We are all meant to shine: A vision for healing relationships

How often have you done personality gymnastics to be accepted by others, only to find that you feel empty and lost in the quiet moments of solitude? This is what it feels like to abandon the self. 

One of my clients was wrestling with the “Monster Mind” thought so many of us have that to be a “good person,” she must do whatever it takes to be liked. If you’ve had that thought too, you’re not alone. But you didn’t...

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A New Way to Do New Year's Resolutions

Do you fear that the world just might fall apart if you don't jump in and save everyone?

Self-care and intentionally Doing Less have been my practices since the summer of 2013. Having lived most of my life as a “do-er,” this new way of being has been revelatory and brought me so many gifts that I’ve made it my mission to help my clients integrate these practices into their lives too.

At first, they’re not so sure when I say that learning to say no with...

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The best week of the year!

For so many of us, including some of my clients, this year has been a bumpy ride.

I'm still grieving the loss of my dad.

As a nation, the U.S. feels more turbulent now than in the past few decades.

Though necessary, transformation and revolution are rarely comfortable and joyful.

Even in the darkness, we can still seek hope. Here's some inspiration:

  • More of us are paying attention.
  • We’re having conversations we’ve never had before as a greater society.
  • An...
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Do you know how to “Find the Good?”

In Winter's darkness, we invite and celebrate the return of Spring’s light.


Before electricity, this was a time of moving inward, calm, rest, and ultimately renewal. Yet, in modern culture, it’s often the busiest part of the year.


If the holiday bustle isn’t chaotic enough, it’s easy to get caught up in the political negativity du jour.


Noticing how easy it is to find what’s “wrong” in the world (whether it’s my small personal world,...

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How to Reduce Holiday Stress

I invite you to take a breath. Through your nose: Deeeeep Inhaaaaale. Out your mouth: Deeeeep Exhaaaaale. Now how about two more of those?

Okay, now that your nervous system has had a moment to recalibrate, let’s talk about the holidays. If that made your breathing quicken again, I invite you to go back and take a few more deep breaths before continuing to read.

Have you ever thought about how much you’re running in obligation mode in the month of December?

No matter what you...

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3-Ingredient Vegan Bacon Bits

With all the running around you do for everyone in your life, do you think about how you feed yourself? When I coach my clients, we talk about eight aspects of life that when addressed allow us to generate energy, create time, have fun, feel great, and increase joy. Yes, please!


One of these eight areas is consumption, which includes not only what we eat and drink, but also what we read, listen to, and watch. Today, we’ll focus on food. So often, we think that eating well involves...

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Stand for Love and Kindness for ALL Beings

Sweet Friend, Today, I sit in gratitude for you. 

Thank you for sharing yourself and your journey with me. 

You bring me hope for humanity through your celebrations of triumph, curiosity about handling a particular situation, openness to living life more consciously, and desire to choose more love and kindness for all Beings, including yourself.

It's been a bit of a rough week for me with oral surgery last Friday and helping our sweet elderly cat, Bella. cross...

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Garlic Brussels Sprouts

If you think you don't like brussels sprouts, try this recipe and see if it changes your mind.


Garlic Brussels Sprouts

By Allison Rivers Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup onion, quartered and sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups fresh brussels sprouts, washed and halved or quartered
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup water

Directions
1. In a deep skillet over medium heat, add oil and onion. Sauté for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.

2. Add garlic and brussels sprouts,...

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The Miracle of Sleep

 

Have you heard of this miracle cure called “sleep?” It’s not new, but it’s often overlooked.


For the first 36 years of my life, I didn’t think much of it. It just happened. I guess that means I was pretty good at it. Oh, how little we appreciate the ever-present treasures that exist automatically.


Once my daughter was born, sleep and I began to have complications in our relationship and our nightly trysts were painfully thwarted by a waking baby. Bleary-eyed and...

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David's Cranberry Sauce

My husband, David, is a pretty great cook in his own right, and Thanksgiving is one of his favorite holidays. Along with several other delicious dishes, he's famous in our family and a few others for his amazing cranberry sauce—and he’s allowed me to share it with you! 
 

David's Cranberry Sauce
By David Samson

Serves 4

Ingredients
8 ounces fresh cranberries
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup coconut sugar
3 whole cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 whole bay...

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