Does FEAR Hold You Captive?

Does FEAR Hold You Captive?

Inside: Don’t allow fear to hold you captive. You don’t have to believe every thought that drops into your mind. You can learn to challenge fear. 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Way To Simplicity Can Be Messy

The Way To Simplicity Can Be Messy

She sorts her lego by color and style, hoping to pull together sets long ago pulled apart and dumped into the bins. Her heart is set on buying a laptop now that she is nearing 12 and this means letting go of the old to help usher in the new. But the basement floor is littered with lego as she works slowly, methodically, over a period of days. She has been in a decluttering stage with her bedroom, too. I watch and understand that there is an important shift taking place in […]

Lay Down Worry & Become More Clearly Yourself

Lay Down Worry & Become More Clearly Yourself

Hey, mamas, can we chat this morning? That little boy of yours who fills notebook after notebook of drawings of Garfield and Sonic the Hedgehog and Batman? He’s not wasting time; he is becoming the man he was knit together to be. The little girl breaking your budget as she devours math booklet after booklet from 4 years old on? The one who is messy and stubborn and mispronounces words and is a poor speller? Yup – she is going to study in mathematics and bring all her love of […]