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  1. It was a clear, warm night last summer when I took a long walk around my neighborhood, phone to ear, and opened up to a friend about how I’d been feeling of late (“of late” being the prior 3 months, at a minimum!!). It was one of those perfect July evenings; the sidewalks were sprinkled with …

  2. Reconciling ownership of my body has always been a funny thing for me. I grew up knit into the context of chronic illness and failing organs, a landscape of scar tissue and ‘not quite right’. Over the years, it has afforded me the opportunity of observing myself from a near-clinical perspective. For quite some time now, …

  3. Whether or not we know it, there’s something about our space that inherently affects who we are and how we feel. In other words, what we choose to surround ourselves with has a massive effect on our overall well-being. This is not only relevant for how you keep your home or workspace but it also applies …

  4. When I trace the history of grief in my life, it begins to feel as if there was never a year when we existed as separate entities. As if, from the start, grief was an invisible friend of my childhood, the two of us always comfortable sharing secrets with our eyes across the distance of an …

  5. “How many siblings do you have?” It’s a normal get-to-know-you question on first dates or during casual watercooler talk when you’re new at the office. (Is watercooler talk still a relevant cultural reference? Please LMK.) Maybe being an only child is your fun-fact during icebreakers. Or maybe you celebrate “national sibling day” with such intensity that …

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  7. From bridal and baby showers to birthdays and weddings—summer feels like its own holiday season. With so many occasions for gift-giving, I often find myself looking for a great gift that that’s unique, practical and healthy. If I’m going to give someone, or even myself, something new—I prefer it to be healthy in nature so it’s …

  8. this article originally appeared on Noteworthy by Aura Cacia

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    I’ll never forget my first experience with essential oils. I was getting my very first facial, and the service began with a massage and some aromatherapy. I closed my eyes as the esthetician waved blends of bergamot, rose, eucalyptus, and lavender under my nose. My airways opened right up, my lungs filled with cool air, and …

  9. Twenty years ago I was a college senior about to graduate with degrees in English and history. During my last semester, a professor teaching a class on Chinese history put up the grade breakdown on the chalkboard (yep…chalkboard). It went like this: A, A-, B+, B, B- and so on. I asked, “Why is there no …

  10. I recently turned 30 and also recently became unemployed. It took me three weeks to tell my mom and almost two months to tell my dad that I decided to leave my stable, full-time job to enter into the unpredictable world of freelancing. When I finally told my dad he told me first, not to keep …

  11. I like to think I was Marie Kondo before Mario Kondo was Marie Kondo, but lucky for her she wrote that damn book first, so good for her. But! Thanks in part to Marie, minimalism has become the lifestyle du jour, streamlining our closets and junk drawers and knick knacks in an effort to keep only …

  12. No, I’m not one of those people. I’m not a tech-basher, tech nay-sayer, nor am I an “oh-my-gawd-tech-is-ruining-an-entire-generation!” kind of gal. Yes, I’m in love with my Apple Watch, upgraded to iPhone X within moments of its release, and am probably an over-sharer on FB, Insta, and SnapChat (thanks for the feedback, kids). But what I …

  13. For most of my life, I’ve been taught my physical wellbeing is important. Throughout my twenties, I followed the advice of doctors, trainers, girlfriends and diet-gurus to keep my body in fair-to-good shape; I exercised regularly, ate the rainbow and non-perfected my downward dog. Then, I became a mother and my world, that easy life of …

  14. I’m going to preface this post with the following statement: I had no idea how much fear I had in my life. Fear was not on my radar—whatsoever. I mean, I knew I had hang-ups. You know, the usual suspects: fear of failure, fear of not being enough, fear of being too much. But I chalked them …

  15. You guys, hi. It’s been a while and a half since I’ve been “here” to just… talk. I had this very meticulous plan for how I’d gracefully enter maternity leave and then reemerge three months later with a renewed sense of purpose and excitement to get back to work. I wanted to journal, to find solace in the …

  16. You’ve undoubtedly heard the narrative about this particular moment in culture; this particular feature of our era: that we need instant gratification. We demand immediate feedback, immediate results. We don’t have the attention span to read longform essays, let alone books; we can only focus long enough for bullet-point lists and Sparknotes. We boil water in …

  17. If you ask for your life to change, it will change. Locked in an empty conference room in 2016 with my eyes full of tears, that is what I asked for. You see, the first step in the self-care and soul-searching journey is realizing that you are f*cked up. Not in the sense that you are …

  18. I have a confession to make: I’m an excellent sleeper. Perhaps it’s an odd thing to be particularly proud of past the tender age of two yet here I am, in my early thirties, and still find myself sleeping like, well, like a baby. I suppose you could say I’ve always valued my eight hours of …

  19. I recently moved into a new apartment and more than ever, at 30, found myself wanting to bring less stuff into my new space. Because at the end of the day, I want to come home to a place that is a refreshing contrast to the busyness of everyday life. My bathroom, in particular, was a …

  20. HELLO FROM THE DEPTHS OF WINTER HELL WHERE I HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FOR SOME TIME NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know I’m not one to like, phrase things eloquently by any means, but if, gun to my head, someone asked me to describe the internet on any given day I think I would blurt out: “withering sh*t hole.” We’ve …

  21. I will preface this by giving my routine “I don’t have all the answers” schpeel, BUT! I have learned a few key things since I was recently booted out of the nest (fired from my job) and have had to re-work the way my brain has lived for twenty-seven years and although it’s a massive work …

  22. Elizabeth Kendig has amassed 5.4 million followers on Pinterest and a reputation for sharing trusted beauty advice on her blog, BeautyBets.com. Yet, avid readers know it’s more than skin deep. Kendig assists readers on their individual journeys to get more comfortable in their skin, be it through the perfect shade of red lipstick or an introduction …

  23. Making the move towards ‘big city living’ was exhilarating, but also came with its fair set of challenges. I fully expected to enjoy exploring new bars, bookstores, and restaurants. But what I didn’t see coming was long commute times in incremental weather, grocery store lines that wrapped back to the deli counter, and rent fees that …

  24. Now that we’re inside a new year, there’s an abundance of information and articles coming at us about how to be our “best selves.” “New year, new you” they say. New me? Uhhhh. It’s not only unrealistic, it’s kind of unreasonable. Stick with me for a minute, because I’m going to propose something radical. If you …

  25. At the end of July, I overheard our in-house photographer, Colleen, chatting about how she had signed up for an upcoming half marathon amongst our Wit & Delight team and I couldn’t help but chime in, “You are going to run 13.1 miles… are you for real?” I couldn’t believe it. I had never run more …

  26. Now that we’ve officially crossed the half-way mark of January, I thought it was only fitting to take a second and check in on each other. How are you doing? How is the new year going so far? I finally took the plunge and tossed out our Christmas tree last weekend. Even though it sure was …

  27. If you ask me, New Year’s resolutions can be a bit like fruitcake: some people love them; others, well, not so much. Although I’m not the biggest fan of that glowing, old-fashioned, holiday dessert that tends to get tossed straight in the freezer, I do love a delicious serving of self-improvement, which is why — year …

  28. Well, that’s not entirely true. Let’s start from the beginning. It was spring of 2015 when I woke up with acute pain in on my right side, concentrated in my upper back and head. It didn’t happen overnight, I had experienced tightness and pain in my right shoulder blade and jaw for a few months, but …

  29. It’s Friday night and I have big plans. I transition from week into weekend through a full production of getting ready. After work, I shower and prep for the night ahead, except I linger a little longer under the shower head, steaming the bathroom up to its full potential. I even use my expensive, fancy shampoo. …

  30. Like millions of other people in the world, I live for the holiday season. The twinkling lights. The constant cycle of cookies in the oven. The Family Stone and Elf playing on repeat. Peppermint and gingerbread EVERYTHING. I mean, what’s not to love? Heck, I even adore the tacky ugly sweaters. Yet as therapeutic as I …

  31. First, write them down. The best way to ensure your needs are met this holiday season is to first acknowledge what they are. Start by writing down a list of the things that make you smile just thinking about them. Keep the list handy during the holidays as a simple reminder to check in with yourself—on …

  32. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a notebook fanatic. The lovely journals in the Anthropologie sale section get me every single time. No really — you should see my apartment; I’ve managed to curate quite the collection. But see, the problem is that no matter how much I adored these leather-bound diaries, the pages all …

  33. Recently, a couple members of our creative team have been sporting some pretty cute glasses around the studio. These new stylish frames caught my eye and I had to ask in anticipation, “Where did you get those?!” It turns out both pairs were from Felix Gray, and after further questioning, I found out that they weren’t …

  34. Hey. I struggle with anxiety pretty terribly in the fall. And it’s okay if you do too. It’s strange though, right? Considering fall wins the favorite season poll by a mile? I mean, I’m straight up giddy at leaves changing color; I’ll pull my car over to look at a tree like your 60-year-old dad. I …

  35. Did you know that Americans collectively check their smartphones upwards of 8 billion times per day?! But wait, before your jaw completely drops to the floor — there’s more. According to this particular study, we, as individuals, touch these pocket-sized computers typically about 2,600 times every 24 hours. And get this: on average, people will spend …

  36. Hear that? It’s the worldwide groan that comes with Sunday nights. My how quickly your Sunday Funday can manifest into the Sunday Sads. Life comes atcha quick, huh? Getting a twinge of the Sunday Sads – or Sunday Scaries, more prominently heard on the East Coast – isn’t anything new: Austrian psychotherapist Viktor Frankl coined the phrase …

  37. In second grade, I got really into journaling. I’m not sure if it came from my obsession with Harriet the Spy or just a desire to add meaning to my comfy suburban upbringing, but I made a promise to myself. I, Allie Arends, would fill an entire journal for each year of my life. For the …

  38. Once upon a time, I had an addiction to busyness. The instant gratification of striking through lines on mile-long to-do lists, the sense of accomplishment after sifting through an overflowing inbox of emails, the feeling of combating a day packed to the brim with back-to-back meetings — these were the things that kept my adrenaline pumping. …

  39. I got really into “clean eating” last year. A few things happened that accelerated this process. First, I got married. It turns out, a wedding is an even better weight loss incentive than a middle school frenemy making a snide comment about my butt. Then, my family was hit with a series of health problems. I …

  40. “Coming to terms with the reality of a situation doesn’t just mean you understand or accept it. To come to terms with something, you must quite literally be able to put it into words.” And with that declaration, the scattered college professor was cemented in my memory as a Real Teacher. Two sentences cleared up one cliché phrase …

  41. Have you ever tried Golden Milk? If you happen to be shaking your head no, I’ll put it simply: YOU’RE TOTALLY MISSING OUT! I promise that wasn’t me shouting at you. That was just me saying — in the most enthusiastically way possible — you’ve GOT to hop aboard the golden-milk bandwagon ASAP. OK, enough with the …

  42. We live in an achievement-oriented society, where being “busy” is practically a religion. Sure, we’re getting stuff done, but we often forget about the healing power of sitting around in our pajamas and doing nothing. This time is good for us because it allows us to actually like our lives and just be. And by “just be,” I …

  43. When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first? The travel section? Non-fiction? Thrillers? Well, for me, the path is always the same: Self-help here I come. While I love a good murder-mystery every now and then, nothing can compare to the amount of inspiration that seeps into my mind whenever I’m turning the …

  44. Getting back into shape post-baby is something I thought about – but thinking was mostly what I did. Walking, being busy with work and baby, and life in general, got me 85% of the way there, from a mental and physical standpoint. But I could tell something was missing; I needed some time to focus on …

  45. If you reside anywhere on the internet, you likely saw coconut oil in the headlines earlier this summer when the American Heart Association released a presidential position statement advising against the use of coconut oil from a “bad” cholesterol standpoint. This advisory warning sent shockwaves through the news feed unlike any other liquid fat before, resulting …

  46. When you hear the word selfish, chances are your mind spirals into the negative zone. And for good reason. Over the years, selfish and its gang of synonym friends — you know, self-centered, self-seeking, self-involved, self-absorbed, the list could go on — have become enveloped in an unpleasant undertone that no one ever wants to be …

  47. Summer is the perfect time to wear out your blender, drink right out of a coconut and sprinkle your food with edible flowers. To turbocharge your smoothie bowl efforts, I’ve made a list of my favorite superfood ingredients. While I can’t guarantee their miraculous health benefits, I can promise they’ll make your kitchen creations sound expensive as heck. Spirulina …

  48. If you ask me, there are very few things that sound more refreshing on a hot, humid day than a creamy, blended frozen treat. Whether sipped on for breakfast or slurped down in the afternoon as an energizing snack, a summertime smoothie is the perfect antidote to beat the heat. I should know, as there is not …

  49. Looking for a less Gwyneth way to chill out this summer, preferably one that doesn’t make you wake up 20 minutes early to meditate? Not to worry. I’ve compiled some low-key ways to cool down your tired brain on the hottest days of the season. They’re all affordable, fun and don’t require a license in being a …

  50. Still dealing with breakouts? Or maybe they’ve started to come on out of nowhere? Unfortunately, zits don’t always go away when your teenage years do. But they don’t have to rule your adulthood, either. Hormones, diet, stress—so many factors come and stay in our lives that will impact how our skin looks both today and for the years to …

  51. Get ready to use those limes for more than margaritas! The last thing I want to do in the summer is layer more onto my skin. To combat the toll sun and heat takes on my face, I shift my focus to what I’m putting into my skin, not just on it. After one too many …

  52. There’s something about summer that seems to magically put a glass of wine in your hand the second you get home from work. Maybe it’s all the patios you drive by or all the Instagram posts full of ice cream cones, but there’s fun all around you, and you want in on it, dammit. But if …

  53. Summer is here and naturally, that means more sun and sweat— sometimes not the best combination for your skin. We need Vitamin D but only in moderation if you want to keep your skin looking healthy and vibrant for years. To transfer my beauty routine from cooler to warmer days, I’ve found confidence in a simple …

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    Over the last few months, I realize that I am human after all. The long days at work and the longer nights with August are breaking me, emotionally and physically. My mantra of “head down and plow through” is no longer working. While I’ve hit this plateau plenty of times before, my strategy of “just get …

  55. BROUGHT TO YOU BY NOTEWORTHY

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    For as long as I can remember, I’ve been in a continuous cycle of taking on too much, without slowing down. Most of us have something that is a vice, and often times it transfers from one habit to another. I’ve found that above indulging in food, alcohol, or shopping, work is truly my drug of …

  56. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn We’ve all come across this message of self-care 1,000 times before. While so simple, it’s stuck around for a reason, because it’s so true. And when I think of someone that helps …

  57. Spring is upon is in a big way, and naturally, with the change of seasons, we are all looking to spruce up our body, mind, home and heart. Sometimes it’s not about the big changes but more about the little ways we can implement wellness into our everyday lifestyle that really makes the long-lasting difference. I asked several …

  58. Our month-long conversation about what it means to “Love Thy Selfie” has both piqued my interest and made me tired. I sat at the keyboard too long before admitting that I was tangled up in definitions of self-esteem, self-image, self-compassion, self-knowledge…all of this. I was confusing know thyself with treat yo self, and I was tired …

  59. Hello, everyone! Here we have a picture of two dogs embracing and the words of Liz Welle. Both are equally comforting. Enjoy. – Kate Given the state of everything in the world right now, there are really only two things I’m certain of anymore: I will never have a tampon in my purse when I need …

  60. As part of our Wellness series, we will be including downloadable worksheets that further help you work through certain topics. At the end of each week, the worksheets will be available for download in our Weekly Newsletter. Sign up here! We spend most of our time on this earth learning how to be human. How to feed ourselves …

  61. Readers, I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Liz Welle. I met Liz when she was the tender age of 19 and working her way through undergrad. She’s been one of my favorite follows on social media and I admire her humor, candor, and willingness to wear her heart on her sleeve. As I move into …

  62. I recently found myself in a bathroom stall, curled up in a little ball, staring into my hands. There were so many things to do and no time to do them. When you’re about to lose your proverbial shit, you have two options. One: give in to the anxiety. Two: remind yourself that you’ve been here …

  63. It’s often said we cannot “go it alone.” We all need someone to believe in us, to stand by our side when we’re not our best self, to lift you up. It’s just as important to know when to let go. Today’s post from Mental Health contributor Tala Ciatti examines our universal need for one another, …

  64. When Tala and I first spoke via email, she explained she was a new mom who had left her job in mental health to stay home with her baby boy. She had just moved to a new city and was looking for ways to be an active part of something outside of home. Her note to me …

  65. I woke up at 3:45 this morning…typical for a person who is almost 38 weeks pregnant. I had caught wind of the hashtag #FalconHeights as I drifted off to sleep the night before. Not again, not in our backyard, I thought, already reeling from the news of Alton Sterling. The footage flickering through my phone during these …

  66. When Lana Del Ray’s song came out, the year 2006 flashed before my eyes. I had just graduated college and moved to Minneapolis with a car full of clothes and no furniture after breaking up with my boyfriend of 2 years. This was the beginning of my silent, personal struggle with depression and anxiety, and it would take those 5 …

  67. When I first started Wit & Delight, it was strictly a hobby. Something I did for myself when I wasn’t sure who I was, what kind of life I wanted to build, or even what clothes I wanted to be wearing. Last spring, I wanted to reevaluate what I was doing and the direction I was taking …

  68. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and I’m happy to say what’s happening in the UK made it’s way into my feeds as early as Monday morning. While I’m no mental health professional, I do know speaking about our personal experiences goes a long way in helping lift the stigma associated with these ailments. I …

  69. This week started out a little crazed, no? I don’t know about you, but when I turned on my phone Monday morning, my Instagram feed was full of apocalyptic behavior. People were saying tearful goodbyes, making pleas to “stay together” and begging me to TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. My thoughts: What is happening?! Is the ship going down?! …

  70. “Beam me up, Scotty.” It’s 6:30am and I’m about to board a weekly flight to Dallas. Same gate; same airplane; same crew, and a handful of the same passengers. I walk through the gate and on to the jetway. I place my right foot in the middle of the metal circle you find on every jetway– where the corridor …

  71. Behind every strong brand there are answers to these questions: Why do they exist? What do they do? And, how do they make their mission a reality? Supported by a brand’s core values, a focused belief statement is essential to driving brands forward, keeping all aspects of businesses tracking along to the same long-term goals. The same rules apply to even …

  72. Say you decide one day that you want to achieve something lofty. Become a director at your current employer. Learn to play the guitar. Open your own retail store. Start your own product line. What’s your immediate next step? Do you: A) Write down your goals, change your daily mantra, and vow to stay focused until …

  73. Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman are using their design powers to invite us to talk about the stuff we really don’t like talking about. 12 Kinds of Kindness has spawned a side conversation to help ease the stigma around mental health by making it OK to just talk. Recounting her struggles with perfectionism and anxiety, Jessica’s frank and …

  74. New year, new you. Isn’t that the saying? I’m not the greatest at following through on my resolutions, but I do try my damnedest to give it an honest effort. One of the goals I’ve set up for myself this year is to “pay it forward”. I’ve been very fortunate over the last few years in …

  75. With 2015 drawing to a close, I wanted to take a look at the year that was. It’s been a crazy year here at Wit & Delight, full of changes and tons of projects.  2015 gave me an opportunity to work with some really amazing people and partner with some great brands. I’m so excited to see what …

  76. We’ve gone 360 once again, landing upon that familiar time of year dedicated to reflection and hope for our future. Reflection on the good, bad, and ugly of the year behind, and hope for unknown– hope that we’ve somehow learned from our past to gain more from our future. It is easy to pile on yourself, …

  77. All of a sudden It’s December. How did this happen? We all know what’s coming up, or looming (for some of us). While I do enjoy this time of year, historically it has been incredibly stressful between my work schedule, planning gatherings with friends and family, shopping for presents and getting the house ready for the holidays. …

  78. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and in a few days, we will be sitting down with friends and family and sharing a meal; and more often than not, some awkward conversation. In preparation, I’ve gathered a few articles together that might come in handy when wanting to change the subject. If all else fails, remember, …

  79. Last week five years ago (still with me?), Instagram was launched. This social platform has revolutionized the way we look at photos, take selfies and humblebrag about besties and baes, all the while feeling #blessed. Instagram has been and continues to be a platform to capture the moments where Wit & Delight intersect with my (Kate …

  80. There have been a series of small (and medium-sized) mishaps and mistakes on my part over the past couple days. Dropping the ball on social engagements, misplacing my keys multiple times in one day, a lost iWatch, one Nike shoe gone rogue, a forgotten suitcase, a misplaced prescription refill. I can rationalize why it’s happening: I’m working more, …

  81. This holiday weekend has got me like: Anyway…I’m up late on Pinterest tonight, trying my best to filter the promoted fitness pins and nail art tutorials, and here I find this. A nice reminder that being scared does not make you weak. If anything, it means you’re out there pushing yourself further than you were yesterday. …

  82. I wish I’d learned earlier in my career to ask for help. We don’t like to admit to not having our shit together. For the most part, we go it alone, white-knuckling it through hard situations both personal and professional. Not the healthiest route, but most often it’s the best place to start. We’re comfortable being in …

  83. Most people have fond memories of their childhood camp experience. Team bonding; late night slumber parties; s’mores by the fire — all that good wholesome stuff. My camp memories had all those things, sprinkled with a light coat of social anxiety and crippling shyness. The last year of camp was the summer I tipped into adolescence …

  84. This essay is part of an ongoing series dedicated to wellness and mental health advocacy. If you’d like to share your story or experience with us, email us at studio@witanddelight.com Should you walk into my house before I come home today, you would be able to retrace my every move by the debris left in my …

  85. A few weeks ago, my sister and I sat cross-legged on my bed, swilling Beaujolais and cackling loudly. We were talking about work and relationships and getting older— the things you can only really tell someone you’ve known your whole life. I was dishing out advice on dating in your late 20s, and all the weird …

  86. Time is whizzing by differently in 2015. Last year, it was marked by a studio opening, product collaborations, and a one year anniversary. This year, it will pass through airplane windows, hotel check-ins, and international time zones. The 7:10 flight to Dallas. 23 hours in Miami. Layovers in Atlanta. A short stint in London. Joe and …

  87. A few Fridays ago I did three things outside of my comfort zone: I spoke in front of 300 people and shared photos of my messy house with a bunch of strangers. Keeping your mess away from public scrutiny– even friends and family– is fairly commonplace. Messes are our own private business, and while I’m happy many lifestyle bloggers …

  88. Hello from my most relaxed and vacationed self. 2015 is here and much like opening a brand new notebook, it feels as if the possibilities are endless. 2014 was exciting and completely exhausting all at once, and I made a point to reflect on the year’s successes and failures with a (real) holiday break. Minimal email. Minimal …

  89. None of this is about morality, or religion, or dogma, or big fancy questions of life after death. The capital-T Truth is about life BEFORE death. It is about making it to 30, or maybe 50, without wanting to shoot yourself in the head. It is about simple awareness — awareness of what is so real …

  90. Last week I was sitting at gate E8 at Minneapolis St. Paul airport. It was 6:30 am and I’m watching and I’m listening. I hear the staff at Caribou lazily take orders. I hear suits rustling and smoothing their papers; a pre-teen lightly tapping the top of her Starbucks cup; soft murmurs from a loving couple …

  91. This note from Kelly’s 365 Quotes project helped me make peace with a weekend of ups and downs. Happy Monday, my friends.

  92. Last Thursday morning, I knew with certainty it was coming. Tired, irritable, moody; I shlepped out of bed 2 hours later than I had originally planned and looked at my face in the mirror. My eyes peered back with a glazed tint of emptiness; my skin, flat and pale; my thoughts, cutting. “Pathetic. Sloppy. Worthless.” There …

  93. Speak less, but with more intention. Do good and expect nothing in return. Meet hatred with indifference. Be willing to be small, so we can be great. Observe. Reinvent. Evolve for no one but yourself.   I scribbled these words in a Moleskin full of unprocessed thoughts during the craziness of this and the vulnerability that followed this. To be vulnerable is two …

  94. I hope you’re all enjoying the last little bit of this final weekend of the summer. As we prepare for a new week, I thought it would be the perfect time to share a podcast I recently recorded with Jess Lively, of The Lively Show. Jess writes about living a life with valued-based intentions, and helps inspire us to …

  95. A timely reminder for our culture of more. We do not need to be all things, nor do we need what we want. To be good at one thing– to be a good human– is more than enough. I think I should plaster this on my office wall 🙂  

  96. The title (and illustration) of this post comes from a wonderful little children’s book, The Book of Mean People by Toni Morrison, which I discovered on one of my favorite websites, Brain Pickings. The simplest call to action is this: “Somewhere between Twain’s irreverent advice to little girls and the faux-meanness of the facetious faux-unkindness Cat-Hater’s Handbook, the book nudges us to …

  97. Last week I recorded my very first radio interview with Falen Bonsett Lambert, co-host of KDWB’s “Dave Ryan in the Morning Show“. For the out-of-staters who aren’t familiar with her or the show, there are plenty of reasons to love Falen. She throws down one-liners in a way that would make Amy Poehler proud and she’s …

  98. In 1997, my father gave me a tee shirt with Jim Henson and Kermit on the front. On the back, Apple’s manifesto “Crazy Ones” and the tagline, “Think Different.” The hem fell just above my knobby knees, purchased with room to grow— both literately and figuratively— even though I’d only become an inch taller by the time …

  99. He said I was the happiest sad person he’d ever meet. He said, “I see you and I understand. I am here.” I like to compare my life with anxiety to living with a huge grizzly bear. She’s a beast, really. Powerful, particular, irrational. Sensitive, territorial, destructive. When provoked, she fills the whole room with fear. …

  100. Hi there. Remember me? I’d usually apologize for the radio silence, but I won’t. This month I’ve taken a quieter role here, waiting for the moment I’d be ready to write about what’s been on my mind. It’s taken me almost 2 weeks to get this out, so I’ll just say it: I’ve lost interest in …

  101. Let’s pick up where we left off here. So far, we’ve established that within our connected lives lay land minds of psychological triggers and opportunities to lose ourselves in a search for affirmation and popularity. We’re programmed to seek these things out, so now what? There’s something that happens between recognizing this problem and solving it. It …