My month in the mountains: lessons on being human

I just returned from a month-long writing sabbatical in Brevard, NC, a journey I’ve made for the last three summers.  Although the month was more of a lesson in being with what is (what a roller coaster June was!), I am always grateful for the chance to recalibrate in this creative, vibrant, misty mountain town […]

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 […]

Is your pace sustainable?

Recently while at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health leading a New Way of Being Women’s Self-Renewal Retreat I met a woman who was the dean at a large medical school. She said they just added a class on  Work-Life Balance & Resiliency to their medical school curriculum, but she wonders if her young doctors […]

Can you go with the flow?

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” – Lao Tzu For the last six months, I’ve been hard at […]

4 questions to help you release & let go of 2015

It’s Saturday night in Austin, it’s raining and cold out and my son is away at a sleep-over. My husband and I are relaxing in front of the fireplace. In front of us: paper strips, a thin, blue marker, a metal pail and a lighter. No, we’re not conducting a science experiment, we’re writing down […]

Rituals: why I love them & why they matter

Life is not a thing to be managed but a mystery to be lived. Recently my extended family got into a bit of a heated mess around a long-time Christmas giving tradition and how best –or even why— we should carry it out. It really crystalized for me how key these touchstones are for me […]

Is your pace sustainable?

This past weekend at my Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health New Way of Being Women’s Self-Renewal Retreat I met a woman who was the dean at a large medical school. She said they just added a class on Self-Care & Resiliency to their medical school curriculum, but she wonders if her young doctors in […]

Are You Stingy with Your Love?

This Saturday is the 13 year anniversary of my mom’s passing. Healthy and active, she died at age 60 from congestive heart failure as a result of a sudden, serious case of the flu. She’s been on my mind a lot lately. Last Wednesday I created and facilitated a mini self-renewal retreat for 100 men […]

What Are Weekends For?

 For the last few months I’ve been working a lot (read more). Often this has involved working straight through the weekend in order to meet key deadlines related to my book launch. If you know me, you’ll vouch that this isn’t my norm. I crave and savor my weekends and don’t like giving up my […]

Bring on the Magic!!

Every year in January since I was about 30, I have created a vision board–basically a visual snapshot of what you want to experience in your life (athletes and top entertainers do this all the time to help them focus on and meet their goals). Martha Beck–life coach extraordinaire shares here on why vision boards […]