Leading with Truth
Dear beautiful you.
This is dedicated to my daughter. To your daughter. To all the daughters. To all the women who are in the lives of younger women. To all of us who are raising our voices for a deeper, wider and truer conversation that opens up a different world. I dedicate this to you.
I've been grappling. Grappling with the imperative to "be what you speak and speak what you be", as my wise friend KJ said to me. As the kid who was scorned as the town crier, I've always been a person for...
How long have you known?
You were born knowing your Truth. You knew that then, before you were told otherwise. And of course, you know that now, but at some point, you may have started walking it back, hiding it away, or even dismissing or diminishing what you know to be true for all the right reasons.
Maybe you wanted to fit in, or not get in trouble, or perhaps you noticed that the people around you didn't understand or, that there was no context in which you could understand the Truth of...
For the sensitive, empathic woman with Work to do.
I see the ways that you've pushed yourself out into the world to the point of exhaustion, I see the way that you've been cruel to yourself in the face of your own needs, I see the way that you've tried to bend your impulses and energy to the will of the world. I see how you continue to question yourself and what you know is true.
Take a deep breath.
Do you notice how profound the stress is in your body when you send a post or share an...
I am barely settled.
One day up, one day down, most days sideways. A transcontinental move of epic proportions from Colorado to Zambia. I'm in it. I'm in the fire, facing the challenge of overwhelming change. This missive is for me as much as it is for you. A smoke signal rising from the ashes for those of us who are walking through the fire of challenge.
As I take one step and then the next through the fires of change, I'm reminded that there is a particular set of circumstances...
I've been thinking a lot about addiction and recovery as I've been winding down my work in preparation for our move, and feeling all the feels about all of it. Because I'm recognizing the clear signs of withdrawal from work. From WORK for crying out loud. It's been like falling down the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland -- I keep thinking I'm going to get to the bottom but I keep falling, my past rushing by, offering me greater wisdom and healing around the gift of addiction and the call to...
Let's begin with a fundamental truth.
No one escapes the discomfort of uncertainty. That's the truth. The wisest course of action is slow down and lean towards it, peer into it's depths and soften your whole body. To welcome the waves of emotion as they crash on the shores of your being. The quickest way through (which may not be fast at all) is all the way through.
New beginnings are uncomfortable.
Knotted together with the wonder and consciousness-expanding experience is the...
At two points in my life, I stopped drinking: first, when I was 18, sickened by my decisions and the hold that alcohol had on me. By ultimatum, I attended Alcoholics Anonymous and stayed sober for five years. My motivation was escaping the destructiveness I experienced in myself: the poor choices, the darkness, the desire to be numb.
Sometimes, resisting something is enough. Certainly, it was enough to keep me sober for 5 years.
However, the second time I got sober I was again sickened...
My daughter and I are having lots of conversations about how we learn and the motivations that inspire us to pursue certain knowledge, experiences or skills.
There is an ongoing theme in my answer to her.
When I learned to play the guitar, when I learned to dance pointe, when I became a competitive swimmer, when I began my business, when I paid off $50,000 in debt in 5 months, there were two critical factors:
- Commitment: I was completely excited about the...
This move to Burundi. This wily move.
It's an understatement to say that my limits are being pushed at, my ideas of who I am are crumbling, I'm crying more and noticing all the ways that I am just plain uncomfortable. Actually, there is no comfortable place right now.
My life takes my breath away in it's present moment magnificence and it's unknown future.
I don't say this to elicit sympathy - in fact, I'm having more days filled with deep knowing and joy at the moment than I...
I recently found *the perfect* spot for my bird feeder - in a tree I love near the back of our home. For two days, after putting the feeder up, nothing. Nada, zip, zilch.
Here's what I thought:
- There is so much abundance in Hawaii, what I have to offer the birds sucks.
- Birds prefer bugs to anything I might put out.
- No birds are going to eat the seed.
I was feeling pretty sad and let down, to be honest. I love watching birds and it brings me endless delight to feed...
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