Wisdom Department

How My Family’s Lice Adventure Turned into a Lesson in Compassion

Compassion

Well, let’s just say last weekend was even more adventure than I expected!  My family was excited to join 8 other families from school on a weekend camping and canoeing trip. We expected to have some new experiences in nature as we navigated the Wisconsin River and found an island to set up camp, but didn’t expect lice to be a part of the weekend. When we began to caravan to a weekend camping trip, I discovered my third daughter Avery had lice.  Yikes!  This was a first time experience for us and I wasn’t sure how to handle it. Immediately I was struck by the opportunity to provide compassion to her because she was sad when her sisters wanted to stay clear of her.  This was a chance to accept what happened and talk to her about how it’s … [Read Full Article...]

Does Your Morning Routine Matter During Summer?

Morning, Routine, Summer

Ah, the lazy days of summer!   Have you been looking forward to the relaxing mornings of summer?  No morning routine of homework and rushing to get out the door for school, or maybe just knowing you get to leave the house in sandals and a tank top! I’m in the same place and it feels good to think … [Continue Reading...]

Stop. Sit. Breathe. Proceed: Overcoming the Discomfort of Transformation

Transformation

The day I realized something had changed - I found myself in the car with my husband and our almost 1 year old.  We were sitting in traffic coming during rush hour.  My husband was trying to have a conversation with me - about what, I'm not sure - because all I was hearing was white noise.  In the … [Continue Reading...]

Helping a Loved One Navigate Depression

Depression, Support

Because of my work - I tend to bear witness to people expressing a range of emotions and truths.  My goal is always to approach these moments with the respect and tenderness they deserve.  Every now and again, one of these moment resonates with me in such a way that it latches on and won't let go.   … [Continue Reading...]

First Step to Shifting Overwhelm

overwhelm

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the demands and expectations of your everyday life? I have a hard time admitting this, but I have been feeling this way lately. My oldest is graduating from high school. Major stress and obligation. I hadn't realized how many expectations are placed on the kids as … [Continue Reading...]

Taking Steps Toward Authentic Living

Authentic, Living

A year ago, I decided to take a leap of faith toward happiness and authenticity.  I walked away from the life I had known for almost a decade and went in search of my authentic self.  I was lucky enough to find it and learn some valuable lessons along the way.  Because of the positive changes that … [Continue Reading...]

5 Sanity Savers to Combat Chaos

Sanity, Chaos

Have you ever been overwhelmed by complete chaos? What is your go to strategy for dealing with it? Many people approach it by trying to control the outcomes of all the different situations swirling around them.  The challenge with that approach is that the more you try to control – the more your … [Continue Reading...]

So What is a Chakra Anyway?

Chakras

Chakra is a Sanskrit word that actually has many meanings. So what is Sanskrit?   Sanskrit is an ancient language of beauty, complexity and power!  Sounds amazing right?!  Sanskrit is considered to be the oldest written language in the world.  It is at least six thousand years old but may even be … [Continue Reading...]

Invite Your Muse to a Cup of Inquiry: Gaining Intuitive Access

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Yes, invite your muse to join you for a cup of inquiry. Ask her what kind of tea she wants. Pour it, steaming hot, out of the kettle. Ask her if she takes honey. Listen for her answers in your own imagination. Pour yourself one. Bring a stack of paper and colored pens to the meeting. Slow down, show … [Continue Reading...]

Living a Radically Engaged Life: Stop Settling and Start Savoring Your Life

Savor Life

Welcome to the ongoing column series, Living A Radically Engaged Life™.  It’s time to more fully live our precious lives with meaning and intention.  To bring out our best and learn ways to sustain this level of our best-self.  It requires engagement . . . Radical engagement in our own life.  In … [Continue Reading...]

Power of Stillness

Stillness

Last night after my walk on the beach I paused for a moment to sit in the sand. The sunset along the water’s edge was calling me to rest. I closed my eyes to take in the silence. I heard the water’s waves crashing, a runner race by, a biker peddling past, birds chirping, a helicopter buzzing, a boat … [Continue Reading...]