Stuck In a Rut?

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”  Lin Yutang


After years of my now-seventeen-year-old daughter yearning for a trip to Europe, my husband and I determined this was the summer we’d make her dream a reality. Knowing our seven-year-old would much rather tour the Basketball Hall of Fame than a Spanish cathedral, we decided to  divide and conquer—the boys on an adventure road trip stateside and the girls off to Spain and France. 

A few weeks before take-off—when flights were booked, lodging was secured, and a vague itinerary was set—it dawned on me that the only adult in charge was going to be ME. (Cue the gulping sound.) Yes, I know this realization would’ve hit most people much sooner. What can I say?

It had been years since I’d visited Europe— either with a knowledgeable partner or, as a twenty-year-old studying abroad, with college friends as we naively, cluelessly navigated our way together. But now it was all up to me to lead us out of the safety of comfort zones and into what I hoped would be a mostly pleasant encounter with growth, learning, and fun.

I took a deep breath, stood up tall, dug down for some chutzpah, and proceeded to kick Europe’s ass (in the best possible way). Our adventure was not without the few (to be expected) minor glitches. It was also a wonderful bonding experience exploring other cultures, terrain, and our own capacity to challenge ourselves and evolve. Upon returning home, despite full schedules and an upcoming book launch, I feel a sense of ease, confidence, and empowerment. 

Thankfully, we don’t need a passport to bolster our courage and empower ourselves in this way. Whenever we step outside our comfort zone, self-confidence expands and organically infuses all other areas of our lives, the world opens up, and we recognize that we are far more capable than originally believed. Testing our own limits, even in the tiniest of ways, is the best antidote to feeling stuck in a rut of monotony or on the hamster wheel of busyness.

So go ahead—shake it up and step out of your comfort zone: Check out that new yoga studio and test out a class. Try your hand at watercolor painting. Create a small container garden on your back patio. Paint your bedroom that color you love. Tell someone how much they mean to you. Explore a nearby town. Go to the movies solo. Hike that mountain. Write that book. Take that trip. 

If I can do it, so can you. 


The Unveiling!

Before I published my first book, I had no idea just how much behind-the-scenes work goes on in the publishing world to create a book title and cover that properly convey the content within—art, editorial, sales, and publicity all have a hand in the process.

My latest book is no exception and so…I am beyond excited to share the cover of my new book and let you know that


will hit the shelves October 1st and is available for pre-order now!

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BREATHE, EMPOWER, ACHIEVE is a mindful empowerment guide for women who don’t have time for mindfulness but who do want to create overall work-life balance and reach bigger goals. Including 50 evidence-based mindful breaks, personal stories, and interviews with inspiring women, the book teaches high-achieving women how to ditch the stress without losing their edge.

Pre-ordered copies* will ship mid-September. Be sure to save your receiptbecause as a free gift for pre-ordering you will have access to an exclusive video interview series with inspiring, empowered women (coming in July). 

Thanks so much for your support!
I would greatly appreciate you sharing with the women in your life!

*Pre-orders are so important because booksellers pay attention and order accordingly. The higher the number of pre-orders, the more likely they are to stock their shelves with an abundance of copies.