How to Forgive the Unforgivable

How easily can you forgive someone for a transgression against you or a loved one? How easily can you forgive yourself?

The inability to forgive has a massive impact on your life design. A past betrayal can hinder your ability to be vulnerable and allow a new love into your life. Distrust can poison future opportunities and color every aspect of your day from impeding your ability to trust the next partner, to crushing your own self-image because you believe yourself a poor judge of character and unable to make sound decisions. The inability to forgive encourages looping negative thoughts while feeding anger and depression, two endlessly greedy emotional states.

To provide a new perspective on a familiar topic, the following is a zen story on forgiveness I learned from a source of my own inspiration, Amma:

A man visits his teacher seeking guidance. He says, “I'm having a really hard time forgiving. You are always preaching about forgiveness. And I believe in...

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How to Morning Journal Your Way to Happiness

My meditation mojo has gone out the window.

Sitting in meditation is the last thing I’ve wanted to do lately... and then I feel bad about myself for ditching it because I’m usually so disciplined with my meditation practice.

To compromise, I’ve replaced daily meditation with writing morning pages.

I have so much fun and success from this ritual, I need to share it with you so you can try it for yourself.

Morning journaling is a practice I’ve been in and out of the last 4 years. Through stream of consciousness journaling, I’ve uncovered both questions and answers about myself and what to do next. These grow in my subconscious mind first, show up on the page second, and then slowly take tangible shape in my life.

If meditation isn’t your thing, but you want to clear your mind and reset yourself, try journaling. A few minutes of practically illegible scribbles on a page each morning can direct you toward profound life changes!

To begin, you only...

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Personal Power in Relationships: Why Are Relationships Hard And Do They Need to Be?

People ask me all the time how I manage to both live and work full time with my husband and still maintain a successful marriage and a thriving business. Here are a few insights that I hope you can apply, not only to your romantic relationships, but also to your self-worth.

Start with busting the belief that relationships are hard. Latching onto this limiting belief creates a self-fulfilling prophecy of strife inside your marriage or intimate partnership. It preys upon your confidence and poisons your intuition. The more you feed the notion that relationships are hard by nature, the more you relinquish your power within them and squash that intuitive voice of warning that tries to flag you when sometime isn’t right. 

Your personal power wants to survive, thrive, and protect you. It fights to be heard when it feels threatened. Unfortunately, instead of tapping into our power of innate self-worth and intuition, instead we create excuses for other people's poor behavior (in...

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Feeling Stuck in Your Career? 3 Unconventional Ways to Get Motivated

Another Monday unfolds, eclipsing the weekend’s adventures and replacing them with meetings, memos and morning commutes. What happened to your power career? The glamour job where waking up each morning was exciting, the office dress code was fashionista, and every decision you made helped to make the world a better place?

Somewhere along the way, did monotony and complacency flood in, drowning out the motivation for each new work day?

Let Albert Einstein’s famous quote remind you that “nothing happens until something moves.” Here are three unconventional ways to get moving and find a new perspective on yourself, your workday, and reignite your motivation.

1. Get Scared. 

Generating momentum to move out of a current situation, however unsatisfying, is nearly impossible without confidence. And often the more disheartening the circumstance, plus the longer you’ve been sedentary with it, the less confidence you have.

Embracing Creative...

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How to Manage Anxiety With the 1-10 Method

My first intimate encounter with Anxiety, which remains clearly etched in my memory, occurred shortly before my 26th birthday. I sat with my mother in the doctor’s office waiting room after completing a neurological consultation and awaiting further testing. Turning to me, my mother’s voice was gentle, “Do you want to know what we think it is?” My father, a physician aware of my symptoms, had previously volunteered no diagnosis.

Before the words, “You have Multiple Sclerosis” finished crossing her lips, tears poured from my eyes. That very moment, Anxiety rushed at me and took firm hold.

These early days of our relationship, when Anxiety first barged into my life, every encounter brought shortness of breath and uncontrollable sobs. Anxiety, pushy and socially inept, ignored my distress and plunged ahead, brazenly spending the night, uninvited, refusing to let me sleep and draining me of all passion, confidence, and motivation.

I...

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Stop Wasting Time on How to be Happy

happy Jan 10, 2019

Close your eyes and visualize happiness...

What do you see?

Does it take the form of money, a person, a relationship, a job, or good health? You may have all of these things and still feel unhappy. Others have none of these and yet radiate joy. How can this be?

Step into your courage with a different approach to happiness. Stop wasting time seeking a face outside of your own to bring in fulfillment. When happiness is a moving target in your life, like a job, a vacation, or a person, you will forever be seeking and unfulfilled. Start cultivating habits of self worth and personal empowerment instead!

Here are a few of my particular favorites:

1. Limit your social media usage.

Sure, social media platforms suck time, but unchecked, they can also sap self-worth. Social media posts only show one side of a situation and it’s often the most beautiful, profitable, and desirable side. As a result, you subconsciously compare yourself negatively against others and are potentially left...

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The Daily Mindset Sabotaging Your Success

mindset Jan 10, 2019

Why be average, when you can be extraordinary?

Your daily mindset fuels your actions and consistent habits are the strongest determining factor in whether you triumphantly manifest your life design or else sabotage your success. Every single daily action either moves you closer toward your dreams, goals, and desires, or further away from them. Before you can break free from your limiting beliefs, you must first recognize and redirect these sneaky but destructive hidden mindsets sabotaging your success.

1. No Clear Vision.

Without an initial vision, manifesting almost anything is nearly impossible. Energy follows thought, and without the seed of thought to gather and channel momentum, energy dissipates and stagnates.

Begin to craft your vision without getting bogged down by practicalities like time or money. Focus on the what of your vision, not the how. Infinite aspects of life manifest in ways never imagined but provide the end results initially desired.

Starting with a clear...

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How to Manage Anxiety in Five Simple Steps

anxiety Jan 10, 2019

Supportive family, interesting friends, a thriving career, fulfilling relationships, plus a smattering of enriching outside interests are socially accepted as indicators of success and fulfillment...

Outwardly, attain any one of these, and we appear as a thriving individual, living a life rich with opportunity and community.

But inwardly, a secret shame hides in the shadows for so many of us, smothering our courage and trampling our dreams.

That lurking unwanted guest is anxiety.

Feeling overwhelmed robs us of the joys of an abundant life. Like a floodlight, it blinds us with its intensity, halting us mid-step. Couple this paralysis in keeping up the appearance of success and daily life loses its ease and magic. 

Fortunately, we don’t have to live with the glare of anxiety anymore and the solution is simple: turn the light around.

Taoist Wisdom, the teachings borne from an ancient lineage of Eastern healers, devised the solution to authentic living thousands of years...

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