Finding Sage Wisdom in the Seemingly Superficial

Finding Sage Wisdom in the Seemingly Superficial

In the spring of 2012, my mother was dying. She knew it. She looked death right in the eyes. Never one to like untucked corners, my mom was determined to “say it all” before she met her maker. In the last four months of her life, she was constantly calling me in the...

The Psychology of Secrecy

The Psychology of Secrecy

Secrecy is the thug that does the dirty work for shame. Where we have secrets, there is always shame. They are partners in crime. What’s more? Shame is a time traveler— it moves through families, cultures, systems, and organizations. It shapes us down deep where...

A Labor of Love & The Achievement of Death

A Labor of Love & The Achievement of Death

My sister’s voice was kind but serious. Pressured. “Mom’s taken a bad turn.” “Do I need to come home?” “Yes.” “Ok.” I had known it was coming. The week before she died, I went to the beach near my house and begged the universe to take her quickly. I had started to...

Maintaining Peak Performance as a Parent w/ Gabby Reece

Maintaining Peak Performance as a Parent w/ Gabby Reece

This installment of The Padded Room includes another in my series of podcasts with Rian and Steven Kotler on the Flow Research Collective Radio Podcast. This was a "pinch me" moment, as we got a chance to connect and hear from Gabby Reece on her philosophy and...

Coping During COVID-19: The Family Brain Podcast Episode

Coping During COVID-19: The Family Brain Podcast Episode

I recently joined host Megan Gipson on her podcast, The Family Brain, once again. This time, our conversation centered around coping strategies during the pandemic and beyond. You can listen to the full episode here.  I hope it provides some comfort and guidance for...

Welcome Home: A Love Letter to Hawaii

Welcome Home: A Love Letter to Hawaii

For nearly all of my life, I have been searching for a place to call home. My family fell apart when I was still just a teenager. It was all of a sudden and yet, I know now, it was one painful pin prick at a time. Decades of decay finally snapped. In an instant,...

The Adolescent Experience: The Family Brain Podcast Episode

The Adolescent Experience: The Family Brain Podcast Episode

I recently had the pleasure of connecting with Megan Gipson, LCSW on her podcast, The Family Brain. Megan is a long time friend and Georgetown alumni and I feel honored to be invited to talk with her (for the third time!!!). We discussed all things adolescence,...

Journey Home

Journey Home

I know that pain is our ultimate teacher; it’s our spirit guide; it’s a primal mode of conversation with our self. I know that if you keep ignoring it, it will grow louder and louder. I know this comes down to you against you.

Failing to Grow: Why Rescuing Our Kids is Not Helpful

Failing to Grow: Why Rescuing Our Kids is Not Helpful

As my son has matured his relationship with avoidance has mutated, taking on a very different look and feel. Lately, his relationship with avoidance has begun to also feel like a habit; one that he relies on with greater frequency.

Podcast Guest: The Family Brain

Podcast Guest: The Family Brain

I had the pleasure of talking with Megan Gipson, LCSW of The Family Brain Podcast where we discussed neurobiology, brain development, birth order, positive psychology, and many other topics.

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