Is the purpose of life to be happy? If so, that’s a pretty tall order for humans given the range and nuance of our emotions. Plus being in a constant state of happiness might not be as amazing as it sounds.
“Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” – Brene Brown
Purpose. It’s a loaded word, right? As if we all have one or are at least in pursuit of one, something meaningful and definable.
It’s been a stormy winter out here in Northern California. I’m grateful for it because we need the rain, but throw in cooler than usual temperatures and whipping wind and then we truly hunker down.
A Pandemic Bucket List can help us focus on what’s possible in this pandemic life. By trying something new and creating our own mini-adventures, we will remember more from this time than just the pandemic itself.
As chaos and uncertainty continue, leaders need to create and sustain safe spaces where everyone is welcome. Acting with compassion, inclusion and unity is critical now more than ever.
The end of the year is loaded. Pumpkins, turkeys, glittering lights and champagne toasts bum-rush us in a matter of weeks. Sweet treats, extended family, merrymaking and calls for gratitude both fill us up and overwhelm us.
We’re all in a state of burnout. It’s been eight months since the beginning of the pandemic, almost three months since distance learning started up (again), racial injustice is ongoing and we’re in the middle of one of the most emotionally challenging national elections in history.
If Mahatma Gandhi were alive now, what would he say? How would he be leading us through the endless chaos, continued injustices, the strife that we all continue to face?
It might sound basic, but pre-planning your week is really helpful for creating boundaries and setting expectations, for yourself and with your family. In uncertain times, it also helps relieve the stressors of not knowing what comes next and feeling overwhelmed about trying to “fit it all in.” Time apart from school and work is important for emotional well-being, connection with others and practicing self-compassion.
Being a mamapreneur of a nonprofit startup in the midst of a global pandemic is like driving a bus while changing the wheels in the midst of a thick fog hoping you don’t run out of gas. All the while you have two little ones on the bus with you who need daily caretaking, help with school and everything in between.