Lessons From the Farmhouse

Black and white photo of an old farmhouse

Growing up, I spent most of my summers with my dad on our family’s 145-acre farm in Kimbolton, OH. He and my uncle somehow managed to maintain it while also holding down full-time jobs as letter carriers for the U.S. Postal Service. I still to this day don’t know how they did both of those […]

How to Live Like a Manatee

swimming manatees at Homosassa Springs

Last week I visited the manatees at Homosassa Springs. It was pretty cold by Florida standards, so they were huddled together in the constant 72-degree Crystal River. Manatees are some of my favorite creatures. For one thing, they are mysterious. No matter how many times you see them they are mesmerizing to watch. Biologically, they are […]

Book Club Discussion: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

woman wearing a white shirt holding a gift with a red bow

What a great night of discussion to kick off the 2015 Living Upp Book Club! Our Meetup group met for the first time last night to discuss Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. If you couldn’t make it, don’t fret! You can join the […]

6 Reasons I’m Glad I Started Practicing Yoga

balanced rocks

Sure, I’ve taken a yoga class or two over the years, but I’ve never really felt like I knew what I was doing. It was more like I was playing solo Twister while peering through my armpit at the instructor trying to see which appendage I should move next. I always felt like I was missing the […]

What Perfection Isn’t

When I started my career 15 years ago, I was the prototypical clinical dietitian. I followed all the rules. Diet recommendations were dictated by protocols, precise mathematical calculations and solid scientific research. As a consultant for several long-term care facilities, my job was to ensure that residents were being offered diets that not only supported their health, but in […]

5 Things I’ll Do Differently at My Next Silent Retreat

pacific northwest forest overlooking a blue green lake

I decided to pull the plug after reading about the concept of silent retreats in an article in last month’s issue of the Seattle Met. The Cloud Mountain Retreat Center in Castle Rock, WA hosts silent retreats lasting as little as 2 days and as many as 27 days. Intriguing, I thought. I had already been contemplating the idea of taking […]

The Beauty of Imperfection: Lessons From a Corks and Canvas Event

painting of trees and water with reds, blues and yellows

I am not that artistic. I mean, I occasionally doodle and I once taught myself to crochet by watching You Tube videos. I may have glossed over a few key instructions because my afghans are shaped more like trapezoids than rectangles to this day. Even so, they are equally warm in all shapes, and I’ve yet to […]

When Leaving Is Really Arriving

self-care coaching for better health

I quit my job. And if you’re like most people, you probably assume that I have another job lined up with a looming start date staring me in the face. Nope. That scenario couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, I’m taking some time off to plan my next adventure. (I told a few people […]

Choose Joy with Rebecca Butler

woman doing yoga poses

Have you ever felt the powerful energy of someone who lives unapologetically true to who they are? Those who live boldly don’t ask for permission to do so – and they don’t try to hide their imperfections. Instead, they embrace them and learn from them. Meet Rebecca Butler. You will immediately be inspired by her […]

Modern Lifestyle Redesign with Jefre Outlaw

Lifestyle redesign is such an intriguing topic, and Jefre Outlaw is without a doubt leading this concept by example. If you are ready to start living with intent, then you’ll definitely want to read about his journey. Q: What prompted you to embrace the concept of modern lifestyle redesign, which eventually allowed you to realize […]