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…

How to Thrive: What Caring for Animals Can Teach Us

I love animals. Don’t you? Because I have a particular soft spot for animals in need, my husband and I support many animal rescue organizations. This includes the Maryland Animal Sanctuary & Rescue (MAS Rescue), the Orphaned Wildlife Center, and the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Because of these affiliations, the word “sanctuary” has a strong association for me. Animal sanctuaries provi…

Life Rebalance: Embrace the Micro Vacation

Does it feel like summer is flying by at an alarming rate? Are you bummed hearing about everyone else’s awesome vacation experiences while feeling that you can’t take time off yourself? Or maybe you have taken a vacation, but it wasn’t enough of a break to truly counterbalance a work-a-day life that is hectic, stressful or unsatisfying. My goal here isn’t to be Debbie Downer,…

Six Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Vacation

There’s no doubt about it: vacation is awesome. And, it’s good for us. In fact, research shows that regular vacation time is necessary for our mental and physical well-being, and can even increase productivity and longevity. But how do you make sure that your time away is truly restful? If you regularly come back from vacation saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation” maybe there are…

Unpacking Regret: From Broken Dreams to Greater Fulfillment

In my last blog post, I talked about how taking time off can help us step back from daily life and make strategic choices about how we spend our time. This action can help us live with less stress and more meaning. But what if exhaustion and overwhelm aren’t the problem? What if a sense of deep regret makes it difficult for you to truly experience a fulfilling life? We all live with some le…

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…