As a woman, I was taught to take care of the needs of others, to say yes to things that felt like no, to distrust my intuitive sense of the right direction, and instead fill my plate with responsibilities, not passions. In other words, I was given an out-dated map to guide me through life.
It didn’t work out so well for me.
I am done doing that.
I have cleared my plate and cleared my throat; I feel a stinging sense of rightness, of joy, rising up from the root of my life.
There’s no time left to do anything that doesn’t make my whole life say yes. … More Yes. Hell, Yes.
A – Z Challenge – Day 24 “Energy grows where energy goes.” ~ Lisa Nichols A Love Letter to Life It’s Sunday morning and the whole house is silent, save the sounds that any house makes, shifting and creaking on its foundation, settling in for another day. My dog’s doing the backstroke on my bed, … More XOXO
A – Z Challenge – Day 23 “Life is beautiful, as long as it consumes you. When it is rushing through you, destroying you, life is gorgeous, glorious. It’s when you burn a slow fire and save fuel, that life’s not worth having.” ~ D. H. Lawrence A Handmade Life I love the show, Nashville. … More What a Wonderful World
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will … More Vulnerability: Allowing Ourselves to be Seen
“Do not allow me to forget you.” ― Gabriel García Márquez, Of Love and Other Demons A – Z Challenge – Day 21 Unforgettable What are the unforgettable moments of your life? What are the times you think back on without regret or nostalgia; just joy, pure joy? For me, I remember experiences, people. Holding hands. That first … More Unforgettable
“Live to the point of tears.” ~ Camus A – Z Challenge – Day 20 If I could save time in a bottle Awake again in the middle of the night, called to go outside. I stand under the stars and watch the moon rise. Inside my head, a song* from a movie I saw at … More Time In a Bottle
“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” ~ Emily Dickinson A – Z Challenge – Day 19 Riding the Waves In my dreams lately, I’m walking through the forest of my youth, heading toward the sea. Sometimes the dreams are reminders to let something go; sometimes they act as a … More Releasing a World Gone Mad
If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness. ~ Les Brown A – Z Challenge – Day 18 Stuck in the Middle with You We’ve all done it. We’ve stayed too long in a job that made us want to … More Stay Stuck or Break Free?
A – Z Challenge – Day 17 “Be Silent yourself, that will induce Silence in others. Do not fall into the habit of shouting, talking long and loud. Reduce contacts to the minimum. Carry with you an atmosphere of quiet contemplation, wherever you happen to be. The less you talk, the more will become your … More Quiet: The Blue Hour at Dawn
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. ~ George Bernard Shaw A – Z Challenge – day 16 I Don’t Want To Grow Up As we grow up, we are often told to ‘leave childish things behind’ when we enter the real world. (As if childhood takes place in … More Playing Out Our Joy