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Living Mindfully All Year Long

A couple years ago I started choosing a word each year to serve as my intention. It’s been an amazing practice in mindfulness to keep me aligned long after those resolutions typically fade.

Recently, my friend Katrine and I jumped on Facebook to dish on the details of one of our favorite New Years rituals of setting a one-word intention for the new year instead of those hard to keep resolutions. 

We also talked a lot about how she used this practice over the last couple of years to keep her focused as she took a huge leap of faith to launch her brand new app Soulments to help capture and appreciate the meaningful moments in our everyday lives.  Read more…

The Difference a Year Makes

A year ago was the first time I ever wanted to skip Christmas. My 10-year relationship had ended. I was worn out from family holiday drama and being disappointed that it never was what I imagined or longed for, so I opted out. I chose me – and ONLY me.

 

I spent Christmas Eve reading a book and sipping chardonnay in Delta Sky Club at JFK waiting to board a flight to Iceland.

 

And I spent Christmas Day like this. Sipping champagne in the 105° water of the Blue Lagoon with a silica mask on my face and icicles forming in my hair. It was magical.

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Why It’s Time to Open Up

I just returned home after 2 1/2 weeks of travel and oh does it feel good to be home! Part of the time, I spent 6 days with 30 people at a retreat called Awaken the Heart. Now, while I’m a self-proclaimed personal development junkie and have been excited about this event for about 4 months, I also had TONS of trepidation.

  1. I knew it was would be a pretty emotional experience but had no clue what we were going to be doing. All we were told was “Yoga starts at 8 AM Thursday and the retreat ends sometime Tuesday.”
  2. One of the only people I knew before the retreat wanted me to share a room – with 4 (yes 4!!) people. No. Personal. Space.
  3. I value vulnerability above anything in relationships – AND it’s something that’s still hard for me sometimes. #workinprogress
  4. Ditching all tech (phones, TV, etc) was STRONGLY encouraged for the week.
  5. AND, if all that wasn’t enough, when I arrived, already nervous, I walked into a room of virtual strangers sitting in a half-circle facing at each other. I wanted to turn around and make a run for it. I mean, WTF was I about to get myself into??

**Spoiler alert** – I didn’t run – and I can honestly say those 6 days changed my life.  Read more…

Your Thanksgiving Sanity Check

I’m up early in here in Watersound Beach, Florida where I’m spending Thanksgiving with my mom’s side of the family this year and I wanted to drop you a quick note before the craziness of the day gets into full swing.

I’ll start by saying what we’re both thinking – holidays are freaking tough.

Between the (unspoken) high expectations and all the old family patterns that immediately kick in, before you know it that idyllic image in your mind of a big happy family sitting around a beautiful table full of laughter, love, and togetherness is dashed by the high-stress, tension, and of course some little dig or criticism that just sends you over the edge.

My love-hate relationship with holidays is one of the reasons I opted out last year by going to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving and Iceland for Christmas – with ZERO family. I’m not gonna lie…it was pretty heavenly.

But this year is different. I’m different. I’ve got a pretty good hunch the outcome might be different too … Read more…

Passions, Plans & Pivots

For a long time I’ve wanted to create a place for conversations with everyday amazing women who are in the arena, doing the work to create the lives they crave. Well, I finally decided to get off my ass and do it – or at least take the first step to start it. And the lovely and inspiring Kat Humphus was my very first guest, direct from Paris, France ya’ll!

This San Diego native graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, interned at some of the world’s top restaurants, opened 3 of her own, and launched a meal-kit delivery service…all before 30. Not to mention she plays the drums, skydives and surfs!

Even with insane accomplishments already, she’s still trying to figure it out, one day at a time, just like the rest of us. When I heard she was taking off on a several-months-long adventure to get back in the kitchen, learn and travel from New York, to Paris to Copenhagen, I had to know more. I mean…So. Many. Questions.⠀ Read more…

How to Keep What Matters Most Top of Mind

You know the saying…man plans and God laughs. This is my life. I’m the queen of setting strong intentions and making big plans…that instantly go to hell as soon as they’re put to the test in real life. It’s maddening. When you crave growth, progress and accomplishment, there’s nothing worse than the feeling of life getting in your way.

That frustration is a huge reason I decided a few years ago to give up setting goals and resolutions in favor of choosing a single word as my priority each year. Picking a one word theme allows for a lot more flexibility and is way less crushing when things don’t pan out exactly how you envisioned or on your perfect timetable. Read more…