• How to Set a Clear Intention During Times of Seasonal and Personal Change

    Early spring is messy, isn’t it? Most trees are still bare. It tends to rain a lot, the ground is muddy and soft, and although the temperatures are warming up, it is still cold enough to require coats and heavy sweaters. Patches of green moss are coming alive, and the daffodils are blooming, but the yard and the flower beds look messy and beat up. This transition period between endings and new beginnings almost always feels messy and uncertain. Every time we catch a glimpse of what is next, the clouds move over the sun, the wind picks up, and we turn back inside for safety and warmth. The first day…

  • How Unplugging Can Fuel Your Creativity and Forward Movement

    Happy March! I wish you all a joyful new month as we transition from the dark of winter to the season of growth and possibilities. Did you know the month of March is named after the Roman god of war, Martius? In ancient Rome, this was the time of year to resume the military campaigns that had been interrupted by winter. For us, in the Northern Hemisphere, March is the month of new growth and fertility. It brings the vernal equinox and the return of Daylight Saving Time! The other day, I was having lunch with a friend who mentioned that March 1st is designated as the Global Day of Unplugging; a…

  • The Season for Clearing and Making Room for Growth

    Happy February, I hope the new month unfolds in ways that support and inspire you as you move forward, creating your vision for the new year. This time of the year usually moves slowly for me. It is winter, after all, a time to slow down and linger, reflect, ask questions, and gain clarity before moving forward with what the new year asks of me. There are loss anniversaries to cope with, but there are also new beginnings to honor and celebrate. February is a landmark month for me. I was born in February. Thirty-nine years ago, I left Greece to move to the US, and in a few weeks, Neal…

  • Finding Balance And Joy This Holiday Season!

    As I try to gather my thoughts and put something useful on paper, I can feel the weight of all that has happened this year. We have three weeks to the end of 2023, and much changed in the world and our personal lives. December is the last month of the year and the first month of winter. It is also the month of many cultural and religious celebrations and rituals. Most people would agree that December can be hectic. Articles on how to survive family get-togethers, gift shopping, traveling, and social events, are hard to miss. The thing is, I love this season and its rituals, and the older I…

  • Finding Goodness, Gratitude, and Grace

    Happy Thanksgiving week! November is moving fast, faster than I remember it in previous years. I feel caught between wanting time to slow down, and wishing for a different kind of days, where chaos, uncertainty, fear, and anxiety are not lurking behind every news headline. Still, Thanksgiving is upon us, gently reminding us that even in the darkest of days, there is light and hope and much to be grateful for. Maybe it takes this stark contrast between chaos and celebration to make us pause and look closely at everything we can be grateful for, and not take it for granted. Thanksgiving is a seasonal ritual. It allows us to celebrate…

  • Finding Refuge – Creating Sanctuary

    We are in mid-October, and fall, once again, is bathing New England in golden and red hues. The march towards the cold time of the year has begun. As always, this season is rich in metaphors for endings and new beginnings, letting go, and preparing for the changes coming our way. Many of us talk and write about it, but this year, it is the animals’ behavior that caught my attention. They are obviously preparing for the cold months ahead. They are working tirelessly to fortify their nests and gather their provisions. They are being proactive because they know what’s coming. That’s when I began to reflect on the idea and…

  • Two Benches in Newport, RI

    Recently, one of my daughters and I spent a weekend together in Newport, RI. It’s not often that I get to go away alone with the girls. The four of us usually spend time together as a family. Ana and I had a great time together. We walked and hiked, shared meals, stories, and laughter, and caught up with one another. On Saturday afternoon, after a two-hour walk on the Cliffwalk, while driving back to our hotel, I noticed two bright yellow benches sitting in two different corners of a large garden surrounding a beautiful old home. The road in front of the house was busy. There was a lot of…

  • When the Unexpected Happens

    It has been almost two months since my last post, and today I am asking myself … How did that happen? April arrived, and I went with it, full speed ahead as usual, prepping the garden, watching it come alive, and enjoying the rituals of the new season. I started working on a new program I wanted to launch, and everything was moving along nicely. Then, something happened that stopped me in my tracks. Beginning of April, our 17-year-old cat’s health took a turn for the worse. After a visit to the vet, we had to accept the inevitable, and on April 24, we said goodbye to our sweet girl. The…

  • The Lessons and Possibilities of Early Spring

    Spring in New England can test a gardener. She begins her slow unfolding on March 20 and proceeds at a slow pace. Spring will not rush, no matter how much we’d like her to. Be patient, she whispers. It will all happen in due time. Patience has never been my thing, but I have learned to accept the futility of picking a fight with nature. April tends to be the month of slow marching through warmer days, cool nights, frosty mornings, and unpredictable weather. The daffodils, slightly confused by this year’s erratic temperatures, have been attempting to bloom for a while now. The landscape is still bare, but there are swelling…

  • Walking

    Over the weekend, I went for a  hike along the river, only this time, I went to an area I had not been to for a while. The photos in this post are from my hike. The river was flowing strong under bright blue skies, and the birds were having a moment. It was a beautiful day that felt like spring. A couple of years ago, during a bad storm, the river flooded and changed its course in some places. Many trees were uprooted. Walking along the river, I could see the damage done to its banks. Same river, different landscape, new paths to take. The path ran along the riverbank.…

  • Searching for Silence

    Often people tend to assume that, since I grew up in Greece, summer must be my favorite season. It is true that warmer weather is easier on my body and feels more natural. Yet, summer is not my favorite season. I find extreme heat and humidity unbearable. The New England winters are no picnic either. I don’t enjoy being cold, and bundling up, in layers upon layers of heavy clothing, is something I had to get used to. Spring and Fall are my favorite seasons. In the Spring, I love watching everything come alive. The gardener in me is filled with anticipation and excitement. As for Fall … who can resist…

  • Keeping It Simple

    We are in the middle of December and just a few days away from the Winter Solstice. It is the holiday season when we traditionally gather with loved ones to celebrate love, light, and friendship. It is also a time of mixed emotions for many of us. Maybe memories of loss and grief are surfacing, or the dark and cold days make us want to snuggle under a blanket, with a hot cup of tea, instead of running around trying to make everything happen.  You may be an introvert who prefers quality time with a handful of loved ones instead of heading to a large and loud holiday gathering. Or, you…