So many people made such a big deal about the end-of-the-decade. I resisted the fuss. On New Year’s Eve, at dinner with a friend, she asked me what I was thinking in terms of 2020. I rattled off what I’ve been saying for weeks…shouldn’t we be living each day with intention? Then, I woke up…

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Have you seen this place before? It’s nicknamed the “Gates of Heaven” and it’s on the eastern coast of Bali. Spoiler alert… That picture is FAKE. People wait in line for hours to get a picture taken WITH A MIRROR. (When I was there, the wait would’ve been 90-120 minutes.) My friend snapped that picture, blocking someone…

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When I told folks I was going to work remotely from Bali for a month, a lot of them said they were jealous. Good for them. Jealousy tells us what we want. If you feel any amount of jealousy when I talk about my trip…why? Is it because I’m in an exotic location? Because I’m…

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Hola from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico! (And from Guanajuato before this, pictured below.) While the high temperature in Chicago will be -12ºF tomorrow, I’m not here to escape the cold. I’m here because I’ve made a decision about the way I want to live my life. A little over a year ago, instead of…

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Happy New Year! Did you make a resolution? (Did you deliberately not make a resolution?) Last year, I wrote a special blog series about The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin. I’m not lazily recycling an old post. I’m revisiting the Tendencies because understanding yours could mean you finally get what you want this year. Here are the quick summaries.…

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Throughout last year, I wrote a five-part series about self-compassion.  Last December, I was honored to be interviewed by Jackie Pilossoph of Tribune media and featured in her New Year’s column.  You can read her great article below… “The New Year’s resolution you’ve been waiting for” By: Jackie Pilossoph December 19, 2018 “I’m losing 10…

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Everyone seems to be talking about self-care these days. Don’t get me wrong. It’s important. But self-care is not the magic potion it’s made out to be.  ~ Have you gone for a run, but all you could think about is what you should’ve said in that meeting? ~ Have you gotten a massage, but…

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This summer was about healing my hip and my heart. Perfect timing since I’m in the middle of writing a series about self-compassion…. #practicewhatyoupreach Back in the day, if there was a way to plug a speaker into my brain, you would’ve heard me tell myself, “You’re such an idiot.” It sounds so awful, but I…

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This is Part 3 in a series about self-compassion. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 here. Subscribe below to get Part 4 sent directly to your inbox.  Hypothetically, what if there was a cool new project at work? The topic really interested you…it would use a lot of your skills…and maybe there were some really amazing travel opportunities involved.…

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Hello! Remember me? I usually write you every couple of weeks, but it’s been six long weeks since I last said “hello.” There have been several “you’ve got to be kidding me” challenges that have deflated me in the last couple of months. Tack these hard last months onto my hard last year and I’ve been…

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I was once a perfectionist. I saw it as one of my top qualities: that I would work until something was done to the best of my abilities. Because I worked so hard, I was disappointed and disillusioned when things didn’t work out as hoped. For example, I was a professional actor for most of my…

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