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…

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…

An Unexpected Goodness

When I returned from walking the dogs at the end of last week, I found a $20 bill, crisp and folded, in the hallway between my apartment and my neighbor. I tried to see if it was theirs but alas, no one was home.  After returning from a weekend away, I stopped at their apartment…

Finding Your Callie

I just got an email from one of the vets that treated Callie over the last year, wishing her a Happy Birthday today. She would have been 12.  I was hoping to get through today without crying but it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen.  But I don’t want it to be about the…