Everyday Epiphany… Let's Celebrate Less Celebrated Women!

During Women’s History Month, we see images of incredible women like Amelia Earhart, Sally Ride, Frida Kahlo, and Josephine Baker—groundbreakers whose achievements have had a tremendous impact on our society. But there are also women far less celebrated who are doing amazing things every day—things that make the world around them brighter, happier, and safer. Women who work tirelessly to improve conditions in neighborhood schools, lead city beautification efforts, volunteer at senior care facilities, assist at local shelters, and so on. I am proud to know many of them! And since there’s a ripple effect to everything, you never really know how great the impact of one small act will be on our world. It could be enormous. So don’t forget to celebrate yourselves this month, ladies. I know I’m celebrating you!

shadow.jpg

Everyday Epiphany… Hearts Need Love, Too

February is National Heart Month! The American Heart Association suggests lots of ways to keep your heart in good shape: increase physical activity, follow a balanced diet, maintain a healthy weight, manage stress, and avoid tobacco. Great advice. I’d like to offer one more: do things that make your heart happy! Of course, that could mean different things to different people. To me, it means taking my dogs to the park or grabbing lunch with a girlfriend. Whatever “heart happiness” means to you, go ahead and pursue it! As you put on your Balance Bead today, set an intention to make your heart happy. :)

beach-heart-1391080-m.jpg

Everyday Epiphany… Love Comes in Many Varieties

It’s Valentine’s Day. On this day, we celebrate love. But it seems to me that we tend to focus on the love between sweethearts. We send flowers, have romantic dinners, and exchange gifts. But there is so much love to celebrate that has nothing to do with romantic love. The love of our family, our friends, our pets. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by all this love on a daily basis. Today, in addition to celebrating with my sweetheart, I will celebrate all the other cherished loves in my life. xoxo

Augs with Hearts.jpg

Everyday Epiphany… “Fail” is Not a Synonym for “Quit”

So often we beat ourselves up for quitting. For giving up on something. But as a wise friend recently reminded me, sometimes it takes a great deal of bravery to quit. A few months ago, I finally quit a work-related project I’d been pursuing for three years. About two years into the project, I knew it wasn’t going to result in success. But I refused to quit. That’s what we’re told is the noble thing to do, right? Never give up. But what if giving up is the right thing to do? If it’s the thing that will set us free from something that causes us stress, pain, or imbalance? For me, quitting the project was the right thing to do. And a few months after making the break, I can honestly say that quitting was the smartest thing I could have done. I feel free.

Perhaps going forward we can stop associating the word quit with the word fail, and begin associating it with the phrase let go

Daisy.jpg