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The Power of Moving Meditation

Rooted in Buddhism and other Eastern philosophies, meditation has been on the rise in the Western world for the past few years. In the last 10 years, “mindfulness” has exploded as a Google search term (see below), and Amazon’s shelves are stocked with books on the topic. Oprah has teamed up with Deepak Chopra to create the 21-Day Meditation Experience, meditation rooms are now mainstream at Silicon Valley companies, and people in New York are “having a sit” versus having a beer after work at swanky places like Ziva Meditation and The Path. Read more

Snack of the Gods: Avocado Toasts

The first special our waiter told us about Saturday night was avocado toasts — “thick slices of bread brushed with olive oil and grilled, slathered with avocado, and topped with a hint of chili oil, peppers, sea salt and arugula.”  I don’t even know what Vesta‘s other specials were that night because all I could think about as he described them was getting in our order for the avocado toasts ASAP. Read more

Focus vs Breadth: Defining Your Own Success Story

If you’re a real creative director, you need to be making creative things. It can’t all just be about making ads,” Donald Robertson, SVP of Global Creative Development at Estee Lauder, told Fast Company this month in his spotlight as one of the magazine’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. Robertson, who shares illustrations with Instagram followers at @drawbertson, gets up at 4am to paint for four hours every day before he heads into work. Read more

Want to Take Your Kids to Far-Off Lands? Start Close to Home

Before having kids, my husband and I drove across the U.S. twice, trekked to Everest Base Camp, cycled through the Pyrenees, surfed in El Salvador, and among other adventures, spent a full summer circumnavigating the globe on foot and in a car. We ate crickets in Mexico and horse in China, devoured buttery croissants in Paris, choked down steaming yak milk tea in Tibet, drank vodka to pass the slow traverse across Russia, and leisurely plucked pieces of sushi from little boats floating around a lazy Susan in Japan. Travel was our foundation, simultaneously reinforcing our independence and helping us to find comfort and faith in our growing partnership. Read more

Pump It Up: An Arm Workout That Gets Results

Determined to re-gain some upper body strength before the summer months kick into gear, I turned to one of the people in my life who knows best how to work hard, and push herself to drive results: my dear friend Karisa, who is coincidentally also a personal trainer in Ventura, CA.  I featured Karisa a few years ago, when she put together a great 45-minute home workout that I still refer to when I’m crunched for time at home (check out the Curtis Camp post).  Read more

Bright Lights

Every person on this earth has a bright light inside of them. Sometimes it shines easily to those of us on the outside, and other times it’s entirely hidden. It’s our job to look for the light when we meet people…to seek the brightness, and once we find it, nurture it and feed it and help it get brighter and brighter.”

A friend recently shared this perspective in a conversation about the principles that guide our lives. Her kids go to Quaker school (commonly known as the “friends schools”), and this is one of the school’s core teaching philosophies. In short, it’s the belief that education is about drawing things out of people, not just putting things into them. Read more

The Simplest Cure: GET OUTSIDE

Lots of things stuck with me about The Imitation Game, one of this year’s Oscar nominees –the complexity of war, the levels of injustice people in the world have faced, the universal need to belong, the immense contribution Alan Turing made to science and to the world, and his running. Yes, his solo races through lush, green fields – heart pounding, sweat pouring, breathing labored – were indeed among the most memorable scenes in the movie for me. Read more

Three Keys to Managing Work + Life: Strategy, Structure, and Space

“Work/life balance” is a steady concern for many people in the Western world, as we all struggle to balance the lofty notion of doing versus being, and the practical one of building a career while building a fulfilling life. I’ve never liked the term balance. For me, balance conjures up two sides of a scale, representing a world in which choices are binary – a world far simpler than the one in which we live. Regardless of what we call it, we’re all looking for the same thing – a way to manage competing priorities and make peace with the active tradeoffs we make every day. Read more

Lentils by Candlelight

Tonight’s Soup Sunday choice was an oldie but a goodie — a red lentil soup I’ve made countless times since The New York Times published this simple recipe in 2008.  I now know the recipe by heart and follow it to a tee, with the exception of adding a few extra carrots and throwing in a few handfuls of spinach at the end for color and an added nutritional punch. Read more

Guest Post: Making Art + Making Memories

A friend of mine recently posted a photo of an art project that caught my eye.  I love the piece, and more importantly, I love what it stands for.  I asked her if she’d be willing to share her story on Wellfesto, and she wrote the following guest post.  Thanks so much, Dalton McCurdy, for your beautiful story and reminder for all to keep our eye on what counts.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day. We are encouraged to do it all. Down time is lost time. Productivity is calculated in actions and, as a result, attention and outputs are stretched thin. Read more

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