6 Years? You’ve Come a Long Way Baby!

The first therapist I worked with loved to torment me with moments of silence. I say torment because, for many of us, sitting with that kind of Nothingness is difficult. We immediately want to fill Nothingness up—with Busyness or Somethingness or Stuffness. We like to fill Nothingness up with cookies! Cookies or cigarettes, alcohol, television,... Continue Reading →


It’s hard to believe it has been FIVE YEARS since I quit smoking. Five years, today! It ranks in the Top Five of my proudest accomplishments, sharing space with starting a business, buying a house, visiting France, and writing a book. It is that big. It is that big because it was not just about... Continue Reading →

Releasing the Need For

Four years ago today, I stopped smoking. Four years ago today, smoking became the thing I would no longer do. It was not about quitting. It was not about depriving myself. It was not even about becoming healthy, really. It was all about letting go. Letting go, at first, of the chemical need. Letting go... Continue Reading →

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