Unconditional Self-Friendship During a Pandemic: 4 Tips to Being with Yourself

There is no mistaking that the current COVID-19 pandemic touches us all.  There are new or heightened worries about one’s health, loved ones, and stability. Some are experiencing loss and grief. Also, there are missed experiences and a general stir craziness many individuals and families feel. I’ve heard friends describe it as feeling like theContinue reading “Unconditional Self-Friendship During a Pandemic: 4 Tips to Being with Yourself”


With your feet flat on the floor, back straight, and in a comfortable sitting position, take 10 deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose and slowly exhale through your mouth.  Relax your shoulders as you do this. Close your eyes if you’d like.  Notice what it feels like to take each breath, letting your lungsContinue reading “Breathe”

Loving Your Resilient Mind: On Suffering & Endurance

“Life is not what it’s supposed to be. It’s what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” – Virginia Satir Resilience: the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress —the American Psychological Association’s definition After the loss of myContinue reading “Loving Your Resilient Mind: On Suffering & Endurance”

Making Space for Grief

“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” – Washington Irving Everyone will know seasons of loss and grief. Some of these endings we canContinue reading “Making Space for Grief”

Gratitude: A Poem

Waking up from a dream, I discover myself laying beneath a tree. It is lovely, tall, green. It asks for nothing besides this plot of land: a place to grow and be. The wind disturbs the branches, limbs dance above my head. I ponder, wondering what sight I’d see here if thunder storms rolled in.Continue reading “Gratitude: A Poem”

A Short Reflection on Money

Lately I have really enjoyed reading Hugh Prather’s Notes to Myself. His reflections are simple yet profound and refreshing. He talks on many subjects, relatable to young and old alike. Perhaps one of my favorite writings of his is on the topic of money. Below I share his thoughts… “The number of things just outsideContinue reading “A Short Reflection on Money”

Courage: A Poem

Courage Standing on the sidelines, a spectator peering in. Distant, safe, hidden and tame, Yet inside an untapped flame. An option lands before me. Timid, I look down. Sensing my heartbeat racing, the question floats here now. To remain still, the pull is strong, tempted to stay warm here in my hole. Yet, Courage, youContinue reading “Courage: A Poem”

16 Films for the Heart & Soul

With the cold, rainy, gray days of winter, I find that there is ample time spent indoors. As a self-proclaimed movie-lover, I try to take advantage of this time by watching films – be it classics, the newest Oscar-nominated movie, a documentary found on Netflix, or a fun animated adventure. Below are 16 of myContinue reading “16 Films for the Heart & Soul”

On Love & Humility in an Age of Division

Last Friday the world was shaken by yet another frightening tragedy. We mourn the loss of so many innocent victims in Paris whose lives were abruptly ended and hurt for the families and friends grieving such painful loss. The immense sorrow that resonates from this attack feels similar to other heartbreaking incidents abroad and hereContinue reading “On Love & Humility in an Age of Division”

“The Stories We Tell Ourselves”: Thoughts on Brené Brown’s ‘Rising Strong’

Today I share my thoughts on Brené Brown’s newest book Rising Strong. The book is a continuation of her first two, The Gifts of Imperfection & Daring Greatly (which I have reviewed here). In it she continues sharing her findings of years of research on the topics of living wholeheartedly – or from a placeContinue reading ““The Stories We Tell Ourselves”: Thoughts on Brené Brown’s ‘Rising Strong’”