Tips for Practicing Patience



I was getting a manicure the other day and was reminded of how hard it can be to practice patience… While my nails were drying I thought of something that I had been meaning to tell a friend so I wanted to write it down or text them but if I tried to grab my phone, I risked ruining my perfectly manicured nails – obviously, not a choice! In this small moment, I was reminded of how liberating it can be to stop trying to control and just be. Most likely, it really can wait!… 

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Why it’s Important to Pat Yourself on The Back!


I’m a firm believer that while we can go about things alone, we are always better off when we have a sounding board. My friends and family are a great sounding board but I also have a third party person to bounce things off of (although in the process, she too has become a friend). This is where my coach Debra Russell comes in. She has worked in the personal development field for almost three decades and at one point was the Head Trainer and General Manager of the multi-million dollar training organization, Robbins Research International, Inc…. 

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Tips for the Busy Chef!

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I love long leisurely evenings of cooking while sipping on wine… but there is not always time to spend an hour or more cooking! However, not having that kind of time doesn’t mean you can’t still show off your stuff in the kitchen. So below I have included a few tips for those busy FLB-ers.

1. Find easy to make meals.

Cooking healthy meals does not have to be an overwhelming task. There are many meals that I make that take under 20-30 minutes. Find a list of 20 minute meals here…. 

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The No-Fail Way to Improve Your Mood


Scott performing one of his favorite activities in Koh Lanta, Thailand

When you do the things you love, you can’t help but smile from the inside. This not only makes you feel better but is a contagious energy that affects everyone around you…. 

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The Best Way to Deal With Challenges…

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When life challenges you, when you do something incorrectly, when you don’t get what you expected, when you can’t control (because you rarely can)… remember to just roll with it.

Life really has a funny way of taking care of us sometimes. When you are presented with a challenge, often times it is because there is something within you that that needs to be addressed. Maybe it is something you are holding onto, something that was left unresolved or maybe you just need to stop, step back and self-reflect. But the more we resist the challenge or the process that it is taking us through, the more difficult it will be…. 

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5 Lessons Learned in Packing Lighter

IMG_1167 “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” 

– Mary Anne Radmacher

A few years ago, Scott and I decided we were done with checking bags. No matter how long or short, no matter how far or near, we gave up checking bags. This has included a 25 day trip to Thailand and a 3 week trip to Italy where we stopped on the way home for a Friday wedding in New York and then flew home the next day for a Saturday wedding in California. I don’t say this to brag. Rather to give a few examples that it isn’t always easy to travel lightly, but it can be done…. 

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Practice Aloha


Kona Sunset – September 11, 2013

There is obviously something magical about the Hawaiian islands. The weather is perfect, the water is beautiful and most often if you are visiting Hawaii, you are on vacation :). But every time I have been to Hawaii, I truly feel there is something beyond the beauty of the landscape. There is something magnetic about the people and the energy they have…. 

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Creativity: The Best Way to Inspire Yourself!

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I attended a conference a few months ago called The World Domination Summit. The title can be a little confusing but basically the conference is about how to live an unconventional (aka a totally awesome) life in a conventional world. There were a series of speakers that I thought were really amazing and I left the conference feeling inspired about many things, but even after I got home there were a few ideas that I just couldn’t shake. One being the importance of creativity…. 

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Your Actions, Not Your Words, Define Your Character

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I had a situation this week where I felt someone was angry with me for unfair reasons. To be quite honest, I think they may have just been just angry about something else and took it out on me… But I am human and anytime I feel that I have disappointed someone or not done ‘a job well done,’ I don’t feel great about it. To be honest, it was really weighing on me even though in my gut I knew I actually didn’t do anything wrong. Part of me wanted to throw words back at them in response to the message they sent me, part of me wanted to just forget about it and tell myself: “You didn’t do anything wrong, it’s their problem” and part of me felt like I should just pass it off to someone else to deal with…. 

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The Power of Intention

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My dear friend gave me a little chalkboard as part of my birthday gift this year and I love it because it is not only totally adorable but also because what may be just a chalkboard to one is a powerful tool for me. Every week, I write a phrase or quote that resonates with me and keep it somewhere that I am sure to see it several times a day. And just from this little chalkboard I have been reminded of the power of intention and repetition…. 

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