Let the Light In: A Christmas Reflection

*Warning: This is a blog post about God—and some of you may not be comfortable with the idea of me blogging about anything remotely religious or spiritual—so I won’t expect you to agree with me, or much less read through the whole piece. But if you end up doing so, thank you. 🙂

Table for One

BOHOL, PHILIPPINES – As I write this, I’m sipping native (Filipino) hot chocolate while listening to the crashing of waves in Panglao Island in Bohol, a popular tourist province in the Philippines. I was here to attend a tech conference called Geeks on a Beach then decided to extend my stay and take some time…

Date a Man for Breakfast

Date a man for breakfast, and get to know him without the veil of alcohol, without a layer of booze-induced bravado, and without the fear that all he’s after is what’s under the breakfast table.

Dear 2016 Me,

We capped off an amazing 2015—what we call our “best adult year ever, so far”—filled with love, joy, confidence, clarity (at least a little bit more), and hope. We know that the year that had passed is really just a preview of what’s to come; we know that the best years of our life are…

A Newbie Runner’s Lessons on Running (and Life)

Just a year ago, I was still at least 20 lbs. overweight and was only just beginning to lose weight after embarking on a wellness journey. I was, in my book, still too heavy to run on a treadmill, and my daily exercise consisted of walking to work (a total of 20 minutes back and…

Easter Reflection: Lessons from a Year of Dying and Resurrecting

by Niña Terol (@ninaterol) It was Easter last year, 2014, when I finally admitted to myself and to my ex-husband that our marriage had long been dead. We were at the dining table of my new flat–one I had moved into without him–and, after much hemming, hawing, and hesitation, we finally said the words that needed…

April 2015: “Life in Full Bloom”

After starting fresh in January, and then taking a brief hiatus in February and March to immerse in the outdoors and in everyday life–in a period that I described to friends as “more living, less writing”–I’ll be back in April to share insights and reflections on living “life in full bloom.”

How to Design an Authentic Life (part 2 of 3)

“How do you design and build a life that you will truly love?”

This was a question I’ve always thought about. I’d love to read and hear what YOU think about creating an authentic life for yourself.

How to Design an Authentic Life (Part 1 of 3)

One question I’ve always asked myself–especially these past few years–is this: How do I design and build a life that I will truly love? How do I make that crucial leap from just staring at images on my Dreamboard, to actually living a life where dreams of all shapes, sizes, and forms are coming true in many different ways?