Always Well Within

Calm Your Mind, Ease Your Heart, Embrace Your Inner Wisdom

Month: April 2018

Digital Spring Cleaning and a Big Move

Digital Spring Cleaning

I’m preparing to move Always Well Within to SquareSpace, a different hosting platform.  The actual move will take place in one to two weeks.  I won’t publish new posts until after the move.  I have a good one ready to go though — on how not to take things personally.  So stay tuned.

My new site will have the same name and same url so you won’t need to do anything different to find me.

Between now and then, I’ll set up and finish the design of my new website and prune my archive of almost 600 posts.  Many of my earlier posts are no longer relevant or up to my current writing standards.  Since they received little attention at the time, I don’t think Google search will freak out if I delete them.

Once I make the move, I’ll have to set up 301 redirects for each remaining post on my blog, which is a way to tell search engines to go to a new link.  Otherwise, you’ll get the “page not found” message.  That will likely take several days since I’ll move around 300 posts.

During that time, if you visit Always Well Within, you may see a “Site Under Construction” page.  But rest assured, I’ll be back soon, in a matter of days.

This move will solve my SSL certificate problem, a new website requirement set up by Google search to ensure that you only go to secure sites.  I’ll also save money and will no longer have to deal with complex technical issues – like plug-in conflicts or hack attacks.  I also love the simplicity and beauty of the SquareSpace templates.

I must have seen this coming because I took a wonderful SquareSpace Design class called SquareSpace 101 more than a year ago, which I recommend highly. But then I felt daunted by the thought of making all those 301 redirects and never made the actual move.

I can’t wait to show you my new site on SquareSpace!  I value simplicity, beauty, and elegance. I think the right ambiance on a digital space can help a visitor feel relaxed and at ease rather than confused and chaotic.  I hope my new site reflects these qualities.

In the meantime, if you’re new here or simply need a good read, check out some of the gems I found as I pruned my archive:

I’m so grateful for your readership.  Writing for you gives meaning and purpose to my life.  I look forward to seeing you at the new Always Well Within.

Thank you for your presence, I know your time is precious!  Don’t forget to sign up for my e-letter and get access to all the free self-development resources (e-books, mini-guides + worksheets) in the Always Well Within Library. May you be happy, well, and safe – always.  With love, Sandra




How to Stay Strong When Life Is Hard: 48 Pema Chödrön Quotes

Whenever I face challenges, obstacles, or difficulties in life, I return to one book, time and again:  When Things Fall Apart, Heart Advice for Difficult Times by Pema Chödrön.

Chödrön knows how to distill the wisdom of the Buddhist teachings for the Western mind and heart, making them universally applicable to everyone, whatever their background, faith, or absence of faith.  She has a knack for drilling right to the core, putting her finger on exactly what we need to know to transcend unhappy and unhealthy patterns, once and for all.

2018 seems to be a repeat of what turned out to be a tumultuous 2017 for so many of us. I’m on my own emotional roller coast at the moment, which is why I turned once again to Chödrön’s book.  To help us stay strong in hard times, I’ve gathered together a collection of potentially life-changing quotes from When Things Fall Apart.

These quotes aren’t just quick memes, at least not most of them. They ask you to look deeply both within and also without, at the true nature of reality not the dream you’ve conjured up.

Find the ones that resonate for you. Then take one—the one that speaks to you in that moment or for that particular day—and sit with it for a while.  Soak it in. Let its truth permeate your being.  This will help you to begin to live from greater clarity and a kinder heart, if only for a few moments at time at first.

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