Bit by the Marie Kondo Bug? Advice for Tidying Up and Keeping it That Way

Spring is finally here. From the office where I write I can see the buds popping out on tree branches and hear birds singing their little hearts out. The sense of release is palpable: just a few more months until summer arrives with warmer temperatures and the promise of a much-needed vacation. The sense of relief we feel with the arrival of spring echoes the desire many of us have to feel le…

The Secret to a Fulfilling Life

“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” - Aristotle In my last blog post, I talked about what effective self-care looks like. I’m talking about the type of care that benefits us over the long-term, encouraging us to live in accordance with our core values while simplifying our lives and reducing stress. Putting an effective self-care plan in place and sticking with it…

Beyond a mani-pedi: Real self-care is all in your head.

Don’t get me wrong - I love pedicures. And I used to think that these were an important part of my self-care routine. Do they feel good? Absolutely. Do my pretty toes give me a small happiness boost? Yes again. But how often does a foot massage give you the insight and discipline necessary to successfully minister to your mental, emotional and physical health on a regular basis? Pr…

How I’m Changing My Life without Changing My Life

This is not the New Years’ blog post I wanted to write – or the time I wanted to share it. I’ve been struggling with what to say. I wanted to start the new year with an invigorating post that would help us all feel excited and energized about 2019. New Year! New possibilities! What will YOU do with your awesome year?! That kind of thing. After all, I know that’s how I want to fe…

Cultivate Your Dreams for the New Year

Here at the Murray house, we’re all dolled up for the holidays. We’ve decorated the tree, hung the garland, and are passing out Christmas cookies - the ones we haven’t gobbled up ourselves - faster than you can say Frosty the Snowman. My husband and I are both planners, so even as we enjoy the holiday season we’re thinking ahead to the new year. We’re dreaming and scheming, figuring ou…

The Season of Expectations

Despite years of evidence to the contrary, I was always sure that, without altering my expectations or commitments, this year my dreams of the perfect holiday would be fulfilled. The holiday season is in full swing, full of opportunities for fun and celebration. Many of us hope to experience some of the magic and unfettered joy we experienced as kids, but that is much harder to co…