When it feels like gratitude isn’t “working”

Admittedly, a few years back, I was a bit underwhelmed by the whole gratitude concept.  I show thanks daily. I grew up saying prayers at bedtime. Our family collectively holds hands and recites thanks before dinner. And I write thank you notes aplenty. What more is there? Turns out, a lot. And it didn’t hit me […]

Making white space

Mondays are my favorite. The newness of a week. The promise of what’s to come – that which has been planned and the spontaneous moments – it all awaits. The first hour of my Monday is about calendaring. Scheduling the carpools, organizing errands to dovetail with where I’ll be and when, planning working and writing blocks, […]

It’s time for a new bra

When was the last time you had a bra fitting?  I’m talking a proper fitting where a trained clerk measures you in a dressing room. And not at a quasi-fashion-lingerie store, rather in a specialty shop or department store. If it’s been more than one year, this one is for you.  Our bodies change from […]

Does wellness perpetuate the diet mentality?

Is wellness just another code word for diet? This episode focuses on how the tools we use to stay well and manage health concerns can quickly become another harmful habit. We deconstruct the diet mentality and share our own experiences disentangling from this way of thinking. Resources: Smash the Wellness Industry article Isabel Foxen Duke The […]

Learnings from a recent staycation

I remember enjoying staycations as a child. They offered freedom to do the things I wanted (I didn’t just stay home and clean my room – I would go out and play with friends, mess around in the kitchen with simple projects, explore the neighborhood). Staycations even offered the opportunity to experience boredom (of course […]

Are you reflecting?

This has been a week of reflection.  As school winds down for the year, I’ve been marveling at how much has happened over the course of the past twelve months. One year ago this week we arrived in San Diego and became official residents of Southern California. This is not a cliffhanger. Our move has […]

Lessons learned from shooting hoops, part 1

Basketball is popular in our household, both to watch and play. Both children were on teams this winter and became acutely aware of how important free throws are to winning games. We’ve been reinforcing the only way to get better at anything is to practice consistently, and small doses add up over time and have a […]

Are you letting yourself off the hook?

In some circles, it’s become a thing to purposefully disregard New Year’s Day as the starting point for resolutions and intentionally begin on February 1. The theory being, January is simply too much. Too much emotional letdown after December; too much pressure to get it right; too much effort to start; too cold, snowy, etc. to […]

Ouch! Lessons learned from a stubbed toe

A funny thing happened the other day. Not laugh out loud funny, more womp womp. I stubbed my toe. Badly. The level to which one gasps and sees stars and the pain shoots through the body like a searing flash of lightning. Good times. It’s been three days and I wish I could say it […]

Why you NEED to get away

The day is almost here. Finally. One more sleep. Girls’ weekend kicks off in less than 24 hours. How often do you meet up with your girlfriends? Not for coffee or dinner or a hike – those are all necessary and valuable experiences – rather a proper getaway, an overnight or two or (gasp!) three. […]