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 …

On Time, Abundance, and Being Here Now

“Time is a gift, given to you, given to give you the time you need, the time you need to have the time of your life. ” ― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth If there is one theme that has been coming up for me most strongly over the past few weeks, it is time. The passing of time, the …