5 journaling techniques to help you gain clarity

When I think about journaling, two things come to mind: My mother keeping several different journals — a dream journal, a personal journal, and an art journal — for most of my childhood and into my adult years. Being required to keep a journal (and actually loving it) in my middle school English class. Thank you, Mr. Diskin, for the encouragement all those years ago!  These days, no one has...

Expand your view of the world with these 5 books

Expand your view of the world with these 5 books

Ever since I came back from our annual trip to Arizona at the beginning of the year, I’ve been filling up my library queue with interesting books. Some I’ve loved, some I’ve liked, and some have been a bit disappointing (I’m looking at you, The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality*). And in typical Emily fashion, all of the books I’ve chosen books have fallen into the self-help or personal development category....

What self-care is really about.

What self-care is really about. (Hint: it has nothing to do with bubble baths.)

“If you find yourself having to regularly indulge in consumer self-care, it’s because you are disconnected from actual self-care, which has very little to do with “treating yourself” and a whole lot do with parenting yourself and making choices for your long-term wellness.”  Brianna Wiest I have a confession to make. For a long time, I equated self-care with things like bubble baths, lavender scented candles, and manicures — treats that...

52 books to help make 2018 your best year yet.

52 books to help make 2018 your best year yet.

Reading has always been one of my favorite past times. Okay, I take that back. It’s been a favorite past time since I haven’t been forced to read things for school. But even then, I have fond memories of reading books that were on our summer reading list. Books like The Things They Carried* and Siddhartha*. When I lived London, I had a 45-minute commute to and from work to contend with,...