How I Bought Myself Some Perspective & Halted a Major Meltdown

You ever have the greatest weekend of your life and then have to go back home? This is how I managed not to book a one-way ticket to Fiji or kick a dog.
Contrary action in ...more

The Own Your Beauty Panel: Changing the Conversation at BlogHer '11

Some panels at BlogHer conferences make you feel closer to people you barely know than you ever thought possible. This one did that for me. ...more

Poverty and Promise in Kibera

Today, we visited Kibera, a huge slum located in Nairobi, and the largest slum in Kenya. In preparation for this trip, I did considerable online research about Kibera, and much of the information that I found was contradictory: I heard that Kibera is the second-largest slum in Africa, and third-largest in the world, but I'm not sure if either of those statistics are true. I've read information that states the population of Kibera is 250,000, but I've also read that it tops 1,000,000 people, so who knows what the real number is. ...more
Just listened to the TED story told by Chimamanda Adichie. I have been enriched by both of you ...more

Live From Kenya: Home Health Visits & Being a Life Changer

Karibu Kenya!After 24 hours of travel, we arrived in Nairobi late Sunday evening, and made a beeline for our beds to get some rest before hitting the ground running bright and early on Monday morning. We made our way back to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 7 a.m. to take an early domestic flight to Kisumu, Kenya's third largest city, on the shores of Lake Victoria.  Though I didn't know this before, Kisumu and its surrounding Nyanza province is Ground Zero when it comes to infectious diseases:  HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, among others, are endemic in the aria, and the highest prevalence in Kenya is found in this region.  It also happens to be one of the poorest regions in the country....more

Karen: Thank you for the inspiring post about a brave and wise family and a committed health ...more

Talking Spirituality with Karolyn Veselka

"You know, Karen," she said, "all we have are our bodies and our breath. It's essential for our spirits that we take care of both." ...more
I really enjoyed this and resonate with it whole-heartedly!  Lengthening the breath literally ...more

Final Words on Adventure: What I'll Try in 2011

I challenged you guys to make 2011 a more adventurous year for yourself -- to choose something that you've never done before that you'd like to try. And boy-howdy, you guys came up with some wonderful things to try! Deb wants to attempt salsa dancing. Heather is planning to learn how to make sushi. Danielle wants to learn how to spin fire, for God's sake. Just reading these makes me so excited for the year you guys are all about to have! ...more

I haven't taken classes in several years but I've always wanted to try again so I took a sample ...more

Discussing Adventure With Natalie Cash

I think so often we get so caught up in the accomplishing, we forget what great merit and joy there is in just the trying. There's something to be said in claiming for yourself, "I'm the kind of person who would try eating a strange food/learning a new skill/experiencing a new thing." And if, in the process we actually succeed, well, honey, that's just gravy. ...more

A Primer on Journaling

Originally, I assumed journaling was about writing very lofty thoughts in beautifully bound journals every single day, for the purposes of baring one's darkest and most emotionally-wrenching secrets from the depths of one's soul for all posterity. You know, like Anne Frank, except more profound. ...more
I'm so happy to have stumbled onto your article - as journaling has been a huge part of my life ...more

No Longer Reinventing Myself

Karen Walrond took this photo of me in August at BlogHer. When I first saw the image, adolescent-Christine-Koh immediately thought, “Oh, the dark circles under my eyes ... my face is a weird shape ... my nose is too wide ... I thought I got my eyebrows done before BlogHer ... and ugh, those freckles." ...more

"Positive different is so beautiful. And so very now."

I love how that was said! And I agree. ...more

Tips for Your Vision Boards

At the beginning of this month as we contemplated the concept of creativity, I challenged you to create a vision board for yourself: a board which would visually capture the things that you hope for yourself for the year to come. This past weekend, as is our tradition, my 6-year-old daughter and I created our own vision boards (an aside: this is a great project to do with your kids, particularly when they're on vacation from school and you have no idea what to do with them while they're home. Alex loves doing vision boards, and I love doing them with her -- and it takes some time to do, so we always feel like we've spent some quality time together as a result). ...more
LOVE your take on the vision board.  My husband and I are vision board fans.  We have even ...more