Antidote to Perfectionism

I always say that I am a recovered perfectionist, but just like any other addiction, it’s something I have to continually manage.  For me it turns up as a tight body, a running commentary in my head about doing things “right”, self-condemnation when I don’t measure up to my own high standards, and fear of failing which sometimes paralyzes me …

Follow Your Bliss

Most of us know the famous quote “Follow your bliss….” coined by the great mythologist Joseph Campbell.  I’ve always loved this idea but have honestly NEVER practiced it. I have a fairly practical orientation to life.  I have responsibilities, a schedule, businesses to run, children to raise, appointments to keep, and an ongoing barrage of household tasks that never end. …

Not Enough Light: 6 Tips for Restlessness in Early Winter

Day light savings has been hard on my family.  Driving my kids home from school last week around 4:30PM, when the light was already waning and evening quickly setting in, my son Jack asked from the back seat, “When is the darkest day of the year?”  I was surprised by the foreboding tone of my voice when I uttered, “Oh, …

Surrender Is the Key in Autumn

Happy Fall Equinox!  The 4 juncture points when the seasons change all carry their own unique energy.  Winter is reprieve, Spring is rebirth, Summer is play, and Fall is surrender.  Today marks the start of a period of letting go. I’ve always struggled with Fall, this season of death.  Mid-August I begin to feel agitated and unsettled, that familiar sense …

Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have. (Quote)

The Trap of Hedonistic Adaptation & Ways to Access More Regular Happiness

You win the award, get the promotion, hit the bestseller list, marry the person of your dreams, move into the house of your dreams.  18 months.  This is about the max amount of time we get to feel the euphoria of something great happening in our lives, and typically it’s even less time than that.  Even lottery winners who often …