Off The Grid

I spent all of July adventuring in Croatia and Italy. It was a stunningly picturesque vacation with Ken, the littles and my Mom. And I gave myself full permission to just play and be present — thinking that if I felt inspired, I would work on Stratejoy stuff. It was kind of fake permission, because…

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Self Care vs. Self Comfort: Which Do You Really Need?

If you’ve been sliding into the land of distraction, numbness, excessive soothing at the expense of your values, there’s no point in beating yourself up.

Practice some self compassion and let today be the “reset” button. If the comfort has been gaining crazy momentum, make a different choice now. Today. Tonight.

I know you can do it.

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Increasing Your Daily Pleasure

I chose Pleasure as my guiding word for the year because I was craving something that felt the opposite of hustle. The opposite of focus and drive and the pressure of shoulding myself to achieve more, more, more. As someone who doesn’t shy away from hard work, big ambition and buckling down to “get shit…

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The Four Kinds of People You Need in Your Life

Who’s got your back? How do you learn, question, absorb, and teach all the inspiration and advice that flows through life? How do we narrow down the crazy influx of information we’re exposed to everyday? When it comes to enriching our lives, understanding who makes up our community and how their unique role supports us…

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2 Ways To Embrace Your Imperfections

Sometimes it’s still hard for me to unhook from the mistaken beliefs of “perfection” that once raged loudly inside my mind.  Perfect weight… “If I lose these 30 pounds I gained in college, then I’ll be attractive again and thus, dateable. And then I’ll be happy.” Perfect job… “If I get a promotion to manager, then I’ll be respected at…

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I picked the word Essential this year. Here's what happened…

When I make my theme word for the year, I want it to be a loving, yet firm reminder of what is important to me. It’s easy for me to get caught up in the next bright shiny thing or in pursing egocentric goals because that’s what I “should” be doing, so I need my word to be my guide.

My theme word helps me stay centered on what I have declared is needed in my life, day after day, week after week, month after month.

For 2015, I was led by the word Essential.

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Day 5 of the Joy Challenge: Declare Goals, Develop Habits

The pursuit of worthwhile goals is one of the few things you can to that markedly improves your life satisfaction. And the development of powerful habits helps support that worthy pursuit.

When you feel like you’re just going through the motions — fearful of making any change, bored by the path you feel stuck on, or scared that you’ll never actually accomplish anything — declaring goals that are in alignment with your authentic self can awaken your spirit.

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