How Do I Feel Grateful When I DON’T?

How Do I Feel Grateful When I DON’T?

Can I be real? Sometimes I’m overwhelmed, anxious and doubting if I’ll ever muster the ever-trending buzz-word, “gratitude” again. Sometimes, giving thanks feels like a pipe dream. The truth is… It’s okay to feel un-grateful. You have needs. When your needs aren’t met, stress and striving overwhelm your gratitude. You have the need to feel […]

How Do I Celebrate the Autumn Equinox?

How Do I Celebrate the Autumn Equinox?

On Friday at 1:20 pm PST, summer will officially end. The fall equinox arrives and so has a time of emotional and physical significance. For centuries the summer was a time of hard work and no play where farmers’ kids began the strenuous task of helping out on the family farm. Summer was sweaty and […]

One Daily Step to Feel More Sane

One Daily Step to Feel More Sane

Last week I celebrated my grandmother’s 101st birthday. The older she gets, the more secret stories she reveals, so I’ve started asking her juicer questions. “Have you ever been arrested?” Shaking her head as if my question bored her, she replied: “Of course!” When you have seen three major world wars, lived through a few […]

You Are Not Responsible for Everyone All of The Time

You Are Not Responsible for Everyone All of The Time

I was stressing out last weekend because I had overcommitted. I had promised my time to three people and now crunch called for two phone calls. Am I letting them down? Will I disappoint them? Will their feelings be hurt? Will they be alone on a Saturday because of me? Will they label me just another […]

3 Simple and Scientific Steps to Reduce Anxiety

3 Simple and Scientific Steps to Reduce Anxiety

Six years ago I was considering taking anti-anxiety meds. As you learned in last week’s post, I danced the anxiety dance for almost two decades. By the end of 2010, I bit the bullet. Two pills a day and the constant hum of worry was replaced with numbness and a low degree of self-hatred. I […]