There is a Japanese proverb, “Nana korobi, ya oki” which means “Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” It means choosing to never give up hope, and to always strive for more. It means that your focus isn’t on the reality in front of you, but on a greater vision that may not be reality […]Read more "Fall down seven, rise up eight."
From the time my children were little, we would play a family game, which we called, “Ask me questions.” The kids’ father would always ask factual trivia questions with a definite and factual answer, while I would lean more towards the hypothetical and life choice questions. This is an amazing way to get to know […]Read more "Ask me questions"
I left the Mormon church about 15 years ago. As a result, I lost most of my friends and community. There were/are two women who love me regardless of my religious views, and several men and women who keep me on the radar as a “fellowship” opportunity with hopes of bringing me back to the […]Read more "Quid Pro Quo"
I grew up being called, “Thunder Thighs”, among other pejorative weight and size related nick-names. These came from family members, “friends”, and mean kids at school. I despised my thighs so much, when I was 30, I paid about 5K to have liposuction. Not once, but TWICE. (first time just wasn’t enough). Yesterday, I intentionally […]Read more "Thunder Thighs"
Five behaviors that heal and create a healthy gut: Eating a large variety of fruits and vegetable, consume few to no animal products Exercise (this was very ambiguous, I will do further research about what constitutes the most effective exercise for gut health) Reduce stress Avoid antibiotics Consume pre and probiotics (this is highly optional, especially […]Read more "Gut 2019"
The week my mom passed, I was introduced to the Blue Zones. Life changed. Three years later, new job, new home, two new and then painfully failed relationships later; life continues to change. I find myself feeling more aches and pains, feeling the 20 pounds I’ve gained, and missing the vibrant feeling I had when […]Read more "Back in the Saddle"
This weekend, I was at a Jen Pastiloff workshop, and among other things, she asked, “What is the most concrete act of self-love you could practice in the next 24 hours?” Eat greens, yoga, sauna, walk, read, write and more all made it to the list. And I did them all. However, the most radical […]Read more "Self-Love. It ain’t just a bubble bath."
In The Secret Life of Bees, the main character’s house is Carribean Pink, even though, we come to discover, her favorite color is blue. August chose to paint her home this color because her younger sister, May, lit up with delight upon discovering the cheerful hue at the paint store. May struggles with the weight […]Read more "Important"
In celebration of Earth Day, my yoga studio had a special yoga/reiki/sound bath experience. Now, I love this sort of shit, but also realize it is not everyone’s cuppa. You do you, boo. My takeaways: The bliss of a two-hour session offering extended restorative yoga asanas, savasana, and Reiki therapy; along with indescribable gongs, drums, […]Read more "Earth Day"
Sometimes, I hold so tightly to ideas, things, people, relationships, behaviors, and any number of worldly things, my clenched fists of control ache. For example, I have spent a good 11 years buried under the idea of finding lasting romantic love. Maybe, that just isn’t in the cards. Maybe, the universe has other plans. Other […]Read more "LET IT GO"