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In Praise of C- Work

It took me six years to complete an 11-month yoga certification training. My mind intellectually knew the importance of having a growth mindset (mistakes are part of learning, the important thing is to try, etc), but the gap between the amateur I was and the teacher I...

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It’s not personal

A few summers ago, our family was finishing up dinner outside, everyone done eating except my then 4-year old son. I remember this exchange with him: Levi:  Mom, what's that feeling called? Me:  What feeling? Levi:  That feeling when you're full but you don't want to...

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A Plate of Food: What Do You See?

It's 10:45 AM and I have one of my favorite meals on the planet in front of me: a steaming hot bowl of bún bò huế, a spicy noodle soup that originates from Central Vietnam. I'm sitting outside, overlooking the parking lot of this family restaurant, savoring the quiet...

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The parenting mantra I’m applying to myself right now

I saw this on social media recently and can definitely relate to the sentiment with the new school year approaching: I have two kids, ages 6 and 4, and when they're having a meltdown or fighting with each other, one of my go-to parenting mantras is "He's not trying to...

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The overlooked skill we all need right now

I've been thinking about something Krista Tippett said on her On Being podcast (episode on the pandemic's impact on our nervous systems): "We need to take in what it has meant, this year, that we have become a danger to each other by virtue of our breath." It's going...

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Resources for eating and coping right now

I spotted this on my walk today: An excerpt from a poem by Rilke: Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final. Seeing this made me want to write you. So many are struggling right now. Prolonged uncertainty, stress,...

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It’s a “work mullet” kind of time.

I laughed when my therapist friend Caley introduced me to the idea of a “work mullet” – business on the top and pajama pants on the bottom. That’s my way of telling you I’ve moved to all telehealth for the time being. I’m reaching out to everyone individually who’s...

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Staying true to you

I was browsing Phinney Books, picked up Gloria Steinem’s memoir My Life on the Road from the shelf and flipped to a random page. My eyes watered as I read this paragraph: I’m sitting next to a very old and elegant woman on a plane from Dallas to New York. Assuming...

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