Category Archives: Balance

A little rest can add a lot of happy.

Are you tired?

There's something I've been reminded of lately—

Happiness doesn't come from doing nothing; too much of nothing often feels more depressing.

But in the midst of the busy, happiness can come from a little bit of rest.

A change to your schedule.

A two-hour reprieve with a babysitter.

A Friday night in.

An hour-long lunch break where you sit in the sunshine.

A 20-minute cup of tea at your favorite tea shop on your way home, before you dive back into the working world.

Getting your nails done or having someone rub your back for a few minutes.

Getting the project that you're working on done.

Staying in to listen to your heart's pulls. Skipping the ten events that make you say meh just to stay home and do that weird thing that makes you say YES.

A little bit can go a long way.

Sometimes it's writing "no, thanks" to an email that makes all the difference.

Sometimes it's shutting down your computer 30 minutes early, or taking yourself for a walk.

Sometimes it's doodling, taking a few photographs, or making something new for dinner just because you feel like it.

Whatever it is, today's happiness isn't necessarily an epic journey. Sometimes it's a gentle conquest. Sometimes it's as easy as a shift in your mindset.

Sometimes just a few minutes makes all the difference.

The upside of being busy

Being busy – being full, having a lot to do, filling your calendar to the brim — can be overwhelming, tiring, exhausting. Sometimes we’re busy for busy’s sake. And answering “busy” to how have you been is, well, annoying. But sometimes there’s an upside to being busy. When you’ve got a handful of projects toContinue Reading

When you fall down, break your routine, or stop writing: notes on re-starting.

The rhythm breaks. The routine falters. You write, so diligently, and then a week slips by. Getting back into the structure of things — writing — is even more challenging when traveling, moving, changing. I can make a million excuses; writing and making time for writing is and always seems so hard. It’s easier when I’mContinue Reading

“You can have everything you want.” But also: “You will never be enough.” Two cultural themes that need to be reconfigured.

Are we being taught to want everything and never be happy with anything that we get? Why these two cultural mindsets don’t serve us–and how pervasive they are in our everyday lives.Continue Reading

When is the right time to make change? The changing of seasons is the perfect time to re-fresh and re-invest.

When is the best time to make change? The shifting seasons are a perfect time to reflect on your year, create new intentions, and let go of past problems. It’s time to start clean, and embrace the next phase of growth.Continue Reading

Morning and evening meditations and reflections: two books I love to open any time, any page.

What are you filling your mind with? What are you musing upon, reflecting on, what things are you considering today? Sometimes when I get wrapped up in the throes of launching a new project, or just simply taking on too many projects, I don’t quite find I have enough time to sit leisurely and readContinue Reading

Start where you are.

Where are you? Just a few weeks ago: I’m sitting on the floor of an empty studio, barefoot, with not a piece of furniture in it. Boxes line the hallways and two giant moving trucks are parked out in the street. Every so often our dogs bark, whining about being pent up in the back.Continue Reading

Good, fine, busy.

When someone asks you how you are, do you answer in one of the following three ways? I’m good! I’m fine. Ohhh, Busy. Imagine eliminating those three words. What would you say instead? How would you respond? Inspired in part by a sign on my wall, and a 2003 post by Penelope Trunk called “StopContinue Reading

Just One

What would just one of something look like? Not a diversity of items, but a simplicity of things. A specificity, a selection, and a deliberate choice between several? Not three workout programs, but just one workout program. Not seven yoga mats or towels, but just one. Not eight new dresses or blouses, but just one. YourContinue Reading

What’s On Your Mind?

“We’re not here, for that long, anyway. But to spend almost half our time lost in thought, and for the most part unhappy at that–well that’s pretty tragic, isn’t it?” — Andy Puddicombe How does your mind work? What brought you here? What patterns occupy your thoughts and recur, repeatedly? Andy Puddicombe talks about theContinue Reading