June 2, 2017

I cannot think of a single woman I know who isn’t juggling way too many responsibilities, carrying a crushing load of stress, and battling a constant stream of unwelcome distractions and unexpected developments. It’s enough to make anyone want to throw in the towel, and yet, we still want to do and be the very best we can.

I have been having many conversations with Lisa Berry abou...

February 22, 2017

Over the past 48 hours, I have been on a (quantum physics) journey across multiverses in the mind of Jason Dessen, a man desperately seeking to reunite with his wife and son. As Jason Dessen, I have grappled with questions of identity and how everyday choices alter both the course of our lives and who we become as human beings.

Science confirms that by reading Dark Matter by Blake...

February 14, 2017

I must be a funny sight these days. When everyday stresses and complications pop up, my reaction is to take a deep breath, then go get a piece of chocolate, make myself a cup of tea, or apply some lipstick (see Putting Lipstick on a Bad Day to understand why).

In essence, what I am doing is pausing. I am pausing to keep myself from melting into whatever basic emotion arises w...

February 1, 2017

Over a decade ago, LYB owner Lisa Berry and I came up with the idea of a “Sunshine Plan.” I, personally, was at a crossroads in my life. In my mid-twenties, I had worked long enough to realize my lifelong career dreams might not, in practice, be what I imagined them to be as a child. I had experienced enough to feel the weight of life, but I had not accomplished enough to feel se...

January 11, 2017

About 10 years  ago, Lisa Berry gave me a charcoal gray V neck t-shirt. In the front, it had an outline of a Buddha in a raspberry pink color. On the back, it had a quote from the Dalai Lama: “My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.”

Even though the t-shirt has been worn to a threadbare state, I cannot bear to part with it. It’s not just because Lisa gave it to me, it’s be...

December 29, 2016

One early morning a couple of months ago, I sat at my computer with a cup of yogi tea. Before unlocking my screen and beginning my day’s work, I read the quote on my yogi tea bag.

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu

My whole being sighed with relief.

I am not kidding when I say my days have been a fast-paced blur since I got my first BlackBerry for work...

December 7, 2016

On those days when the world is swirling around us and everyone in our proximity seems to want a piece of us, the default is to sacrifice ourselves for everyone else and dismiss our needs. We put our heads down and plough through as best we can, thinking we will eventually find a moment to breathe.

I have come to find that if during those days I take a step back and steal 10 minut...

November 16, 2016

They say the spiritual purpose of family is to force us to interact with and learn from individuals we would never choose to have in our lives. It makes a lot of sense to me as so many family relationships are rife with difficulty. And so, for many of us the holidays bring a mixture of joy and dread. We both look forward to spending time with the individuals we love and at the sa...

November 1, 2016

Growing up, I never quite understood why my mom didn’t enjoy the holidays as much as we did. Now I know. I know it’s difficult to sink into the moment and have fun when you’re making sure everyone is fed, the house isn’t torn apart, and the kids don’t overdose on sugar.

While chatting about Thanksgiving at LYB, we began to think about ways to simplify Thanksgiving dinner so we can...

October 13, 2016

This past Sunday, for the first time in about two months, I was able to shower without interruptions during the weekend. My 2.5 year old didn’t barge in, eager to show me what he was doing. My husband didn’t need help finding a new pack of diapers. My 5 month old slept through her whole morning nap. I stood under the shower head, feeling the hot water flood over and me and though...

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