Church for Introverts

Turn and say hi to the person sitting next to you. Not my favorite. Pretty music to sing along with and reflect on. Love it. After visiting and settling down in many churches over the last 30 years, I’ve noticed that some liturgical practices and pedagogy are introvert-friendly and some are not. I’m not too…

Lucky with Men

There is no way to deny that I have been lucky with men. From the beginning. Because it’s Father’s Day, I feel inspired to take note of that. First, there is my dad. Alan. I’m his only daughter, so he has a giant Tasha sized pile of glitter in his heart for me. He is…

Ruminate on the Good Bits

Rumination I worry. The dumb things I said (or failed to say) get replayed during quiet moments when my mind has free reign. The decisions I need to make are met with recurring pro/con lists. The potential ripple effect of incidences and events are played out in the living color of my imagination. I worry…

Working Hypothesis: Diversity Nurtures Authenticity

Lately I have been working to identify the reasons why I have always been drawn toward diverse communities. During college I attended an Asian-American church and spent a fair amount of time volunteering with friends in Mexico. I took a job in Malawi, Africa after college. For several years I attended church at a homeless…

Calling vs. Accomplishment

The Day-to-Day Now that I’ve quit corporate life, and I am a full-time mom, it feels like I must choose a major. Sure, my days are taken up from morning until night with diapers and playdates, grocery shopping and cooking, laundering and cleaning, books and baths, library visits and music classes… not to mention physical…

New Moon Intention Setting

My favorite personal development co-conspirator these days is Rachel Lopez (pilates instructor, corporate project manager, nutritional guru, and peer life coach extraordinaire). She has gotten me into the habit of setting a new goal (or ‘intention’) at the start of each new moon. With each phase of that specific moon, we watch our lives lean…

Imagination Games to Neutralize Anxiety, Anger, and Self-Pity

My brain is not a quiet and docile place. If yours is, that is absolutely wonderful! You probably don’t need to read any further. This blogpost will serve as an invitation to calming down the mind using various imagination-based meditations – each is appropriate for a different kind of chaos or noise that is preventing…

Managing Chronic Pain: The Toolbox Expands

I have to admit, I was pretty proud of my post “Chronic Pain – A Many-Battled War Fought with a Broad Arsenal of Weapons.” Nearly three months later… it turns out I’d only scratched the surface! So here I am, ready to record a few more tactics in case I ever decide to birth a…

Five Lifestyle Amenities to which I Aspire

A few quick thoughts on my lunch break. The sun is shining on the screened-in porch where my husband is studying at the table next to me, the birds are calling to each other from the greenery surrounding us, and baby Felicity is on a walk with her Grammy Thompson. This sweet scenario has me…

Spiritual Discipline and the Life-Changing Magic of Podcasts

At some point in my younger life I remember coming to a crisis of faith when I realized how much hard work it took to maintain a sense of spiritual discipline, personal alignment, and connectedness to God. It was not the kind of thing that I could sign up for a membership to and then become…

Extreme Time Management for the Remote Worker: A Day in the Life

When you wake up and walk down the hallway, open your laptop, work on projects you can’t touch with people you can’t see, close your laptop, and finish your day with some TV dining all in the same 1000 square foot apartment… time and space start to seem a bit surreal. This experience is unique…