“No-Fail” Friday: You first (x2)

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Who doesn’t love a good throwback? This post was originally published on July 15, 2016. Don’t worry, it’s a classic. You’ll love it. ;-) 

How are you feeling this Friday? Although it doesn’t always feel like it these days, the last day of the workweek is usually synonymous with lightness and fun. Even if your schedule is packed with meetings, the knowledge that you’re about to break free for two whole days is usually cause for celebration, and a great big exhale. Even if you’ve got projects galore and other responsibilities to tend to, at least they feel a little bit more on your terms. Plus, you can make time for a little relaxation, so you can start next week totally refreshed, right? Don’t worry, I hear you laughing…refreshed on Monday? What is that? It is possible, and I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s not only about MondayRead More


Care-full (x2)

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This post was originally published on July 13, 2016.

A while back, we talked about the times when life puts you on the bench, and tries its best to give you no choice but to take a break. Whether it’s illness, injury, or that particular kind of fatigue that makes you feel like you’re moving through molasses, those are the moments when it’s your job to take care of you. With the pace of our lives these days, we often fight that directive and push through, trying to stay or get back “on track” as soon as possible. Of course, that usually means that getting better takes way longer than it should or needs to, or we end up crashing completely with nothing left in the tank.

If we can’t take care of ourselves when we’re physically injured or depleted, what does that mean about the times when our bodies aren’t giving out? How do we respond when it’s our mind, our heart – or just our being – that is asking us for some TLC? In some ways, those messages can be much easier to dismiss or ignore, but that doesn’t mean they go away or that they aren’t important.  Read More


Monday Moment: Full alignment

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Our inspiration this Monday is pretty straightforward, but in some ways, it may also be more easily said (or thought?) than done. Getting the energy of your thoughts, actions and words to align can be tough, and you may not exactly know how to go about it. You definitely know when it’s not the case, though. The best you can do is take a breath, check in with yourself, find where your heart and head connect, and make an effort to be present in that “space” right before you respond, to decide whether what you’re about to do or say aligns with your intention.

Sometimes it will work, sometimes it won’t. Over time, and with mindfulness, those moments of alignment will become more common, though, and before you know it, striking that balance will feel like second nature.

Photo credit: Laura Connesson 


“No-Fail” Friday: Listen-only mode

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Would you call yourself much of a reader? Do you like catching up on books, articles, and maybe a well-written blog post now and then (ahem)? Some people really dig it; others do it when and if they have to, and that’s about it.

Lucky for them, we live in a world right now where there are lots of alternatives to staring at words on a page. Read More