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Candles, Pens & Simple Pleasures

You know, I’m bobbing out here in the middle of the pacific ocean on a paradisiacal island, and we are (thankfully and regretfully) removed from the emotional severity of all that’s happening in the world. We have a different charge here, a different impetus. The...

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In Light of All That Is

I’ve been writing this letter in my head for two days, and, while this election is a seachange in our lifetime, the purpose of this letter is not to belabor it—there has been no shortage of opinions, tirades, sadness, fear, videos, and elocutions about it. You don’t...

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Faith, Fear and Flipping It Around

Stepping out of faith and into fear is like going out for a walk in the snow with no shoes on. Faith is a warm glow, a full bodied hug—the greatest support you’ll ever know. Faith is who we are, who we know ourselves to be—wisdom-filled and trusting beings, fully...

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Quieting The Acrobatic Mind

Is a wave going to sweep me off this rock? and Am I lying on an eel hole? were the only concerns I should have had, and yet, as I lay in a warm tidal pool, draped over mossy rocks, my mind was performing a gymnastic tour de force. That day it was executing a...

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How To Fill Up When You’re Feeling Drained

It has been a FULL few weeks, my friends—pistons on fire. Honestly, I am exhausted and exhilarated. I am joyful and drained—like the end of a bath when your body’s all gooey and the last of the water has siphoned down the pipes and you lay there like a dish of jelly...

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How to Keep Up Self-Care in Times of Uncertainty

I walked outside in the scorching sun wearing a long-sleeved black t-shirt and a pair of cotton shorts. At midday, a long sleeved shirt wasn’t the ‘proper’ attire, but I wanted to sweat. I needed to get out of my head in into my body. Plugging my mind into an...

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Everyday Brave

Five minutes before class, I stood in front of my locker in our middle school’s single bay. His was just a few down from mine, past the garbage can and through the doorway with no door. Halfway through my combination, my awareness flashed hot as he turned. He rarely...

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Scary Steps + Non-Negotiables

At first it was fun. I’ve always loved construction sites, and obviously I chose architecture because I had a certain affection for buildings. Working in construction felt like being a member of a private club who’s tasked to build the world. Growing up in residential...

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Know Thyself, and The Rest Is Gravy

If they gave degrees in chilling, I’d probably have a doctorate - let’s be honest, a double doctorate. My life to date is almost equal parts creating and chilling, I love both, but quite frankly, I crave more chill hours than get shit done hours. It’s how I’m built,...

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My Personal Development Sea Change

I lay on the floor, cheek pressed to the scratchy wool carpet, ears glued to the voice coming from my phone and fighting the urge to get up and do something. But that still small voice soothed my guilt, my need for action, and I found my finger tap tap tapping to the...

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The Ruins Of Expectations

Driving an hour and a half into a rain cloud isn’t what we’d planned. But circumstances don’t always match our projection of them. Ascending the road into the forest preserve, the rain comes in waves - a sheet passes over my truck, followed by a light drizzle only to...

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What’s Your Risk Tolerance?

If you gathered all the experiences of my life (and it hasn’t been such a long one) it would look like patchwork quilt - colorful and composed of every imaginable fabric (velvet, burlap, and a million grades in-between). It’s been rich, this gathering. See, I’ve been...

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Moments & Memories: The Sinew of Life

A series of moments is all we have - that’s life. That’s it. There is no finish line (not even death), there is no great bang at the end of the race. Confetti doesn’t shoot out a canister when you beat the competition and ‘win’ at life. That doesn’t happen. Life is a...

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You Don’t Own A Thing

I watched Blackfish the other night - the documentary about SeaWorld’s orcas in captivity. The movie has been recommended to me for a while, but honestly, I’ve been putting it off because I knew my heart would crumple, my anger would flare, and a great feeling of...

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Resistance: Going Beyond The Finish Line

It’s a canny thing, resistance - sneaking in at the most inopportune moments. Like when you’re 95% complete, and have dedicated massive amounts of time, energy, and brainpower to the project, but that last 5% is the slipperiest fish you’ve ever laid hands on....

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16% Blessed?

Today, an ad for an on-the-go organic yogurt drink popped up on my Facebook feed. The video parodies the morning rituals of women. They start by showing a woman practicing yoga in her underwear, one journaling in her ‘journaling book’, one eating farm fresh breakfast...

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Surprised By Success

Sometimes, I look back, and think, Hmm, that turned out well. And it shocks the socks off of me. Every quarter my business mastermind buddy and I go on a retreat to review, plan, play, and celebrate. I honestly didn’t think I was going to have a ton to celebrate this...

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How To Write A Love Letter to A Stranger

Let’s start with why. Why would anyone write a love letter to a stranger; aren’t these personalized missives reserved for well-known loved ones? Yes, sometimes, oftentimes, they are. But the power of writing a stranger a love letter has a ripple effect that you can’t...

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The Reality-Bending Power of Words

“Words are our most inexhaustible form of magic.” - Albus Dumbledore. Imagine you’ve got a magic wand. You wave it, things happen. You point it, things move. You hold it, it powers you. Guess what, you have this magic wand with you in every moment, and it lives in the...

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10 Ways to Communicate Appreciation

Whether you’re a client, a provider, a colleague, or a partner, being able to communicate appreciation and gratitude will shift every single relationship you have. Behold! 10 one liners to communicate your appreciation for another. {Name}, you absolutely nailed that...

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