Category Archives: Health & Wellness

year of the pig

Top of the morning to you! Are you ready for the Year of the Earth Pig? Chinese New Year is on February 5th this year. Per Chinese Zodiac, the Year of the Earth Pig 2019 is supposed to be a year of joy, benevolence and relaxation…Hmmm…as it marks the end of a complete rotation cycle of the twelve signs in the Chinese zodiac. This encourages us to take a well-deserved break and evaluate the previous years. Well, I’ve definitely thought about how much I want to make this a different year than 2018. How about you? I’ve begun the first days of 2019 practicing yoga every morning before work. I’ve failed so many times in the past couple of years to regularly make time for exercise, which I attribute primarily to fatigue, and well, a lack of motivation. It’s hard to be motivated when you’re freakin’ tired, right?  I know…I’ve been told repeatedly that exercise helps fight fatigue and energizes you. It has definitely worked for me in the past, like when I was in grad school and life was generally less stressful; however, once I entered the world of professional social work, it’s really consumed most of my time and energy. I don’t have much gas left at the end of the day, if you know what I mean! Anyway, I’m determined this year to be more fully in control of mind, body and spirit. I’d like to focus on bringing more joy into my life through music, creativity, yoga and learning. I do LOVE to learn. This morning during yoga, I felt anxiety right at the center of my chest. I set an intention for increased clarity and creativity, to let go of self-judgment, self-doubt, anxiety and pressure. I’m facilitating a training over the weekend with two of my co-workers, which always brings some stress and anxiety. I also need to work on NOT over-committing this year. Always gets me into trouble! As I begin my day, I hope to keep a steady heart and peaceful mind. I hope to accomplish what is meant to be accomplished, even if it isn’t quite what I initially set out for. May you also have a day and year full of peace, clarity and joy even amidst the mess that is so often our lives.

letting go of 2018

Greetings from sunny La Jolla, California! I hope that you’re enjoying this holiday season, whether with family and friends, or alone, and making time to recharge. My family and I had a quiet Christmas with some close friends. We watched Die Hard after eating lots of sweet potato casserole and apple pie! Now that was a blast from the past! Lots of laughs.

It’s been refreshing to soak up the sun, get in some retail therapy and eat at some super fun restaurants in San Diego. We found this great place called Sipz Vegetarian Fusion Cafe in North Park. Great vibe and fantastic vegetarian faire. North Park city block was lined with boho boutiques and trendy restaurants. And this morning, we ate brunch at a quaint little cafe called Farmer & the Seahorse. There was an old vintage silver RV right in the middle of the restaurant. Most of all, I’ve enjoyed spending time with my daughter and having all this time off from work! I could get used to this kind of life.

As I have reflected on 2018, I’m so glad to let go of a rather difficult year. Worries about loved ones, mental health challenges, people pleasing, health scares, and then losing our beloved dachsund, Peppermint, in November caused much anxiety and fear. I can’t seem to rid myself of worries about finances and relationships. Does any one have a remedy?! I enjoy listening to podcasts about living a life with more ease, creativity, mindfulness and gratitude, but it’s not always easy. I have a lot to be grateful for, and with all the terrible things that have happened in our world this year, I have nothing to complain about. Yet, fears have a way of rearing their ugly heads.

I don’t ever set New Year’s resolutions, but I do plan to focus on a few things in 2019 in the hopes of becoming a healthier, happier, more productive person. I came across a quote from the Dalai Lama recently that I love,

“We are, you might say, ‘brainwashed’ into thinking that money is the source of happiness while what we really need to know is that inner peace is something that comes from within.”

Inner peace for me comes from solitude, prayer, better self-care and self-compassion. I did not do a good job of that in 2018. Life is short. We must make the most of every day and live as though it were our last. I hope to glow in 2019 with peace, despite the challenges that life inevitably brings. More yoga practice, intentional self-care, prayer and creativity. May 2019 be your healthiest, happiest and most abundant year yet! ❤️