Ode to Life

I strive to live in the world of wonder, always discovering, growing and building beauty. I want nothing more than to bring this beauty and joy into the world as much as possible.  Because lately I have seen and heard of so much pain and anger, how painful life can be, how hard.  But within and throughout the hardships I … Continue Reading

Tapping into the Steady Rhythm of Life

Rush, rush, rush, rush, rush.  That seems to be the theme these days. Life feels like a giant race most of the time as we all gallop around at full speed on our horses, often seemingly out of control and overwhelmed, about to crash at any moment, but somehow – somehow we manage to stay on.  We manage to keep … Continue Reading

You Can Do Hard Things

I’m sitting on my little green couch, as I do every morning, having my coffee, and feeling an overwhelming sense of gratitude. An overwhelming sense of gratitude for the life that I have, for every breath that I take, and for being able to have this experience of growth. This post is part reflection, part practical update on Japan. It’s … Continue Reading

What I learned from taking off my headphones

Life can be hard. It can be confusing and distracting and it’s easy to only see the negative. It’s easy to try to drown out everything around us in order to ease the pain, to make the things we don’t like seem a little easier. The other day when I was running I was hit smack in the head with … Continue Reading

Is it really worth it?

“Is it really worth it?”   This thought has popped into my mind on many occasions and in many circumstances over the years, and especially as of late. I’ve been thinking about this because things aren’t always easy. And when they aren’t easy, I think many of us start to ask – Is it all really worth it? Maybe you’re … Continue Reading

How to stop taking yourself so dang seriously! – Four of the biggest takeaways after living 30 years on this earth

I love birthdays and I love my birthday. I know it sounds self-centered but I really do. Why? It’s a beautiful day where you get to celebrate yourself – I mean, wow! You get to celebrate yourself! Your wonderful, beautiful, fantastic self! Is there anything better than that?! Seriously, though, have you ever thought about how amazing and special you … Continue Reading

My Biggest Secret – The Real Truth About My Life

The absolute, 100% raw, real and sobering truth is that I ache for my home. I ache for my hometown and my family and even (I may kick myself for saying this) the snow. The real truth is that I’ve been running my whole life. I have been running away from myself and to myself simultaneously. I have lost myself … Continue Reading

How to find connection when you feel lonely and discouraged in life

It’s easy to feel disconnected, lonely, and discouraged as we move through our day to day lives, sometimes unable to see the bigger picture around us. I know this well; I’ve been there, and still experience these emotions from time to time. When I was a little girl I always had this image of a spiderweb threading across the sky, … Continue Reading

How to find your home and place in this world

With the holidays around, I have to be honest and say that I’ve been a little homesick. But, what does that mean? What does home mean, and why is it that we get “homesick”? Home. What is home, and why do our hearts yearn for it? What makes a home a home, and why is it that you can never … Continue Reading

When Your Joys Become a Chore

I’m laying on my yoga mat, unable to get myself to do any poses, only able to concentrate on how tired my body is and how much pain my thumb is in. I managed to injure my thumb to the point where I may have tendonitis or severely strained the muscle – and probably because I’ve pushed myself a little … Continue Reading

#1 Way to Get Happy FAST

OK, I’m careful about what I promise these days – but I assure you, this is basically the #1 way to get happy real fast and for REAL. And that way is GRATITUDE. Gratitude. I’ve written about it before. Once, or twice, or thrice. I’m not sure how many times but it’s something that I continually come back to because … Continue Reading

When Life Feels Heavy, Try These 3 Steps

Life can be heavy. Like really, really heavy. I’ve personally had days where I just didn’t know if I could do it anymore. I sit on my bed and stare into the great abyss and wonder what it’s all about. Yes, I have faith. Yes, I believe that there is something bigger out there than me, but I still wonder. … Continue Reading

6 Simple Ways to Begin a Practice of Gratitude

For me the last year has been about gratitude, and I’m not just talking about it because it’s Thanksgiving week. A little over a year ago, on November 1st, I decided that I had had enough. On that day I vowed to write one thing in a tiny little journal every day that I was grateful for. At first it … Continue Reading

THIS is the true key to happiness and contentment

Progress. A word I have come to love and be very familiar with. I used to think that life was all about the end destination, all about the end of the rainbow, being successful, having the house, the husband, the kids, the perfect job, etc etc etc. Last week we had exams here at my school which is always a … Continue Reading

The Road to Love [Gratitude, rain storms, and food poisoning]

I spent an entire day in bed this week with food poisoning. Food poisoning is one heck of a trip if you’ve ever had it. It hits you like a bus and it wreaks havoc in your body, fast. It feels as if your body is suddenly its own enemy, like someone took sandpaper to the inside of your intestines … Continue Reading

The ultimate trick to gratitude. EVEN for you self proclaimed pessimists

I was joking with my dad the other night about the weather here and how we really only have three seasons in Thailand: Hot, hotter, and rainy season. It is just hot. ALL. THE. TIME. I often find myself having thoughts such as “Oh man this is the perfect day, it’s cloudy!” or “Wow, I would give anything to be … Continue Reading