From Exhausted to Energized: How to Claim the Rest You've Earned

Don't you just love summer?There’s something soothing about this season that makes us feel lighter and happier. Plus, summer means vacation for many - an opportunity to escape from the stress and tedium of everyday life and go have some fun. Unfortunately, too many of us end up feeling desperate for summer and the time off it brings; like we’re dragging ourselves (yet again) over the finish l…

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…

To Be Kind, Explore Joy

In my last post, I talked about the challenges of living from a place of true and transformative kindness. By practicing this type of kindness, we agree to a certain level of personal sacrifice. We have to be willing to put in the time and energy necessary to explore difficult emotions and experiences to find the joy and meaning on the other side. It can also require doing something we find unp…