Stop Hiding Your Anxiety

I started having panic attacks in the 3rd grade. It would come over me like a gunshot to the face. I’d feel startled, then my heart would race, sometimes the pressure would change in my ears, I’d get dizzy, I’d become convinced I was about to throw up, I’d feel removed from reality, and sometimes…

Feel Free to Feel Free

We all love to say it. “Feel free!” Feel free to: give me a call, pick my brain, ask me to babysit, help yourself to one of my cookies, ask me to take the lead on that project, etc. We allow people to have license over our time, our possessions, our knowledge–but what if we allowed…

4 Ways to Make Your Manic Monday More Magical

Most of us struggle with Mondays. We work for the weekend and we dread waking up from the dreamland that is Friday-Sunday. But life is about SO MUCH MORE than the weekends, friends! What if I told you it’s possible to access that Friday Feeling all week long? It takes some practice and some slowing…

Examen Your Relationship

In the Jesuit tradition, there’s a practice of reflection called Examen. Try it for yourself this weekend! Slow down with your spouse or partner. Create a calm space together and do something you both love. Take a walk, grab coffee, or hang on the couch once the kids have gone to bed. Then, take a…

Life in the Library

When was the last time you set foot in a library? In Fall 2014, I started spending time in libraries on a regular basis. My boyfriend Justin is studying accounting at the University of Minnesota, so he spends a ton of time in libraries. The tax code ain’t messin’ around, people. Total silence is required! So in…

Why Being Alone is Scary

For many people, the idea of slowing down is scary. It can evoke anxious feelings and anticipation for other negative emotions like loneliness, isolation, or boredom. When we’re forced to slow things down by matters outside of our control, it can be unsettling. But it’s possible to find beauty and peace, anyway, and to never…

Meditations on Meditation

I decided to learn more about meditation in my late-twenties. In fact, a Christian counselor that I was seeing about anxiety and panic management was the first person to recommend that I practice meditation in my daily life.