If you’ve ever owned a pet, you probably already know how deep that bond can be. How these four-legged beings can walk into your life, and into your heart, just like people do. Perhaps even more easily than people do, because we know if we love them, they will love us right back. They aren’t afflicted with the baggage most of us people lug around with us… They are like children, open hearted, innocent, and…Read More
When I was eleven, I met my best friend in the waiting room of a chiropractors office. I was awkward and shy, keeping my head down in a box of Magic Cards when he walked over, said that he liked Magic Cards too, and gave me his number.
I often think about the strange circumstances that led to that meeting. All the little things that needed to line up just right in order for it to happen, not to mention the courage it took for an eleven year old to introduce himself to another eleven year old…Read More
Every night before bed, my husband asks me: “what was your favorite part of today?”
Okay, maybe not ever night. But most nights. And if he doesn’t ask me, I ask him. It’s a simple way to end the day on a positive note; to reflect on what good happened, when the natural tendency is to rework and mull over all the things that didn’t go so well…Read More
Maybe it’s subtle little “aha!” moment, or maybe you’ve just head the biggest revelation of your whole life. Maybe you’ve been moved to tears, or laughter, or had to rewind again and again to let an important message really sink in. In big ways and little ways, music, art, and films move us. They can help us learn who we are, comfort us, challenge us, pump us up or slow us down, and even give us new ways of looking at the world…Read More
Going on vacation is something we all look forward to, but after a trip is done, how often do you look back at the photos, relive the memories, and think: how lucky am I to have been there?
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson…Read More
Fall is a time for reflection, as the weather turns cold and the trees let go of their leaves. It’s a natural time to slow down, spend more time with family, and appreciate the little things like hot, steaming mugs of coffee on crisply scented mornings.
Fittingly, November has been officially dubbed National Gratitude Month…Read More
Cultivating gratitude in a journal is a wonderful practice to have, but it's only part of the equation. It only follows that we should act on those feelings of gratitude by expressing our thanks to those around us…Read More
If you are reading this article, you're probably sitting at a computer, or using your phone, or perhaps some other device. You're connected to the internet, just a few clicks and keyboard taps away from anything you want to know. You live in a time when you have access to more knowledge than even the most learned professors just a handful of decades ago…Read More
When it comes to our bodies, we tend to be especially critical. We take for granted that they should do what we want, and when they fall sick, get injured, or just don't work as expected (or like everyone else's), we can be ruthlessly harsh on ourselves. Not to mention how our bodies look, and the shame and disappointment we can carry around our self-image...Read More
There's Margaret Atwood quote that I love, "You may not be able to alter reality, but you can alter your attitude towards it, and this, paradoxically, alters reality." and that's the inspiration for today's prompt…Read More
This week's prompt is all about thanking the people who raised us. We all have things we wish our parents had done differently -- maybe we even have some long-held resentments or hurts. But in almost every case, we can look back and see that our parents are, at their core, people who love us and strived to do their best for us. By remembering that they are their own people, with their own struggles and flaws, we can recognize the good they gave us and the tremendous care they put into making us who we are…Read More
This week's prompt is a special one, because it comes in two parts. Part one is reflect and write about a time in your life when someone was there for you. Part two is to put down the pen, close the notebook, and express your thanks directly. While journaling can cultivate our personal sense of gratitude, it's no substitute for saying thank you to the people who need to hear it…Read More
Gratitude journaling comes in many forms, from stream-of-consciousness ramblings to structured bullet-journal spreads to simple list making. But if you don't know where to start, it can be difficult to find motivation. That’s where journaling prompts come in…Read More