Giving Yourself Permission is Bull#@&!

Unfortunately in our world, full-grown adults still require permission to en-JOY life or to play and create. We “grant ourselves permission” or wait for it from our bosses, jobs, family, or friends to allow ourselves the space to play and create. This, my friends, is crap. You do NOT need permission from anyone, except possibly…

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Creating Space to Write

Last weekend, I BLEW it.  I had the opportunity to travel to Taos, New Mexico for a retreat with a group of super creative, amazing women. And I didn’t go. I thought I was being responsible.  I wasn’t being responsible. Nope, more like dumb.  I ended up majorly regretting this decision, so instead of feeling (more) sorry…

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How to Deal with Fear When You Let it Lead

A few weeks ago, I wrote about letting joy lead after reading the memoir Fierce Joy. This whole idea made me explore what happens in my life when I let fear lead. It’s been an interesting exercise in feeling the emotions of fear vs. joy in my body and seeing how I respond. I encourage…

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The Power of a Smile

Here’s a “funny” for you…”What did the 0 say to the 8?” Read this post and the answer is at the bottom! I often share random jokes in my Instagram stories. And, there’s actually a psychological reason for sharing random “funnies” other than just being silly. There’s a principle called the Facial Feedback Hypothesis that…

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Are you letting JOY lead?

July has been a month full of adventures, growth, and self-discovery. The first weekend found me swimming a class V rapid in Colorado. The middle of the month I was in Belize with my mentor and coach on a transformative trip with an amazing group of women where I got to inner tube the Maca…

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Facing Fear Head On & Blasting Through

This happy 4th of July, when we left for a visit to see our son and some dear friends in Colorado, I was looking forward to a little vacation, helping him get settled in his new apartment, maybe taking a fun hike, and focusing on friends and family. And that’s what we did. We spent…

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#truth – You will never complete your to-do list

This whole idea about NEVER totally finishing my to-do list was an epiphany I had this past week. A total ‘DUH’ moment. When have I ever finished my to-do list? Um…never. Have you? I might check all the boxes off of a list I’ve made, but there’s always still laundry to be done, books and…

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Create Your “Ta-Da” list

Let me start this post by saying that a TA DA list is NOT a to-do list. This exercise is not about adding anything else to your already full plate. It’s all about celebrating and shifting your mindset from doing to being and feeling, which is key when you’re trying to get out of overwhelm…

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Are you brave enough to be a beginner?

Starting something new can be terrifying, especially for those of us with, um, some perfectionist tendencies. It’s scary because we might totally suck, it might be hard, it might hurt (I thought I might die after my first Cross-fit class ever), or we might be awkward and terrible.  On the flipside of that super positive…

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Banish the Guilt of “Guilty Pleasures”

I was listening to one of my fav podcasts this week and the host talked about joyfully indulging in a “guilty pleasure” which totally got me thinking…and feeling.  Why? Because…Guilt feels AWFUL. Physically, I get a tight squeezy feeling in my chest, maybe some nausea, and my throat might tighten up.  Emotionally, I run through…

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