The Value of Time

So what constitutes “Apply it well”? I think I’ve had a false impression on what well spent time actually looks like. So often in the pursuit of life balance, I get trapped into thinking of life as a checklist instead of a feel-list. Asking, “how do I want to feel” is a great way to […]

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Take Time to Get Away

“Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.” Barbara de Angelis I loved the recent advice I heard from Greg McKeown, author of “Essentialism”. He suggested that every person plan for a 24hr off site retreat every 90 days. This isn’t some grand vacation, or […]

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The Truth about Worry

One of my favorite quotes of all time. Thank you Mark Twain for pointing out that most of the things we worry over never really happen. If you too struggle with anxiety, let this be a friendly nudge to relax and let go of the discomfort of worry. Several years ago when I was going […]

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Dealing with Expectations

So much stress comes from living by other people’s expectations. And too often we only have ourself to blame for taking them on. A few months ago I sat in a Mothers Day Tea for my kindergartener. The kids had yet to arrive and it was just a room full of moms, scrunched into their […]

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Dropping Perfectionism

Yesterday I was determined to have the ‘perfect’ day. I got up at 5:30 a.m., climbed a mountain, meditated, worked, cleaned the house, did four loads of laundry, weeded my yard, made a meal plan, played with my children, sewed a quilt, and made a beautiful meal for dinner. Unfortunately, by the end of the […]

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When Things Go Wrong

When Things go wrong, don’t go with them.” Elvis Presley. Brooke: I’m still learning the marvelous truth that we are not our feelings. We can feel anger, but we don’t have to become angry. We can feel frustrated, but we don’t have to become frustrated. We can feel irritable, but we don’t have to become […]

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What is Your Calling?

“I’ve come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that’s as unique as a fingerprint – and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of […]

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Treat Yourself With Kindness

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.” -Goethe This applies to yourself as well! In fact, starting with you is the perfect beginning. We are too often hard on ourselves for not being who we think we should be. […]

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Letting Go

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.”- Lao Tzu Letting go is a skill that is practiced, and applies to a broad range of our life, including both our attachment to things […]

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I Have a Gift For You

A friend of mine recently declared on Facebook, “Please tell me that I’ll recover from the life upheaval of everyone going back to school!” This time of year is always a transition. Schedules change, new commitments are made, and despite the perks of a structured life, you can start to feel like you’re only running […]

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