I choose to end 2016 the way I experienced it, one mindful moment at a time—finding the beauty, celebrating the love, and tackling the difficult with positive tenacity. I won’t tag it with a negative hashtag. I won’t count the seconds until I can sweep the entire year under the rug as so many people seem eager to do.
I will remember 2016 for its complexity, honor its lessons, and treasure its joyous and often poignant moments in equal measure.
I will not bury these blessings beneath a mountain of woes. I will not empower the negative with my words. I will not waste the final days, hours, minutes of 2016. Instead, I will welcome every precious second it has to offer and give thanks for having lived it.
So as the title suggests, the Christmas festivities have come to an end and I’m taking it slow… real slow. This year had me racing every which way in a surprisingly mindful and efficient frenzy; and true to form, I ended the year in the same way. Now it’s time to rest. Continue reading →
Holiday gatherings can be tricky, but this year, with our current political climate, Thanksgiving could feel downright dangerous. If we recklessly enter this emotional minefield, we could blow up friendships and family. However, armed with a few ninja strategies, we can protect our relationships and create a stress-free holiday. Continue reading →
I began this Mindful Musing in the Tom Bradly International Terminal on my way to Bali for a long awaited book-research trip. Since then I’ve enjoyed a thirteen hour flight on EVA Airlines, during which time I stretched much, slept little, watched movies, and ate jook for breakfast—a rice porridge also known as congee made with minced pork, and in this case, sprinkled with dried bits of fish. The jook was a particularly auspicious treat since it’s comfort food for the heroine of my ninja vigilante thriller. All in all, a good beginning to my real life adventure that now, apparently, includes a typhoon in Taipei! Continue reading →
Who knew a blast of air on a fractured toothcould render a badass ninja into a trembling kitten? Okay… I suppose I would have expected it if I had given it prior thought. But here’s the thing: I don’t have problems with dental work. I don’t leap from the chair like a Halloween cat and claw the ceiling every time the dentist pokes at a tooth. In fact, my biggest concern is staying awake in those comfy reclining chairs. But when that air blasted my nerve, I embedded all twenty of my claws so deeply into ceiling panel I didn’t think I’d ever come down. Continue reading →
“I love to wait!” said no one, EVER. And yet, we can’t seem to a avoid it.
We check our emails on the hour (or minutes) for responses from agents, editors, and casting directors. We stare at our phones (and test the connection), willing them to ring with news of that hard earned promotion or the house of our dreams. We pace our floors (or pound our heads) waiting for test results and customer service, plumbers and computer techs, heartthrobs and children. And no matter how fast we work or how efficiently we manage our affairs, every series of actions seems to be followed by an even longer and more grueling period of waiting for some omnipotent entity to say YES! Continue reading →
We’ve all got problems, right? They exist. We can’t just close our eyes and pretend they aren’t there. Well, actually we can, but pretending won’t really make them disappear. Our problems will still be waiting when we work up the courage to take another peek. So, we might be tempted to think that talking about them couldn’t hurt. We might even believe that unburdening our troubles will relieve some of our stress. And to some degree, it does. But at what price? Continue reading →