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Living the Pura Vida

As a kid, this river was my playground. And now it’s my office,” George, our Costa Rican adventure guide said with a bright and genuine smile as we paddled down the gentle rapids of the Sevegre river. George grew up just a few kilometers from where we were rafting, in the small village of Santo Domingo, a remote town with just 120 inhabitants. For generations, his family has been exploring the rustic trails and wild waters of this lush region, equipping his mind with knowledge of the area and fill his heart with love for it. Read more

A Gift from My Dad

Filling up his lungs with a deep breath of air, my dad closed his twinkling eyes and reclined, allowing his trunk, shoulders, and head to gently slip below the surface of the water.  He always submerged his body in one methodical swoop, causing tiny, frothy bubbles to ripple in even circles away from his core as his body adjusted to the lake’s startling coolness.

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It’s a rare week when all of the components of well-being feel neatly balanced.  Life just isn’t that neat.  It’s messy, sometimes calling us to push way harder in one realm than the rest, and sometimes offering us the space to soak much more deeply into another.  One week might be about working late into the night, and the next might be about fitting in three morning trail runs and seeing the first glimpse of sunlight peeking above the skyline.  One week might be about barely scrambling eggs and avocado for dinner, and another might be about cooking Pinteresting meals.  One week our breath may come quickly, and the next it may slow down.  Just like our lives do. Read more

Granola, Sweet Granola

Having spent childhood summers bathing in a freshwater lake and listening to Peter, Paul and Mary, it’s no surprise that I love granola.  I love it for its tree-hugging, free-loving connotation just as much as I love it for its strong flavor, rugged texture, and quick satisfaction.  And I’ve loved it even more during the past few months, as I’ve been eating gluten-free and eager for an occasional break from the monotony of eggs and oatmeal. Read more

Five Practices to Try This Month

Happy March!  With 7 days to go until daylight savings and 20 days between now and the spring solstice (not that I’m counting or anything), spring is in the air.

I find that the beginning of the month is always a good time to check in with myself — to take a few minutes to think about how things are going in my life right now.  Not where things were, or where they’re headed, but where they are at this precise moment.  Are things generally in sync, or is something out of balance (my answer this month: a bit out of balance)?  What does my mind say, what does my heart say, and are these in conflict at all?  And where, if at all, might I want to set an intention to shift something in the month ahead? Read more

Runner’s Highs: Not Just for Runners

For as long as I can remember — way before I knew anything about endorphins or psychophysiology or thresholds or V02 maxes — I’ve craved the high I get from exercise.  It’s my drug of choice.  As a kid, I remember the sky looking more blue and the clouds looking more billowy after a bike ride around the lake.  At low points in my life, breaking a sweat has helped put a spring back into my step.  During intense times, losing my breath has helped me find my focus.  And today, putting one foot in front of another keeps me grounded in each day and anchored in my life. Read more

Weekend Wisdom

I spent part of this past weekend at Wisdom 2.0 — a conference that “addresses the great challenge of our age: to not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world.”  There are countless amazing things about this conference (you can watch many of the talks here to see for yourself), but the biggest thing I took away both last year and this year is a feeling that my feet are firmly rooted on the ground.  Here are three simple points of inspiration that I took away and wanted to share: Read more

That Guy

My company had a Valentine’s Day half marathon this morning, which was my ideal way to kick off the day with love!  Well, that and the delicious heart-shaped, kid-crafted pancakes I gobbled down before the race.  But this post isn’t about the race….it’s about the guy behind the race. Read more

Spice Doctor

Tacos are a mainstay in our house.  They’re satisfying, pretty balanced, and super fast — the weeknight dinner trifecta as far as I’m concerned.  We generally make them with beef, topped with chopped tomatoes, sliced avocado, salsa and shredded cheese, and wrapped in either soft corn tortillas or big pieces of crisp lettuce. Read more

Gratitude List

There is a growing body of research showing that people who practice gratitude have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, higher levels of positive emotions, and fewer feelings of loneliness and isolation.  Yes, simply taking a minute to give thanks can make us healthier.  I talked about this in a December post about wellness lessons from 2013, and I’m trying hard this year to bookend most days with a simple gratitude practice. Read more

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