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Keeping Score, Building Better Boundaries, and the Revolutionary Act of Knowing What You Want

KEEPING SCORE, BUILDING BETTER BOUNDARIES, AND THE REVOLUTIONARY ACT OF KNOWING WHAT YOU WANT   Have you ever replayed a pivotal conversation in your head, substituting all the awesome things you COULD have said but didn’t, making the most profound of points with the succinct and striking ease that annoyingly escaped you in the proverbial heat of the actual high-stress […]

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please please please stop saying this

Hello Rainbow 🙂 This post has been a LONG time coming. I’ve almost written it a handful of times over the past several months, but something always got in the way. Time, inspiration, something more timely to share. One of the beautiful things about tapping into and honoring your intuition is that you learn to implicitly trust the timing of things. […]

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Naming the Act: What I Learned about Forgiveness from Teaching Middle School

A year ago yesterday I was in the midst of Laura Sprinkle’s #shesgotgutschallenge.   [I know this because my Timehop told me so.  Have I told you lately how much I love technology?  Though it’s been bringing me plenty of wrinkly-foreheaded suffering and bumbling-brained confusion, it also brings me plenty of awesome heart-filling reminders of what has been, which is such […]

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Spent Pens Don’t Write: Allowing Ease and Flow in More Than Just Your Writing Implements

When do you pitch a pen in the trash? I’ve always thought this was an obscenely obvious question to answer. You throw it away when it’s utterly unusable, when every last speck of ink has been liberated from its thin plastic tubular prison. I mean really, what do you think I am – a wastrel? Rich? Foolhardy? We don’t waste […]

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Going from I’ve Got To to I Get To: A Study in Living the Life You Want

Have you ever felt like your life is running you instead of the other way around? Totally overwhelmed by all the obligations and things that just must get done? Does the thought of a more joy-filled life sound like a lovely fairy tale that could never possibly represent reality? I get it.  I really do. For years I got caught […]

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Letting Yourself Know: The Opposite of Working Hard

You know when you’re driving somewhere you’ve been before, and you know your turn is approaching but you can’t quite remember which one it is?   Even though you’re familiar with the path, you worry that you’ll miss what it is you’re looking for. And so you drive.  You’re focusing hard on every approaching side street.  Squinting to locate each […]

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Letting the Other Shoe Drop: Vulnerability, Gratitude, and Joy

The other day I was watching a video of an interview between Brené Brown and Oprah Winfrey, courtesy of my friend Kendra Tanner of the True You Project.   In it, Oprah and Brené talk about the perhaps surprising component of terror – yes terror – that often lives in joy.  Brown cites the example of a parent lovingly looking […]

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Vulnerability: Being Seen Bearing Weight

(Post #3 in the Daring Greatly series, inspired by and in response to Brené Brown’s book, Daring Greatly:  How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.) Oh, Life – You synchronous pip. I currently find myself at my own personal point of convergence between release, vulnerability, and limiting beliefs. It’s a pretty amazing, momentous, […]

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