What Are You “Over”?

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There is nothing like time away to give you a great perspective on your life. Our honeymoon was my first visit to Kauai, a long-time bucket list destination, and I was very impressed by the beautiful beaches, lush tropical forests, and the slow pace of the “garden island.” After lots of rest, great food, and…

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3 Steps to Self-Compassion

4Runner steps to self-compassion

I bought a brand new Toyota 4Runner in January this year. In August, I came to the conclusion it was too big for me and decided to sell it. Two days later, I backed into another car after yoga class–oops! (which is NOT exactly the sentiment I shared when this happened). The good news is…

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One Thing You Need to Commit

Diane and Neil's Wedding

Commitment has been top of mind for me lately, especially since I got married in July! While Neil and I have been partners for the last 13 years, getting married is another level of commitment and one we took very seriously. My biggest concern was that things would change after getting married and since we have…

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Finding Joy in Recovery

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After an intense week of speaking on cultivating resilience with joy in your life, I am embarrassed to admit I did not heed my own advice. Recovery is the foundation of joy and I know after a big trip I need time and space, but I allowed my type-A tendency to get the best of me. I…

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Resilience at AONE 2019

San Diego 2019 AONE

I was fortunate to attend AONE 2019 in beautiful San Diego last month and as always, was not disappointed. I connected with many nurse leaders and was happy to experience so many high energy presentations focused on resilience! Here are my 5 of my favorite with my interpretations: 1. Chronic excessive stress is normal stress…

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It’s Hard to Let Go and It’s Hard to Hang On

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Kauai has been on my bucket list for years because of its tropical rainforests to hike and explore and beautiful beaches to surf and snorkel. I thought it would be the perfect place to host a yoga retreat this year, but after a lot of research and conversation, I found myself really struggling to try to…

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3 Steps to Self-Compassion

Hands holding heart to practice self-compassion

Nothing triggers my lack of self-compassion faster than having to watch myself on video from a presentation.  With my critical eye, I seem to only focus on what is wrong with how I look, sound, move, and what I say!  This offers me a great opportunity to learn and grow by practicing self-compassion. Self-compassion is…

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19 Things to do (for Yourself) in 2019

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Self-care is not selfish or soft. It is a practice that contributes to our strength and overall sense of well-being, in other words, our resilience. I’m not referring to massages or pedicures, which are healthy pleasures, but instead doing the things we know we need to do and resist for a number of reasons. Here…

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Breaking Busy: 5 Myths to Let Go!

Breaking Busy 5 Myths

Sunday is my favorite day of the week because it’s the only day I don’t have to be somewhere, and, I often schedule my proclaimed “free” day with lots of activity. When a recent full Sunday was canceled due to weather, my inclination was to fill it back up with other things, until I remembered…

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How Grateful Are You?

Gratitude. Give Thanks

Last week I was in ICU at the bedside of my dear friend with septicemia and endocarditis. She looked so small and fragile in that big bed, hooked up to multiple medicines and monitors with a constant entourage of providers poking, prodding, and asking numerous questions. I felt incredibly sad and anxious, with the severity…

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