Your inner superhero can wait. Right now, just be yourself.

Your inner superhero can wait. Right now, just be yourself.

The great thing about a crisis is that it reveals our real priorities in life. Those things you’re holding together right now with your bare hands, some duct tape and the last vestiges of your patience? Those are the things that really matter to you. What you thought your priorities were before the pandemic and what you’ve discovered your priorities actually are may surprise you. Some of y…
Grace & Grit: Finding Your Balance In Tough Times

Grace & Grit: Finding Your Balance In Tough Times

We all want to get through this crazy time in which we find ourselves as best we can. The question is, how? We’re all trying to figure out what the new normal looks like while coping with the uncertainty of how long social distancing measures will last and or when they’ll become necessary again. We’re trying to make the best choices we can with limited information. I think our abili…
Finding Joy in a Time of Uncertainty

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

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

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

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…