I love Halloween! I always have. I was still trick-or-treating even in college--I'm a shorty so with a mask on, I could totally pass for a legit kid. Give me an opportunity to wear a costume and I will take it!
There's something so liberating about becoming someone else for a bit. When I'm not *me* different aspects of my personality are invited to come out and play. In costume, my natural shyness and reserve tend to disappear and suddenly I am outgoing and chatty. It's lik
You know I love the concept of Energy Dynamics, right? (I wrote about it here a while back.) It's a system of managing your energy in a way that allows you maintain a positive state of mind the vast majority of the time. Pretty awesome, for sure. The chart below (based on the work of Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz) may seem simplistic, but I have found it *so* useful in understanding how our personal energy flows. The horizontal axis shows the spectrum of our mood from negativ
My cousin started smoking again. You see, his HOUSE BURNED DOWN. So it's a little bit of a stressful time period. Our bad habits--even ones that we feel like we have fully conquered--can pop back up again during times of stress. Surprise! I used to be a binge eater and felt really out of control around food. Then I figured some things out (you can read that story here), and for over 10 years I was completely binge-free. I didn't even think about binge eating, I knew I had