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...

Be the best version of YOU with these 5 self-help books

This week I’m switching things up and having my friend and fellow self-help junkie, Jessica I. Lutz, share 5 books that have totally transformed her life. I’m not going to lie, I was ridiculously excited to see what Jessica would share because she is an avid reader who happens to be interested in a lot of the same topics that I am. Believe me when I say her Instagram Feed...

How to embrace radical self-care in your own life (with Monica Ballard)

Self-care is a conversation that I’ve been wanting to dive deep with and am thrilled to be talking about it with Monica Ballard, a massage therapist, reiki practitioner, yoga instructor, and fellow podcaster. Monica shares about her her life and work, using her personal journey to inform her professional passions around radical self-care.  We start our conversation with several book recommendations in the self-help genre, then weave our way through the concept...

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...

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...

4 of my favorite tools for personal growth

I wanted to share with you some of the tools for personal growth that I’ve been using as of late to get a handle on my time and be more intentional about where my energy is going. There are four tools in particular that have had a huge impact on my life and my mood: tarot, automatic writing, meditation, and weekly planning. What I love most about these tools is...

30 prompts to help you get in the groove with gratitude

30 prompts to help you get in the groove with gratitude

Journaling has been a powerful tool for self-discovery and growth throughout the course of my life. I grew up in a home where journaling and self-expression were encouraged. I had an English teacher in 8th grade require daily journaling as part of our class. Hell, my health coach training program incorporated daily free-writing (a la Morning Pages) as part of our coursework. I’ve journaled when it was just me, and...