Practicing Gratitude

Good food to eat, my kids’ laughter, glimpses of blue sky (I live in Seattle), our tight community of neighbors, for all these things, I am truly grateful.  T’is the season to count our blessings. While Thanksgiving encourages us to give thanks on the fourth Thursday of November, being grateful...
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Finding Motivation on Important But Non-Urgent Tasks

I have a friend who is self-employed, running his own business and doing a great job … except that he finds himself procrastinating on important tasks like writing. No, I’m not talking about myself! Although, to be honest, I do the same thing too. We all do, I think: we...
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Cultivating Inner Peace to Prevent and Recover from Burnout

Burnout. The very word conjures the metaphor of a fire losing its flame. When it happens to you, the exhaustion and devastation are frightening and cause many to question their true purpose. Burnout occurs when passionate, committed people become disillusioned with a career or life from which they have previously...
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breBreathe. Breathing can transform your life.

If you feel stressed out and overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions.

If you are worried about something coming up, or caught up in something that already happened, breathe. It will bring you back to the present.

If you are discouraged and have forgotten your purpose in life, breathe. It will remind you about how precious life is, and that each breath in this life is a gift you need to appreciate. Make the most of this gift.

If you have too many tasks to do, or are scattered during your workday, breathe. It will help bring you into focus, to concentrate on the most important task you need to be focusing on right now.

If you are spending time with someone you love, breathe. It will allow you to be present with that person, rather than thinking about work or other things you need to do.

If you are exercising, breathe. It will help you enjoy the exercise, and therefore stick with it for longer.

If you are moving too fast, breathe. It will remind you to slow down, and enjoy life more.

So breathe. And enjoy each moment of this life. They’re too fleeting and few to waste.

Originally published in Energy Magazine: Issue March/April 2015

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The Attitude of Gratitude

Be joyful even when you have considered all the facts.” -Wendell Berry Gratitude isn’t a new idea; most spiritual philosophies emphasize gratitude and compassion for others. But in recent years gratitude has shifted from being an idea to a practical tool that we can use to become happier and even...
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The Art of Receiving

Everything in the universe is made from energy— subatomic particles. Including this page. The subatomic world of energy creates the home you live in, the car you drive, and the clothes you’re wearing right now. Beneath the texture, design, and color of your clothing is another formation of subatomic particles—the...
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A Wall is Not a Boundary

Have you ever had an unpleasant interaction with someone and walked away feeling upset even though you know it’s not personal? What happened is that they overstepped your boundaries. Conscious awareness that it’s their problem and not yours is not enough to protect you emotionally. To really be effective, boundaries...
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What is Self-Care?

We are always told we should take time for self-care, but, what exactly does that mean? Well, it could mean a LOT of things depending on the person and the circumstances. Some people think self-care and immediately equate it to massages or pampering oneself with a trip to the spa...
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When Work Life is Isolating

We so often bustle about doing the daily routine and do not even notice that we (most days) are not contributing enough time to taking care of ourselves. A big part of self-care is community — socializing with others. When you work from home or are tied up in an...
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You ARE Enough.

You ARE Enough. You are a BOSS. It seems like many people, especially women, need to hear this more often than we are telling ourselves. We unknowingly take on childhood wounds and become deeply intertwined with feelings of “not being enough”. You failed a test and you likely got yelled...
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