5 Steps to Support Yourself as You Quit an Engrained Habit

5 Steps to Support Yourself as You Quit an Engrained Habit

This post is not intended to boss you around – as in insist you should quit sugar, wine or anything else you enjoy. If you are healthy and happy then I am delighted for you! However, if you are at a place in your life where a sugar, refined carb, wine, nicotine, caffeine, drug or junk food habit is no longer serving you, then this post of 5 ways to support yourself when you’re doing the hard work to quit “that habit” may very well be of use. It is not a comprehensive list of everything that could […]

7 Strategies to Help You Step Into Fall Joyfully.

7 Strategies to Help You Step Into Fall Joyfully.

You’re not done with your summer bucket list yet. I get it. I am heading to Banff next week to bask in the glory of the sunshine and stunning beauty of the mountains for the last hurrah. But pretending that the routine and temperature shift and pull to busyness of fall (and winter on its heels) isn’t coming will not help us step into the season joyfully. For those of you in the Southern hemisphere, just humor me (and also I’m jealous):) A little preparation goes a long way in helping me live with calm and clear […]

7 Reasons I’m Breaking Up With Wine

7 Reasons I’m Breaking Up With Wine

I am breaking up with wine again. At least for 6 months, possibly forever. I can’t commit right now. I awoke early this morning knowing this is the day. But the truth is, over the past 5 years that I have been drinking any alcohol again, I have known many times that it was a bad idea for me. Though I have journeyed far toward health and wholeness, my old addictive personality is still there, lurking, delighted that I opened this door again.   At 40 my husband and I began the practice of dating each […]

Learning To Trust. Again.

Learning To Trust. Again.

I almost finish rebuilding my emergency fund and then the two-year-old dishwasher stops cleaning. So I hand wash and choose to appreciate how this happened at a slower time of year. And I realize I sort of like the calm, slow, hand washing process. It is easy enough to trust through this. Two big backyard trees, shade and privacy trees, trees that draw flocks of birds in the fall and winter to my delight, must come down as they are rotting and dangerous. The fee must be pulled from our emergency fund, almost […]

Ready For Change: Just Take the First Step

Ready For Change: Just Take the First Step

I think we often know when it is time to step out into change or when change is coming, unbidden. When we need something different. A seismic shift. The details may be cloudy and we may feel afraid. But deep down we often know. When I was 20 years old and living in England, unhappy, needing a hip replacement, binge eating and treating myself with disdain, I knew I was ready for change. I couldn’t yet bear to think about what that might look like, to hope for better, I just knew I couldn’t stay as I was. […]

Supplementing For Anxiety: When Food Isn’t quite Enough

Supplementing For Anxiety: When Food Isn’t quite Enough

Supplements are not magic pills. They are ideally taken to support oneself alongside a generally healthy lifestyle and not as a Band-Aid to mask anxiety symptoms while we carry on with our unhealthy nutrition and lifestyle habits. But supplementing for anxiety can be important. We live in a toxic, high-stress world with soils that are deficient in certain nutrients (ex. selenium in various parts of North America). Because of this, some in the health realm advocate handfuls of supplements every day. I totally understand why. *there are affiliate links in this post Yet for various reasons I prefer to limit […]

Joyful Living in a Stressed Out World

Joyful Living in a Stressed Out World

On Monday (part 1) we took an introductory look at anxiety and how pervasive an issue it is in our society. Today, I would like to share an overarching framework that has helped move me from stress, anxiety, and depression to greater calm and mind-body-soul peace. This list can help with joyful living. I am struggling a lot with posting this, actually, for fear of 1) either being too vague and unhelpful or 2) perpetuating anxiety or overwhelm in some of you. Honestly, this is the benefit of working 1:1 or in a small group setting with a coach or […]