It’s been unexpectedly rewarding going back to working full-time hours, and a great practice choosing gratitude despite some growing pains.
What’s the most surprising is how happy I’ve been despite being exhausted and suddenly having more responsibilities. Read more
As I’m sitting by the poolside on a condo rooftop in City Center, Las Vegas, I keep on thinking about how crazy life can be, and how quickly circumstances can change when setting intentions and letting go. Our short, synchronistic stay right on the strip—as pretentious and flashy of a reputation the city may have—feels oddly appropriate.
It’s a larger-than-life reminder that anything can happen. While there are inevitable losses along the way, there’s also the chance to win big with some strategic risks, persistence and a little bit of luck. Read more
Several months ago, I agreed to be a guest on the Intentionally Wandering podcast run by Jeff Sandquist, a friend of mine. He slotted me in for early September, and about a week ago, we recorded the podcast.
Can’t say it was the best timing with my decision to put Uncoveries on simmer.
I considered canceling. That would’ve been the easiest thing to do. Yet something within me said to hold on and embrace the discomfort and vulnerability. Read more
About a month and a half ago, I wrote a post on what I thought would be the next phase of Uncoveries.
I usually avoid sharing future thoughts like that due to a fear of falling through. While a bit more reservation probably would’ve saved me from writing this current post, I have no regrets. Read more
Fully appreciating the present moment has always been a major struggle for me.
It’s an area I grapple with—even after years of working on it. Read more
I was recently reminded of the importance of energy chargers each day. Ironically this was during a time that was full of excitement.
The past week has been a blur. My husband and I were in Portland for a conference called the World Domination Summit. While it’s been super great to connect with other likeminded people, I found myself extremely drained as an introvert. To add to the craziness, I wasn’t getting as much sleep with the later nights and so much more going on. Read more
Through shifting changes, we occasionally forget everything will be okay.
We tend to highlight what’s still not resolved, what’s imperfect, or what may or may not be coming. We underrate the blessings in our lives, and become overly impacted by what still hasn’t fallen into place. It’s easy to lose perspective on how good we have it when our focus is on what’s lacking.
Sometimes the fluctuating parts of our lives feel too great. We’re simply not sure what’s going to happen or what we’re going to do in a situation. We feel frozen between the different paths, sit on the sidelines in our indecision and become inundated by fear.
But consider this. Read more
At first I didn’t think this applied to me. I didn’t realize I was expending more energy than I needed to—in more ways than one.
I tend to focus my eyes intently when I’m reading, writing, watching or talking—and especially more so when I’m working or concentrating on something. Sometimes, I inadvertently furrow my eyebrows and squint, which increases the pressure. It’s become a habit—a mannerism done unconsciously.
No big deal right? Well, let’s just say it’s actually a bigger deal than I thought.
My husband and I have played multiple rounds of minsgame. This past July was our fourth time.
How the game works is like this: you remove an item from your home (by selling, donating, giving or throwing away) on the first day, two items on the second day and so forth. Each item can be as big as an appliance or as small as a button. It all depends on you. With both of us playing in a month with 31 days, that equates to nearly a thousand items (992) gone from our home.
It’s been challenging this fourth time around. Frankly, I wasn’t able to find 496 physical items. I only found about 78, a much lower number than I needed. That certainly wasn’t the case when we first started down the minimalism path. Read more
The worry we experience is never driven by external factors. It’s taken me a long time to truly understand this.
As tempting as it might be to blame the situation, the weather or someone else, what’s going on externally is never truly the culprit of what’s going on inside. Outside factors may contribute, but they’re never the main source of the angst.
I used to think my unhappiness and stress were solely driven from my full-time job in finance. While my disinterest in the field certainly didn’t help, working in finance wasn’t the main reason for my stress.
Really, the issue was within me. Read more