Wellness

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 apologized repeatedly 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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Let's light up each other's lives.

I was introduced recently to the word “koselig,” a Nordic concept conveying light and warmth deep inside a person that radiates out and translates to their surroundings. I was captivated by the concept that in the midst of their long, dark winters, they cultivate light and warmth in their homes and families and communities.  I …

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How to Let go of the past and embrace a future full of beautiful possibilities [the decorative background photo shows a woman facing away from the camera at the window of a camper van. One hand is on her hat, and she's gazing at something in the distance. The feel is cozy and adventurous.]

Hope is a tricky thing when the future is hazy. It feels like you’re doing a thousand-piece puzzle, with no idea of what the end result will look like. No matter what, though, I know this: It’s not going to look like the past. Your past is only your past. It is not your present. …

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Pic of a napkin with "Practice Self Compassion" written on it. Across the bottom-left is the title: The Key Ingredient to Wellbeing we Easily Forget.

No matter what your goals are, or what your obstacles are, or what your schedule is like, self-compassion is an essential ingredient to wellbeing. All the more so during a stressful season. Self-compassion will not make you lazy. It will not hold you back. It doesn’t negate your abilities, your passions, or your desire to …

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Holiday Self-Care Checklist

I absolutely love Christmas, but tend to get burnt out on the actual doing of all the Christmas things. Anyone else?? 🙂 Here are a few easy ways to practice self-care this holiday season so you can enjoy the season all the way through! 1. Stay hydrated. It’s easy to lose track of this basic …

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To Be Willing To Wonder [The decorative background image shows a notebook, a few sprigs of dried fall grasses, a scarf, a candle, and some barrettes in an artfully messy flatlay.]

I had a feeling the announcement was coming. Those little inklings had been skittering over the surface of my mind for weeks, but I had hoped I was wrong, and was still totally unprepared for the jolt of hurt and betrayal that shot through the center of my chest in that moment. A colleague had …

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