Tag Archive for 'self-awareness'

New Year’s Gifts

Do you struggle with the concept of a New Year’s Resolution? Do you buckle under the pressure of obligation? Does having a bevy of “shoulds” hanging over your head dampen any sense of excitement you have about beginning a fresh, new year? Maybe your answer is, “No.” Maybe you thrive on setting goals, big or […]

I took a shower this morning – it’s not an everyday thing for me – and afterwards, as I plucked through my closet to figure out what to wear, this thought flashed through my head: You really should put on some jeans and wear a real outfit today. You have the time. There’s no reason […]

Maybe you’ve seen people posting on Facebook about their “PRs,” or Personal Records, in running or weightlifting. Running your best race or lifting a goal weight is exciting and gratifying. Nothing I say today is meant to diminish the value of setting a goal and accomplishing it. I just want to share with you a […]

Back-to-School Breakdowns

Let me tell you a little secret about me. I was a History and Religious Studies double major in college. (That’s not the secret part.) Both majors required hefty, hefty reading loads and lots and lots of writing. At the start of the new college semester, when I would get the syllabus for each course, […]

If you’ve paid attention to my Facebook feed over the past few days, you’ve seen posts about Jordan Younger, Chocolate-Covered Katie, and Amy Kubal, R.D. What do they share in common? Jordan’s abandoning veganism because of her anorexia. Katie’s “come out” as an excessive exerciser. And Amy’s shared that her lifelong struggle with disordered eating […]

When Things Hurt

I got a hangnail on my thumb last week. I picked and poked at it and it got horribly infected. It hurt like the dickens. So of course, everything I did for two days somehow involved my thumb. I banged it on the faucet in the bath. I cut it on an eggshell while trying […]

It’s astounding when you stop to consider the revolution that social media has spawned. We organize our lives differently now compared to a mere five years ago. Our sources of information have profoundly changed. How we relate to peers, loved ones and strangers is unique as compared to any other time in human history. And, […]

(You’re gonna find affiliate links in here. They will take you to Amazon where you can purchase the item I’ve hyperlinked for the same price you would if you went there directly. But, you help fund my blogging efforts if you buy here. Kind of a win-win, no?) I’m about halfway through the latest Balanced […]

(There is an affiliate link in this post to my own book. If you click through and buy something, you will support my blogging and writing efforts. So, thanks!) Over the weekend, I listened to another amazing interview from “On Being” and Krista Tippett. Her conversation was with theoretical physicist and professor Brian Greene, and although […]

I hope your holidays were the right blend of fun, noise, mess and peace, warmth, and rest. Or, at the very least, you are going to be able to catch up on some rest this weekend. I had a couple of friends go through some really emotionally-trying, challenging life events over the holiday so for […]