I don’t know about anyone else, but sometimes I can be a prisoner to my own thoughts, and forget that I have the freedom to choose. Choose a different thought. Choose a different experience. Choose a different interpretation.… Read More
Category “letting go”
“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” ~Lao Tzu
If you’d asked me about money five years ago, I would’ve said “Oh I’m never going to have money.” On the surface this sentiment didn’t bother me. I have a job I love and a great marriage, so who needs money?… Read More
I was talking to someone this week about his feeling that things weren’t happening fast enough. That with all he was doing, intending and putting out there, that more should be happening—and faster.… Read More
I’m arachnophobic. Last night, a large spider took up residence on the wall in my room. The shock of seeing its dark mass seated comfortably against the stark white of the paint made the blood drain from my head.… Read More
A couple weeks back, my boyfriend and I went to our local county fair. I love—love—fairs.
Forget for a minute that adult-me now gets vertigo just looking at a roller coaster; and that my 30-year old digestive track nearly explodes when I catch a whiff of carnie food.… Read More
“The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Nine years ago my heart was in a million little pieces that formed the basis for a million regrets.
I had my first serious relationship in college, when all my insecurities came to a head.… Read More
“If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.” -Lao Tzu
We’ve all been there. Even the things that normally make you happy begin to bring you down. Worst of all, you can’t seem to understand why.
So you give it time, let it take its course, and just when you think you’ve escaped the funk, something drags you back in.… Read More
“Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.” ~Unknown
I was in a motorbike accident in 1987. Believe it or not, it was on September the 11th. The physician in the emergency room delivered the bad news and told me the right knee cap had cracked.… Read More
“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn.” ~Unknown
Let’s face it: we all dwell on the past from time to time. That’s okay—we’re human beings with emotions. As we live life and experience it to its fullest, it’s only natural that we sometimes cling onto what once was.… Read More
Sometimes for me it’s not a matter of if I’ll work on the weekend; it’s a matter of how.
On the one hand, I’m committed to being mindful and creating balance in my life.
But on the other hand, I have a lot of dreams and goals, and I enjoy giving my all to pursuing them.… Read More
Contrary to popular belief, even positive people get in bad moods.
Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep last night. Or you feel overworked and overwhelmed. Or perhaps something happened, and you keep dwelling on it. Going over and over in your head how you froze up in a meeting, or spoke too aggressively to someone you love.… Read More
“The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” ~ Unknown
We all have something stored in our memory banks of the past that we wish we could have done differently, or something we wish we didn’t do.
As we get older we learn and grow.… Read More
“To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.” ~Unknown
You’d like to start presenting to clients, but you’re afraid of looking like a deer in the headlights if they ask questions you can’t answer. So you keep thinking about it, waiting for a time when you feel more prepared.… Read More
“Open minds lead to open doors.” ~Unknown
We start forming opinions at an early age and continue all through life.
We decide what we think is right and wrong, what’s good and what’s bad—not just on a larger scale (religion, politics, ethics) but also in every-day interactions.
How people should act.… Read More
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it.” -Charles Swindoll
One day everything seems great in your world; maybe not perfect, but overall things are going to plan. And then something happens.
You lose your job. Or someone you love. Or your home. Or maybe even your health.… Read More
“Uncertainty is the only certainty there is, and knowing how to live with insecurity is the only security.” ~John Allen Paulos
I used to love uncertainty. I wandered my way all around this country with little more than a suitcase and a journal. Committing to anything felt limiting, suffocating even.
One day I realized it wasn’t enlightenment that pushed me to embrace the unknown; it was a paralyzing fear of creating something certain. … Read More
“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.”
Recently I was on a phone call with Brad Yates; and although I know this to be true, when he said it, it made me reflect again. He said (and I’m paraphrasing):
“To the extent that we are not living our lives exactly as we want–with the love and friendships we want, the abundance we want, and the happiness we are seeking–it’s to that extent we are resisting it.”
It’s that word again: resistance.
“Some people think it’s holding on that makes one strong—sometimes it’s letting go.” ~Unknown
Maybe your life doesn’t look like you want it but you’re not sure how to change it, or even if you can—so you feel hopeless, frustrated, and even a little bitter.
Or maybe someone hurt you so deeply that you don’t know if you can trust them anymore—so you feel angry, defensive, and indignant.… Read More