February 13, 2019

How to Fine-Tune Your Flow

You, me, we were all born with an internal GPS. Some call it “intuition,” while others call it your “gut.”

This GPS, or instinct, not only helps us survive — making decisions as primal as eating and sleeping — but on a higher level, it’s also here to guide us spiritually. It’s a divine gift that helps us — if we use it — navigate through tricky times and ultimately to become a better version of ourselves.

The operative part of the last sentence is, “If we use it.”

January 18, 2019

4 Tips to Living in the Present Moment

Have you ever sat down with a book and forgotten what you were just reading? It’s happened to me on several occasions. Sometimes, even after rereading the paragraph, I still wasn’t processing the message.

This absent-mindedness is creeping into many other parts of my life: driving, showering and even, on some occasions, while trying to meditate!

As I get older and time seems fly by faster, I realize I’ve often been going through the motions. But during a recent trip to Peru — one of my favorite spiritual places in the world — I distinctly felt in the present moment many of my waking hours. The experience was so striking that I wondered how I could keep this with me when I returned to America.


I’m no fool to think I can always be 100 percent in the present moment, but that’s not the point or the goal. The goal is to realize when I’m no longer in the present moment, whether during an encounter with a rude stranger, when I get peeved or feeling anxious about the future.

So how can we remember to be more present? Here are some life hacks that have helped me be more present every day:

January 1, 2019

Why I Went from New Year's Resolutions to New Year's Intentions

Happy 2019! I don’t remember the last time I made a New Year’s resolution. So much emphasis is put on them even though most fizzle away by Valentine’s Day. So instead, I’ve resolved to replace resolutions with intentions. Things seemed to flow and feel more aligned when I made this shift. I loved it so much that I started doing intention setting sessions every six months instead of just once a year.

December 13, 2018

Getting Through the Not-So-Holly-Jolly Holidays

“Have a holly, jolly Christmas,” so the song goes, and what people strive to do during “the best time of the year” on their perfectly curated Instagram posts. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but some of us are having a sad and mad Christmas, suffering from the loss of a loved one, job or other deeply personal thing. And guess, what? It’s OK to be real and feel all the feels. That’s just the truth. The truth can hurt, but it can also heal.

While I feel at peace with losing my Dad, aunt and two beloved grandmothers within a year’s time nearly two decades ago, every October, like the weather turning colder and leaves changing color, my happiness level falls and I feel the blues. I learned to embrace the range of emotions and grief. It’s OK to not feel guilty for feeling happy one moment and sad when a trigger, like a song or smell, brings you to tears because it reminds you of someone you lost.

October 19, 2018

Look Up and Look Out: Solving Our Digital Addiction Epidemic

It’s a conversation I’ve been having with loved ones a lot lately — the addiction to phones and technology. Sure, technology was created with the idea of connecting people, but in many ways, we have become much more disconnected from one another.

I admit, I need a #digitalintervention from my #screenaddiction. I hate the idea of being addicted to anything, whether it be food, shopping or other vices. To be honest, I have been really beating myself up over being on my phone more than I should.

Having been in the TV industry for more than 22 years, I’m shocked by very few things these days. But a recent episode of Lisa Ling’s CNN show “This is Life,” which focused on the problem of screen addiction, got me woke.

September 25, 2018

Time to Fall Back and Embrace the Magic

Can you believe 2018 is almost coming to a close? Where did the time go?

I remember an exhilarating moment during a hike last year. I recall being filled with the simple, yet powerful, joy of witnessing the fall leaves changing.


I remember thinking, “OMG! I love the crisp smell of autumn. The crackling of dried leaves beneath my feet. The colors. The shapes. The changes. The magic.”

I thought, “Why aren’t people as excited as me about the leaves changing? Isn’t it amazing?”

This moment reminded me to rejoice in the magic all around us and the simple things I take for granted:

July 17, 2018

What Kids Taught Me About Coping with Suicide Loss

What do you do to heal when your mind and spirit are in pain? The pendulum of pain swings through various degrees of suffering — from the seemingly benign pity party we play in our heads to the deep dark thoughts of suicide.


It’s been a year since Chris, my brother-in-law, committed suicide. His bloodied body was discovered by my sister and my then 8-year-old niece moments after he shot himself in the chest. A flood of emotions ensued.

June 8, 2018

Chris, Can You Hear Me? Our Whole World Needs to Talk

This past Saturday marked the first anniversary of my brother-in-law Chris’ suicide. My sister called me to ask if I could spend Sunday with her and my now 12-year-old nephew, Drew, and 9-year-old niece, Serena. We spent a beautiful day hiking at Land’s End along the San Francisco coast.

Hiking with my sister, niece and nephew in San Francisco.

Chris loved to hike, he loved nature and he loved his family. I know that 100 percent for sure.

I do not know why he chose to commit suicide.
I do not know why he didn’t tell anybody about his pain.
I do not know why he shot himself in the chest.
I do not know why he did it in his home, where my sister and niece could discover his bloody, lifeless body.
I do not know why he left us.

May 31, 2018

The Secret to Being in the Flow

How many of you feel in the flow? The truth is, even when life isn’t going the way we expect — and Lord knows many times it seems that way — we can be in the flow.

Everyone and everything is here to teach us something. It’s up to us to glean the learnings or they will reappear in a different way, shape or form. Challenges are merely opportunities for us to spread our wings when we’re ready to fly.

May 10, 2018

Recipe to Manifesting Your Desires

Update of blog originally published on Sept. 9, 2015

I believe every single person on Earth is brought here to share their unique gifts with the world to make it a more beautiful place. Our desire is the GPS to this zigzag road that seems confusing, daunting and overwhelming. But that gift has a responsibility. We have to follow it, no matter how hard, until that dream is realized.

But let’s be real. It’s hard and we all feel like giving up from time to time. Or perhaps you haven’t even begun the journey. This convo is a reoccurring theme in many of my circles and conversations. My hope is these words will lift and gift you to achieve, believe and receive. The secret is a mantra I repeat to myself and words that I share when friends feel like giving up: Trust + Action = Traction. Keep believing, take action and if it’s authentic to you – you’ll see and feel traction.