Tag Archives: relational

Learning the Art of Forgiveness with Brenda Reiss

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 […]

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 362): Having Breakfast in Bed

Iron skillet breakfast

On day 362 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I had breakfast in bed. Breakfast is my favorite meal, and yesterday my self-care activity for the day was to indulge in breakfast in bed. On the weekends, my husband and I often take turns fixing breakfast for one another, which means we also get to take […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 361): Binge Watching a Series

a close-up of popcorn

On day 361 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I binge watched House of Cards with my husband. I’m not a TV lover. In fact, I often say (and mean it) that if it wasn’t for my husband’s love of TV, I wouldn’t have one at all. I’d much rather read or work on an artsy fartsy […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 359): Enjoying Holiday Traditions

Christmas tree with white decorations

On day 359 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I enjoyed holiday traditions. Most holidays come with traditions. Every family seems to have them: a set of unique rituals that mark the arrival of a particular holy day. A feast. An exchange of gifts. Board games. Libations. And, with the exception of Festivus, most traditions come with ample […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 357): Having Coffee with a Friend

heart-shaped froth on a cappucino

On day 357 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I had coffee with a friend. You know how sometimes you meet someone and think you’d like to get to know them better, but then time gets away from you and it just doesn’t happen? Time – that elusive, yet somewhat imaginary concept that keeps us on […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 356): Being a Caregiver

Headshot of a smooth, red mini dachshund

On day 356 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I played the role of caregiver. I was caught totally off guard when my dog got sick. It wasn’t on my schedule. In fact, I had plans to go out of town the following morning to visit a friend for the day. But those plans quickly changed when […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 352): Going to the Symphony

Seattle Symphony stage

On day 352 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I attended the Seattle Symphony’s performance of Handel’s Messiah. I have to admit, I usually prefer instrumental performances over vocal ones, but this was a worthwhile deviation from the norm. There’s something really powerful about the scale of a professional orchestra that makes it impossible not to have a […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 347): Exchanging Cards with a Mentor

A festive Christmas card

On day 347 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I stayed in touch with a mentor. Yesterday, I received my annual Christmas card from Mrs. Lechman, my 9th grade chemistry teacher. For the past 21 years, we’ve been exchanging holiday cards to share what we’ve been up to, where we’ve traveled, and how our families are doing. And […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 330): Watching a Funny Movie

Steve Martin and John Candy on movie cover

On day 330 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I watched a funny movie. Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a classic Thanksgiving movie. It’s one of my favorites, and it never gets old. Neal Page’s repeated failed attempts to get home for the holidays reminds us just how brutal and unpredictable holiday travel can be. From the […]