finding calm in the chaos.

Meditation has become such a practice in my life that I can no longer remember when I didn't practice. I did a quick blog search to see if I could find a "hey, I just started sitting!" post…but didn't land on anything.  I sit nearly every day. Sometimes for just a few breaths, sometimes for a guided meditation, and sometimes…

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2014 summer reading : update #3

Update #1 | Update #2 I'm finishing up Rob Lowe's Love Life on Audiobook – although I really like listening to his voice (swoon), I found myself getting a little bored & zoning out. I don't know if that's a comment on his book – or my lack of attention span.  I'm in the midst of reading Everyday Sacred, and…

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2014 summer reading : update #2

So, I didn't make much progress this month – at least not on books from this list. I started Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty – and HATED it, so I stopped. I'm currently flip-flopping between Thrive and Habit.  I did read Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting, and Hidden - the first b/c I picked it up on sale at…

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2014 summer reading : update #1

I've been busy reading through my summer book list (along with a few that aren't on the list b/c I'm a rebel like that). Here's what I've read so far (aff links)… Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise | Ruth Reichl – Fun & fascinating…and also made me reflect on many restaurant experiences and wonder…

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the tapping solution for weight loss & body confidence : jessica ortner

In the summer of 2013, I read NIck Ortner's The Tapping Solution – and quickly added a stress & pain relief tool to my routine. Tapping works. Jessica Ortner (Nick's sister) recently released The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss & Body Confidence – and it's another winner. Jessica tackles emotional eating, confidence, exercise, and self-care (among many other weighty topics).  What…

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summer 2014 reading list.

Love Life / Thrive / The Happiness Advantage / Before Happiness / Garlic & Sapphires / Delicious Wild / Lean In / The Map of Enough / Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty / Bittersweet / The Power of Habit / I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings / Looking for Alaska / Everyday Sacred I am a bit haphazard about reading. I'm usually in the middle of several books at once, and…

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magic & miracles.

My great-Aunt Betty uses "magic & miracles" as her signature line, so the combo always reminds me of her.  There's a Buddhist proverb that says "when the student is ready, the teacher appears." I'm confident that's how Gabby's first books came into my life. I picked up Add More -ing several years ago when I was just getting "into" meditation…

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the master list of projects.

(random photo taken in montreal that has nothing to do with this post) I've reached a point where I am behind on more things than not. No complaints, no pity party….just a fact that I'm trying to get my hands around. For the last few days, I get a glimmer of inspiration & motivation at about 2:00 in the afternoon.…

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magical journey : katrina kenison.

When you have a name that is a bit unusual (and was even more unusual before a certain hurricane), it's a special kind of happy to meet someone who shares it. I had the privilege of meeting Katrina several years ago at a  Mother's Plunge in Boston. Even in the brief exchange of words, I felt her calm & kind energy. Kindred…

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reverb remix 2013 : reading

8. Reading. What books have you read in 2013? What has been your favorite book (or books if you can’t pick just one) that you’ve read this year?  My first thought was that I really didn't read much this year….but then I logged into Good Reads, checked my neglected book blog, and reviewed my library history to jog my memory. I…

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karma gone bad : jenny feldon

Author of the blog Karma (continued), Jenny Feldon imagined life in India as a glitzy yoga whirlwind when she and her husband are outsourced from the Upper West side to Hyderabad. Instead she found buffalo-related traffic jams. Jenny struggled to fight the depression, bitterness, and anger as her sense of self and her marriage began to unravel. And it was…

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let’s read : being zen

(my solo sunday brunch – after waking up at 10:30am. please, moms of littles, don't hate me) Being Zen has been sitting in my library book basket for a couple of weeks. I even had to renew it once b/c it was lingering & threatening to move to "overdue" status. It's not that I didn't like it – it's just…

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well read : july 2012

When I'm committed to something…I'm all in. I've been reading. A lot. Disclaimers: I read really fast, so I can knock off an average length book in day or two. I buy Nook books…but I also joined our local (well, Burlington…so neighboring) library, AND I recieve e-books to review through NetGalley. There is no shortage of words in my life.…

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yes, chef : marcus samuelsson

I've talked (recently even!) about my love of memoir. Safe to say that it's a favorite genre. Combine that with a twinge of a foodie streak…and I was SURE that I'd love this book.  Unfortunately, I was wrong. Yes, Chef is supposed to be an "orphan-done-good" story. Anyone who follows the New York foodie scene, or the celeb chef foodie…

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hello monday : 07.09.12

hello to SO MANY great book recommendations. thank you, thank you, thank you!  I've compiled everything into one pdf. If you'd like a copy, you can print from here. I am currently finishing up Yes, Chef! (a review copy), starting The Creative Habit, and have Magic Hour (the library was out of Winter Garden), and A Reliable Wife waiting in the wings.…

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(somewhat) well read.

(pinterest) disclaimer: if you're NOT reading this in Google Reader, simply ignore the design/theme…started playing around with it and quickly realized that a) it's too late at night and b) i have less than zero patience for ANYTHING tonight. moving right along… At various points during our vacation, one or more of us was reading. At the beach, by the…

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the firestarter sessions : danielle laporte

A confession (that isn't much of a surprise to anyone who knows me) – I am a self-help book junkie. Especially motivational self-help books. Yep. I loooove a good pep talk. Those motivation posters with a photo of a tree, and some quip about growth? LOVE. So, when this book popped up on NetGalley, it was a no-brainer to request…

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this i know : susannah conway

(photo via my instagram feed) There exists a small circle of women that I claim as my best friends. I have to say that with a plural ending b/c it is impossible to choose just one who towers above the rest. They are my people, my tribe, my safety net, my history, my sounding board…they are an integral part of…

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foodie friday (healthy in a hurry)

I think that I've mentioned before that I am a cookbook junkie. Love exploring new titles. So when this cookbook showed up as a NetGalley option, I quickly raised my hand (pick me, pick me!)… Here's what one of the authors has to say about the book – "I've discovered that there are just two important tricks to getting delicious,…

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foodie friday (let’s read with giada de laurentiis)

I'm spending this Foodie Friday in NYC (eating fabulous food, of course), so today I thought I'd do a long-overdue review of this Giada cookbook. First, a confession/reminder – I don't watch much TV, so I have only seen Giada on The Food Network if I happen to catch an episode on a Jet Blue flight. So it wasn't really…

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