“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” -Voltaire
Last week I got sick. Really sick. Head-spinning, stomach-retching, body-trembling sick, and just before the holidays, while visiting my family.
I completed a radio interview for my book through a brain fog so thick my thoughts felt trapped in quick sand. Needless to say, I got behind with freelance work, and come Christmas Eve, I hadn’t yet prepared anything for this week on the site.
Since I knew the next several days would be busy, with holiday festivities, wedding dress shopping with my engaged sister, and last-minute get-togethers with …
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche
Recently, a blogger I admire wrote a long note on a social media site identifying blogging practices he finds annoying—and referring to bloggers who utilize them as “fundamentally wrong.” Some of them are things I also choose not to do, but not all of them.
As I read through his list of “blogging mistakes,” recognizing some of them here, I found myself getting defensive. I thought it was wrong of him to call other …
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.” ~Carl Jung
The other day someone I love, who we’ll call Tania, got in a massive fight with her boyfriend. She called me to explain the situation, and ultimately got frustrated because I wouldn’t agree that he was not only wrong, but also a jerk.
The next day, she and I had a disagreement that ended with her yelling at me. When I discussed this with someone else who loves us both but frequently clashes with Tania (not my finest decision), she quickly turned on …
“Don’t let the past hold you back; you’re missing the good stuff.” -Unknown
There have been times when I’ve regretted that I missed out on so much when I was younger.
Because I held onto pain so tightly, I missed out on countless opportunities for fun while sitting alone and feeling bad for myself.
Because I felt so insecure for so long, I missed out on the chance to make strong friendships while shutting down and assuming people would hurt me.
And because I was afraid of failing, I missed out on all kinds of professional opportunities while doing what …
“Before someone’s tomorrow has been taken away, cherish those you love, appreciate them today.” -Michelle C. Ustaszeski
Familiarity can sometimes seem like permanence. Oftentimes the more comfortable we are with someone, the less effort we put into our time with them.
As I’ve mentioned before, I visit my family on the east coast several times each year for two weeks at a time. Every time I leave California, it’s bittersweet because I’m leaving my boyfriend Ehren to go see people I love.
And every time I leave Massachusetts, I’m leaving my family for even longer to resume my life with …
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Growing up, I was a black-and-white thinker—it was always all or nothing. This way of being rarely served me well when it came to healthy habits, because the little things really do all add up; and usually, something is better than nothing.
This is what I most appreciated about Patricia Monaghan’s book, Meditation – The Complete Guide (recently revised and celebrating its 10th anniversary). It’s not a book that …
“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” –Winston Churchill
Have you ever purposely chosen to do something you felt resistant to doing? I do this occasionally because I recognize I sometimes limit myself by being inflexible.
I can be a creature of habit, particularly when it comes to situations that make me feel in control.
For example, I have one specific spot where I like to sit when I work in the Starbucks near my apartment. It’s right by the window and sufficiently removed from the chaos of the line.
It’s the best lit spot, and it’s both …
“You are your choices.” -Seneca
It sounds like such a cliché to say that most of what we’re seeking is already within us, but nonetheless, it’s true.
Happiness doesn’t only exist in some perfect tomorrow when our circumstances look ideal. It’s a moment-to-moment choice that has to do with how we perceive and respond to what’s in front of us. We can choose happiness right now.
Peace doesn’t only exist in some time without obstacles or troubles. It’s something we can feel by accepting what is, doing our best, and believing that’s good enough. We can choose peace right now.…
“Always concentrate on how far you’ve come, rather than how far you have left to go.” -Unknown
Though I write a lot about mindfulness, focusing on here and now, I think there’s something empowering about looking back and realizing how far we’ve come. I’m not just talking about our big accomplishments. I’m referring to the many tiny personal victories we often achieve without taking time to honor them.
The other day, after I arrived at my local coffee shop to work, my computer died. No battery, no power from the cord, no explanation—and no backed up files.
I have an …
“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” -Herman Melville
We spend so much time trying to improve ourselves and our lives. Is it possible that maybe we could accomplish those things more effectively if we focused on improving the quality of our relationships?
This is the question I posed when I spoke at the Wanderlust Yoga and Music Festival this past summer.
I just received the link to my presentation, Authentic Connections in a Networked World, and I’m excited to share it with you! It’s roughly 20 minutes long, with 10 minutes …
“Try not to become a man of success but rather a man of value.” –Albert Einstein
As I was getting my coffee the other morning, I thought about this article I once read on a popular news site about a man who lost his big corporate job and accepted a barista position at Starbucks.
When he decided to don a green apron, he’d lost everything in life—including his marriage, his livelihood, and his health. Through his experience in the hospitality industry, he gained a sense of humility and peace, away from the hectic world of professional ambition.
When I read …
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I read a lot of books about mindfulness; this was by far one of my favorites. In his book Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time, Rick Hanson offers practical, daily practices, backed by the latest in brain research, to help us avoid stress, improve our mood, enjoy life more fully, and develop emotional resilience.
This is not merely a book …
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As you may have noticed from the various ads, tweets, and Facebook updates, I’ve been running a promotional campaign over the past month leading up to today—the official on-sale date for my first book Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions.
Thank you for being part of this journey with me! It’s my first book, and there have been lots of lessons and surprises along the way. For example…
Originally I understood that …
“If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go a lot, you will have a lot of peace.” -Ajahn Chah
It’s hard to feel peaceful if you dwell on why you should be angry. If you want to feel free, let the story go.
It’s hard to feel good if you feel like you deserve to feel bad. If you want to feel happy, let your self-judgment go.
It’s hard to feel satisfied if you feel like everything needs to be perfect. If you want to feel content, let your perfectionism go.
“If you learn from a loss you have not lost.” –Austin O’Malley
Earlier this year I spent dozens of hours and nearly $1,000 on a new feature for this site. Due to some misunderstandings between me, the programmer, and the designer, things didn’t turn out quite how I intended.
Ultimately, I decided to cut my losses and focus my attention somewhere else. I knew I might revisit this feature down the road, but that would require more time and money, and at first that bothered me.
I finance the site independently, and I’m not rolling in cash, so it felt …
“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.” -James Joyce
When you were little, did you ever rip up a picture you’d worked really hard on just because you colored a little out of the lines?
I was that girl; and I had a similar experience this weekend.
I decided to make lasagna for this potluck party my boyfriend and I were going to host. I don’t cook often, so this felt like a big deal. I got all the ingredients the night before, stacked them on the counter, and then admired them. They were the pieces of my saucy …
If I lived in a massive house and owned numerous private jets, I would personally fly all of you out to Los Angeles for a party to celebrate the launch of my first book, Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions.
But since I only have a $10, a fortune from a cookie, and a button in my wallet, I hope you’ll join me for a Twitter party instead!
What Is the Tiny Buddha Twitter Party?
This Thursday, December 8th at 9:00 PM EST/6:00 PST, my friend Karl of Party Biz Connect will host a one-hour teleseminar …
“Celebrate endings, for they precede new beginnings.” -Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Yesterday I spent more than an hour writing something I intended to publish today—and then I lost it. Since I hadn’t slept much the night before, I wasn’t completely attentive and somehow, I must have closed out the Word document before I titled or saved it.
That same exhaustion made it somewhat difficult to communicate my thoughts clearly when writing. But I did—after an hour, I’d expressed everything I wanted to share. Then it was gone.
Initially, I considered rewriting the post, and trying to remember exactly what I’d written …
“The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs.” –James Allen
Do you believe you can do work you love? If you don’t believe it, you likely won’t try for it.
Do you believe you can be in a happy relationship? If you don’t believe, you likely won’t open up to it.
Do you believe you can adopt that healthier habit? If you don’t believe it, you likely won’t stick to it.
Do you believe you can fully release your anger toward that person who hurt you? If you don’t believe it, you …
“Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count.” -Unknown
The other morning I hopped out of bed and made a beeline for the laundry room. Although it contains numerous washers and dryers, unlike the room at my old apartment complex, far more people use it.
This means I might as well camp out in from of the building a la Black Friday if I hope to get my clothes in at some point in the AM. That morning, as luck would have it, two of the washers were still empty three seconds after the …