Food for Thought

A Summit of One

It’s that time of year where the crush of so many things-holiday parties, gift shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating, merry making, thank you note writing, end of year donating, etc- begins to feel like too much and your chest is tight and your stomach is kinda floppy and now I am about to add one more […]

Lift

Y’all, I am having a time (and I know I’m not alone). Weeks ago, I came up with a list of upcoming posts to share here. For today, December 5th, the plan was to share (and to reveal to myself because I learn what I know deep down inside by writing) what my word for […]

a simple strategy for managing holiday stress

The holidays.  For most of us, those two words bring up a mixed bag of feelings. Lingering over a fireplace with loved ones while drinking mulled wine.  JOY! Four party invitations for the same night.  ANXIETY. Delighting someone with the perfect gift.  JOY! Not realizing that someone has a food allergy and that ingredient is […]

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

We started a new tradition at our house this Thanksgiving season that we are really loving and I wanted to share it with you. Our Thanksgiving tree is displayed in a vase on the mantel of the fireplace in our dining room and each one of us has a branch (our sweet neighbor cut branches […]

Hope

Hope

As many of you know, I live just outside of Charlotte and teach at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The last week has been so incredibly heartbreaking. As we navigate forward, I’m reminded of this Barbara Kingsolver quote and of my hopes: I hope for a world where every single one of us […]

Showing Up Less to Show Up More

Showing Up Less to Show Up More

A few weeks ago, I went to breakfast with a dear friend and we were talking about presence, about showing up, about breadth versus depth. As a person, I like to choose depth and, yet, all the choices in my life say otherwise. My life isn’t nearly as deep and narrow as I would like […]

The one about everything.

The one about everything.

When I first started writing this piece, I thought the big message was life keeps handing you the lesson you need to learn until you learn it. Then, after the first few paragraphs, I thought it was really about choosing what you love over what you are good at. Later, I thought it was about […]

Questions to Answer for When You Need a Reset

Questions to Answer for When You Need a Reset

Thank you so much for your sweet notes of encouragement last week. Not long after I penned that post, our sweet dog of twelve years fell suddenly ill and we had to put her to sleep. Our sweet Lola was my constant companion, my little co-worker. Since my office is at home, she could easily […]

Finding words to begin again

Finding words to begin again

I disappeared for awhile there because I lost my voice. Well, not my voice so much as my words. They just left me. In the days and weeks after my mom passed away, I had to have all the words. Words to let family members and friends know the devastating news the doctors had delivered to us, […]

a slide from a Body Image class conversation

The Kids Are Alright Spring 2016

At the end of each semester, my body image students write a process paper where they synthesize their learning- both personal and academic- for the semester. These papers are always a delight to read and there is so much wisdom in them that I just have to share a fraction of it (with my students’ […]