Sometimes the Only Thing to Do Is… Nothing


This little cherub you see in the photo on the right is my almost 2-year-old son, Teddy. Monday morning, I had just finished putting on his shoes and was just about to put on his coat so we could head out to his daycare. And then – sorry, there’s no delicate way to say this – Teddy vomited on my face. Read more…

Change the Conversation, Change the Energy, Change Everything


talkingGrowing up, I hated brushing my teeth. When it was time to do my nightly ablutions, I’d go in to the bathroom, shut the door, turn on the water, wet my toothbrush, put it back in the cup, wait several seconds, then leave the bathroom. I thought I was pretty smart, but all it really got me was a mouth full of silver fillings. Read more…

A Year-End Mantra: Trust and Relax


GoddessPose copyI spent yesterday scurrying down the local shopping strip in the rain, getting completely whipped in to a frenzy that I had not bought enough gifts.

Part of me knew it wasn’t true. I had, after all, sat down and thoughtfully made a list of the gifts I’d give everyone. I was only out to pick up a few stocking stuffers for our kids – since we actually have stockings this year, a first – and a little something for the daughter of the friends who are having us over for Christmas Eve dinner. But being out in the stores amid all the other shoppers who were having their own crises of holiday shopping confidence knocked me for a loop. Eighty-seven dollars and an hour-and-a-half later, I’ve got a shopping bag full of gifts my kids don’t need, and that goes against my whole Christmas wish for them—which is to not be all about getting more stuff. Sigh. Read more…

One Child’s Pose. Two Minutes. Seven Days (and Counting) of Benefits.


childsposeOne comment I hear a lot is, I don’t have time to do any sort of mind-body practice.

I get that, I really do. Most yoga classes are 90 minutes long. Your standard meditation guidelines say to aim for 30 minutes of meditation. These are longer chunks of time than most people have just lying around. Multiply those chunks by 2 or 3 or 4 (the number of times per week you’d ideally go to yoga class or pull out your meditation cushion), the numbers get even more daunting. Read more…

Why I Decided to Stop Selling Crack


changeWell, I never actually sold crack. So Mom, Dad, you can now resume breathing.

But for the last eight years, I have definitely been hustling. As a freelance writer, my primary goal has been making money. I’m proud of the hundreds of magazine and web articles I’ve written for numerous national, well-respected publications—I’ve always aimed to include some capital-T truth in every article I’ve written, no matter the subject. But I’ve begun to feel more like a service provider than a writer or journalist. Oh, you want 1,000 words on this subject in this tone with these experts? Peachy! Oh, you changed your mind and now you want 500 words in a snappy tone with a completely different expert? No problem! Read more…

Hot (Sweaty) Mamas Share How They Zap Stress and Stay Sane


hotsweatymamasI’m so happy and honored to be a stop of the virtual book tour for Hot (Sweaty) Mamas: Five Secrets to Life as a Fit Mom. This inspiring, practical, and hilarious guide to making fitness a part of your — and your kids’ — life has had me rolling out of bed and getting a 10-minute workout in before I even head downstairs for the day. Because, hey, yoga’s great, but sometimes you’ve got to channel your inner Jack LaLane and work up a shvitz. (Yes, yoga can certainly get you sweating, but not usually in 10 minutes unless you’re in a hot-ass room.) Read more…

Help Is Not a 4-Letter Word


goteamThe hardest part of our move to Providence was having to re-build our support system. We had to find babysitters, stat, so work could get done, bills could get paid, date nights could be had, and minds would not be lost. Once we had some semblance of a reliable weekly schedule, we needed doctors, dentists, and hair stylists. Next up, a cleaning person–I tried to save money by going without one, but with twice the square footage of our former apartment, my nightly sweeping practice was taking twice as long, and I hadn’t even swept the upstairs. And I simply cannot think when every step I take results in a crunching noise. Read more…

The Secret to Staying Sane When the Ess-Aitch-Eye-Tee Hits the Fan


dirtydishesMy in-laws, who cooked and cleaned for five boys and untold friends and neighbors who would magically stop by 10 minutes before dinner, have a theory about cleaning the kitchen: Do what you can while you can. Meaning, one person doesn’t have to go in to the kitchen, begin cleaning, and stay in there until it’s spic-and-span. Rather, you go in, do your best, and don’t stress about any pans that are left to soak overnight. After all, there will be plenty of opportunities to do dishes tomorrow. Read more…

The Space In Between


BookshelfAs a Manhattan resident, I lived in less than 500 square feet for nearly 10 years. Even after moving to Brooklyn—to a palatial 1100 square feet!—having a pack-rat husband and two young kids meant every inch of space was called in to action. We kept suitcases within suitcases, magazines under the coffee table, toys under the bar, and towels on racks that went up to the ceiling. I loved the challenge of figuring out where to store the slow cooker we got for Christmas (under the sink in the second bathroom). And I really loved purging. Many times I’d put all our random stuff in a box and just leave it out on the sidewalk – a small wicker basket, an assortment of fitness DVDs, a pair of pants from the 90s, and a stuffed animal – and check to see which of the contents had found a new owner throughout the day. (Ah, the joys of working from home.) Read more…

Say It Loud: “I’m Soft and I’m Proud”


doughboySoftness gets a bad rap in our society. “He’s gone soft” is a put-down. Having an iron will is a prime indicator of success. And we all want rock hard abs and/or buns of steel. The only personalities I can think of who have made a lasting career out of being squishy are the Pillsbury Dough Boy and the Cookie Monster—and Cookie has been trounced in popularity in recent years by the comparatively angular Elmo. Read more…

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