2023Happy end of 2023!  It’s true.  I’m a sucker for a good end-of-year wrap-up list.  But more than that, I’ve been working hard at remembering to pause between projects and soak in joy and successes.  Since I was a kid, I’ve had a habit of jumping straight from one big piece of work into the next without a moment to breathe.  Or reflect.  Or be grateful.  And I’ve learned that this habit is unhealthy and a surefire way to contribute to burnout.

So right now, I’m breathing and pausing.  Taking this week off to be fully present with my kids.  And delighting in the glow of the good things that happened this past year.  Because while there was a LOT of heaviness and darkness in 2023, there was light, too.




2023: Our Year in Review


Here’s what I am most proud of about Mindful Return in 2023!  In 2023, our 20-person Mindful Return team:

In the “related but unrelated” category, I will also share that this past year, I became the Board Chair of the brand new Washington, DC Chapter of the nonprofit Postpartum Support International (PSI).  Though 47 states previously had their own chapters, the District of Columbia found itself disenfranchised (not dissimilar to how we feel about not having elected representatives!).  In 2023, we navigated the administrative hurdles of getting this chapter up and running, and we will kick off our new chapter’s efforts to support new parents in DC in 2024!  If you live in the DC area and would like to get involved with the DC Chapter of PSI throughout the year, don’t hesitate to reach out.

In closing, I wish you all a restful and meaningful holiday season.

All the best for a healthy and peaceful 2024,




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