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My WHOLE Journey

February 23, 2018

"Imperfections are not inadequacies;

they are reminders that we’re all in this together."

~Brené Brown

Once upon a time, I was determined to be an all-natural parenting warrior who was happy all of the time.

Then motherhood came along and knocked the wind out of my perfe...

February 16, 2018

“An authentic life is the most personal form of worship.

Everyday life has become my prayer.”

~Sarah Ban Breathnach

WHOLE is my holistic approach to resilience, the outcome of a decade-long experiment in applying the tools and theories of well-being to motherhood....

February 9, 2018

"When we deny the story, it defines us.

When we own the story,

we can write a brave new ending.” 

~Brené Brown

I set out to declutter and get organized with the sole intention of preparing to move abroad, and found myself knee deep in a spiritual quest of letting go...

January 26, 2018

“You’ve got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old – whatever ‘the old’ means for you.”
– Sarah Ban Breathnach

Our transition from New York to Hong Kong is well underway, and this #AssadAsiaAdventure has forced me to take inventory of what's in my home and...

January 19, 2018

"Authenticity is a lifesaver in motherhood." 

Last Friday, I revealed the truth behind my positively curated online presence and confessed an ugly breakdown.

This was NOT an easy post to share. Shame made me hesitate, but instinct insisted, 

You MUST share this if your go...

January 12, 2018

“Just let me be a mess, and when I am ready to piece myself back together, I’ll be even stronger than I was.”

Last week, I shared the news that we are relocating to Hong Kong and declared 2018 the year of adventure. 

At least, I’m striving to own my #Adventure2018 goal,...

January 5, 2018

“In less than three months,

we are moving to Hong Kong!”

The first time Eddie mentioned the idea of moving abroad, I quipped,

“Hell no! I won’t go!”

But as soon as this crass negativity escaped my mouth, I realized fear was driving my closed-minded attitude.

My thoughts th...

December 15, 2017

Drink while you pour.

When you reflect upon the year as it comes to an end, what do you focus on?

Do your shortcomings, flaws, and failures initially flash before you?

What about all those goals you set, but didn't accomplish?

I know, at first glance, I fell short too.

Then...

November 3, 2017

"The good life consists in deriving happiness by using your signature strengths every day in the main realms of living. The meaningful life adds one more component: using these same strengths to forward knowledge, power, or goodness. A life that does this is pregnant w...

August 25, 2017

Choice #7: I follow my Calling

I once said,

“I’ll NEVER have a blog.”

The idea of sharing my writing so freely terrified me and I assumed, 

“I’ll never be brave enough.”

But today, you are reading my words on a blog, because I’m following my calling to be a storytelle...

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Many of you have asked how I survived the hardships I’ve written about. My final answer to this complex question is that striving to be Well-nourished, 

Humble, Optimistic, Loving, and Engaged helps me weather the storms of life and thrive. WHOLE is the synergy of my experience as a performer, paired with my studies of movement, holistic nutrition, positive psychology and various healing modalities - the final product of my decade-long experiment in applying the tools and theories of well-being to motherhood.