Thoughts on privilege
Those of us who are interested in spirituality cannot call ourselves enlightened if we turn a blind eye to injustice and inequity in the world. We cannot be agents for truth and compassion while simultaneously ignoring the ways that racism continues to have a very real influence in our society and institutions.
Why I’m rebranding (and what the heck is hygge?)
When seeking a new name for my blog, I came across the Danish concept of hygge. While the word doesn’t have an exact translation, hygge broadly means an approach to life that encourages positivity and greater well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. It’s loosely translated as “contentment of the soul.”
I want to see you be brave
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about bravery, and how it’s probably going to be my theme for 2018. Every year for the past few years, I have chosen a theme. For 2017, it’s been Faith. Mostly because I recognized my need to have more faith in my abilities as a writer and faith that if I just keep moving forward on my book, it will eventually become the story I envision it becoming.
7 life lessons from 2016
I switched planners today, because I’m a nerd like that and I didn’t want to wait until January 1st to start using my beautiful new 2017 Inkwell Press Planner. As I was flipping through my 2016 planner to make sure anything important was transferred over, I found a page in the back that I had titled “Life Lessons,” which I had completely forgotten about, but on which I had written down a few things I had learned throughout the year.
4 journaling exercises for self improvement
I love journals. Any kind of notebooks, really. And planners. I buy journals all the time, even if I don’t need them. I can always find a use for them. I currently have about 4 different journaling projects going — not counting notes for actual writing projects — and it’s great having a separate journal for each one. So if you also love journals, or are just looking for some journaling exercises for self improvement, try the ideas below.
How to set (and achieve) goals
Writing down my goals is probably the single most powerful practice I have discovered for creating change, both in my internal world — spiritual, emotional, and mental — and my external environment. When I write down my goals, I feel more positive and more in control of my life, and it is easier for me to deal with stress.
Be your own everything
I have been thinking a bit lately about authenticity, and how it relates to relationships. Last week, I went to hear Elizabeth Gilbert talk about her book Committed, which was just released in paperback. Now, I thought Eat Pray Love was a decent book, although it didn’t blow me away as much as some people, and the movie was a bit underwhelming. Still, I was intrigued by Committed, which was originally subtitled “A skeptic makes peace with marriage.”