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The Sacred Craft of Affirmations

The Sacred Craft of Affirmations

Last May I wrote a piece about affirmations. I felt really excited about it because I’d come so far in my learning about affirmations. I felt I was really ready to share what I knew. I spent several days working on this piece. I wrote thousands of words as I worked...

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How to Have a Happier Premenstrual Phase

How to Have a Happier Premenstrual Phase

I met with my sister the other day to catch up, connect, and spend time together. It had been many weeks since we’d seen or talked with each other. It was so good to hear what she’d been up to and how she’d been doing. After she shared about what was going on for her,...

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The Best Way to Heal Your Relationship with Nature

The Best Way to Heal Your Relationship with Nature

It’s springtime. As I say that I feel a giddy excitement well up inside my chest and explode onto my cheeks in a big grin. Happiness warms my belly. And joy flows from my eyes. I can smell the fresh rain, the perfume of the trees, and the minerality of wet dirt. I can...

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The Magic of Decluttering Your Living Space

The Magic of Decluttering Your Living Space

When I moved into my new (but temporary) home last October I quickly shuffled everything into its place. I took pictures of my bookshelves pre-move and did my best to replicate them in their post-move locations even though I’d taken some decorations from the shelves...

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Leaning InTo New Cycles

Leaning InTo New Cycles

Last Saturday I sent out a special email honoring and acknowledging the new moon. I felt excited and inspired to share my short musings about the moon. (If you missed it, then check it out here.) This email felt important to me for a few reasons.  First of all, I’ve...

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What Does It Mean to Be Powerful?

What Does It Mean to Be Powerful?

Power. It’s a force intertwined with many different beliefs and perspectives. Is it good? Is it bad? What if it’s neither? While it’s easy to believe power is only negative, the reality is that power is inherently neutral. It’s what we choose to do with power once...

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Somewhere Between Discomfort and Joy

Somewhere Between Discomfort and Joy

It’s amazing how in the span of a year so much can change. At this time last year, I was separating from my partner, the pandemic kicked into gear, and all of life came to a grinding halt. I felt the energy of spring stronger than ever. I honored my creative urges,...

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The Cycles and Seasons of My Human Soul

The Cycles and Seasons of My Human Soul

As I look ahead, I can see the raindrops clogging the pores of the screens that cover the lower half of my windows. There are low-lying gray clouds kissing the rooftops at the backside of the farmer’s field. Puddles of water skip across the land. It’s not officially...

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Winter’s Call to Awareness

Winter’s Call to Awareness

My tires crunch over icy mounds of dirty white snow as I turn left into my neighborhood. Piles of the crunchy stuff give way to a flat shiny surface. A half-mile of ice and snow stretches out before me. Perched on either side are homes nestled into swaths of mostly...

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Seven Mental Health Tips to Get Through February

Seven Mental Health Tips to Get Through February

February can be one of the coldest months of the year. And even though the days are slowly getting longer, it still feels dark, dreary, and hard to manage. You may feel excessively lethargic and apathetic this time of year, which doesn’t help you achieve your New Year...

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Rearrange the Furniture to Change Your Mind

Rearrange the Furniture to Change Your Mind

As I sit here in my black, tattered computer chair at my chestnut desk, I can’t help but think about the impact of my living space on my psyche. While my current arrangement, me sitting in a chair at a desk, doesn’t sound strange, if you saw me you would certainly...

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Take a Break

Take a Break

Time to take a break. Not every week needs to be filled with words. This week I don't have many words to share. I've been writing once a week since July. It's now January, and I've stuck to my commitment with great honor and integrity. Writing and posting once a week...

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How I Feel Upon Waking

How I Feel Upon Waking

Do you ever notice how you feel when you first decide to wake up? Before your eyes are even open and you’ve lifted yourself out of bed do you feel anything or does it take a moment? What’s present for you as you roll from the comfort of your bed and into your morning...

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Deep Listening

Deep Listening

Today I wake and pause. Somethings here. It’s drawing my ear in towards my center. It’s making light, almost imperceptible whispers. It’s been here. When it arrived I’m not sure. But it rests gently at the edges of my chest between my shoulders in the realm of my...

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All the Feels of a Year Well Lived

All the Feels of a Year Well Lived

Happy New Year! We are officially finished with 2020. It was a particularly intense year for everyone. And, even if the pandemic had never occurred, it was an otherwise intense year for me. Immense changes. Buckets of grief. Deep love. Several weeks ago I asked myself...

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6 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Christmas

6 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Christmas

Many moons ago (approximately three years ago) I wrote this piece you’re about to read. It was in that winter several Christmas’ ago that I decided it was time I knew the truth about the holiday. I’d known for some time that it wasn’t at all what I thought it was but...

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The New Adventure of a Private Life

The New Adventure of a Private Life

In my 30 years of living, privacy has never been an overt concern for me. In fact, I’ve often driven myself in the opposite direction in my attempts at making connections and building relationships (hello, relational insecurity). But in the last six months after...

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Writing Against My Natural Rhythm

Writing Against My Natural Rhythm

It’s hard for me to write today. *Story of my life.* But, remarkably, it’s not for the same reasons that it has been over the last several months. For once - for once! - it’s because I’ve got an abundance of excitement energy coursing through my veins, seeping into my...

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Discovery of Your Endless Changes

Discovery of Your Endless Changes

As I sit here, I wonder how he’s changed. I wonder how his life and energy and friends and path are so unimaginably different than how he was with me. My memories serve up delicious bites of energy that feel good and comfortable. Many things I’m sure are the same. And...

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The Tragedy of Thanksgiving

The Tragedy of Thanksgiving

Yesterday was Thanksgiving.  Today I want to briefly inform you or remind you of the history from which this holiday arises. While in elementary school we are told this is a holiday for celebrating our cooperation with the native Americans, in reality, cooperation was...

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Underwater

Underwater

This is where I use a cliche phrase to describe a hard experience that calls for all my learned and developed resources. This cliche phrase points to this place Here - where rhythm and flow and all sense of normalcy has vanished. Where there’s swirling and stirring...

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Is it okay?

Is it okay?

Is it okay to be vulnerable? Is it okay to admit that I don’t feel well today and that I haven’t felt well for a while? Is it okay to feel frustrated, irritated, and short-tempered? Is it okay to want to smash niceties and long-winded, unasked for answers? Is it okay...

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The Pandemic, Expectations, and Happiness

The Pandemic, Expectations, and Happiness

It’s election week. By the time this posts, I don’t know what will be the fate of America for the next four years. Maybe we won’t even know by the weekend.  Nothing seems right to write about now. I feel suspended in time, as though I’m holding my breath. I know I’m...

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In a Body of Gratitude with You

In a Body of Gratitude with You

It’s been so grey and dreary for the last many days. Cold weather has crept in bringing sweaters out from the depths of the closet and new scented candles arise lit on my table. It’s colder than usual here in Texas. It’s not often I’m boasting layers before November. ...

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Home in This In-Between

Home in This In-Between

Today I get to look out my window onto an open field spotted with hay bails and old cars and trucks. Beyond the field, there is a line of houses and trees and one bright red and yellow playground. In the evenings, cows line the fence close to our home. When I sit on...

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Waking Up to a Body of Emotion

Waking Up to a Body of Emotion

Last night I sat on my bed cross-legged listening to Lee Harris’ recent audio titled, “You Are Needed and Now is Your Time.” In this channeled work, his guides, the Z’s, said something that struck me with great clarity. They said that one part of the awakening process...

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Soul’s Grand Love for the Human Who’s Moving

Soul’s Grand Love for the Human Who’s Moving

I’m moving. In a few short days, the men will come who take the boxes and (somehow) get the funny shaped furniture through tiny doorways.  I’ve spent the last two weeks picking up each and every item in my home. I've laid my hands on every pencil, hairband, post-it...

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A Deeply Nourishing Practice for Autumn

A Deeply Nourishing Practice for Autumn

A few days after the equinox (September 22, 2020), I grabbed my journal and my oracle deck and sat on my patio in sunny, delicious weather. I settled in for a heart-storming session.  I felt called to do this because of an intention I set in the fall of 2018. At that...

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Writing and the Soul’s Requirements

Writing and the Soul’s Requirements

Writing and I go back a long way. I’ve had a desire to write since high school, but the most that came out of me was some paltry journal entries and an emotionally dense poem from time to time. I followed my love for reading and writing into college by studying...

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In All Their Organic Wisdom

In All Their Organic Wisdom

On the soul journey, there are days that don’t seem so bright. The sheen goes out. A dullness takes over and depth accompanies it. Richness in a different kind of grandeur. There’s a density to it all.  The corners of the mouth lie flat or slightly turn down. The...

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“By soul I mean a person or thing’s unique niche in the Earth community… So, although soul for me is an ecological concept, the process of coming to know our soul is not an ecological process but a psychological one — and a spiritual one, as well. Embodying or manifesting our soul, in the way I mean this word, is our mature/ adult life purpose, our singular destiny.” – Bill Plotkin