When Life Gives You a Swift Kick in the A . .

When Life Gives You a Swift Kick in the A . .

There you were, contentedly enjoying things just as they were, when *BAM!* – life dealt you a swift one from behind. While sailing through the air thinking “WTF??” you realized that looking over your shoulder and trying to figure out what happened wasn’t going to save...
Being Fearless, Authentic, and Real

Being Fearless, Authentic, and Real

Somewhere inside of you is a part that is fearless, authentic, and real. She (or he) might be right up near the surface, shining bright for all to see. Or she might be a tiny little spark, buried deep down, a warm little glow only you see and feel. She may, in your...
Choosing Our Cast of Inner Voices

Choosing Our Cast of Inner Voices

When I decided to start sending a newsletter again, I set myself a modest, typically-Kristen-type goal: Write fabulous, inspiring, meaningful, glitteringly written pieces; send them every Sunday; include beautiful images (ideally ones I create myself) that capture the...
How to Speak Up for Yourself in Six Simple Steps

How to Speak Up for Yourself in Six Simple Steps

Your son is starting to hang out with someone who makes you uncomfortable. Your sister comments on your weight. Someone at work is irritating you. You’re worried that your partner isn’t taking good care of himself. Your boss is a jerk. You disagree with your cousin’s...
Just a Few Things to Give You a Lift

Just a Few Things to Give You a Lift

“Lawnchair Larry” Walters flew 16,000 feet above Los Angeles in 1982, thanks to 45 helium balloons. What a lift! We’ve had our first day over 50 degrees up here in the Colorado Rockies, so it’s really starting to feel like spring. I enjoy winters and cozy...
Hope Helps

Hope Helps

Having hope – either as a personality trait or about specific things in the moment – has benefits for our mental and physical health: An optimistic outlook reduces your risk of heart attack because the opposite outlook – being stressed, especially for long periods of...
Let’s be like the Tabonuco

Let’s be like the Tabonuco

When I was a little girl living on a U.S. Air Force base in Japan, we used to get these crazy typhoons. There was a grassy quad in front of our house, and I remember seeing the trees bending almost sideways, whipped by the rain and wind. Trees that fare worst in...
A Few Things I Really Admire About You

A Few Things I Really Admire About You

Regardless of how well we know each other, here are some things I know are true: You’ve always given your best and tried your hardest. You did the best you could with what you knew at the time, how much energy you had and what resources were available to you. Yes, you...
It’s Almost as Good as Being There

It’s Almost as Good as Being There

Our son, Max, is moving from Colorado to Oregon tomorrow. It will be the first time in 25 years that he’s lived more than an hour and a half away from home. Now both our kids will live in other time zones; our daughter, Sarah, lives a thousand miles in the other...
My Role Model is a Weeble

My Role Model is a Weeble

A world distorted: Print Gallery by M.C. Escher, 1956 If you’ve ever received life-changing news, you know how disorienting it is. One minute the world is familiar and the next it isn’t. It might look the same but it feels — or at least you feel — different.  Forever...