Hope for the Lonely in the Best and Worst of Times

In recent years, the global health community has been concerned about the rising Loneliness Epidemic. Global health service company Cigna released a research study in January of 2020 revealing that 61% of Americans are lonely. And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic totally disrupted the world, isolating millions of Americans. Over the past year, life…

How to Make & Keep New Year’s Resolution Goals, by an Enneagram 3

A new beginning, a clean slate, and endless possibilities — who doesn’t love the fresh start of a New Year? While not everyone chooses to make New Year’s resolution goals, research shows that in 2021, 74% of Americans intend to do so. If you’re like many Enneagram Type 3s, you started writing your New Year’s…

What to Do When Your Power Goes Out in 2020

After some record-setting high temperatures yesterday, the surprise lightning storms that ripped through the Bay Area featuring hundreds of lightning strikes and wind gusts of up to 75 miles per hour have sparked fires throughout the region and left thousands without power. If you’re a Bay Area resident, last night was probably one of the…

How to Keep Yourself from Going Quarantine Crazy

Welcome to 2020. You’ve lost track of how many weeks you’ve been sheltering in place. You can’t remember the last time you went outside. What are jeans again? You are down to your last 10 precious squares of toilet paper. You either live alone, and are driving yourself crazy, or you live with other people…

5 De-Stress Tips from a Stress Expert

You may find it ironic that I am writing a blog post about dealing with stress. But the fact of the matter is, I am a stress expert, which means I’m very good at being stressed. Unfortunately, there’s no skill involved — I’m just stressed a lot.  The upside is I thrive under pressure, and…

London in 4 Days: Cathedrals, Castles, Cats, and Coffee

So this weekend I did a slightly ridiculous thing and flew to London! I had a couple motivations for this trip: 1) United Airlines status and 2) I mean...it’s London. Our family went last year and I totally fell in love, so it was the perfect weekend vacation destination. A short four days later, I’m…

Tips for Wine Tasting like a True Wine Snob

I spent this weekend wine tasting in Paso Robles with family to celebrate my Aunt Candise's birthday. It was swelteringly hot, but the heat is what allows that region to grow some really incredible grapes. We had a blast, complete with some awesome winery visits, a near-death experience (my aunt almost killing my uncle when…

The Life of an Enneagram Type 3: Success, Failure, and Imposter Syndrome

If you know me, you’ve probably heard me talk about how great the Enneagram is. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Enneagram, it’s a personality type classification system with 9 different types.  A quick disclaimer – the reason I find the Enneagram useful is it helps me understand myself. It is not an…