5 ways to start your day (& change your life)

My family and I just returned from a whirlwind vacation in California.  I loved stepping out of my daily routine and eating new foods, sleeping in new places and exploring new locales. But when I arrived back home this weekend, I felt a visceral pull to return to my favorite morning practices. Why? Because as […]



Feeling uneasy? 6 ways to find your way home

I’ve been traveling and speaking a lot over the past six weeks about stress management. As I move through airports, workshops, community centers, companies and conferences, I’ve noticed a buzzy, low-grade anxiety and palpable stress in the air.  No doubt you’ve been feeling it, too. Before you claim all the credit (and think you’re just […]



Are you over-managing your life?

“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.” ― Eckhart Tolle,  A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose A few years ago I got really tired of  juggling and always trying to anticipate/manage the endless details of my family life and business. I knew there had […]



6 things to do when life feels tough

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. Recently I had a bomb dropped on […]



9 ways to say no

Things which matter most should never be at the mercy of things which matter least. Goethe It’s October. That time of year when many of us feel like we’re running from one thing to the next and there’s barely time to catch our breath. As much as I’ve worked on dialing it back and doing […]



Permission granted … to do less

The dying never share they wished they had worked more, but they often regret not spending more time with family and friends. Are you living the life you desire-or someone else’s entirely?  Does every cell in your body want to yell, “Stop the merry-go-round–I WANT OFF!” ? I’ve been thinking about how speeded up we have […]



3 self-care practices that keep me sane

Self-care is not about adding something to your to-do list, it’s about cultivating a kinder, gentler relationship with yourself. Renee Trudeau Our family is navigating some big transitions this month (who’s not, right now?!). As I shift into allowing myself to take life hour by hour, as needed, I rest in the reminder that I’ve got […]



Are you over-managing your life?

“Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.” ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose A few year ago, I led a telecourse on how to let go and go with the flow (available for download now). I was motivated to facilitate this […]



Do less, experience more

Recently, our family was invited to visit friends for the weekend at their cabin on the river, an hour’s drive from our house. The night before we were going to leave, my husband and I were frantically creating lists of all the things we needed to buy, prepare, and pack — when we suddenly paused […]



Nature: the ultimate antidepressant

I just returned with my family from 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 take this annual […]