Take Heart

What do you think of when you hear the word courageous? I think of someone being strong, brave, and trembling. They are not without fear; they are just with courage, which gives them the strength to face their fear. When we are courageous or when we are encouraged we feel inflated, filled up, hopeful, inspired, … Continue reading Take Heart

4 Ways to Be More Authentic

"At that moment we are feverish but also porous, so that the slightest touch makes us quiver to the depths of our being."-Albert Camus I feel porous lately. Life is sinking in, not just rolling off of me as I rush through it. I don’t want to lose that porousness. I want to soak up … Continue reading 4 Ways to Be More Authentic

What Song Are You Singing?

I’ve been struggling for some time with trying to find my voice. You know the voice. Not the one that tells you to give up or that you need to be better. The one that is clear as a bell and won’t take no for an answer. The one you believe, not because of what … Continue reading What Song Are You Singing?

The Metamorphosis of Motherhood

Everyone told me having a baby would change my life. No one told me it would change me. I knew about the physical transformation I would experience, but I thought it ended when I had the baby. Little did I know it was just beginning. The process feels strangely similar to how a caterpillar becomes … Continue reading The Metamorphosis of Motherhood

“You Reading This, Be Ready”

That's the title of a William Stafford poem that contains this powerful question: Will you ever bring a better gift for the world than the breathing respect that you carry wherever you go right now?  I've been contemplating how I hold space for others and how others hold space for me, mostly because I've recently been … Continue reading “You Reading This, Be Ready”

Body & Soul

I'm in search of a little bit of soul lately. The kind you find by going in and not out. It's an itch I can't ignore, and it usually grabs me when I've been neglecting myself for one reason or another. This soulfulness I seek feels a lot like groundedness. I know it when I've … Continue reading Body & Soul

The Art of Shedding Our Shell

Ecdysis is a Greek term used to describe "the art of escaping from the old shell." A shedding, if you will. It's specifically used in reference to lobsters, who undergo a fascinating transformation process throughout their lives so that they can continue to grow. Because their shells are hard, in order for the lobster to … Continue reading The Art of Shedding Our Shell

A Return to Wholeness

When life presents themes to me over and over again, I try to take the hint. I've been witnessing friends returning to their roots both literally and symbolically, as well as navigating a "return" of sorts of myself . This concept of revisiting a place, emotion, or relationship as the conscious, aware, and present person … Continue reading A Return to Wholeness

What It Means to Be Fearless

"Fearlessness is not a state of being without fear. Rather, it is the experience of fully feeling the fear, naming it, getting to know it, taking it by the hand, and even making friends with it." -excerpt by John Milton in Be The Change Over the years I've noticed that the more I attempt to live … Continue reading What It Means to Be Fearless

Hearts of Stone

A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day, she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did … Continue reading Hearts of Stone