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You Don’t Need a New You—You Just Need You

It’s that time of the year again when we’re force fed the idea that we need to be better. Different. Thinner. Stronger. Smarter. We need to work harder. Sleep better. Drink Less. Drink more. Give up bread. Have more sex. Do more yoga. Quit snoring. Turn our phones off. Read more. Do less. Do more….

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Is Relaxing Foreign to You? Here’s Your Passport to Peace

More than a few years ago while lying poolside and staring at the Costa Rican mountains, I worried why I was so tired. Was I sick? Was I getting sick? What was wrong with me? The hypochondriac in me rolled over and said to my husband David, “I’m so tired. I must be sick.” He…

From Surviving to Thriving: How You Can Shift Out of Fight or Flight

George and Betty’s doors were buttoned up tightly the day I stood on the side of my house metamorphosing into a twelve-year-old hustler. But smoke billowed from my neighbors’ chimney, so I knew they were home. They were my best option for getting cash—cash I needed to buy food for me and my brother and…

5 Ways to Go from Overwhelmed to Joyful

Are you overwhelmed? Have you lost your va va voom? Are everyday tasks bringing you down flat? It’s easy to fall into the unhappy lull of go go go and do do do. Even during the days of coronavirus, when we’re supposedly slowing down and staying home, feeling overwhelmed is a real thing. Add to…

In Compassion Lies Divinity

Sometimes we’re just so human. You know what I mean—those times when other people’s habits, perspectives, and political views get the best of us and we say hurtful things. But also within our humanness, deep inside all our impatience and judgment, we have something else, something better. We have compassion.  Compassion is so powerful! It’s…

Are You Living in the Shallow?

Have you ever seen a parrotfish up close and in person? They are magnificent! Also called the “rainbows of the sea,” they flash neon pink, yellow, and blue, while playfully inviting you to follow them deep into the sea. Parrotfish are able to change their sex when needed for procreation and make pajamas out of…

Everything You Need Is Already Inside of You

So often in life when we encounter an obstacle or are confronted with a tough decision, we look outside ourselves for answers. We call a friend, fire off an email to a colleague, or search Google.  Rarely do we ever trust ourselves to solve life’s most difficult questions. We don’t listen to our own wisdom…

What I Know About Love and Marriage

It rained on my wedding day. Huge drops fell on our Bahamian town and left us running for cover. I paced in my cabana, fretting that the rain wouldn’t stop in time for the wedding. David, my soon-to-be husband, handed me a glass of champagne and reminded me that the weather was out of our…

Love Doesn’t Shrink, Divide, or Disappear

Life after a loss can feel lonely and unbearable. Days or weeks or even months may go by without you ever opening your eyes to see the world. This happened to me when I lost Finn, the gentle, loving soul who grew to become my emotional support dog. As I tell you in this video,…

Laughing is Serious Business

“I know how to keep my man happy, and keep him, period: meatloaf and blowjobs.”                           ~ Ayako M. as quoted in Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4-Hour Chef. Oh, I’m probably still laughing as you read this. Nothing like the juxtaposition of meatloaf…

The Importance of Believing

The need to believe has never been more important than right now. Believing in good, in peace, and that everything has a purpose. Believing that we will come out of these uncertain times better and stronger than before. Inevitably, there are times when I pause and think about the craziness in which we find ourselves….

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