Seven Tips to Feel More Confident

It's hard out there being human. We're bombarded with messages that tell us we're not good enough, and we often end up believing it, too, in the name of someone making a buck. I used to walk with slumped shoulders because I felt guilty for being tall, and didn't want to make others uncomfortable with…

Feeling Pandemic Fatigued? Try These Tips to Get Out of a Funk

We're coming up on the one year anniversary of global lockdowns due to the coronavirus pandemic, and many of us are fatigued. Zoom fatigue, pandemic fatigue, virtual chat fatigued, people are over it. So many of us feel depleted, tired of re-living the same groundhog day over and over again. People are drinking more, seeking…

A Message and Reminder When Your Spirits are Down

It's ok to feel sad, tired, or worn out right now. It's ok if you're struggling, or if the days all seem to bleed together. It's ok if you can't always see the light at the end of the tunnel. The light is always there in the distance, but some days the fog makes it…

So, You Want to Move to a Small Town? Read This First.

The majestic, small town beauty of the Oregon Coast I dreamed of, and ultimately left. Vasiliki Volkova/ Unsplash. I used to idealize life in a small town. Knowing my neighbors? How dear. Limited options? What a relief. Big fish in a small pond? Confidence boost. While life in a small town does have its charms,…

How to Make and Keep Your New Years Resolutions This Year

Ah, New Years resolutions. We make them, break them, and keep coming back for more. Some avoid them altogether, while others dive headfirst into lofty goals and then face inevitable disappointment when their goals are impossible to meet. 2020 has been an exceptional year. As a self proclaimed optimist, I have struggled this year to…

16 Ways to Find More Joy and Feel Happier During The Pandemic

This pandemic can be overwhelming. This winter feels like the last leg of a long run. We’re tired, tempted to give up, and yet we know how much better we’ll feel if we just stick to it and finish.  Many of us won’t be seeing family this holiday, and while we see the light at…

15 Ways to Beat SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) This Winter

*obligatory disclaimer that I am not a doctor or licensed psychologist, and the following information is based on personal experience and research If you dread winter because you associate it with a particularly low mood, you might be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder, or, SAD. Most people in Northern climates experience some version of the winter blues.…

30 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in 30 Years

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." -Maya Angelou If only I'd known then what I know now... As I reflect on my twenties, which are officially behind me, I don't regret the mistakes I made. The wasted nights, erm, wasted. The guys dressed head-to-toe in…

6 Reasons Why Learning to Love Being Alone Helps You Find Your Purpose and Live a More Fulfilled Life

Learning to love and embrace solitude is a gift that will improve your sense of well-being, your creativity, your productivity, and will help you truly know yourself so you can live more purposefully. When we are constantly bombarded with the messages, words, values, and opinions of others, it’s hard to hear our own. We need…

3 Things You Can Do to Move On and Stay Focused When Life is Frustrating

Some people say anger and frustration are secondary emotions, and argue that they are not emotions on their own. I used to believe them. Anger is sometimes an emotion that needs feeling and expressing, even if it is wildly unpleasant. You can't will it away, and years of suppressing it often leads people to have…