'Breathing Room'

The Art of Surrender

The Art of Surrender

(Post by Carolyn Solares) My computer screensaver at work used to flash “Let it Go,” ostensibly as a reminder to me. But honestly, I put it there because it sounded Zen, not because I practiced anything read more

Authentically Happy

Authentically Happy

(Post by Carolyn Solares) “She’s different with her direct reports than she is with her peers, which is appropriate,” a co-worker explained to a group of us while describing the behavior of an executive. Recognizing the read more

A Lesson in Gratitude

A Lesson in Gratitude

(Post by CAROLYN SOLARES) I share this story not to persuade you that you should be grateful. (As if you need to hear that again). Or, that you can follow my easy steps to really feeling read more

Safe Driving

Safe Driving

(Post by CAROLYN SOLARES) “You’re lucky it didn’t start on fire,” the auto-shop owner said to me as he showed me the brake pads from the rear of my car, brand new the day before, now read more

My Christmas Tales

My Christmas Tales

(Post by CAROLYN SOLARES) I wonder what events inspired Charles Dickens to write about his Ghosts Past, Present and Future. Whatever his own circumstances, he clearly grasped that something about this time of year links us to read more

Lucky Me

Lucky Me

(Post by CAROLYN SOLARES) For years, I long said that of my two sisters, one had good luck and one had bizarre luck. Me, however, I described as having no luck. Even worse, I wore my neutral read more

Me, Chicken Little and the Art of Living Fearlessly

Me, Chicken Little and the Art of Living Fearlessly

(Post by CAROLYN SOLARES) For much of my life, I played a game of the Sky is Falling. The actual potential consequences of my problems were of little importance. I could escalate a minor worry into read more

Back to the Past, Present…and Future

Back to the Past, Present…and Future

(Post by CAROLYN SOLARES) Time and time-travel always present tricky plotlines. They completely corrupt the rules of verb tense and pronoun use, blurring exactly who experienced what. I say this as I try to describe how a few read more

A Peak Experience

A Peak Experience

(Post by CAROLYN SOLARES) I have grown accustomed to following inspiration, intuition, and inner guidance. Sometimes, however, heeding these cosmic nudges requires a little faith. That said, they always serve me well…when I do listen. Two read more

Breathing in Island Park

Breathing in Island Park

(Post by CAROLYN SOLARES) A beautiful city park sits near downtown Fargo, North Dakota, a city not especially known for its natural beauty. I returned to Fargo as an adult—and ended up staying for five years. read more