Life Lessons from Latin Dancing

It’s only been one month since I started taking Latin partner dance classes (like salsa, bachata, and Brazilian zouk), and I’m surprised by how restorative it’s been for me. At first I thought I was simply learning something new—taking up a hobby to sneak in some physical activity after work—but it ended up being so…

To Love is to Be Vulnerable

I’ve never been an open book. I’ve always been guarded, never wearing my heart on my sleeve, “opaque” rather than “transparent,” and fairly difficult to read (at least that’s what I’ve been told). Yet despite being reserved, I still believe that allowing myself to be vulnerable and to share my life with others (even if it’s just a few…

With Every Broken Bone, I Swear I Lived

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to catch up with a friend and fill each other in on the past two years of our lives. Before then, I’d been so busy plowing through the days that I hadn’t realized how far I’d come. It was only after hearing the stories that were coming out…

Not Feeling the Christmas Spirit? Try this.

Most of us don’t want to be downers during Christmastime, but sometimes we can’t help it. Work deadlines get in the way. Final exams stress us out. Malls get insanely crowded and Christmas parties feel like a chore. Sometimes we lose touch with friends and can’t help but feel their vacancy. Other times we experience spiritual dryness and feel abandoned by…

6 Quotes to Welcome the New Year

It’s New Year’s Eve! For some people, reflecting on the past year gives them a feeling of triumph—they’ve made great strides, accomplished important goals, and overcome many challenges. But for others, reflecting on the past year can feel wearisome, filled with regret and disappointment. Here are some quotes to help you look up instead of…

10 Lessons I’ve Learned from 2015

December is usually the time of year when people get a little more introspective, reflecting on the past year and all the lessons that came with it, in preparation for the New Year. So here are 10 lessons that 2015 has taught me. Hopefully they resonate with you. 1. Be solution-focused.  Some people are naturally…

Lessons from Europe: Top 6 Moments

About a month ago I went on a trip to Spain and Italy with some of my best friends. I wanted to share with you 6 of the most meaningful moments and lessons I learned from my travels. 1. As a good friend of mine put it: “When the bass drops, thou must drop with…

Lessons from Europe: A Culture of Encounter

There I was, sporting the signs of a typical North American: Coffee in a to-go cup. Laptop open. Headphones plugged in, tuning out the rest of the world so I could focus on meeting tight deadlines. Game face on, I was implicitly communicating to everyone around me: “This woman means business. Do. Not. Interrupt.” But…

Christmas: Joy in the Midst of Suffering

As much as we’d rather sweep things under the rug and hope the sparkle of sequinned dresses and Christmas lights can distract us, the Advent season does not make us immune to stress, pain, mourning, loneliness, illness, and suffering. Life does not suddenly stop throwing curveballs just because its Christmas. No, life keeps on rolling,…

The Primacy of Love

This short chapter I’m about to share is from a book called Time for God by Fr. Jacques Philippe. A few of my friends shared it with me in times when I really needed it, so it’s my turn to share it with you. Every time I re-read it, something new pops out to me. Hopefully…

This New Year: Wait, Hope, & Trust

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs  There is no way we can predict what’ll happen in the new year, but one thing’s for sure: change will occur. Whether it’s deliberately sought out, or whether it hits us by surprise, 3 things will always remain in our power to do: to WAIT, HOPE & TRUST. The following hymn describes…

Living in Abundance (Part 3): ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs “Joy comes to us in moments–ordinary moments. We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary.” – Brene Brown  The fine line between what is “enough” and “not enough” depends solely on our willingness to practice GRATITUDE. Nothing else. Neither our circumstances, possessions, nor…