The River Flows Onward: My Word for 2021

When stay-at-home orders last March yanked all routines out from under our feet, I fell hard. Which makes sense: as an Enneagram 4, my creative spirit both resists and requires routine. Any routine, even as simple as the imposed time structure around my son’s school day. I don’t do transitions well - it takes me … Continue reading The River Flows Onward: My Word for 2021

Grief Balms: Snow Globes & Beauty Emergencies

Grief seems to be at every corner this year. Many of us have shared occasions for grief, such as illness and death, the loss of normalcy, shuttered shops and closed schools, dwindling dollars in our bank accounts, isolation and loneliness. Most of us also have personal reasons for grief. For two weeks I haven’t left … Continue reading Grief Balms: Snow Globes & Beauty Emergencies

Not 20 for 2020

I don't make resolutions. Which may sound odd when you read the list below except, to me, they're not resolutions. They're more like goals or intentions, things I'm already working on that I want to work on more diligently. For example, I already walk the dogs and drink water, but these goals give me a … Continue reading Not 20 for 2020

Two Words

What's your most spectacular New Year's resolution fail? To get healthy, eat clean, lose ## pounds? To stop swearing, or drinking? To fall in love, or find a new job you love? I gave up on resolutions years ago. Why set myself up for failure...again and again, year after year? If I'm going to set … Continue reading Two Words

Spring

What puts (or keeps) a spring in your step? What helps you experience flow? What do you do that prompts bubbles of joy to float to the surface of your life? I knew one word wouldn't cut it this year, so I'm playing with words again. I started January with Create Happiness. That didn't make … Continue reading Spring

Happiness Questions

Ready to think about your own happiness? Want to have more meaningful  conversations, whether you're driving your teen home from school or having family dinner? Or (do what I did) gather a group of friends and have a chat about happiness. Here you go! 1. Share a happy childhood memory. 2. Which of your possessions … Continue reading Happiness Questions

Create Happiness

My One Word aspiration for January 2019 is to Create Happiness. A microcosm of life, this month presented both expected and unexpected happiness challenges. I know I’m living my best life when I am reading, writing, and cooking regularly; this month has been all out of whack on all fronts and the best I’ve been … Continue reading Create Happiness

Rituals

Of course you have routines, but do you have rituals? Maria Popova, of Brain Pickings, explains them this way: While routine aims to make the chaos of everyday life more containable and controllable, ritual aims to imbue the mundane with an element of the magical. The structure of routine comforts us, and the specialness of … Continue reading Rituals

When One Word Won’t Cut It

My One Word for 2015 was a phrase: Put yourself in the way of beauty. It required action on my part (put) and a goal (beauty). In 2016, I chose Create, which led to a series of connections and blog posts on creativity from various creative friends, many of whom stretched to embrace the creativity … Continue reading When One Word Won’t Cut It