Happy Haven with Brandi-Ann Uyemura

I bet the last time you made a mistake you thought it was a failure right? You messed up at work. You screwed up your relationship. You made a flub, error, blunder, a big snafu on a check, when driving, at a restaurant, with a customer, in front of your boss or in working with…

During the most difficult moments in my life, I often felt alone. The intensity of the experience (the drop to the knees variety) was so acute that it felt as if all security and stability had fallen away. Like standing on a cliff, the feeling was both overwhelmingly terrifying and sad as if I had…

“You two look alike. You must be sisters, “ she said. My mom and I smiled. Not sisters but close. Her brief interaction with us was hopeful. She acknowledged us, looked us in the eye and spoke. It was enough to make us weep. My grandmother’s journey has been a challenging one. It’s hard to…

Most people understand the concept of surrender. Dictionary.com defines it as the following: “1. to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to thepolice. 2. to give (oneself) up, as to the police. 3. to give (oneself) up to some influence, course, emotion,etc.: He surrendered himself to a life of hardship. 4. to give up, abandon, or relinquish (comfort, hope, etc.). 5. to yield or resign (an office, privilege, etc.) in favor of another.” When it comes to surrendering our things, thoughts, or ideas, the concept may not be difficult to swallow. It may be hard to give up old clothes, tattered photos, and books. And even…

It’s a question that may plague you while you’re at work, relaxing on the weekend or tossing and turning in bed at night. It’s a question difficult to avoid and one that often emerges unexpected. It could be a strong, decisive feeling that something’s not right or a subtle knowing that questions your present course.…

I guarantee our ancestors were better at it than we are. They didn’t have smart phones back then, or tablets, or digital notebooks. They looked to the stars for guidance and their hearts for hope. And when it got really bad, they sat on the earth, lifted their palms up to the sky and prayed…

Do enough internet searches on the web and you’ll realize everyone wants to know the answer to this simple question: “Am I normal?” Why do we strive so hard to fit into the norm? What makes being normal appealing instead of boring? And why is that we are willing to relinquish the unique gifts we’re…

People often wait for mind-boggling miracles, the way they used to wait for Santa Claus. But I’d argue that extraordinary moments creep up on us even on seemingly ordinary days. Years ago, I was sitting in traffic. It was morning and the sun had already begin to rise. I felt its rays shining through the…

Earth Day (April 22) is a great excuse to give back to Mother Earth for all the other days when we’re taking advantage of her. But it’s not just about toting a cute reusable grocery bag, getting rid of the one-time use plastic water bottle or changing your light bulbs. There are actually things you…

Yes I know it’s almost Mother’s Day and Earth Day is coming up. I get enough email newsletters in my inbox to be reminded of that at least 10 times a day. And while they are holidays well-deserving of attention, I also believe you deserve your own kind of celebration. You survived Spring Break, taxes…

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