Why I Choose to Slow Down and Lay on the Couch all Weekend

Why I Choose to Slow Down and Lay on the Couch all Weekend

Inside: For happiness and a full beautiful life, it’s essential that we slow down and make space for purposeful rest. We can’t pour out what we don’t first pour in. For years I repeated a cycle of ignoring my body and brain’s call to rest and then inevitably falling ill and being forced to cancel all plans to lay on the couch reading for a weekend. I loved it. It dawned on me finally that perhaps I could arrange my life in such a way that I could choose to […]

5 Habits to Help You Show Up Strong When You Must Begin Again

5 Habits to Help You Show Up Strong When You Must Begin Again

Inside: Forced or willingly there come times in life when we familiar ground falls away and we are thrust into turbulence or transition. These 5 habits can help you show up strong if you must begin again. In times of turbulence or transition, the structure and flow of our daily life shifts, familiar ground falls away, and we are ushered into a new beginning. This past fall, after a long horrific battle to keep my son alive, after he left this world, I was forced to begin again. From crisis […]

Simple Moments Matter: On Building a Life

Simple Moments Matter: On Building a Life

Inside: It’s easy to dismiss the ordinariness of life: game nights and favorite desserts, bedtime stories and bubble baths, or walking to the corner store for frosty slurpees after a sticky soccer match. But simple moments matter. When I was little, my dad took my sisters and I skidooing. We’d bundle up warmly and he’d pull us on a wooden sleigh behind the used Ski-Doo that always smelled of gasoline. We’d tumble off in turn despite holding on for dear life. He’d circle back or we’d trudge through the snow […]

It Takes Courage to Become Who You Really Are

It Takes Courage to Become Who You Really Are

Inside: Growth is messy and it takes courage to become who you really are. But doing this hard, stretching work leads to freedom and a sense of rootedness and calm. These three keys are essential to intentional, sustainable growth. As funny as it sounds, it can take decades for us to become who we really are. We’re called to sift through external and internal pressures and ideas about how we ought to be, push back against outdated messages about gender roles or familial patterns, accept the invitation to peel away […]

Embrace Imperfection or Real Life Will Never Be Enough

Embrace Imperfection or Real Life Will Never Be Enough

Inside: Our real, messy lives will be “never enough” until we embrace imperfection and accept that we are not in control of it all. I opened up my inbox as I often do in the morning to sift through interesting articles and ideas, share some online, and save a seed or two of thought for a later date. This morning it struck me as funny – in a sort of unfriendly, depressing way – that my intentionally curated inbox, brimming with interesting stats, science, and personal opinion for how to […]

Trail of Myths: Finding Our Way to Enough

Trail of Myths: Finding Our Way to Enough

Inside: Questioning our unhelpful stories – the myths that present in the form of false notions or mistaken beliefs – helps us find our way to “enough”. This is a guest post from Heidi Barr. Here the forest floor has a carpet of hepatica, trillium, bloodroot, dutchman’s breeches, and bellwort, a tangle of white, purple, yellow and green as spring blooms open with the season. Adolescent skunk cabbage and uncurling ferns cast a tint of green as far as the eye can see, everything reaching toward the sun’s nourishment. Walking […]

The Best Way to Ditch Self-Doubt and Walk in Confidence

The Best Way to Ditch Self-Doubt and Walk in Confidence

Inside: Practicing self-compassion will lower self-judgment and depressive symptoms, decrease stress, increase resilience and feelings of self-worth. The best way to ditch self-doubt and walk in confidence is to practice self-compassion. Self-compassion is fundamental to living with purpose, health, and joy, and for sustainable and meaningful growth. Self-compassion is also a key tool in learning to quiet the noise of comparison, perfectionism, and fear. Let me tell you how. According to Kristin Neff, associate professor in the University of Texas at Austin’s department of educational psychology and Creator of the […]