Entries by Allyson

Big News + The Magic of Uncorking

For the past nine months I’ve been pursuing my master coaching certification. Aaaand…I’m happy to announce the big news that: I am now a master certified life coach (cue applause)! The certification was intense at times. Every Wednesday night, for example, there was a teleclass at 7:00 pm – also known as Freya’s bedtime. This […]

The 7 Key Permissions to Grant Yourself When Doing Something For the First Time

When was the last time you’ve done something completely new? Maybe it was taking a singing lesson for the first time, designing a program for your business, addressing a new issue your child is facing, or tackling that cheese soufflé recipe. Seriously, how’d it go? Were you like, “that was fun.” Or was it more, […]

Are you should-ing all over yourself? How to stop.

Do you ever “should all over yourself?” In other words, do you ever bombard yourself with shoulds? I should exercise every day. I should eat healthier. I shouldn’t watch so much TV. I shouldn’t drink so much wine. I should be further along in my career. I should be doing, well, better. I recently realized […]

I Discovered a Secret to Success in Iceland

I spent Easter weekend in Iceland. For some reason we chose not to rent a beach villa in southern Spain and instead visited a country that was snowing, windy, and freezing cold. Luckily, our first two days were gorgeous and sun-soaked. But the last day was bitterly cold and sleeting sideways with 50 km/hour winds. […]

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 […]