Let’s Redefine Failure. Because It Matters How Much Fun You Had Getting Here.

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” ~Truman Capote Last year around this time, I laid out a variety of goals for myself to tackle in the coming year, having some lofty ideas about just what was possible during 2013. Some of these goals I just barely reached, some I totally destroyed (in a good way), but many …

On Letting Go and Making Space: How Knowing Your Values Changes Everything

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” ~ Roy Disney “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”   ~Nelson Mandela Oh, man. Life takes some unexpected turns sometimes, doesn’t it? You make all sorts of grand plans for your life …

Sad Days, Deep Breaths, and Hot Baths: On The Relationship Between Loneliness and Self-Love

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Gautama Buddha I have already discussed the many benefits of surrounding yourself with a team of supportive, compassionate, non-judgmental, loyal, and loving individuals with whom you can band together in the event of an apocalyptic disaster. I neglected to mention, however, the most important …

On Zombies, Friendship, and Building Your Apocalypse Team*

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” ~ Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934 I’ve talked a lot here about just how life changing and paradigm shifting and eye opening the past year of my …

Mediocrity Killed the Cat. And Other Reasons to Stop Denying Your Inherent Awesomeness.

“When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt.” ~Honore de Balzac For me, break-ups always lead to massive amounts of introspection, the desire to dig deeply into a variety of whys regarding the recently-ending relationship and its role in my personal development. Specifically, I become almost obsessively engrossed in investigating how the relationship directly reflected me – …

On First Anniversaries, Break-ups, and Why I’m Actually Grateful I Got the Flu

“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.” ~ Erich Fromm Last week marked the one year anniversary of opening my own acupuncture practice and being in business for myself. I wanted to quietly celebrate this milestone with close friends over a glass of wine (or two), expressing gratitude for year one and setting …

On Getting Older and Going (Prematurely) Gray: 13 Lessons From My First 31 Years

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” ~ Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez Two weeks ago, I celebrated my 31st birthday. And although my birthday was on Saturday, I actually allowed the celebrating to begin on Friday evening and extend through Monday afternoon because, hey, why the eff …

The Myth of Perfection, Gluten-full Cupcakes, and an Unfortunate Spelling Error

I spent my 20s chasing perfection, believing such a thing actually existed, never stopping to ask myself if what I sought was even possible or desirable, heading instead toward my idea of what someone else might deem ideal. I thought a perfect body, perfect relationship, perfect friendships, perfect diet, perfect wardrobe, perfect home, perfect grades would add up to happiness …