Self-Love & Self-Care

How to re-align when you feel stuck. A decorative image shows a woman sitting on the floor against a sofa, typing on her laptop.

Do you ever feel like your body and soul are screaming at you to make a change, but it just feels too daunting? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Danielle Smeltzer from Awarely Embodied Leadership and I have both been there, and today I want to share the vulnerable and beautiful conversation Danielle and I …

How to Re-Align When You Feel Stuck Read More »

How to make a fresh start when a dream dies. A decorative image shows a woman's hands, folded on a wooden table. Across from her hands, you see another hand gently nudging a small heart-shaped trinket toward her.

Letting go of a dream is a process of grief, even when it’s your choice. (Listen to my podcast episode with Awarely on this topic – you’ll feel so much less alone!) Loss by circumstance is no easier, of course, but it is a little more visible, a little more tangible, and because of that, …

How to make a fresh start when a dream dies Read More »

A Simple Way to Cultivate Presence and Purpose. A decorative image shows a small stack of white notebooks on a marble tray which rests on a wooden console table. Also on the tray is a brown glass bottle with a small bouquet of dried flowers.

One of the most powerful shifts I’ve experienced in this mid-life season is an elemental shift in focus from doing to being. I used to think that a focus on being meant rest, self-care, connection, fun, play. Then, for a season, I saw it as a different approach to productivity. I focused intently on the …

A Morning Ritual for Mind, Heart, and Soul Read More »

Three Comforts and Three Questions For When Nothing is Going Right

Nothing really prepares you for that gut-punch moment of disappointment when you really thought it would work out this time, and it turns out, it didn’t. And when one disappointment turns into a string of them, they weigh heavier and heavier. Chronic disappointment becomes its own form of grief. In those moments, it’s hard not …

Three Comforts and Three Questions For When Nothing is Going Right Read More »

Daily Bread: How to Embrace the Goodness Today Offers [the decorative image shows a cutting board and a tea towel with scattered blueberries and blackberries, a drizzle of honey, a few pieces of bread and cheese. The mood is simple but lovely.]

Note: This was written four years ago, during an intense season of uncertainty. I want to share it here, for those going through such a season now. Please rest assured, it doesn’t last forever. There’s a sweet spot between being totally adrift, and being owned by my to-do list, and lately I’ve been calling it …

Daily Bread: How to Embrace the Goodness Today Offers Read More »

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 …

Loving yourself is hard. Here are three ways to get better at it. Read More »

There’s something magical about this hot fudge. I’ve shared it with friends who report back that they ate it straight, no ice cream required. 😊 This is based on the recipe my mom used to make. An all-time favorite, it fills hundreds of childhood memories for me. I’ve just adapted it to be a bit …

The Best Hot Fudge Ever! (Summer Setup Series Bonus) Read More »

A woman gazes pensively, looking at nothing in particular. She's holding a mug of coffee. You get the feeling that she's asking how to make a big decision. The text reads "How do you know when it's time to let go?"

On a grey morning in February, I tucked myself into the back corner of the cutest café Liverpool has to offer, with a cinnamon-maple latte and my journal, for what had become an annual tradition of reflection. The mug fit perfectly in my hands, comforting and soothing, and was the perfect moody grey to match …

How Do You Know You Need To Let Go? Read More »