Does FEAR Hold You Captive?

Does FEAR Hold You Captive?

I have allowed fear to shackle me in many ways over my 45 years. But I am grateful for this stubbornness within me, a fire passed along from my mama I think, that has propelled me to slowly, sometimes painfully, forge ahead; which calls me push back against status quo, through fear, into possibility. It is hard to live a simple but purposeful life unless we learn to challenge fear. I had a guest post lined up for today but I had this gut sense that some of you – even one of you – need to […]

3 Purposeful Questions I Ask Myself Each Night

3 Purposeful Questions I Ask Myself Each Night

I am a big fan of rhythm and routine – a natural part of my ISFJ, Enneagram 1 personality type. Not rigid and inflexible as in past years when I lived like the slave rather than the master of my agenda. But a gentle structure that ebbs and flows as needed and generally helps me live purposefully, clearly aligned to my primary goals and values. An important part of my daily rhythm is to begin and end my days with simple routines designed to support mind, body and spirit health. Nothing fancy and occasionally I […]

Mind-Body Nourished

Mind-Body Nourished

In my work as a Holistic Nutrition & Joyful Living Educator I focus primarily on mind-body health. I hold a vision of offering a safe space – a Safe House – for women of all walks of life to come and get patched up, encouraged and nourished so they can continue their journey to freedom. I want to gather women together across racial, religious, age, body size, life experience divides. To invite us to let down our guard, lay down our weapons and lift each other up. Listen and learn […]

When Slow Living Feels Busy and Stressful

When Slow Living Feels Busy and Stressful

I aim for a slow and simple life. With time to ponder and putter. I love to feed my family simple, real food and spend time hanging out with them; it nourishes me deeply to do work that feels meaningful to me – to build my small community and encourage the women in my circle of impact. But sometimes my slow living feels busy and stressful. Sometimes I start to feel anxiety bubble up in my chest because I am aware of my ever-expanding to do list. I feel guilt because all […]

What Do You Want or Need?

What Do You Want or Need?

What do you want? She feels unheard and unsupported. She knows she is loved and that her life is amazing, and yet there is this undercurrent of anxiety or sense of something not quite being right that plagues her. She has voiced concern and expressed that she needs a little more help around the house and feels frustrated that he is not giving her “permission” to let go of more. But maybe she needs to give herself permission. And maybe, the real root issue is that she has not yet come to […]

Your Life in Progress: Wise Women

Your Life in Progress: Wise Women

Wise Women is a guest post in a series called “Your Life in Progress.” In this series we hear from other women like you and I – women who are learning to love and care for themselves well. They are taking risks, making mistakes, trying new things and letting others go, sometimes struggling, but ultimately pursuing beautiful, gentle lives of purpose, health & JOY. Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often. ~Susan Statham Right after I graduated from college, I lived in a college town in Colorado with my boyfriend in a great little apartment […]

There Are Worse Things Than FAT

There Are Worse Things Than FAT

Believe it or not, there are worse things than fat. Mean and judgemental, for instance; or self-loathing. Hating yourself. Filled up to the brim and spilling over with anxiety and fear; or how about lacking in joy or purpose; unable to identify what lights you up or sparks your creative juices. Unsure what gifts you bring to the world and afraid to even ask. To never laugh; and never give yourself permission to cry. There are so many worse things than being fat although our world might tell you otherwise. How […]

Learn To Listen ~ To Yourself

Learn To Listen ~ To Yourself

One of the greatest gifts anyone can offer me is to make me feel truly heard. Like they care what I have to say and how I feel, no judgment or trying to fix me. The gift of a safe space to hash things out and express what is on my mind and heart so that I can heal and gain clarity and have the courage to move forward. I shared how this might have helped me when, as a teen, I wanted to die. I don’t need you to tell […]