Many thanks

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You probably know you have things to be thankful for, but if you’ve got big plans for your life, it can be hard to stay focused on them. You know you have people in you’re life you’re thankful for, but when they nag you about the things you’re stressed about, it’s hard to remember you love them.

If you’re an ambitious person, striving for your next step is how you stay alive. Avoiding people who drag you down helps keep your mind right (except for that sometimes, when they know you well, they’re just shining a mirror to your beautifully imperfect self…darnit).

So, it is possible to be grateful and ambitious? To love people, and to keep them only as close as you need them to? To receive the lessons you need with an open heart, while protecting your self-worth at the same time?

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Monday Moment: Up and at ’em

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I know, I know. Unless you’re waking up in a beachside villa or similarly lavish spot today, you probably rolled your eyes the moment you saw this quote. Mondays mornings often don’t exactly make us feel the magic of being alive. It’s ok, because it’s still true. So, even if maybe the first few moments (hours) of the day don’t feel especially delightful, that doesn’t mean the day is a total loss.

Maybe it’s possible that at some point before your Monday wraps up, you can find one moment in which it does feel that way. One moment of gratitude, contentment, or peace, before returning to your inbox and the competing demands and responsibilities of your day. One mindful breath that reminds you how fairly amazing it is that breathing is something you can – and must – do, for the privilege of being able to do and feel and be so much more beyond it.

Have a happy week. :)


Return to sender

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Today’s the day, y’all. The red, the pink, the lace, the hearts. They’re everywhere. If you’re allergic to roses, you might want to stay out of public today. Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is upon us.

Whether you’re matched up or not this year, I’m probably not the first person to tell you that any love relationship worth your time starts with loving yourself first. If your relationship status is currently anything other than “totally smitten,” today is a unique opportunity for you. Read More