I interviewed my good friend, Michelle Ward, about Courage last week for Reclamation. Michelle is the poster child for courage in action — chasing a life of musical theater in NYC, letting go of that dream to become a creative career coach, surviving boob cancer (twice), making tough choices about how to grow her adorable…Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
It’s a common trait of women — of the care-taking role we’re conditioned to embrace — to put everyone’s needs ahead of your own. How can I help you? How can I support you? How can I take care of you?
Striving to be all things to all people is exhausting.
Why don’t you try asking yourself these very same questions for a change — How can I help myself? How can I support myself? How can I take care of myself?
The answer is commitment. Commitment to your own personal fulfillment and flourishing. Commitment with your whole heart. Commitment with your full sense of self.
You can commit in many forms — with time, energy or money, with your willingness to clash with society or the persona your partner/friends/family expect you to be, with your sacred rituals that remind you who you are and what you love.Read More
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.Read More
No woman is an island. Including you, sweetness.
We all crave belonging. We all have a deep desire for intimacy with our partners and our close friends. We want to feel connected to a community of like-minded people. We yearn for healthy relationships with our families.
Why? The journey becomes easier when you have found your people.Read More
Welcome to the 6 Day Joy Challenge! Are you ready to refresh your sense of self? To remind yourself that joyful living is totally within your reach? In celebration of launching the new and improved Joy Equation Course, I’m challenging *YOU* to start prioritizing joy in your life. For the next 6 days, I’ll be rolling out a new step…Read More
If you stripped down to the very base of yourself – if we took away your job, your bank account, your schooling, your relationship status – who would you be?
Do you have any clue?
Answering this question can be incredibly hard. I get it, love.
You wear so many masks during your day and try so hard to please other people, that your own desires, preferences and unique strengths get overlooked. And pretty soon, you forget what those desires, preferences and unique strengths even are!Read More
STEP ONE: DEVELOP FIERCE SELF-LOVE
Joyful living starts with loving yourself. And there’s no way around it, babe.
If you want to make big changes or reinvent your world, you’ve got to cultivate a strong sense of self-worth, develop inner resilience, and practice kindness towards yourself without an agenda of improvement.
That’s why this first step of The Joy Equation is a call to action to start at the beginning — the very act of falling in love with YOU.Read More