Why Not . . . Meditate?

While technology has been introduced into our world as a means of assistance and improvement to the quality of our life, it also has become a means to distract us from being present, from finding balance and from catching our breath. In Time magazine last week, the cover story “The Art of Being Mindful” took aim […]

9 Ways to Think Like a Monk, as taught by Jay Shetty

“Life begins with breath, breath carries you through your days, and life and breath end together . . . We measure our lives not by how big or small our impact is, but by how we make people feel. We use our time to establish how we will live on, through giving love and care, […]

8 Saturday Ponderings . . .

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A Cuppa Moments w/Shannon – February 2021

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298: 28 Ways to Simplify Your Entire Life

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” —Hans Hofmann Simplifying. Far different from minimizing, simplifying requires that we consciously explore what is of value in our lives and then thoughtfully edit in order for what we deem most important to shine as fully as possible. Take for […]

This & That: December 4, 2020

Let’s just begin with the big news – Jenna Lyons returns. *it’s been too long, but it was worth the wait*. What else? So much! Three films – one new and two from the past worth watching, a new holiday baking show with a favorite comedy cast joining to spice up the fun, clothing to […]

275: 34 Ways to Attain Emotional Freedom and Cultivate More Joy of Living

“Emotional freedom is a homecoming to your own heart and fullest power. It salutes authenticity, not conforming to someone else’s notion of what to feel or how to be.” —Dr. Judith Orloff, author of the New York Times bestseller Emotional Freedom: Liberate yourself from negative emotions and transform your life (2009) The middle of the […]

255: 34 Inspiring Daily Rituals to Ignite Your Creativity

We talk quite often about the importance of routine, and how by having a routine, we actually set ourselves free, especially our minds. And it is in that vein that Mason Curry shares his two books Daily Rituals. His second is focused entirely on Women at Work, sharing the routines and preferences of creative women […]

Eliminating Stress from our Lives (Yes, it is possible)

“Stress always diminishes both the quality and effectiveness of what you do under its influence. There is also a strong link between stress and negative emotions, such as anxiety and anger. It is toxic to the body and is now becoming recognized as one of the main causes of the so-called degenerative diseases such as […]

244: Give Yourself the Gift of Contentment Everyday, All Day

“Finding an ease with what you are thinking, feeling, the world as it is, not necessarily accepting it, but not resisting it. This is contentment.” —Andy Puddicombe The truth about contentment is that it is different than being happy. We cannot know what it feels like to be happy if we have not known sadness, […]

223: 23 Ways to Have a Great Start This Fall

“The French have a special word for it, La Rentrée; in English it is simply referred to as ‘Back to school’. However we choose to call the September post-vacation return, and no matter how far our schooldays are behind us, few would deny that this really is the moment in the year that shouts ‘new beginnings’, ushering […]

15 Lessons I Am Carrying into My 39th Year

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11 Ways to Start Your Day “Smart”

“To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy is to set your own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson A single day is analogous to our life journey but on a smaller scale. We can […]

3 Crucial Components to Acquiring New Habits in 2018

“Success is sequential, not simultaneous. No one actually has the discipline to acquire more than one powerful new habit at a time. Super-successful people aren’t superhuman at all; they’ve just used selected discipline to develop a few significant habits. One at a time. Over time.” —Gary Keller & Jay Papasan from their best-selling book The ONE Thing: […]

172: How to Refine Your Style: In Your Wardrobe & Life

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #172 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “For me, style is zee whole package: how you dress, talk, move and behave. It all goes together into that first-impression equation. It shouldn’t be confused with chic; an extremely chic or well-dressed woman may have zero sense of style. Style is definitely more about who […]

170: Being Single is Luxurious Living

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #170 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio {As always, I encourage you to listen to the audio version as much more is talked about beyond the transcript below: more anecdotes, examples and ideas about how this episode is really about enjoying our time alone whether we are coupled or single.} Having lived on […]

Welcome Serenity Into Your Life with these 14 Ideas & Practices

I can still hear George Costanza’s father on the classic comedy Seinfeld declaring “Serenity Now!”. At the time, in middle school, the manner in which he spoke and body language threw me into an immediate bout of laughter and I have not much more thought to what he was seeking,  but what if we can […]

163: Learn How to Truly Savor Everyday Moments & Watch It Elevate Your Life

~The Simple Sophisticate, episode #163 ~Subscribe to The Simple Sophisticate: iTunes | Stitcher | iHeartRadio “Growing your inner strengths through taking in the good is like deepening the keel of a sailboat so that it’s less jostled by the worldly winds, it recovers more quickly from big storms, and you can now safely head out into deeper waters in pursuit of […]

This & That: May 5, 2017

Beauty —Bastide Fréderic Fekkai, the man known for taking care of our tresses, has stepped into the beauty business with his wife Shirin, taking the reins of a 25-year old treasure in Aix-en-Provence, the Bastide beauty business. Bastide is the beauty brand somewhat similar to L’Occitane offering luxuriously simple beauty products each created from the gifts […]