How to call B$** on yourself

I carry a notebook with me wherever I go.  It’s my back-up brain in that all of my to-do items and meeting notes, brainstorms and ideas are inside. I’d be lost without it. For the past six months, there’s been one to-do item on the list every single week. That’s approximately 24 to-do lists. There […]

How to break up with your hair stylist

Blonde maintenance is a thing. If you follow us on Instagram (and I hope you do @valleyandbeach @sccrawford @staceyvulakh), you’ll see we often post silly pictures of ourselves while blonde-ing. Oh, the countless hours I’ve spent at the salon, wearing tin foil bits in my hair while looking like an antenna. When we moved to […]

How befriending discomfort can be the smartest move💯

Happy New Year. My head has been swirling for the past few days with lots of self-imposed pressure to get back in the swing of things with gusto. But the gusto hasn’t arrived. The transition from vacation mindset to routine mindset is vastly different and while I love my everyday life, the shift feels harder […]

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 […]

How to love yourself in pictures and beyond

If you’ve ever looked at a photo of yourself and had a negative reaction, listen up! We learn why we’re hard-wired to dislike images of ourselves and a process for cultivating self-love. We talk about how the scale may impact our self-image and why self-compassion is a magic elixir. Resources:Kristin Neff, PhD. – Self-compassion exercises […]

PART II: Your past has NOTHING to do with your future (and why that’s the BEST news)

Last week we explored how our past has no bearing on our present or future. None.  Still can’t wrap your head around this?  Think about that flub you made in high school or even last year – not doing that again, right?! And the reason you’re not is because you decided to think, feel and […]

Your past has NOTHING to do with your future (and why that’s the BEST news)

I recently set some big goals for myself. And I’m super pumped and scared and excited and freaked out all at the same time.  This process reminded me of a classic mindset book entitled What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith, one of the most eminent executive coaches. And, thanks to social media, […]

When an inch feels like so much more

I used to be a barre junkie. Four years ago, you could find me in a 6a class multiple days per week. I’d be front and center, at the barre, mirror adjacent, next to the teacher.  Then we moved and although I test-drove different studios, I didn’t find my right fit and other activities took […]

What to do when there’s nothing left to do

Last week, I had some rather extensive dental work done.  This was far from my first dental rodeo and yet the recovery process hit new levels. Recuperation lasted longer than anticipated and I opted out of many family activities, including seeing dear out-of-town guests. Consumption of anything more than bone broth, applesauce and mashed avocado […]

A Parenting Victory!

School started this week and what a difference a year makes. Last year, we were the new family and Zander and Daisy were the new kids. We had zero pre-existing knowledge of their assigned teachers, how the school worked or where their classrooms were on that first day. Things sure have changed. Both children were […]