Entries by Allyson

Why the Flaming Heck Am I Cussing?

For the past six months, I’ve been in that blissful, frustrating, joyous, tiring, gratifying, happy place called motherhood. Our little cherub, Freya Elle, is now 6 months old, and she’s the best baby ever to be born (accept for when she misses a nap). So much has happened since Freya joined planet Earth, it’s hard to know […]

Caution! Avoid these 3 words (+ do this instead)

I’m in my last weeks of bun in the oven. To date, I’ve been blessed with an ease-ful, joyful, and healthy pregnancy. Being preggars has been an incredible journey where I’m continually exposed to new and fascinating things. In particular, the various discussions I’ve had with others about the whole baby process has been eye-opening. […]

Passion Pursuits: Can’t decide which passion to pursue today? Learn how one master coach continually evolves to pursue his passions

“We each bring some unique expression into this world…and that gift needs to be shared with other people.” – Michael Trotta Aaah, it’s April. I have a radical idea for you this month. Instead of tackling your typical spring cleaning projects, spend some time pursuing the things that interest you most. Get your hands in […]

Passion Pursuits: Learn how one educator balances a full plate of passions

I’m thrilled to introduce my rebooted interview series called, “Passion Pursuits.” If you’re a long-time Shanti Pax subscriber, you will recall the peace interviews I used to conduct. I absolutely loved doing those interviews, so I decided to bring them back. Most of you know by now that I’m on a mission to help people […]

8 Ways to Use Technology to Tune-In, Not Tune-Out

Your powerful peace actions: → Live mindfully → Do what makes your heart sing “Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.” – Sharon Salzberg   Ugh, that feeling of overwhelm. You know the one. You have too much to do and not enough hours in the day, so you’re […]

Don’t Do These 5 Things if You Want to Prevent Bookstores From Becoming a Thing of the Past

Your powerful peace actions: → Buy local → Know you are powerful beyond measure I love books – new books, used books, hardback, and paperback. And likewise, I love bookstores. I love grabbing a cup of chai and flipping through the endless plots lines, devious characters, and personal development techniques. At the same time, I […]

How Understanding This Man Could Bring Peace to Afghanistan

This is the story of Ahmed, a 38 year-old Afghan. Understand him and a sliver of Afghanistan’s vast complexity comes into focus. In recent weeks, we’ve heard rumors of peace talks in Afghanistan…again. The Taliban, the U.S., and the Afghan government were all showing a willingness to sit down…until…. …the Taliban hung a flashy sign over […]

Malala Yousefzai is powerful beyond measure

This is the second posting dedicated to people who are powerful beyond measure. And this is the story of Malala Yousefzai. I lived in Pakistan in 2005 and worked as a first responder for the earthquake in Kashmir, which led to the deaths of over 75,000 people. I’ve traveled in and out of Pakistan since then […]

Become a Citizen of the World

In recent years the consolidation of small to mid-sized media outlets has left the mainstream media dominated by only a handful of large media conglomerates who control what and how stories are reported. These media corporations have their biases and tend to report the violent and sensational stories that sell. In response to this trend, […]

When Peace Goes Viral: And the War it Sparks

This is the story of Kony 2012. I entered a hypnotic state the first time I saw the video and when it ended, I slapped my forehead and said: “Now that’s doing something to make the world a more peaceful place.” The video was the fastest growing viral video of all time with more than 100 […]

My desperate struggle to find peace

I’ve never accomplished in my career what I set out to. I’ve wanted to make a positive impact in the world. But instead of making that indescribable “difference,” I felt stifled. While I’ve always appreciated my jobs and have enjoyed what I do (for the most part), what I’ve really wanted to do is advocate […]