In spite of the fact that I’m not an especially deep sleeper, I almost never remember dreams. So it’s always notable when one sticks with me. A few nights ago, I dreamt that my mom and I were making a collage with some of her oil paintings. It was huge, the size of a wall, bigger than either one of us. My mom has been a working artist my whole life. But I think that this may have been the first time that…

Each week, I talk to my clients about the importance of SMART goals. SMART is an acronym for small, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based. A lot of people in healthcare or coaching professions learn about them as part of training. The idea is to encourage people toward small and realistic goal-setting. This generally has the result of making people feel more effective and empowered as those goals are achieved. I don’t actually talk to clients about the acronym. Nor do I limit our…

Happy Monday! My plan yesterday was to write about the fact that today is the one year anniversary of the first time I practiced with my yoga teacher at the yoga studio I now call home. My life has changed so much in that year, as a direct result of the community, friendship, and inner reserves of strength and resilience that I found there. Moving apartments (in large part an effort to reduce my yoga commute) has been about much more than relocation….

Well, I’m more unpacked than I was a week ago at this time. I finally made some progress yesterday. I came home from yoga, listened to Rumours straight through, and unboxed. And unboxed. I made the best of it, but I didn’t want to be doing it. It was a long week of work, and my stress levels have been high. I was craving a pause. But I knew that delaying the unpacking more than I already have would be more stressful, in…

Each Sunday, I publish a post that includes personal musings and articles on medicine, science, and the human experience. These are reminders that health and wellness extend far beyond what's on our plates.