Wildly Permissive + Wildly Demanding

Wildly Permissive + Wildly Demanding

As a parent, I can oscillate between being wildly permissive and wildly demanding. I have teenagers and they continually make me immensely proud and full of love. And they also frustrate me beyond belief. At the end of the day, I’m trying to raise a human being...
Home is Where the Mat Is

Home is Where the Mat Is

My family and I spent the holiday season back in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, which was our home as a family for 13 years and is my husband’s hometown. Every time I’m there, it’s strange in that it’s a version of home. It’s one...
Revive the Art of Conversation

Revive the Art of Conversation

I wrote this little note several months ago after a full day of yoga practice in Texas: “What a fabulous last day with Gioconda Parker at the San Marcos School of Yoga. The word “conversation” came up in totally unrelated circumstances three times...
99 Coping Skills for Depression

99 Coping Skills for Depression

Yesterday was American Thanksgiving. We started off our day with the 5k Turkey Trot in downtown San Jose to benefit Second Harvest. Three generations of the White-Penney-Krolik family ran/walked in the race, from my 80-year-old dad to my 11-year-old niece....
Self Compassion Practices for Imperfect Beings

Self Compassion Practices for Imperfect Beings

Last month, I took a paddling class with an outrigger canoe group here in Santa Cruz.  Sounds fun, right? But I had a frustrating experience as a new paddler. It was the first time in a long time that I had not felt “good enough” at something. I was trying...
Breathing Room

Breathing Room

My coach recently posed this fill-in-the-blank challenge to me: I want to BE THIS, so I will DO THAT, so I can HAVE THIS. Which made me question…what do I really want? The tendency is to start with what we want to HAVE. Right now, I think I want to HAVE a stable...