5 Things I Learned While Working For Myself

Working from home isn't for everyone. In fact, 5 years ago I worked from home and hated it. But this time around I wouldn't change a thing. This time around I've approached working from home differently and have learned a few things about myself and my workflow that...

Happiness Practice: July

The simplest things can bring the most happiness. For the past two months, I've been putting into practice a happiness project of sorts. At the end of each month, I reflect on the things I'm thankful for, from large to small, in order to refocus attention away from...

Do You Have A Mantra?

Whenever I'm going through something that makes me anxious, like going to the doctor, flying on an airplane or contemplating my next step in life, the ability to mentally and emotionally coach myself through tough situations is critical to coping. One of the most...

Happiness Practice

Sometimes happiness seems like a flexible and fluid thing, at times hard to grasp, and other times surprising. There are moments when I get swept up in the weight of anxiety and reminding myself of the beautiful things in life are a way to combat that feeling. I want...

Have You Moved Out Of State?

I first wrote about moving to Colorado in 2015. It was the last sentence of a blog post, and more tongue in cheek than anything, but now I'm seriously considering a move from Philadelphia to Denver. I have never lived in another state before, and the only other time...

Holding Onto The Light

This past week gave me plenty to talk about with my therapist. Sitting in stunned silence on the evening of November 8th, I found myself at a loss for words, utterly horrified and disappointed with the election results. I'm not here to talk politics, but it felt wrong...

The Best Weekends Are The Ones Without Signal

Whenever I’m able to get away for a little bit, even just for the weekend, I feel more like myself. My favorite places are ones without any phone signal. Back in the "real world" everyone is always connected and distracted by their phone. It’s great to go to the woods...

What Makes You Happy?

What makes you happy? I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Happiness and general self-confidence and positivity was something that came fairly easy to me in the past. I'd worry like any other person but it never felt out of hand or even close to despair. But...

My Only Resolution For 2016

I've decided this is the year I'm finally going to do it. I have only one resolution this year, and that is to quit smoking. The other night I came across a notebook while cleaning out my bookshelf that I had completely forgotten about. Inside I had written down goals...

Why I Journal

"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train." - Oscar Wilde The New York Times recently wrote about a study that says the benefits of self-expressive writing are extensive. “Studies have shown that writing about...