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 […]

5 ways to reclaim the rest you need

A psychologist friend of mine recently shared that every time we hear our phones ding–or our neighbor’s phone vibrate–our cortisol levels rise and our heart rate increases. In the 24/7, wired world we now occupy, most of us are living in a perpetual fight or flight state (we see a triggering text and our body […]

7 ways to practice radical self-care

I’ve been navigating some rocky parenting terrain over the last couple of months and the challenges I’ve been facing have really taken a toll on me, physically and emotionally. Last week 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 working with […]

Are you stingy with your love? (+Win a retreat!)

This spring marked the 19-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 leaving behind six children ages 19 to 34. She’s been on my mind–and in my dreams–a lot lately. I really miss her. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 ways to reclaim rest

“If we feel tired, we think something is wrong. Nothing is wrong. We are just tired. We need rest. Sometimes a lot of it, if we’ve gone for years vetoing our body’s signals.” – Dr. Claudia Welch A yoga teacher with a neurobiology background recently shared that every time we hear our phones ding–or our neighbor’s […]

7 Reasons I Practice Self-Care

In 2002, when my son was six months old, I felt a strong but persistent tap on my shoulder from my Wise Self to gather women and explore the age-old question, ”How do we nurture our children and stay true to our own needs and desires?” My plate was full with running Career Strategists, but […]

5 Self-Care Practices for Uncertain Times

Lately I’m observing how many friends and clients are struggling. Whether it’s swimming through collective stress brought on by the current political climate, navigating a career transition, health crisis or relationship/parenting difficulty, or recovering from a financial blow–many are living hour to hour and having a hard time seeing the light at the end of […]