Category Archives for Courage

Sometimes life blows up….

On August 24th, I woke up and started my Thursday like every other day. Coffee, news, cuddles with my family. My friend and regular student at Perennial Yoga and Meditation, Meaghan Heires, woke up the same way. Just another ordinary day. No reason to think otherwise.  However, while she and her finance Mike were at […]

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How to Tell the Difference Between Self-Trust and Self-Protection

I often feel like there are two different parts of me, one that knows the truth about what’s in my highest good, and one that knows exactly what to say to keep me safe and small. For illustrative purposes, let’s call my truth Gracie and my protector Vivian. These two are fighting for my attention like Mayweather and Pacquiao. As brutally, but not as gracefully as championship boxers. More like a slap fight between self-trust and self-protection.

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It’s not STRESS, It’s You.

I consider myself a rather huge nerd when it comes to self-improvement and health. I watch every single TED talk, read every book I can get my hands on and struggle through some rather dry academic research papers.  This particular TED talk, given by psychologist Kelly McGonigal, is my all time favorite, though, because it changes everything about what we know about our health and our mind/body connection.  

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Taking the Leap and Living the Dream

I’m writing this blog from my back porch overlooking a lush green rolling cornfield. I can hear the birds chirping, (in the interest of full disclosure, I can also hear the construction workers down the street talking some serious trash, but I am choosing to tune that out), and the sun is out. The kiddo is back in school and it’s 8:45 in the morning. Hot coffee is by my side and my dog is laying at my feet. 

This is the first week that I am living my dream. I mean really living it.

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My Cancer Doesn’t Get a Fun Run

My cancer doesn’t get a fun run. It doesn’t get a tee-shirt or a fundraiser. My cancer doesn’t get a magnetic ribbon for the car.
In fact, you’d better stop reading this blog if you can’t handle the word vagina.

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Why We Need To Let Go

This week I let go of the first house I ever purchased.  This house was purchased when I was 5 months pregnant with my son – in prime “nesting” season.  With a few brave friends, I painted the entire house in bright cheery colors.  I didn’t really pay attention to the trim (or being accurate for that matter). I brought my new baby home to this house. I laughed hard in this house. I cried hard in this house. I grieved here. I celebrated here. After 7 years, it was time to let it go.

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The first kiss

I’m not sure why watching this made me so emotional, but it did. 20 strangers kissing for the first time. 

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Taking the Should Out of the Holidays

I should be making cookies. I should be creating a yearlong photo album that documents the 6th year of my son’s life. I should go to the mall and pick up some gifts.  I should find some time to exercise.  I should be handcrafting some sort of Pinterest-inspired pencil holder for our kindergarten teacher.  I should finish all my year-end reports.  I should organize my finances and get a head start on my taxes.  I should organize the junk drawers and donate my clothes to charity.  I should.

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You are perfect.

I saw this video today and I cried.  I cried because of how many minutes, hours, days, years I have spent trying to look like something or someone that I am not. How I thought that my own perfection was defined by how I looked or judged by how my body compared to someone else’s body. How much time I have let pass in my life waiting to do something until I was “thinner, stronger, better.”

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Meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.  ~His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama This is the story of the day I met the Dalai Lama.  It’s a story about love and sweetness and the happiest person I have ever […]

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