The Power of Choice

Imagine waking up on the first of the month raring to go. It’s a Monday, so the possibilities shine even more brightly. Month-end review in the can, intentions set, color-coded calendar pages beautifully arranged on the office wall right next to that shiny new vision board. You’ve set an intention – made a choice – to […]

Turn Actions into Joy

When the mid-career couple quit their jobs to open a cafe at the seashore that spring, they didn’t know superstorm Sandy would wreak havoc on their business and their new community in the fall. When my dad finally bought the “little place at the shore that you can sweep out in less than an hour,” […]

Choose to Savor Every Season

changing leaves

It’s been a strange summer. Cool. Rainy. The vine of little white flowers, the one that covers the cedar tree in late August, like clockwork, has yet to appear. Still, there are plenty of signs that summer’s ending: one red leaf on the sassafras tree, abandoned osprey nests, Halloween candy in the grocery store. (Who […]

Independence and Revolution

As badly as I felt for the day-trippers and weekenders who piled into the nearby shore town for the holiday, part of me was kind of glad it rained all day on the fourth. The weather was a great excuse to finish a few projects at home and treat myself by lolling on the sofa […]

Practice Like You’re Already at Carnegie Hall

There is no clear path. Commit to what calls you. ~ Clive Gillinson Sounds a little, uh, life coach-y, doesn’t it? Can’t you just see it on Facebook, beautiful image, text linked to the site of a self-proclaimed self-help guru with that breathy, fake-yoga voice. Clive Gillinson’s nobody’s guru, but the Executive and Artistic Director […]

Looking Back & Looking Forward

begin with thanks gratitude practice

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.  ~Bill Vaughan   I love that moment when the bells ring, the ball drops and everyone wishes both loved ones and strangers a Happy New Year. Clean slate. Blank page. All those […]

Facing the Fall

ease the transition to fall

The college kids are back on campus, most of the tourists are retired couples and parents with preschoolers, and the locals are wild with anticipation of taking back their town. I’m surrounded by signs that summer’s ending. I used to spend the last week of August in mourning, but after trying out a few strategies […]

Catalysts, Seasons and Positive Change

Last time, I wrote about how the weeks between mid-August and early September feel a bit like New Years, no matter how long since your last back-to-school shopping excursion. This time, I’m going to show you how the change of seasons – especially from summer to fall – can become a catalyst that leads you […]

Positive Change: Change is Coming

Happy New Year It’s three weeks until Labor Day in the U.S., which can only mean one thing: it’s time to start getting ready for New Years. Not the Auld Lang Syne and fireworks and champagne toasts at midnight kind. I’m talking about the New Years that begins around the first of September. Maybe it […]

Feeling Stuck? Know What You Want to Bring Along to Get Moving

Sometimes getting clear about what you absolutely want to keep can help you let go of the things you need to release that will help you move forward. Imagine a burned-out teacher. He knows it’s time to retire, but the thought of filling out the paperwork to make it real leaves feeling overwhelmed. Once he […]