The mindful grind

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If there’s a phrase I have heard most during these first few weeks of 2017, it’s probably not “Happy New Year,” but something more along the lines of “back to the grind.” After weeks of downtime (family, binge-watching, sleeeeeep), turned-up time (friends, parties, travel), and maybe even some alternative work on that second job you’ve had for the past year (applications submitted!!!), it’s time to head back to that increasingly-familiar planet known as regular, everyday adulting. Back to work, back to classes, back to the grind as you currently know it. No question, it’s harsh – or that’s how it feels, anyway. As you’ve already started to notice, it’s not so much what you’re looking at but how you’re looking at it that contributes to your inner angst.

So what is it about this “reality” you’re headed back to that makes it so painful?  Probably, a few things.  Read More


Meaning what

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You’ve probably been hearing it for years. Find your passion. Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. Live your purpose – and so on. And who doesn’t want to feel that way, right? Who doesn’t want to wake up every morning filled with the sense that everything you’re about to spend your day doing will be personally meaningful and make a worthwhile impact in the world? It’s a lot of pressure, though, to feel like you have to find “that thing” that will make you bounce out of bed, filled with happiness, ready for a day in which your work feels like play. It is both utterly unrealistic, and entirely possible. The possible lies in getting there; the challenge is in staying there.  Read More


Monday Moment: Today is tomorrow

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This quote really spoke to me this morning when thinking about all of you goal-oriented types out there, in some sense because I think you can read it more than one way. I mean, of course I love the present moment awareness aspect of it. Now is all you really know for sure, right? But also, I think it speaks to our relationship with goals. Sometimes our fear holds us back from really going after them, and time passes without us getting much closer to achieving them because, on some level, we’re scared of what will happen if we do. On the other hand, sometimes we get so caught up in going after whatever’s next that we fail to recognize how far we’ve come. As in, oh yeah, that’s right, I am exactly where I hope I’d be right now. Go me.

This week, give yourself some credit already, why dontcha? And while you’re at it, remember that there’s no time like the present for stepping on up into your future.

Photo credit: Natalia Luchanko