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Posts on other areas to live a meaningful life.

Calm App Review: What You Can Get for Free

People often ask me how I stay calm all the time. The short answer? I don’t. I’m a human, and like everyone else, I have my fair share less than shining moments. (Don’t believe me? Hear my humorous recount of a recent mini-meltdown I had while traveling in the video …

How to Read More in the New Year

Did you know that reading has actual scientific benefits? It’s true! And there are a lot of them. Initially, reading might just seem like a productive way to pass time, but more and more research is pointing to the mental, emotional, and relational benefits. Perhaps this is why I’m seeing …

Why You Need a Mantra for the New Year

The New Year is here, and I’m absolutely, positively convinced that you need a mantra for the new year! It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the different theories about New Year’s resolutions. Do you choose a goal, a word, or a new challenge each month; what’s the best approach? …

Be Courageous: Reflections On My 2017 Mantra

Last year, just after the holidays, I got serious about crafting my mantra for 2017. While some people choose specific goals or focus on a single word, I’m a firm believer in choosing a personal catchphrase to use all year long.   I thought long and hard before I settled …

5 Tips to Beat the Post Holiday Blues

The holidays are over. While this can sometimes bring about a hopefulness for the New Year, it can also bring about some serious post holiday blues. You might be feeling blah, lethargic, or depressed, or perhaps you notice an overall sense of feeling deflated. Thankfully, there are a ton of …

Simple Conversation Starters for Your Holiday Gathering

No matter how you’re spending this holiday season, chances are, there will be increased opportunity for conversation. Whether you’re spending lots of time with close family, or sitting next to your second cousin, it’s possible to have more meaningful conversation. Or maybe you’re joining a group of neighbors for the …

The Holiday Tradition I Gave Up

You know those slightly annoying people who love the holidays? Like over the top, Will Ferrell in Elf, kind of love? That’s totally me. I started planning my tree in October, I’ve been editing my holiday playlist since last year, and I’ve been jonesing to break out my spiced cider …

7 Ways to Beat Stress This Holiday Season

Have you noticed how many people love the holidays and simultaneously feel super stressed out? It’s a strange mix. We seem to love the season, but halfway through it, we’re overwhelmed and exhausted. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s totally possible to beat stress this holiday season, …

Scared About Making a Big Decision? Read This.

Making decisions is tough. We often feel overwhelmed, conflicted, and scared. Scared of making the wrong decision, scared it won’t work out, and scared we’ll regret our decision. We want to know that whatever decision we make is going to work out. However, I’m here to share one of most …