Finding Joy in a Time of Uncertainty

It's not like things weren't a bit nuts already. Years of exhausting political unrest. Massive fires in Australia. Nuclear posturing. Economic uncertainty. The list goes on. Now, a global health crisis has been labeled a pandemic and has upended the reassuring rhythm of daily life. Feeling stressed out and uncertain is more than understandable. Our concerns ar…

Are You Getting Hacked by Life? How to Know and What To Do About It

“Creating a morning routine is not focused on who can accomplish the most or check off more boxes than everyone else, it is about allowing yourself to begin your day with confidence, peace, and a positive attitude.” - Jodi Clarke, mental health expert Imagine it’s 9 p.m. I can’t believe the day’s over, you think. Where did the time go?? I had such high hopes today. I really wanted to [ins…

Setting Boundaries: Or, How to (Almost) Not Graduate From College

I was a music major in college. In my junior year I played in an orchestra led by a revered conductor. This revered instructor also had a habit of verbally abusing students in rehearsal. At one point the evil eye of his bad temper focused on me. I made a mistake. He hurled insults at me in front of the entire ensemble. The next day, I did what I thought I should do: I went back to rehearsal…

Tired of the Hustle? Trade Rigidity for Generosity

We live in a hustle culture. This culture pressures us to work too much, have unrealistic expectations, and project a relentless “can do!” attitude whether we’re feeling energized or not. “If you’ve fallen prey to the hustle culture, you have bought into the idea that it’s cool to be ‘always-on’ and to push yourself to the max each of the 1,440 minutes of the day,” says Psychotherapist Bryan…

More Space: How to Increase Joy in an Overstimulating World

Life is crowded. It’s crowded with too much information, too much stimulation and too many responsibilities. To live with a sense of joy and purpose, we must effectively navigate an overstimulating environment so we can stay focused on what’s most important. We must make sure our to-do list aligns with what’s truly meaningful so we don’t become sidetracked with unimportant tasks on a regular…

Beyond Gifts: Give and Receive Holiday Joy

I’ve always been prone to romantic visions of - well, everything, honestly. But I’ve tended to wax especially romantic over all things Christmas. My fantasy Christmas-shopping self smiles and skips through a picturesque snowfall as I carry bags holding the perfect gifts (all at an affordable price!) for everyone on my list. I feel nothing but joy and excitement as I sip my gingerbread latt…