Little Flames

“Consider renouncing specialness – including being important and admired. Renunciation is the antithesis of clinging, and thus a radical path to happiness.” – Rick Hanson,

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Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent Communication The book Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg is divided into four “sessions”, roughly an hour each (whether you’re reading or listening –

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Peace

Peace One of my biggest challenges in life is navigating fickle moods and anxieties that feel more like sickness than emotion. Fear takes me like

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The Power of Projects

Recently, during my 30-day challenge of posting a live video on YouTube every day, I talked about the power of projects. I discussed how turning

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Daily Live Videos

I love creating videos. It’s an immediate form of connection and expression. It’s faster and more personal than writing, though I still love writing plenty.

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Loose Threads

Hey, did you know I started going live every day on my personal YouTube channel? I’ll be doing it every day for an unknown amount

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It’s okay.

I’ve been thinking about acceptance. How, in difficult situations, my tendency is to fight the difficulty, to reject it. Like I’m saying to the experience,

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Good Taste.

Probably everyone thinks they have good taste. Most people would describe themselves as kind, generous, thoughtful and reasonably intelligent. These aren’t objective measurements. But you

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Happy 2020.

Have you made goals or resolutions? Ones that make your heart sing? Or ones that you think you “should” do, not out of any great

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I’m feeling optimistic.

It’s a 45-minute drive from my parent’s place to Jane’s daycare, which is an improvement over the 1.5-hour drive from my house. When we loaded

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Lyrics/Poetry
Allysia

100 Bad Ideas

Today’s video is a discussion on art, songwriting, and how most of what I create is garbage…but it’s worth it for the rare times I

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100 Dreams, Revisited

I recently finished listening to Laura Vanderkam’s new book‌‌ “I Know How She Does It”, and in it I was reminded of her “100 dreams”

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Happiness
Allysia

Time to Think

“I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least—and it is commonly more than that—sauntering

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Happiness
Allysia

A Little Bit Blue.

It’s Friday afternoon and I’m wrapping up some work-related tasks for the week. The sun finally came out, though the air is cold for being

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Summer Days

You won’t believe me when I say it, but Jane has grown a lot of hair since her first birthday in February. Jane at 1

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Your Future is Here

With the approach and arrival of each new season, I start to get antsy. I complete goals I’ve been working on, and I start itching

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The Messy Days

“You could be good today, but instead you choose tomorrow.” -Marcus Aurelius I like to read during breakfast and lunch. If I’m being totally honest,

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The Friday Review

I live and die by the Friday review. (The Friday part is arbitrary; pick a day of the week and go). It’s something I began

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Country Versus City

Country versus city: The age-old debate. In a previous post I talked about knowing what you want. And how, if you live in a constant

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What Do You Want?

What do you want? This is the easiest question, this is the hardest question.  (It was the best of times, it was the worst of

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I Will Never Retire

The concept of retirement has always baffled me. Granted, the concept of having a 9-5 has always baffled me. They’re two sides of a coin,

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Happiness
Allysia

Love and Kindness

I wrote this on October 12, 2011, the day after my 25th birthday. The month prior was spent in beautiful Northern California, where I breathed

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