The Road to HAPPY Begins With This

The Road to HAPPY Begins With This

I read somewhere that improv is the freedom and space to hear things. That stopped me in my tracks for a little bit. Isn’t that something we all want or at least need? Freedom and space to hear things? It got me reflecting on how much of my life has been all about controlling, managing, planning; doing my best to erect impenetrable walls of security around me and my family, believing that when I finally got things under control I would feel safe. Happy. I didn’t know that trying to […]

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers

Inside: We think life is all or nothing. Straight up happiness or abject misery. The truth falls somewhere messy in between. Hope is the thing with feathers. The day was bright and clear. I sat in my little living room, chair pulled up close to the big picture window shaded by the Mountain Ash tree, heavy laden with orange berries. The sun flitted and sparkled as it pushed its way through the branches, spilling wavy patterns over my lap and onto the wooden floor. My mom sat across from me on […]

If You’re Tired of Struggling: You’re Not the Only One

If You’re Tired of Struggling: You’re Not the Only One

Inside: If you’re tired of struggling, if you see all your imperfection and life feels hard, you might need a reminder that you’re not alone. All of the women in this post have their own struggles and sometimes have trouble seeing all the amazing ways they shine. Be gentle with yourself today. You are tired of struggling. And you are not the only one who struggles. She trembles as we speak. The diagnosis is only part of the reason; her anxiety has built up over the years and now it is […]

Why You Need to Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Choose Good Enough

Why You Need to Stop Trying to Be Perfect and Choose Good Enough

Inside: Sometimes all our trying to be perfect- or our struggle with perfectionism – causes us to become unhinged. To fall apart. When we admit that we are not perfect, that we do not have to be, when we choose to love ourselves as we are and understand that our worth is not defined by others’ opinions, our ability to perform, or the size of jeans we wear, freedom begins to leak in to all the broken spaces of our lives. And healing begins. Do you hide behind a mask of perfectionism? To […]

My Kitchen: the healing, beckoning heart of our home

My Kitchen: the healing, beckoning heart of our home

For the past two decades I have chopped, sautéed and soaked my way around cultural food preferences, food allergies, and food anxiety. I have negotiated with teens sometimes frustrated by my real-food standards. Non-compliant food budgets have been wrangled into submission and I have relaxed at table, organic coffee in hand, delightedly crafting menu plans. Yet the time and energy poured out in my Whole Food Kitchen have been about far more than simply nourishing bodies. It is here that I have learned about soul care; about grieving and playing […]

Constantly Consumed by Sugar Cravings?

Constantly Consumed by Sugar Cravings?

There are times in life when I look back and marvel, gratefully, at how far I have come. I remember after the birth of my first child, close to 20 years ago now, feeling crazy happy but exhausted and craving sugar; I’d whip up a batch of Peanut Butter Rice Krispie squares with chocolate on top and eat the entire pan myself without breaking a sweat. When my son was little, if I started eating Halloween Candy (just 2 or 3 mini chocolate bars was the plan) chances were that I’d clear off the entire […]