Awaken

Who Me?

I write a lot about resilience and navigating uncertainty: the inevitability of change, and its counterpart, resistance; our incredible capacity to survive, thrive even, amidst trauma; the neuroplasticity that allows us to adapt to even the most dire of circumstances. I write about this not because my heart goes out to the suffering (I assure…

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Finding Happiness

Many of us spend our adult lives searching for happiness without ever feeling like we’ve found it. This fleeting state of being can feel so out of reach, we wonder how to obtain a firm grasp on it. Happiness can be defined as, “The experience of joy, contentment, or positive well-being, combined with a sense…

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Calling All Bookworms: Spring Edition

Birds are singing, bees are buzzing, temperatures are rising, and book stacks (or is it daffodils?) are blooming. Spring is here! I’ve been soaking up books like sun rays, developing intimate connections with characters brought to life by authors’ imaginations. This season’s reads are as compelling as they are captivating and as timely as they…

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Put the Kettle On: Tea for Every Ailment

It’s hard to remember when my love affair with tea began. I’ve never liked coffee, so it’s always been a natural choice. For some, it might just be the next best thing, but for me, tea reigns supreme. I suppose my consumption reached its peak when I studied abroad in London and was offered a…

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Serenity Amid the Salt

Imagine yourself relaxing in a cozy spa-like setting. You close your eyes as gentle music plays softly in your ears and comforting aromas linger in the background. If this scene sounds like your average nail salon, day spa or therapist’s office, think again. The scents that infuse the space around you are not those of…

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Emily’s Affirmations: A Valentine’s Day Gift to Yourself

The invitation from a friend was simple: take a picture each day of something that brings you joy. The intention was harder: bring a little light into a year of profound tumult and isolation. In the summer of 2020, I, like many was starting to feel the unraveling of time—my calendar no longer punctuated by social…

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Your Guide to Healthy Eating this Holiday Season

If visions of sugar plums aren’t dancing in your head yet, just wait. As December encourages us to stuff our stockings and our bellies, it’s hard to resist all the tempting treats arriving on our doorsteps and adorning our dinner plates. While gatherings may be smaller, gift exchanges virtual and shopping lines shorter, many look…

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Learning to Stand Again

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. Maya Angelou There come times in our lives when we all must learn to stand again. While it’s natural to experience these periods as sudden awakenings or out of the blue disruptions, I believe…

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You Are a Work in Progress

After navigating some unexpected hurdles this past week, I now find myself contending with a stronger than usual urge to “catch up” – on writing, on reading, on correspondence, on exercising, on movies – simply, on days seemingly lost. The urge is a familiar one that has grown more prominent as our traditional sense of…

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