If I Could Bottle Up One Gift For You: On Self-Compassion

If I Could Bottle Up One Gift For You: On Self-Compassion

Inside: If I could bottle up just one gift for you this year, it would be that of learning to walk in self-compassion. Here’s why. If I could give you one gift this year, it would be that of 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 […]

On Holding Space for Ourselves

On Holding Space for Ourselves

I was in a bad car accident yesterday and by all accounts should not have walked away spirit and body bruised but whole and very much alive. It’s hard to type. Both wrists and arms hurt when I use them. But I process in writing so I think this is the kindest thing I can do for myself this morning. One person’s choice almost left my children parentless in the span of one heartbeat. Just one. That’s all it takes. But here I am. Very much awake. I feel. I […]

On Building a Right-Sized Life: I Choose Simple over Easy

On Building a Right-Sized Life: I Choose Simple over Easy

Inside: Building a right-sized life means a made from scratch, handcrafted, customized life that is honest, authentic, and helps us walk out each day on purpose. My right-sized life includes soulful simplicity. Yours can too. This post contains relevant referral links. I’m not convinced life has to be as complicated as we make it. We don’t control every circumstance but most of us still have a lot of room to choose. I choose simple and sustainable. Conscious or soulful simplicity allows me to live with purpose, health, and joy. It […]

Wake up in the Morning and Laugh at Yourself

Wake up in the Morning and Laugh at Yourself

Inside: If you notice yourself often feeling angry or resentful, this simple practice can help. Wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and laugh at yourself. This is a guest post by Shona Lauzon of Raven Heart Healing.  I have often marveled at the intense emotions that are waiting for me immediately upon waking.  Over the winter, I would find myself waking up feeling angry or at least very irritated.  “You just woke up,” I would tell myself, “how on earth can you be angry already!?” Sometimes my […]

Why You Should Be Happy That it’s All In Your Head

Why You Should Be Happy That it’s All In Your Head

Inside: Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right! Henry Ford understood the powerful truth that it’s all in your head. This post contains referral links. If you’ve lived with anxiety, experienced fear at night after watching a scary movie, or spun stories about what someone might be thinking about you, then you likely understand that sometimes it’s all in your head. Neuroscience tells us that our logical, rational brain plays only a minor role in our decision making. Much of our decision making is actually […]

10 Science-Based Self Care Tips for Fall & Winter

10 Science-Based Self Care Tips for Fall & Winter

The rain comes down, steady. I open my windows wide – breathing in deep the dregs of summer and anticipating, slightly anxious, the cold, dark months ahead. The changes come, slow and subtle, but my body feels them all the same. A little less light, a daub more grey. My right hand aches with cold some days though the temperature shift is slight. Since its replacement, my hip no longer plays the barometer as it has since childhood but my body feels cold to the bone and shivers in anticipation. […]

Tame the Chaos: Shift From Surviving to Thriving

Tame the Chaos: Shift From Surviving to Thriving

Do you live in a regular state of overwhelm or anxiety? Do you wrestle hard with procrastination or perfectionism? If so, you are definitely not alone. Budgeting, planning, decluttering, maintaining decent order – these have never been a problem for me. What I have struggled with was a sense of chronic overwhelm that would tip into OCD-like habits, procrastination, perfectionism, and horrible anxiety. I needed to keep my world perfectly ordered to feel safe. But no matter how hard I worked or how much sleep I sacrificed to maintain a well-managed […]

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 […]