Why opting out of social was the ultimate act of self-care

For whatever reason, this season of my life has been extremely difficult. We have been struggling with my daughter’s behavior a lot, causing me to feel overwhelmed and like I’m failing her in some way. Add to that some existential angst of my own and it’s been a cluster fuck of shame, guilt, anger, frustration, sadness, and pure exhaustion.  My escape for a long time now has been to pull...

Why it all comes back to the breath (with Meagan Roppo)

I’m fairly certain there isn’t a person on the planet who would argue that breathing isn’t important. (I mean, we’d be kind of dead without it.) But did you know that our breath is also a tool that we can use to regulate our emotions, bring more awareness into our lives, and balance our energy?  That’s what this week’s guest, Meagan Roppo of She Enlightened, and I spend our time...

Do you ever power off?

I shouldn’t admit to this publicly, but the picture above is as close to a self-portrait as one can get without actually being in the picture. I am queen of having three different devices in front of me — computer, phone, and tablet — while simultaneously trying to read a book. The only difference is, I don’t drink coffee while doing it. (What? I don’t like coffee.) My husband always...

Get your yoga on with these free resources

Yoga has been a key component in my self-care routine for the past 5 years. Not only has yoga helped me feel stronger physically, it has helped to align and support my emotional, mental, and spiritual growth in ways that I could never have imagined or deemed possible. My very first memories of yoga were as a kid. My mom tells me that we did yoga together, though I don’t...

12 things to declutter right now for peace of mind

12 things to declutter right now for peace of mind

I have long known that a cluttered and messy home or work environment is a recipe for disaster in my life. Not only does the clutter and mess feel stifling, it also blocks any and all productivity, creativity, and focus.  When I came across the concept of decluttering while reading Get Rich, Lucky Bitch*, I began to see the impact of clutter and mess in all areas of life, and not...

Cutting out the non-essential from my life

Do you ever find yourself coming back to certain ideas or approaches again and again? Minimalism has been that thing for me as of late. I’m pretty sure it started with my first clothing swap and culling the things I wasn’t wearing from my closet. I was shocked by the emotional attachment I had to my clothing and the subsequent feelings of lightness and freedom I experienced when I let...

The downside of daily meditation. Because even things that are supposed to be good for you can suck sometimes.

The downside of daily meditation: because even things that are supposed to be good for you can suck sometimes. #meditation #mindfulness #awareness #selfdiscovery #wellness #wellbeing #personalgrowth #personaldevelopment

In last week’s post, I shared about some of the (more pleasant or “positive”) shifts I’ve been noticing over the last two and a half months of meditating daily. I realize now (thanks to a friend and meditation mentor) that I didn’t really paint a complete picture of what’s been going on. So I wanted to take some time this week to broaden the picture and share about the downside of...