Things to do when life feels hard

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. Last week I had a bomb dropped […]

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude

Growing up, our overachiever family placed a high value on competency. Often that translated into a critical mindset towards self and others, where we frequently saw the bad before the good. This way of being, like all patterns, became habitual for many of my siblings. And as my father’s daughter and a champion of “let’s […]

Can I Be Grateful for What’s Not Going My Way?

Sunday morning I woke up excited and looking forward to attending my good friend’s community potluck and documentary viewing when I discovered the keys to my car were in the glove compartment of my locked car and my husband–who had the second set—was out for the morning with our son. Fully dressed, coconut honey-lime fruit salad in hand, […]

Gifts from 2011

As we move into 2012, I find myself feeling more quiet and at ease than I have in many years past. While there are many wonderful things coming to fruition around my work, more than anything, I’m just content with being with what is. And whatever may come. As I close out 2011, what kept […]

A Grateful Heart

I was flipping through our family calendar this morning, which is filled with quotes from Pema Chodron, to see what’s scheduled for May. The quote from her book The Places that Scare You, jumped out at me: “Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our […]

Thank You Nonnie!

I’m officially declaring September as Gratitude Month in honor of Nonnie, my maternal grandmother Mabel Rebecca Harrison, who passed in 2005 and would have been 99 on September 1st. She was an amazingly strong woman, mother, teacher, business owner and all-around renegade for her times. She had a huge presence in and impact on my […]


I attended a really wonderful “active art” event last night in Austin in honor of Mother’s Day, called Mothering: The Act Of. The evening was the brainchild of my creative friends Lynn and Aimee. We were asked to reflect on Mothering as an act (who mothers us, who we mother, how we mother ourselves). Here […]