Moving Forward and Leaning In: 2019 and Beyond

As the holidays become more hectic (or joyous…or joyously hectic) I invite you to have intentions regarding your well-being for today, and moving into the next year.  Compassionate reflection is something I’m learning to do, but I’m not dwelling in the past; I want to learn from it!   For example, my intent for each day is to be kind to myself…in order to do this, my internal voice sounds like a good friend, not a frienemy.  Check out this short 10 minute meditation on a positive mindset, and if you notice yourself talking unkindly to yourself, give this meditation a whirl…

In addition, as I see 2018 coming to a close, I also see new opportunities to connect with more people and create a truly mindful tribe of friends and colleagues in 2019.  My experience with the UC-San Diego Center for Mindfulness Peer Resilience Coach Training was phenomenal…I will consider the cohort I learned and grew with valued friends and treasured resources for years to come.  If you’re reading this, fellow Peer Coach, please know that I send you the prettiest of unicorns and rainbows.

Happy work still needs to be done here at the Smiling Science Alliance in 2019; I’m excited!  Look for:

1) more consistent content on this website;  there will be more to read, watch and listen to in 2019.

2) guest contributors!  I’ve heard from so many of you this past year, and I welcome your entries regarding your experiences with mindfulness and/or meditation, your frustrations, and your questions…I’d love to receive blog posts from you, and we have a special Smiling Scientist contributing in January 2019.  Stay tuned!

3) more training opportunities.  I realized that it’s more difficult than I thought updating the training opportunities that I list here, on our Main Smiling Science Alliance page.  You have to scroll aaaalllllll the way to the bottom to get to training.  In the works is a whole other tab that just focuses on training opportunities and the links to find them yourselves.  So it will be even easier to find the training resources you need and want (I hope).  Please continue to send me suggestions on trainings that you find.  I may not upload them right away, but they are on my radar, I promise.


“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In this space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

-Viktor E. Frankl

So, the invitation is always there…treat yourself with compassion; learn new things; disrupt old habits; push your edge farther; respond with humanity.  I look forward to hearing from you in 2019.  And as always, keep smiling!  I’m not joking…we all need to smile more.  It’s really, really good for you!