"Waking up this morning, I smile, twenty four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. " -Thich Nhat Hanh In Japanese culture, the word Ikigai translates to "the reason for which you wake up in the morning." I appreciate this simple word; a reminder of something so big. I believe that our days are meant to be filled with love, joy, discomfort, challenge, boldness. This type of life requires an investment: focus, energy, consistency, heart. With so much opportunity for distraction in our lives, a great driving purpose can help us navigate our days. How do you figure it out? Slow down, look around and breathe. The ans


"There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one that you are capable of living." -Nelson Mandela I have contemplated my 4th tattoo for a while now. It only took the "I'm an adult and I will prove it" heart with a flower through it permanently on my ankle when I was eighteen to teach me the lesson of patience :) I am a visual learner. I am the sticky note on the laptop and writing on my hand person. I need to look in your eyes to fully understand and hear you. I felt like I needed the constant reminder of the opportunity that I have been given always in front of me and with me. What is "one" to me? -It only takes one breath to change my mood or my view of a


"If you are going towards the easy, the ego starts dying" -Osho When I start to feel like I am sprinting through my day or my mind is spinning, I try to take a pause to ask: "What am I doing to make this moment/day difficult?" No doubt, I can rattle off a short list...I am not communicating my needs well, I am not asking for the support I need, I am taking something too personally, I don't need to scrub the floor right now- instead I can just sit for a moment." How I want to experience my life is with effortlessness and ease. These two things are not the end goal of our day or life; instead they are the path that we must travel. Each moment, we can use the tools of effortlessness and ease to


"It takes a lot of courage to grow up and be who you really are." -E.E. Cummings I am not sure if it has something to do with turning 40 this year, but it has finally happened...I have stopped trying to be anything else but myself. Before we celebrate this major feat, let's talk about why the hell it took so damn long. For me, the biggest barrier is ego. An ever present voice that chimes in on what I should be doing and how I should be acting. In addition, this charming voice likes to pipe in some assumptions about what others are probably thinking about me and my choices. The ego does quick work on creating a solid shell barrier over truth. Our work has to be to chip away at it day by day a