Sail On! Lighten the Load and Keep Moving Forward

I sincerely hope that your greatest ambition in life isn’t to experience joy. Wait – what did she just say? She can’t be serious. Hasn’t she spent the last three blog posts telling me to get my joy on?? Truthfully, I think people who are focused solely on their own pleasure are not only offputtingly self-centered but also miss out on some of the most rewarding and fulfilling aspects of lif…

All Work and No Play? Three Simple Ways to Increase Your Daily Joy

“Sorry, I’d love to grab coffee with you, but I don’t have time. I’ve got so much work to do. Some other time maybe.” I worry that finding time for joy and fun is something we postpone way too often. I mean, if the only joy-related experience you’ve had in the last two weeks was reading my blog post about joy, then I strongly encourage you to get out there and get thee some joy on, post-haste…

How to Get Your Joy On!

I hope you don’t mind, but I have a small dream for you this spring. Let me explain. I’m guessing that you’re a conscientious person. You regularly show up and give to others, “doing the right thing” even when you’re busy and tired, and sometimes when what’s being asked of you doesn’t align with your own priorities. You don’t like to disappoint people, and figure that being hardworking and…

Let's Get Our Joy On!

Do you remember that time when you were so excited about something that you could hardly contain yourself? Root around in your memory. When was it? Last week? Last year? When you were a kid? Take a minute to locate a memory like this. No, really. I forbid you to read further (in the nicest possible way, of course) until you locate such a memory. {memory digging memory digging memory diggi…

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…

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…