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That’s my word for 2016: LIGHT– and I’m pretty excited about it! When it first came to me it was in the context of weight and volume– less and fewer.  Light vs. heavy physically: the consulting lifestyle, some stressful situations and some bad habits have gifted me with some extra Lbs I’d like to release to the Universe resulting in a LIGHTER me.  Light vs. heavy emotionally:  some passings, some friends’ sufferings, some personal struggles have offered me the opportunity to lighten my load. Light vs. heavy spiritually: a lightness of being, a que sera sera outlook (what will be will be) is what I’m striving for. I hope my eyes sparkle, my toes tingle, and my XXX giggles (what part of us giggles???).  I hope I can laugh at myself and wink at the world.  I’d also like a lightness of spending/ purchasing/ consuming/ having and lightness of wasting.  I’d like to surround myself with things that bring me joy (or serve a purpose) and nothing else. A light credit card bill and uncluttered closets– yippee!

And after pondering my new word a little while, I realized that “LIGHT” was also beautiful in the context of the opposite of dark and that it is a fabulous VERB– “Light a Spark”.   Every year I make a resolution to light more candles– both literally and figuratively (be the light or the mirror that reflects it.)  This year I hope I can provide light in someone’s darkness; let someone know they are loved, help someone understand they matter, appreciate someone’s gift, hold someone’s hand  when they need it most, lift someone up when they are feeling down, share a smile or a fist pump, help someone find their passion and their voice, support someone in taking a stand, be there for someone celebrating a BIG win or mourning a devastating loss, connect with a stranger, inspire, relate, encourage, show respect or admiration, give someone strength to make a hard decision (or better yet show them they had it all along), help someone dig in or let go, cheer on someone’s new idea, and give someone a big-fat-hug– whether they need it or not.

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My wish for you in 2016:



LIGHT a spark!




Movement and Stillness


My family has gone Fitbit crazy! Sara and Jess have had them for a while, but my parents bought FBs for all of us hold-outs a few weeks ago. They wanted to promote health via movement (and a little familial competition). It worked!

The night I got mine, I got the bug! I marched out of Target at 8PM with a determined look in my eye– I had until 11:59PM to win the challenge! I first walked , then two-stepped laps around my home (my sister has the video to prove it) until close to midnight. It took 13,328 steps but I won!

This body likes being in motion. Just play some Nutcracker music and it will spontaneously pas de bourree, saut de chat, and tendu. I love vinyasa yoga because it dances. I pace when I talk on the phone.

But this body likes stillness too as does this mind and this spirit. Peace and quiet, meditation, curling up on a couch in front of a fire– all elixirs for the soul, but often under-rated and under-appreciated– sometimes even berated or misinterpreted as sheer laziness. Such a pity.

I run to keep up with family and friends who are tracking at 10,000 steps a day (or more), but I also acknowledge the amazing gift of quiet, unmoving, serenity.

So on this New Year’s Eve, I resolve to embrace both movement and stillness in the coming year.