Category Archives: Health and Wellness

Focus On What You Can Do

Being a new mom is suddenly, urgently grounding. It’s hard to leave the house because, well, there’s a baby right there. He needs me. Unless I get a babysitter, daycare, or my husband is home, I’m here, and it’s me and the baby. This makes so many things infinitely harder. Leaving the house? That’s prettyKeep Reading

Are You Chasing Productivity At The Expense of Your Soul?

I’m struggling with two competing challenges: being present and mindful, while also chasing the ego-driven aims of “success” and “productivity.” Is there a middle ground? I reached out to my dear friend Mathias Jakobsen, author and creator of Think Clearly, to dissect this competing pull between these two desires. This is the conversation. Two CompetingKeep Reading

Loving Yourself

A friend of mine is having a bit of a rough time right now and I sent her a note to check in. How’s it going, how are you feeling? One of the ways we exist for each other is to confirm and mirror experience. When we notice a friend or a colleague struggling, we canKeep Reading

50 Things That Make Me Happy

In the free series of writing prompts I put together, one of the prompts is to make a list of 50 things that make you happy. I love lists (they’re one of the things that makes me happy!), and I love using lists as a way to kick-start my writing. It’s not writing, it’s making aKeep Reading

Should You Worry Now Or Later?

There are so many unknowns coming ahead on the horizon: Will we have a baby that sleeps or a baby that cries non stop? Will I love being a mom or will it be an immense challenge? Will I bond with my kid right away or will it take time? Will breastfeeding be hard orKeep Reading

The Power of Silence: In Conversation, In Contemplation, In Being

I sometimes think that when I get sick, it’s because I’ve forgotten to listen. I’ve forgotten to listen internally, to my body. I’ve let it get too noisy and not gotten still enough to hear what’s going on. After a cold sets in, I realize that the chatter in my brain has gotten to excessivelyKeep Reading

The Necessity of Darkness

I popped out of bed this morning and thought to myself, boy, it’s really dark outside. Usually I pull the curtains back and there’s at least a tiny bit of light. I’m an early riser, and naturally wake up around 6AM, give or take when I get to sleep. This morning at 5:56AM, it wasKeep Reading

When the blues hit, what do you do? Notes on darkness, sadness, and melancholy.

What do you do when you get sad? Sometimes dwelling in darkness can be a helpful, healthy adventure. Other times, too much time in the dark can prompt stagnation and wallowing. How do you know how far to go? When is it too much? When is darkness healthy and when is digging into rumination tooKeep Reading

An invitation into the darkness: the value of rumination and notes on finding your own inner guru.

The darkness of winter: time to turn inwards. The northern hemisphere is swaddled in darkness, as it is each winter. Today is the longest night of the year; the shortest day. The sun will rise late and quickly dash off, leaving us behind to contemplate the cold, wind, and dreariness of night. Despite the prominenceKeep Reading

Slowing down to connect across the world: two sisters, reconnecting. {Guest reflections by Easkey and Beckey-Finn Britton}

  You immediately inspired me to have a ‘slow morning’ – get my body moving with some gentle, nourishing stretches and movements (from Dad’s routine!), make French press coffee and sit on the deck in the morning sun thinking nothing at all. Spying some wild blueberries on a nearby bush and foraging for my breakfast…Keep Reading