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A Foundational Lesson of Personal Growth

A Foundational Lesson of Personal Growth

For years, I’ve been on a path of personal growth. I can’t help it. I love to try new things. You might say I’m a personal growth junkie, although I really don’t like that latter word. We lovingly call it “#goalofgrowth.” I love to pursue things that grow me for...

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The Void Between Seasons

The Void Between Seasons

I’ve gone months now waking up and feeling present and available for life. I’ve been fully embracing all the goodness, all the growth, all the love. I’ve been square in the middle of rhythm within my peak season of spring. A season that brings me immense joy and fills...

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From Such Great Depths

From Such Great Depths

When I was eighteen I started dating a sweet and generous young man. One night we were driving back to our apartment after having dinner with his parents. As we sped down the highway, I stared out the passenger window into the dark, cold night.  Layers upon layers of...

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Saturday Morning Journal Entry

Saturday Morning Journal Entry

This morning I’m sitting in my bed as the sun streams in through the windows. The field outside rests in green lusciousness. My plants inside soak up the rays like weary, thirsty travelers. Rupert, my corgi, takes up the right corner of my bed, snoring from time to...

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Ahhhhhhh!!! Social Media

Ahhhhhhh!!! Social Media

Maybe you have the same feelings I do about social media: love and hate. I love getting to stay connected with my friends who live in other states and countries. I love seeing photos of the children in my family. I love supporting friends and family through...

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Awaiting Understanding Amidst These Luscious Borders

Awaiting Understanding Amidst These Luscious Borders

As these words fall between the four borders of this one single white digital page (a word document at the time of this writing), I know this to be a canvas. A place for my soul to express itself. What comes from me each week varies widely in depth and breadth....

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Middle Way Meanderer: Body, Hierarchy, Attachment

Middle Way Meanderer: Body, Hierarchy, Attachment

My finger lingers tapped at the center of my chest. My eyes are closed and a small grin swims across my face. I can feel the pulse of my being with each beat of my heart. I come here to this centralized point to gather myself.  I sense the rhythm of my breath, the...

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One Element to Make Changes Last

One Element to Make Changes Last

When you make changes in your life, how do you fare? Is it easy to show up every morning for your new meditation practice? Do you gracefully roll out of bed and into your running shoes? Are you able to find the right amount of time each day to write your first book or...

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Pause for a Multi-body Check-in

Pause for a Multi-body Check-in

Let’s do a little body check-in. How are you today? Where are you today? What’s present for you? Are these questions too vague? Let’s answer them in a different way then. If you want to play along, then take a moment to quiet yourself wherever you are. Locate yourself...

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A Compassionate Practice for Loneliness

A Compassionate Practice for Loneliness

I’ve been given the gift of an evening alone. I haven’t had an evening alone in at least two weeks, if not longer. I catch myself wondering what I’ll do with myself. Weird feelings surface like fear and an almost lonely-like feeling.  I spent all last summer alone....

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How to Handle Feelings in a Healthy Way

How to Handle Feelings in a Healthy Way

I wasn't up for writing a whole brand new piece this week. I opted to grab one from the archive of articles written for Care2, who I used to write for regularly when they had their blog open. Please excuse any tone or vibe differences. It was written a few years ago....

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5 Ways to Be Your Truest Self

5 Ways to Be Your Truest Self

Ok, so the cliche goes… Just stay true to yourself. I get it. Not a very original thought. And often an elusive concept. What exactly does it mean? How does one “stay true” to themselves? Despite being an overused phrased, there’s immense power tucked into this kernel...

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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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“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