• Mind, Body & Spirit

    How To Start Your Meditation Practice

    No matter who you are, where you live, or your financial status, meditation is an option for you. If you feel stress, discomfort, or anxiety in your daily life, then it’s an option you should strongly consider. If you don’t face any of those issues, then CONGRATULATIONS, please tell me your secret! Still, that doesn’t mean meditation isn’t for you. Meditation takes you on a spiritual journey, allowing you to know yourself on a deeper, more spiritual level. The point is, meditation can be for everyone.  Meditation is used in fortune 500 companies, branches of the military, and it’s taught in many schools as a method to educate children on…

  • Mind, Body & Spirit

    Life Lessons At Thirty-Two

    Thirty-two was my favorite year yet. I was bolder, brighter, and more a citizen of the world. I moved from one metropolis to a sunnier one. The biggest difference about thirty-two was that I was more myself than I’d ever been before. Hopefully, that tradition carries on and I continue to learn and grow with each passing year. Perhaps my metamorphosis was because I was on the other side of the country from most of my friends and had more free time. Or maybe I was inspired by the California vibe. The way I see it, at thirty-two, aside from my zip code there were two major changes in my…

  • Mind, Body & Spirit

    Take A Recovery Day: Overcoming Exhaustion

    Exhaustion often gets the best of us. Maybe you’re coming off a crazy work run, or a wild and all-consuming family schedule. Whatever the cause for your exhaustion, know that it’s okay to feel down. Take a beat. Relax, recover, and slowly find your way back to being your best self. Most important when facing exhaustion is how you deal with it. Do you let it get the best of you? Are you nasty to others? Are you mean to yourself? If so, turn down the negativity. Look at a day of exhaustion as a recovery day for your soul. Take it as a new opportunity to be your best…

  • Mind, Body & Spirit

    Stop And Smell The Flowers

    Today I bought a book by Oprah, What I Know For Sure. So far, all I’ve read is the intro where Oprah talks about once being asked by Gene Siskel what she knows for sure. She, Oprah, didn’t know how to answer that question. She thought about that question until it morphed into a monthly column in O Magazine, where each month she answers that question. This book is a collection of those knows. Before reading on I wanted to take an evening to think about the things, at thirty-one, I know for sure. As of recent, when writing, addressing my words to someone, at least in my mind has…

  • La Vie Est Belle
    Mind, Body & Spirit

    La Vie Est Belle

    If I had to sum up myself at thirty in one word that word would be happy. I don’t use that word lightly. I’ve known sadness, depression, uncertainty, contentment, and even periods of extended joy. But I’d never known consistent happiness until this year. I say that having always been known for my optimism, but, still, in past years I would’ve never described myself as happy.  There were many obstacles standing between me and happiness: low self-esteem, constant self-doubt, insecurity, a fear of leaving unhealthy relationships, a fear of disappointing others, and most importantly a fear of disappointing myself. What it all boiled down to was I was fearful of…

  • Sunshine
    Mind, Body & Spirit

    Share Your Sunshine

    We live in a chaotic world; a world where we’re surrounded by horrors, tragedy, and sadness. Each week, I find myself wondering how did things get so bad? Then the following week something even worse happens that highlights the ugliness of the world. In times like these, it’s our responsibility to continue striving to make the world a more beautiful, loving, and happy place. Within every person exists a special gift that brings joy to other people. Maybe you’re great at telling jokes and breaking up tense situations. Perhaps you’re a logistical master and can help others see the way out of the toughest situations. Whatever your gift is, it’s…