Something You Can Trust

Uncertainty. Even the word makes me squirm. I much prefer knowing what to expect—like how long it will take to get somewhere or when I’m going to have company. When I’ve got the facts, I feel more relaxed and can breathe easier. And then there are those times when tragedy hits, and there’s just no […]

Rooted Joy

Not to be a party pooper, but I think enthusiasm is overrated. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for genuine joy and elation. But there’s also this other kind of enthusiasm that we paint on our faces when we want folks to like us or we think we’re being polite. You know, like when you […]

Three Ways to Boost Your Blood (and why it’s so important)

The other day, I hit a wall. I was laying on the couch, surrounded by papers and dirty lunch dishes, trying to organize my to-do list. I was so tired I couldn’t think straight, and everything felt much more overwhelming than it needed to be. “I don’t know what to do with myself!” I whined […]

Extra Strength Grounding

If you’re feeling frazzled or scattered these days, it’s totally understandable. The events of the past week (on top of the last year) are enough to throw anyone for a loop. This calls for some extra strength grounding. In this video, I’ll show you how to harness the deep stillness of the Water Element, amplified […]

The Power of Stopping

I used to say my husband, Jason was “the oil in my lamp.” He’s slow, steady, and deep—all attributes of the Water Element in Chinese medicine. I, on the other hand, run circles around him like a wound-up chihuahua. My spastic movements, goofy humor, and awkward shyness are hallmarks of the Fire Element. I never […]

A Light in the Dark

How’s your pilot light? Not the kind in your stove or furnace. I’m talking about the eternal flame, deep in your lower belly. This proverbial light is an aspect of the Water Element in Chinese medicine, and it relates to your strength and your will to keep trudging through cold, darkness, and uncertainty. It not […]

Calm your Nerves with this SIMPLE Qi Gong Exercise

Sometimes less is more, especially when you’re anxious or overwhelmed. That’s why I’d like to show you this SIMPLE calming, grounding Qi Gong exercise, which I learned from my dear friend and Chinese medicine teacher, Boonchai. If you’re feeling anxious or unsettled for ANY reason (or a bunch of them), this video is a must-watch. […]

When Things Don’t Go as Planned

Sooner or later, an appointment will be forgotten. Dishes will stack. Good food will go bad. It happens to all of us—especially when we’ve got a lot on our plates. The more we add, the harder it is to manage, and inevitably, a ball gets dropped or something (or someone) gets neglected. I’ve dropped my […]

Unlovable Blues Radio

It all starts with a casual remark. Something like, “I could never look good in yoga pants,” “My arms are too flabby,” or “My hair is so dull and boring.” Maybe your friend chimes in, “Well, my butt is too big, and my lips are too thin!” And back and forth you go, highlighting all […]

Skin and Bones

That’s me in the shirt with my mom and step-dad in Florida in 1996. I was 22 years old and weighed 72 lbs. We flew there to see a doctor—as a last-ditch effort to save my life. It all started four years before with an acute bout of gastroenteritis (or so they thought). After that, […]

Good Enough

My father was a craftsman in every sense of the word. Whether he was restoring a Victorian home or building an outhouse in the Maine woods, he always did everything “just right.”  His corners were square, he never missed a detail, and you can bet whatever he built would stand the test of time. He […]

The Hidden Beauty of Grief

Little A loved waving hello. Her chubby little arm would shoot out with fingers outstretched whenever she’d see us. Even our dog Zola would get an enthusiastic wave whenever they’d cross paths. Waving goodbye, on the other hand, was a different story. She just wouldn’t do it, even though it was the exact same gesture. […]