A Chat With Mystic Mag

There is a lot about today’s (possibly too) connected world to lament. Kids spend too much time on their phones. Social media is making us more politically divisive. It is all too easy for each of us to feel less-than because we are comparing ourselves to our filtered Instagram friends (who only ever reveal photographs…

Death by Opportunity

I have two competing impulses. They fight with each other like siblings that are close enough in age that they should theoretically get along…but they just don’t. One impulse is to slow down. That part of me is the part of me that wants to stay sane. It’s the part of me that wants to…

Beef Stick

Disclaimer: This post references sexual violence and has derogatory language. Proceed with discernment. I had the most bizarre dream last night. In the dream, I am inside a semi-empty space. There are windows. A door. It sort of looks like the entryway to those buildings that have multiple floors. Maybe it’s a lobby for a…

Friction

Friction (noun): The resistance one surface or object encounters when moving over another. Friction (noun) : Conflict or animosity caused by a clash of wills, temperaments, or opinions. I work in the realm of health and wellness…so naturally I spend time with other health and wellness professionals (us hooey people gots to stick together). And…

Even Introverts Need Community

I love my alone time. As far as I can recall, I have ALWAYS loved my alone time. When I am alone, I am at home. There is no impulse to determine what other people around me might need. I don’t feel the internal tug to regulate other people’s emotions. I’m not walking into a…

It’s Both And…Not Either Or

I don’t know whether this is a uniquely American problem…or if it’s more of a universal human problem…but it’s amazing to me just how many people fall into the either-or trap. You are either happy in your relationship, or you are not. You are either grateful, or you are striving for more. You are either…

What If You Don’t Have to Work Hard?

We have a philosophy, here, in the United States that paints a picture of what success is supposed to look like. Actually…”paint a picture” is a little soft. Let’s say, instead, that we have an algorithm we use in the United States that is intended to mimic what we think success requires. If you work hard, you…

Romance in a Time of Covid-19

You don’t need me to tell you that we are living in strange times. Everything feels like it’s kinda being put on pause. Except… Life is not on pause. Life is going on. It looks different from what we are used to, perhaps. But that doesn’t mean anything actually just STOPS. Over the last week or so,…

Wait…

Meet Remi: I have the good fortune to be living with two exceptional roommates: Remi (my dog) and Sasha (my cat).  Remi is a rescue pup. I adopted her when she was just 2 months old. When I filled out the paperwork, the breed section read: chocolate lab and Aussie shepherd. What her paperwork SHOULD…

The Next Best Move:

We Are Living in a Satirical Movie, Right? Is This REAL? I don’t know if you are feeling this way, but I kinda feel like we are living in a satirical version of a science fiction thriller. Mel Brooks was a genius with this. A blockbuster video would come out and he’d get to work…

Transformation is a Contact Sport

“Self-improvement is masturbation. Now self destruction…” – Tyler Durden in Fight Club “Waking up is an endless losing what you think you know, like a wave of destruction that leaves nothing but what is true.”  – Unmani Transformation – Our New Buzzword: We love to talk about transformation. We put it in ads for weight loss…

The Times They Are A-Changin’

As I write this, it’s December 31st, 2019. This transition feels especially auspicious as it marks the dawn of a new year, a new decade, and an American election. It’s enough to make me want to cross my fingers and hope we individually and collectively leap in a positive direction (it being leap year and all) and…