Tag Archives: emotive

Unraveling

Woman sitting in darkness

My husband and I decided to end our marriage on a Sunday morning while drinking coffee on the living room couch. I sat facing him—expressionless, hair unbrushed, stomach queasy—waiting to hear his intentions…and waiting to share my own. I’d known the man staring back at me since we were eight. We were high school sweethearts […]

Top Self-Care Idea Lists of 2018

Have searched for “self-care ideas” lately? When I first published this article back in 2016, there were roughly 17,900,000 results on Google — today, there are 23,400,000. Can there really be that many more ideas? Probably. Self-care is limitless. By enlisting our creativity, we can come up with endless possibilities for taking good care of ourselves. Once […]

Overcoming Emotional Eating with Jessica Setnick

Jessica Setnick's photo

In this episode of Conversations with Smart People, I’m talking with Jessica Setnick, a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian, about emotional eating. Jessica is the owner of Congruence Consulting and the author of The Eating Disorder Clinical Pocket Guide. She also teaches healthcare providers how to support those suffering with eating disorders through her Eating […]

Learning the Art of Forgiveness with Brenda Reiss

Brenda Reiss, the forgiveness coach

Do you struggle with forgiveness? In this episode of Conversations with Smart People, I interviewed Brenda Reiss, a Forgiveness Coach in the Greater Seattle area who helps clients navigate the process of forgiveness. I don’t know about you, but this is a tough one for me. I mean, I understand the concept of forgiveness, but […]

Why You Need a Self-Care Survival Plan: Lessons from a Badass Chicken

an egg on top of chicken feed

Today I had to enlist my self-care survival plan. After a black bear destroyed our chicken coop in the middle of the night, leaving just one lone-surviving hen — Willie, who I had to place with a new family today — I am now left with zero chickens. And let me just tell you that today has been […]

Self-Care Activity List: 366 Ideas

8 Dimensions of Self-Care

Having trouble coming up with fun and interesting self-care ideas? Last year, I took on a self-care challenge. For each of the 366 days in 2016, I experimented with a new self-care activity and then blogged about it. What would you add to the list? Be creative and come up with your own bucket list of […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 335): Arriving at the Airport (Early)

A sunset from a plane

On day 335 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I arrived early to the airport. My biggest pet peeve? Being late. If I’m late for an appointment – even if by just a couple of minutes – I feel frazzled and disorganized. It feels like I’ve somehow broken a promise, especially if I know someone is […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 310) Crocheting

A crochet project using light blue yarn

On day 310 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I worked on some crochet projects. Crochet (not to be confused with being crotchety) is one of my favorite winter projects. The repetitious looping of yarn around a hook, and the eventual creation of a useful product is a therapeutic act of self-care. A roaring fire, a […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 280): Being Negative

Lemons in an antique Jadeite Fire King pitcher

On day 280 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I wallowed in negativity. I’m not a huge fan of negativity. It just feels yucky, whether you’re on the giving or the receiving end of it. But do you ever have those days where you just feel like you’re constantly switching gears and putting out fires? And all […]