Smart employers get it: self-care is crucial

I recently attended two professional conferences. One was filled with companies/employees who were talking about resiliency, mindfulness and how essential self-care is to finding work-life balance. The programming—which touched on the importance of “filling your well” so you can deliver at peak-levels at work–was creative, engaging, collaborative and alive. The second conference was in a […]

Why “pausing” is key to finding balance

This month I have been managing so many moving pieces — training new team members, booking new speaking gigs and workshops, setting up new office systems and vetting new partnerships–that I have found it hard just to hear myself think. So this past Thursday, instead of continuing to plow through all the pressing to-do’s in […]

Nature, the ultimate anti-depressant (+11 ideas to get you outside)

One of our family’s favorite spots is the Davis Mountains in West Texas, home to the second darkest night skies in the U.S. We love to go there for the magical starry nights where the Milky Way can easily be seen without a telescope and for the sparsely populated terrain and the vast wilderness. We make this annual […]

Why we need each other

“No matter how much we meditate or pray, we still need others to help us dismantle the walls of our isolation and remind us of our belonging.” – Tara Brach Last month I was leading a work-life balance retreat for a group of twenty successful female executives from around the US. As I guided an exercise on […]

My word for 2018 is KINDNESS

“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” -Albert Schweitzer In early January, I sat on my meditation cushion preparing for my regular morning reflection and asked for a theme word to come to me for 2018. I heard, “Kindness.” My initial reaction was, […]

6 things to do when life gets hard

I was visiting with a dear friend recently 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. Last week I had a bomb dropped on me […]

4 questions I’m asking before I leap into 2018

The weeks before and after New Year’s Day were hard. Really hard. As a result, I’ve been moving at a snail’s pace when it comes to envisioning and preparing for 2018. I feel I’m still releasing 2017, digesting all the challenging lessons and trying on new ways of being as I tiptoe into the next […]

3 reasons I think we should all do yoga

This past weekend I was visiting with a group of women who were sharing about their battles with depression. My friend Cara turned to me and asked, “Renee, what do you when you feel down or hopeless?”  I thought for a moment about all the loss I’ve experienced in my family and answered, “I do […]

Maybe everything is perfect

“If you want reality to be different than what it is, you might as well try to teach a cat to bark.” Author/teacher Byron Katie We had a really bumpy holiday. There was some extended-family discord around our Christmas celebration, a series of unexpected, stressful events in December, a foregone mini-vacation due to a case […]

7 self-care practices I can’t live without

The last month has been particularly intense. I’ve had an extra-full plate at work, I haven’t been sleeping well, I’ve been navigating some bumpy family stuff and the holidays are always an emotionally intense time for me. In the old days I would have turned to some not-so-healthy habits to relieve my stress, but today, […]