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Surviving Anniversaries and Other Hard Days…

Q: “ How do I navigate the overwhelm that I feel as the anniversary of my loved one’s death approaches?” A: When we are deeply connected to another and then they are gone, it can be “I don’t want to get out of bed” devastating. So what do we do on the days when we just wish they were around? ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​I have experienced this time and time again ...

Leading by Example

Have you ever noticed that kids do what we do, not what we say? The other morning I was driving Ayla to pre-school, I noticed that she was picking at her nails. I asked her why she was picking after we had talked about how picking and biting your nails isn’t a good habit, to which she replied, “I want to be like you, mommy.” ...

How Do You Deal With Change?

Have you ever gotten a raise, a promotion, a new job, or something else you really wanted? But when it happened you had feelings of discomfort, confusion, or angst… And then you beat yourself up because you “should” feel good? The thing is, it’s okay to feel a mixture of emotions… and everyone’s experiences are valid… it is called being human. And change can be uncomfortable, even ...

The 4 P’s of Parenting

Children teach us who we are and who we want to be. In many ways, having a second child has been much easier than having the first. (Even though I am still not sleeping much:) Remember the definition of grief that we use in at the Grief Recovery Institute? “The end of or change in a familiar patter of behavior.” Well the second time around, ...

In Response to the Shootings…

I don’t know about you, but after the most recent school shooting, the bombings in Austin, and the hundreds of other profoundly sad acts of violence that are occurring all too regularly, I have felt tremendous sadness and frustration. Here are my feelings and thoughts… My heart feels so heavy…   When is enough, enough?   What I think is that these horrendous acts of murder ...

7 Ways to Survive Valentine’s Day

As I am sure you are well aware, it’s Valentine’s Day week.  If you didn’t notice it was coming, the hearts, glitter, pink and purple streamers, and I love you balloons probably gave it away. While Valentine’s Day is a cultural, religious and commercial celebration of romance, for many it is a painful reminder of the loss of love or the absence of love. If this ...

10 Years After Her Death…

Today is January 5th, 2018. To many it’s just an ordinary day. To me it marks 10 years since the most life changing moment of my life, my mom’s death. It is 10 years of figuring out who I am without my mom. It is 10 anniversaries of her death, 10 birthdays, my wedding, my Dad’s wedding, my brother’s wedding, 1 niece, 2 children of ...

Are you the worst you during the holidays?

Are you the same person you were 10 years ago? I doubt it. While we are in our essence the same as we were when we were two years old, we are also constantly evolving. I don’t know about you, but when I am with my family (particularly during the holidays) I tend to revert back to old behaviors and patterns. If you are dreading ...