Loving yourself is hard. Here are three ways to get better at it. [The decorative background image shows a woman wrapped up in a cozy grey sweater, snuggled into herself. The photo is cropped to focus on her gentle smile and her arms. The vibe is that she is learning to be kind to herself.]

We can be so hard on ourselves, can’t we? We judge ourselves harshly, we hold ourselves back from being happy, we don’t give ourselves the things we need. It’s so easy to justify our actions as necessary, or selfless, or evidence of high standards that we don’t even realize we’re doing it. And we certainly …

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Time for a fresh start. [The decorative background photo shows a peach-colored scarf, a cup of coffee with cream, and a few dried flowers. The vibe is cozy and fresh.]

Is it just me, or is September a better fresh start than the new year? Although it’s still plenty warm in most parts of the country, fall is right around the corner. Is there anything you want to change? Is there anything that’s just not working? Is there anywhere you lack clarity? What I do …

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The Best Idea (How to Pick It and Stick With It). A decorative image to the right shows a goal planner ready to be filled out, as well as a watch, a cup of coffee with creamer, and a few binder clips. The feel of the photo is that the person behind the camera is ready to set goals, but needs to figure out which goals to set.

The world is so freaking noisy, isn’t it? So many people are eager to tell you exactly what worked for them, and the implication seems to be that obviously if you were doing it right, it would work for you, too. As if that’s not enough, our internal voices are often eager to tell us …

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Feeling Overwhelmed? Here are Five Practical Ways to Free Your Mind. [The decorative image shows a young woman sitting in a coffee shop, writing in a notebook. She has long, light brown hair with some waves. She wears a cozy white sweater. On the table there is a small cup of coffee and a plant.]

Last weekend, my husband and I spent 30 minutes in line at a BBQ food truck, only to learn they’d run out of their top menu items. The woman working the window kept apologizing, as the couples in front of us grew more agitated. I could understand why people were disappointed after waiting in such …

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Five Ways to Turn Inspiration Into Transformation. The background photo shows a man sitting on the ground, writing in a notebook.

I spent my 18th summer in Peru, volunteering at an orphanage in the foothills of the Andes with a dozen other teens. Between my recent graduation and my foreign travels, I felt emboldened to try something new. I stepped off the plane into the dry desert air with this thought firmly lodged in my mind: …

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Time gets away from us so easily. Often, we have goals, to-do lists, and schedules, but if we take a step back, we realize our highest priorities don’t fit within that framework. Think of setting intentions as building a new framework that honors your highest priorities.  Are there relationships you want to nurture? What personal, …

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Let me tell you about the time I literally hid in a supply closet. The day began beautifully. My team and I were wrapping up an immensely difficult season, and we’d survived, so we set aside a day to celebrate. We thanked those who had helped us along the way, we applauded each other, and …

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Here’s the thing we all know but hate to admit: Our time is finite. And as Patrick Lencioni says, “If everything is important, then nothing is.” Imagine yourself on September 1. The morning air is getting cool. The kids are going back to school. What will have made this a worthwhile summer? Is it having …

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