A client of mine recently invited me to attend a retreat she was co-leading called Rite of Passage for the Midlife. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but figured cool people in a beautiful location, with lush, organic food, and best of all—being away from the responsibilities of parenting for a whole weekend—couldn’t be too bad. Continue reading What I Learned In My “Midlife Crisis Retreat”
Does anyone else remember those cheesy shampoo ads from the early 1990s that promised you’ll look “like you just stepped out of the salon”? The other day I had one of those moments. Fresh out of the shower, blow drying my hair in the bathroom, I glanced in the mirror and thought, “Awww yeah…” Continue reading Blurry Is Beautiful
I need to clarify a few things here. I know my book is called The Joy Plan and this blog is at TheJoyPlan.com and often my posts are brimming with optimism. But I just want to be really clear that none of that is because I’ve figured everything out and am now sharing all of my wisdom on how to be full of joy forevermore. Definitely not. Continue reading The Truth Behind The Rainbow Unicorn Hat
When a friend told me in 2003 that I should check out her husband’s blog, I had no idea what she was talking about. Continue reading Confessions Of A Clueless Blogger
I love having an inspirational speaker/motivational coach for a best friend. First of all, she talks me off the ledge of my own fears and anxiety for free, when other people have to pay her big bucks for that. Second, I get voicemail like this: Continue reading Listening To Your Internal GPS
Thoughts, we all have them. In fact, researchers at Stanford University came to the conclusion that we have about 60,000 of them per day. With 84,400 seconds in 24 hours, that’s about one thought per second during waking hours. Many people believe that the objective in Mindfulness or meditation is to stop thoughts. But that’s actually not the point at all. Continue reading Does Mindfulness Stop Thoughts?
The other day, my 9-year-old daughter Kira was getting dressed for school in her secondhand clothes and looking in the mirror. She looked up and said tentatively to me, “Sometimes I don’t feel beautiful.” That shook me to the core. This shouldn’t be coming up so young, I thought! Continue reading Girl, You’re Amazing Just The Way You Are
Some of the people who I love most in the world are facing some of the hardest, scariest, most challenging things they’ve ever faced right now. And so are many other people in the world, maybe even you. Continue reading We Came For This: A Reminder For Hard Times
Some months ago, I was asked to contribute an excerpt for Sharon Salzberg’s upcoming book Real Love. Sharon is a meditation teacher/author, and her book will look at cultural assumptions we make about love and how we can come to understand it more directly and with more balance through the practice of mindfulness/meditation. Continue reading What Does Love Mean To You?
I’m turning forty next week. Does that mean I’m a grown-up now? I asked the same question when I turned twenty, and ten years later when I turned thirty. And each time, the answer has been the same: I don’t feel like a grown-up yet! Continue reading 40 Things I’ve Learned in 40 Years