This time last year, I launched this site with the intention of honoring some of the incredible people in my life. This time this year, I’ve got something else delicious in store! … More December Generosity, the 2017 Edition: Shout-Outs and Love Letters!
Tonight, I share two quotations that have inspired me: “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” Helen Keller. “You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay … More Stop Writing, Start Doing! (What’s YOUR Activation Look Like?)
Imagine this: a building built in 1927 or so, wedged cozily next to the MAX line and the soccer field just blocks from the heart of downtown. There’s a skinny courtyard with a few plants; not aesthetically un-appealing, but the decor is very minimalist, and paintjob nondescript. Inside are 40 apartment for rent; all units … More Home is Where the Heart is: The Calm Before The Storm (An Introduction)
Intention: kindness. When sitting down to write of kindness, I feel a quiet metaphorical smile begin to spread across my insides. I feel in my body an ease, a mellowing, a warmth. What a gift true kindness is; what a gesture of support. Kindness can shape-shift dramatically depending on the situation, the giver, the recipient. … More Travels, Day 18: Narita
Intention: savor. Yesterday, I spoke of joy; today’s intention might feel similar but has a decidedly different flavor. The concept of savoring brings with it an understanding that whatever pleasure is currently being experienced will not last. There is an understanding of the temporary nature of all things, including the highest highs and the sweetest … More Travels, Day 17: The Road Home
Intention: ENJOY! I’m a little embarrassed to admit that “joy” doesn’t always fall high on my priority list. It’s not that I don’t think it’s important, but more that setting aside time just to — what, experience pleasure?! — is often hard for me to justify. So many other things feel more pressing; amidst a … More Travels, Day 16: Ngapali Beach Bliss
Intention: assertiveness. There is a wise teacher I know who identified four primary types of communication that we humans navigate between: passive, aggressive, passive aggressive, and assertive. Those first three are defaults for many of us (particularly in situations when we feel afraid, vulnerable, or attacked), but I’ve found that fourth one to be a … More Travels, Day 15: Ngapali Beach
Intention: non-attachment. Letting go of expectations: this is something I will likely be challenged by throughout my lifetime. And there is a scientific reason for this: our memories are programmed to recall “highs,” “lows,” and “endings.” There are so many times when I essentially completely disregard the process of something, fixating only on whatever emerged … More Travels, Day 14: To Ngapali Beach, we go!
Intention: honoring body, self, needs. How can you honor yourself and others, today? How can you listen to your body, attune to your needs, and be receptive and responsive? Phrased this way, it may seem a mighty endeavor; however, honoring can be as simple as taking a moment to pause and check in. For me, … More Travels, Day 13: Nyaung Shwe
Intention: balance. Balance. People who know me well know that this is a word I sometimes have an indignant aversion toward. To me, balance feels like inherently precarious; like it could be disrupted by a gust of wind, or an ounce more of weight. As a yogi, I think of balance as strength, but also … More Travels, Day 12: Inle Lake