Why Balance Matters

Balance didn’t become a priority for me until I got sober. A few years into my sobriety, I went to a 12-step recovery retreat in Malibu. I remember the speaker shared about the importance of seeking balance. He explained that we can evaluate how balanced our life is by considering how we work, love, and play. That sounded simple enough. Yeah, right.

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Getting Grateful is a Great Idea

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Choose Compassion

Compassion is knowing our darkness well enough that we can sit in the dark with others. It is never a relationship between the wounded and the healed; it is a relationship between equals. –Pema Chodron

Compassion is about “we’re in this together,” where judgment is about keeping track of differences, sizing up people and situations, keeping score, and taking sides. Judgment divides. Compassion unites. Be courageous - choose compassion.

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Authenticity is My Anchor

Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are. --Brene Brown

I had an eye opening discussion with my son John recently about authenticity. The conversation started with his concerns about balancing time for self-care with time to nurture a friendship.

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Anything is Possible

I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately. Over Spring break our family went on a road trip to Southern California to visit various universities. I can’t believe it; my oldest child, John, is finishing his junior year and will be applying to college in the fall. How did this happen? How did we get here so fast? Well, it’s actually been an amazingly long adventure with lots twists and turns. You see John has autism. 

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Breaking Through Our Comfort Zone

“You can only grow if you feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” ~Brian Tracy

What are you willing to do to stretch your comfort zone? Would you quit your job, attempt to pick up a new language, and then move to a different time zone across the Atlantic? Well, as crazy as that might sound, I did just that.

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Resilience to the Rescue

A few weeks ago, I had to dig deep and tap into my own parenting leadership. My morning started before I was out of bed. I woke up early to exercise and immediately checked my text messages as soon as I turned off my alarm. Our daughter was on a trip to Disneyland with her choir. She was with one of her best friends and she was very excited about the entire trip. So you can imagine my surprise when I woke up to a stressful text message from her insisting that she come home.

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Strut Your Inner Peacock

My husband and I have been going to marriage counseling for several years. When we started therapy, our marriage was in trouble and now four years later we are deeply in love and committed to experiencing meaningful connection, joy, intimacy, and passion. With all of our progress, I was surprised when I felt resistance about going to our next session together.

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