​The Comparison Game: How to Avoid the Rabbit Hole

So, I’m going to talk about my lawn. (I swear I’m going somewhere with this…hang with me.) Our lawn must be the ugliest in the neighborhood. It looks neglected though we’ve tried to improve it for years. It was in bad shape already when we bought our house, plus we have two dogs who need space to run. This combination makes it nearly impossible to grow grass. Patches of sparse greenery…

Milk and Cookies

“Think what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap.” – Robert Fulghum Last night I dreamt about being back in kindergarten. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and enjoy thinking back to the comforts of childhood. Or maybe it’s because I’m a teacher who’s ab…

For Labor Day, a Side of Grace With Our Grit

“It takes courage to say YES to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.” – Brené Brown The upcoming Labor Day holiday got me thinking about our relationship to work. Work, of course, is necessary. Work on behalf of a worthy cause or to accomplish an important goal can also be hugely satisfying. Sometimes, work energizes us. I’m often energized when I work…

The One Thing that Makes All the Difference

In a noisy and demanding world a quiet place to step back, clear your mind, and find order in the chaos is not a luxury: it is an absolute necessity. I really hope you took the challenge in my last blog post to heart and found a personal sanctuary space for yourself. But maybe you’re still on the fence about doing so: you think it sounds like a nice idea, but aren’t convinced it’s necessar…

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 di…

Unlock Awesome: Two Simple Steps You Can Take Today

On the surface, everything is fine. You go to work, take care of your family, fold your laundry, laugh with your friends. Moreover, you have a roof over your head, plenty of food to eat, and a safe environment in which to live. Maslow would be proud. But like many of us, you’re feeling stuck, uncertain or overwhelmed (perhaps all three). You are truly grateful for the safety and comfort of…