There is a bit of a counter-culture budding up against the grind of what we call the "American Dream." You know the "dream" I'm talking about... It's the "dream" that promises us happiness. Under a few conditions... If we work hard at school, we will go to a nice college. If we do well in … Continue reading When Is It ENOUGH? (5 Strategies for Creating Space and Building Contentment)
Let me be absolutely clear, here...I love my fellow highly sensitive peeps. But we aren't perfect. As a group, we can be awkward. We somehow manage to be both hyper aware of the subtle nuances of what's happening with the people around us... and painfully oblivious to some of the more obvious events right in … Continue reading It Takes All Kinds
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 … Continue reading Friction
By the way...how do you feel about religion? I figured...since I was launching this thing about politics (which we all know we aren't supposed to do), I might as well cover my bases and give religion a solid mention. The irony is that I JUST wrote a blog about being discerning about reading the news. … Continue reading Seriously, Mr. President…WTF? (The Value of Getting Angry)
Have you ever gotten an action photo taken? You know the type...you decide you want a picture of yourself in mid-air? Or mid-run? Or mid...whatever? It’s oddly satisfying when you get it just right. There you are, captured in a photo that is paradoxically static... and always in movement. To look upon it conjures a … Continue reading The Waiting Game
I got a text from a friend, the other day. Actually...now that I think about it..."Friend" is probably not precisely the right word for what he means to me. I don't think the English language has a word adequate enough to encompass it. Some people reach territory in our heart space that leave us breathless … Continue reading The Power of Intimacy
I’m a health coach, by trade. I live and breathe the stuff. When I wake up in the morning, I begin by removing my pink eye mask and my earplugs. That is to say, I sleep like a damned high-maintenance princess. I roll out of bed and pull up a yoga exercise video. I get … Continue reading What is the Right Amount of News?
As I write this, I'm sitting in my office. It's after-hours. And I'm taking advantage of the peace and quiet that comes with being the single occupant in an office everyone else has vacated. I'm taking an opportunity to write simply because I can. On my bulletin board is a calendar, some inspirational quotes I … Continue reading Is Thriver’s Guilt a Thing?
I am perpetually amused by how often people talk about “growth” as though it were some neat and tidy function in our lives. Growth? Why, yes please. I would like some of that. Is that one of the features on the new iPhone update? You’ve gotta be kidding me. So I’d like to take a … Continue reading Another F***ing Growth Opportunity
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 … Continue reading Even Introverts Need Community
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 … Continue reading It’s Both And…Not Either Or
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 … Continue reading What If You Don’t Have to Work Hard?