• Enneagram,  minerva

    Enneagram Compatibility in Relationships–What Types Go Well Together

      Enneagram Compatibility: The Theory   After people learn their own Enneagram type, the next question I invariably get asked is “what types go well together?” or “who should I be with?” Everyone wants to know. The answer is that all type combinations can be happy together if both partners have high levels of self-awareness. And the reverse is true. All combinations may struggle if both people have a lack of self-awareness. Enneagram compatibility is more about similar levels self-awareness than it is about personality type. The basic guidelines are: Two highly self-aware people have the best chance of success. Two highly unaware people may be able to continue in…

  • Uncategorized

    Ten Tips for Road Tripping in France

    One of the advantages to being based in Europe is that you can easily change cultures, cuisines, and languages within a few hours. I’ve been taking full advantage of that–in August I went to Skopje, in September to Luxembourg, and in October some friends and I took a road trip through France staying in the towns of Amboise, La Rochelle, and Mont St. Michel.   We learned many things along the way and below we offer you ten tips if you too are  considering a road trip through France…   1)    Pack snacks “Dining hours” are an issue of perspective, but as I’ve been based in Greece for many…

  • Enneagram,  Kundalini Yoga,  living in Greece,  Uncategorized,  Wellness

    Blog Table of Contents (over 100 articles)

    My Story Connecting the Dots: How I Went from Being a San Francisco CFO to an Athens Yoga Instructor The Enneagram (44 articles)   The Enneagram in Relationships The Enneagram in Relationships–What Types Go Well Together (*most popular post*) Which Enneagram Types Attract Narcissists? (Truity) Secrets to Make Your Relationship Explosive, Based on Your Partner’s Enneagram Type (Truity) Three Things to Never, Ever Say To Your Type 4 Partner (Truity) Three Reasons It Can Be Hard to Feel Loved By Your Type 5 Partner (Truity) How to Avoid a Big Family Argument, Based on Your Enneagram Type (Truity) The Best Dating App, Based on Your Enneagram Type (Truity)   The…

  • Enneagram

    Not Sure If You are a Type 1 or Type 6? Ask Yourself These Four Questions

    One of the most common mistakes people make when trying to find their Enneagram type is that they over-identify with a single specific trait. For example, someone who over-identifies with anger might assume they are an Enneagram type 8, another with anxiety assumes they are a Type 6, while someone who identifies with helpfulness assumes they are a Type 2.   It is worth remembering that to be an Enneagram type you are “most of the things, most of the time,” and as human beings, we are complex individuals. It isn’t a single trait that makes you an Enneagram type but rather a full personality profile. And at the center…

  • Enneagram

    Not Sure if You are a Type 4 or a Type 7? Ask Yourself These Four Questions

    The Enneagram Type 4 Individualist and Type 7 Enthusiast can seem like oil and water and with dramatically different habits of attention, it can be easy to assume they never get mixed up.   Types 7s look to the positive, seek new experiences, and avoid (either consciously or subconsciously) negative emotions. An assertive personality, Type 7s consider personal freedom a core value.   In contrast, Type 4s feel the full range of emotions intensely, have a sense that something is always missing, and are a withdrawn type that value authenticity. They like to keep it real and if that means they need to go into some dark spaces, they are more…

  • Enneagram

    Not Sure if You are a Type 2 or a Type 9? Ask Yourself These Four Questions

    The Enneagram Type 2 Giver and Type 9 Peacemaker have a lot in common, and it’s easy to see how there could be confusion between the two. If you’ve ever felt conflicted trying to decide which one you are, you aren’t the first person to feel you could be both. Let’s explore some of the similarities and key differences between these two personality styles.   The Similarities Type 2s and Type 9s are both “other-referencing” types whose attention goes out to other people. Both have the potential to be kind, accommodating, easy-to-get-along with personalities who naturally think of others before themselves. Both can work hard to make other people feel…

  • living in Greece

    Hiking Mount Olympus: A Practical Guide

    Earlier this month, I hiked to the top of Mount Olympus, the highest mountain in Greece. This post is to share my experience and to offer some tips in case you too are thinking of making this trek.   I’ll start by saying the experience was amazing–far more fulfilling and fun than I even expected.  And then I’ll follow by saying it was WAY physically harder than I imagined. Most of the things I read suggested it was a leisurely two-day hike with an easy overnight stay in a mountain refuge. This wasn’t false, but it wasn’t exactly true either. I didn’t factor in how taxing hiking uphill for six…

  • Enneagram

    How Each Enneagram Type Emerges From the Pandemic

    It’s been a wild 18 months, but the good news is that in many parts of the world, the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. As vaccine rollouts pick up pace, lockdown restrictions lift, and travel is gradually reintroduced, many of us are emerging from the pandemic and searching for our new normal.   Different Enneagram types have different worldviews, and these differences color our experience. Re-entry after the pandemic won’t feel the same for everyone, and the Enneagram provides a useful tool to help understand some of these differences.   Below we offer you nine approaches to emerging from the pandemic, based on your Enneagram…

  • Enneagram

    4 Ways Enneagram Type 9s Say No Without Saying “No.”

    The Enneagram Type 9 is called the Peacemaker or the Mediator, and with a habit of attention that gravitates towards harmony, these are often the people who hold society together and help the rest of us get along. Easy-going, soothing and gifted at being able to hold multiple points of view simultaneously, Type 9s can be the most powerful type in the Enneagram. Look no further than Barack Obama and the Dalia Lama to find famous examples of Type 9.   When in balance, Type 9s can be amazing leaders, team members, friends, parents and partners. But when operating at the mid to lower levels of awareness, conflict-avoidance takes center…

  • Kundalini Yoga

    A Journey Through the 8 Chakras with Kundalini Yoga

    In this post, we’ll go through each of the eight chakras, offering a brief explanation with a Kundalini Yoga kriya and meditation to help bring each of these energy centers back into balance.   What are Chakras? Chakras are energy centers that exist within the human body.  These energy centers are mapped to different emotional and psychological issues and can be used to help identify imbalances and to establish internal harmony.   The combined effect of our chakra systems become who we are, how we feel, how we behave, and how we change.   In simple terms, the word “chakra” is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel or circle. These whirlpools…

  • Uncategorized,  Wellness

    I started a Functional Medicine program-here’s what I’ve learned…

    Original posted May of 2019, updated April of 2021 Update: I wrote this post in 2019 when I had been on my Functional Medicine program for about three months.  It’s been nearly two years now so I thought I’d post an update. Overall, I am thrilled with Functional Medicine.  I’m amazed at how good I feel, and I love having a strategy for aging. Working with my Functional Medicine doctor, I have a  custom vitamin powder based on my blood test results. This vitamin powder is specific to my situation so it is individualized supplementation.  The anecdotal evidence it is working is that I have plenty of energy to do…