I was listening to the Freakonomics podcast today, and they were discussing the strange way that humans, more often than not, tend not to behave in their own best interest. That is to say, we make decisions based on short-term satisfaction (with the mantra “fuck it” usually in there somewhere) over long-term benefit.
At first it made me feel a little self-congratulatory. Like so many seekers, I feel like I’m making a daily effort aimed at long-term growth and sustainable happiness. But then I thought to myself, you haven’t done much of that self-investment lately. And the other me said, “well, yeah I’ve been sick for over a week.”
And that got me to thinking – sure – we all overindulge and experience consequences. But when it comes to the pursuit of our higher selves, are we overlooking the value of our most basic needs in favor of a much shinier, more glamorous lure of enlightenment? Continue reading Mending + Defending Your Root Chakra
Hello! And welcome to 2018, friends. I just published a new video (with a new filming setup – hope you like!), and I wanted to muse on the past year one last time. Continue reading 2017 In Review
During the holidays, we all assume there will be a lapse in our self-care routine. More calories in, fewer out; but we often lose sight of the collateral damage to spending days on end traveling and functioning in someone else’s habitat. The R&R that’s required to recover during this end-of-the-year purgatory time is more than just snapping back to your old routine.
The pressure of the New Year means we’re all chasing new resolutions, or at the very least trying to remember what it was like for our pants to fit properly (speaking from experience!). But let’s talk about some pleasures you should never feel guilty about when it comes to recovering from the holiday whirlwind.
Continue reading How To Recover From The Holidays
A sign at a Christmas tree farm we visited last weekend read, “Be Kind. Everyone You Meet is Fighting A Battle.” I typically rank signs like these in the same realm as your oft-lampooned “Live, Laugh, Love,” straight-from-Home-Goods, signs in terms of sincerity. But (whew) if this year out of all of them hasn’t made me aware of just how many private battles we’re all fighting. Continue reading The Meaning Behind Mindfulness
Guys, this K-beauty mask is getting tons of hype on social media (a successful campaign, I suppose, since I took the bait) – but the question: Does it deliver? Check it out.
[This video is NOT sponsored!]
You guys, I so enjoyed making this video. I think you can tell when you watch it – I’m just having fun. Hope you enjoy!
You guys, I save my true feelings for a place like this where I can write them down.
The truth is I’m disenchanted with YouTube right now. Their algorithm is designed to favor only the people who already have giant followings and will therefore make YouTube more money.
I almost didn’t even post this video because I have such a bad taste in my mouth with them right now. But I did. Because my freak flag knows few bounds. Enjoy.
You probably already know, I just bought my first house, and I never want to leave. I get to wallow in self-indulgence looking around at all the plush carpet, granite countertops, high ceilings and, well, empty rooms I just “bought” and even utter, “yay, me!” if I want. But what it’s done to my outlook on life is what I find most surprising. Continue reading How Buying A House Made Me Richer