A Month In and I am Leaning…

I am surrounded with inspiring and complex new people, delicious food, and rich history. I will have been to 6 countries (Germany, Croatia, Bosnia, Italy, Czech Republic, and Amsterdam) in a span of 6 weeks. I have laughed myself to tears, discovered new aspects of myself that I didn’t know existed, shared vegan food with…

On Race, Compassion, and True Unity

Know what I love most about California? The diversity here has made me more compassionate. I knew racism existed as a child growing up in the predominately white Midwest. I didn’t understand it but I knew that there was something wrong about it. Being raised in a very conservative Christian home, I was taught that…

My Next Adventure!

58 days from now, my life is changing once again. And this time, in an EVEN BIGGER way! But let me back up a little. Last year, as most of you know, I had a string of significantly challenging events that brought me to the brink so many times that I thought I might break….

Never Give Up

I used to believe that my genes were bad. I came from a family of fat people. My knees were bad and my back and no matter how I worked out or how often, I would soon be sidelined with an injury.  I tried Atkins, which is essentially keto. I tried Weight Watchers and NutriSystem….

Yoga: Connectedness and Compassion

Today was a powerful day. Our morning yoga session left me in tears and amazement. Tarina, our Aussie yoga instructor, was an intuitive, bright light and guided us through a physically and emotionally transformative session.  At the end of the session, Tarina drew 2 cards to guide us in our intention as we moved forward…

One Year Later: Reflections on A Life

It’s been an emotional morning.  It’s the 1-year anniversary of my fathers death.  There have been several visits home and a great deal of processing, some of which hasn’t ended and some of which I don’t believe ever does.  My fathers death is less of a mystery to me than his life. Sorting through paperwork…

In Front Of Me All Along

I grew up in an overweight family. My father, when he passed away last year at the age of 69, weighed over 400 lbs. With his back injuries and the beating his joints took from years of obesity, walking became a near impossibility and a daily struggle.  My father grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. Heavy…

Be the Change

Sometimes it’s hard to keep ones attitude positive, especially on grey days like today when incompetence and a huge bank account are rewarded.  But I can’t let it discourage me and destroy me. There has to be a way through the storm.  I, for one, am going to do the things that make me, and…

A Little Lighter Today

I don’t want my Friends List to be a homogenized place where only people who agree with me are welcome.  I’ve purposefully stayed friends and engaged with friends whose opinions swing to the Far Right and everything in between.  Why? Because it’s important that we don’t seal ourselves into a bubble.  It’s important that we…