try action-motivation-action

This past July I was driving in Austin and heard a news story about Syrian refugees who were stranded in the middle of the Mediterranean in a political gridlock with slim hopes of making it to a safe haven. They apparently had embarked on the journey KNOWING they only had a 50/50 chance of making […]

Five ways to support balance & flow this school year

Recently we were shopping for school supplies with my fifteen-year-old and talking about whether he’ll be able to work as a lifeguard all year, what sports he’ll participate in this fall and if he wants to continue playing in the high school jazz band. I could feel my chest start to tighten as we envisioned […]

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 […]

What is your life trying to tell you?

At a recent workshop for seasoned small business owners, I was visiting with two long-time entrepreneurs who both shared they were getting signs it was time to let their business go. They were ready to harness and redirect their energy towards “what’s next.” But, easier said than done. Both have spent years and a good […]

Beware of a sense of urgency

As I reflect on how I want to experience this fall, I’m reminded about a parenting workshop I attended years ago at my son’s Montessori school on peace-based education. The seminar offered kids and parents a model for conflict resolution and ideas on how to have more mindful interactions with one another. As I sat […]

Ask yourself THIS before summer slips away

My son starts his sophomore year of high school in two weeks and I feel like the last day of school was yesterday. If I had to choose a few words to describe our family’s summer, I’d say productive, fruitful and filled with growth and challenges. My son really stretched himself over the past three […]

When we feel it, we heal it

How comfortable are you “feeling uncomfortable feelings?” During my 20’s and 30’s I experienced my parent’s divorce, my brother’s suicide, and the death of my mother and father.  All of the pain, sadness, betrayal, anger and abandonment these losses brought up for me left me with a deep desire to stuff, ignore or run from […]

3 reasons to schedule an unplugged day

Today marks my first day back in the office after a week unplugged (no computer use, email, TV/movies and only minimal phone use). I spent the last five days working in my garden, writing, swimming, doing creative visioning for my business, walking barefoot outdoors, visiting spring-fed rivers with friends and tending to my soul. Over the past few […]

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 […]

Want true freedom? Do it different

This morning as I prepared to head out to my usual Saturday morning yoga class, I remembered hearing about a beginner/intermediate modern dance class that had peaked my interest. I’m an avid yogi and Nia fan but I haven’t done any type of dance in decades. But, spurred by my desire to try something new […]