Diaphragmatic breathing for stress management

Every Breath You Take: The Deceptively Simple Power of Diaphragmatic Breathing

Note: This is the second post in a Stress Relief Series Welcome back!  If you didn’t read my last blog post, I recommend you go back there to get the foundation on how the stress response works.  For those who did, I hope you had a chance to monitor your own unique stress triggers and […]

stress management techniques

Stress Relief: A Series on Preventing and Managing Stress

A Nasty Strain of Stress Is Going Around Lately, it seems like most people I know are really stressed out. I’m completely overwhelmed.  I want to hide under the covers and never come out. I can’t turn my brain off at night, so I’m exhausted, which makes everything worse – and now I’m biting everyone’s […]

Are YOU the Bad Apple?

‘Bad Apple’ Situations: How to Prevent Yourself and Others from Spoiling

One Bad Apple Spoils the Whole Bunch. There’s a reason that this saying has survived for so long. It’s true – for apples and for people. Research shows that negativity is infectious and leads to rotting of moods, well-being, physical health, and relationships. A 2010 New York Times article found that one Bad Apple in […]

Coping with Cancer

Coping with Cancer: How Simple Words Can Be a Powerful Support

When It Rains, It Pours Last week, we found out my mom has breast cancer.  She’s having surgery tomorrow.  One minute, she was fine, and the next, she’s facing The Big C. My sister-in-law Angie was diagnosed with stomach cancer on February 22nd and died April 19th.  2013 has been one unlucky year when it […]

Finding your true allies

True Allies: Every Frodo Needs Their Sams

Hero’s Journey As may be obvious from the headline, I just watched the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy again.  I wanted to immerse myself in a true hero’s journey – where the good guys endure seemingly endless struggles, stay true to their mission even when all hope seems lost, and ultimately triumph with new […]

On Being a Nomad: ‘Without Home’ – But Never Homeless

The Big Leap I’ve been a nomad for 20 months now, traveling and staying with friends and family.  I took this sabbatical to pursue study, travel and explore, and to have some unforgettable experiences. As I peruse Craig’s List apartment listings (it’s time), I’m reflecting on this incredible journey and what it meant. This is […]

9 Tips to Maximize Your Conference Experience: Lessons from WDS 2013

World Domination Summit I just got back from the World Domination Summit (WDS).  This ain’t your ordinary conference.  Not by a long shot. Founded by best-selling author, world traveler, and thought leader Chris Guillebeau, WDS 2013 attracted over 2,800 amazing, creative people (mostly entrepreneurs) from all over the world for a weekend centered around community, […]

Quieting Negative Self-Talk: Freedom from the Haters in Your Head

If You Haven’t Got Anything Nice to Say, Why are you Talking All the Time?  Negative self-talk, I wish I didn’t know you so well… Since I’d been working the voices in my head quite in-depth the past week, on Friday I invited others on Facebook to join me by noticing negative self-talk and trying […]