• Meaningful Holiday Gifts (a few free ones too!)

    I compiled a few thoughtful gifts that hopefully will last longer than New Year’s. It’s for the person in your life who is on a path of wellness and/or someone searching for their calling. For your friend who is into wellness… Maybe she’s struggled with chronic illness, autoimmune disease or just wants to live a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few things you can do to help soothe her symptoms this Christmas. Epsom salts.¬†Epsom salts are sold everywhere and are usually under $20. Besides being in the ocean, this is the one thing that instantly makes me feel better. Pain goes away. I feel more relaxed. My immune system calms…

  • Failing Beautifully

    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and even with the last few years being the most challenging in my life, my cup runneth over. Last year, I told someone that I wanted 2018 to be my year of failure. I’m not a masochist, but failure leads to evolving and I know I’m on a path towards self-growth. He looked at me incredulously. As an entrepreneur, the idea of failing seemed like a terrible wish. And I’ll tell you something. It kind of was. Here’s something you won’t read on other blog posts, see pinned on Pinterest or in an Instastory. I failed tremendously in 2018. A tidal wave of rejections in emails and…

  • No Matter What…Grace

    Even though you’re worn down, and can’t get your kid to sleep or listen. Even though you lost your job, and everyone’s depending on your paycheck. Even though you think you’re too old to make a difference, or messed up BIG, or your decision ended up hurting someone to the point that their life has changed, Even though your loved one is sick or addicted or suffering, and you cannot help them. Even though you lost it with your kids, disappointed your co-workers, and never fulfilled that pearl of a dream. Even then. Even then, there’s grace. Even then, there is a crack in the cold concrete and a ray…

  • The Question to Ask Yourself Before Your Next Job

    When I first entered the workforce years ago, I had a consistent and pretty successful strategy for picking jobs. I dug into the meager findings and applied to positions with descriptions that fit my qualifications. Sounds pretty normal right? What I learned after a few decades of job hopping was that I was good at getting jobs, but I was terrible at finding jobs that fit me. I was so focused on placating the interviewee that I rarely stopped to judge whether it was something I was into too. This may seem like a subtle difference. But here’s why it matters. Even if you are in dire need of a…

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  • Halloween Fun

    If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen some of these. But I have a few new photos for you too. Almost every year since the kids were born, I’ve made their costume. My first DIY Halloween costume ever was hand sewing Bamm-Bamm. I still have the tiny cloth tucked away in a shoe box. Last year, I sewed a felt bowling ball for one child and bowling pin for the other because my son loved bowling. But this was the first year that I let them choose what they wanted to be. I didn’t think I’d be able to swing it. Thomas the Train was beyond my meager…

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  • A Simple Life Changing Exercise

    I hope you had the chance to catch Kris Carr’s Healing Cancer World Summit. This free event was meant for cancer patients and caregivers, but there was a plethora of life saving information for everyone. It was one lightbulb moment after another-a truly holistic endeavor to care for your entire being from what to eat to how to truly love your whole self. One of the pearls I picked up from this online event was an exercise to help determine your purpose and life goal. Since a strong desire to live is essential for anyone struggling with chronic illness like cancer, this was an important part of the healing process.…

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  • Unleash the Magic In These Words

    Words hold power to shift your situation. Listen to the magic held in the following passages and see if through pure mindfulness, you can hear what they’re trying to change in you. I signed up for Picture Book Summit this year and had the great fortune of listening to various authors share their expertise. In a session entitled, “Storytelling vs. Story Showing: Balancing Illustration and Text in Picture Books,” author and illustrator LeUyen Pham beautifully said this: “Going from UCLA, from doing what I thought I was supposed to do with my life to what I should be doing with my life, it’s like slipping into a warm bath. Everything…

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