Be Inspired

On Courage + Strength

The light-bearing gift of addiction

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...

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Hold the Vision

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...

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May You Be Resilient

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Dear Clara, 

This morning, I dropped you off at middle school. Your first day of 6th grade. This is a big moment - middle school is so different from elementary school. The stakes are higher, the perils and the promise are greater. I hope that your excitement and enthusiasm is met by wonderful teachers and delightful new friendships. 

I notice that when you enter a new grade, a new stage of your life, I am nearly always taken into a state of reflection on my experience at your age....

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To Taste the Essence of Life

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What does it mean to know the essence of life?

As my husband prepares to go back to Africa and I am left with an aching heart, I've recognized that what I've been considering THE experience of life's essence is pleasure - a focus on hitting the high notes. 

That's what I seem to want, what I have thought to be the essence of being fully present and in love with life. It seems that we humans want that. Prefer it, really. But what IF to taste the essence, the blissful nature of life...

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What the World Needs

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Beautiful woman. It's time. 


Hey soul sister. Would you rather listen to me read this to you {5:21}


The world needs you in all of your glorious, authentic and unique power. What that means is you, fully present, full capacity, connected to the truth: you are powerful, you are loved, and you are a divine expression of all that is good and beautiful in the world. You, your business, your family, your community and the world needs you to embody this truth. 

The whole of creation...

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The Path of a Love Ninja

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I attended an intense training last week. 

I affectionately call it, "Ninja Training." The entire week of training was focused on taking personal responsibility for safety through skill building - whether it was crashing a car, being shot at, navigating a building on fire. However, the real take away was being situationally aware.
 

Pay attention to what's going on around you. 

Who doesn't agree with that, right? Of course we all know that awareness is vital...

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Say Yes to Risk

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If you are in business, you are in the business of risk. 

  • There is the risk of not making enough money to pay the rent.
  • The risk of leaving the corporate paycheck behind.
  • There is the risk of concept failure. 
  • There is the risk that life will intervene and you will have to scale back your business.

And then there are all the risks that go along with grabbing the ring and succeeding.

  • There is the risk that you will be criticized, called out, judged and disliked by some. 
  • ...

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Riding the Waves

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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...

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A Wealth of Adventure

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The World is Magnificent.

A wealth of beauty and adventure are ready and waiting to show you just how amazing you are - from experiences hiding in your own backyard to far-flung, exotic locations. 

When I ask the question, "What do you really want to experience in your lifetime? What are the edges you want to dance at and expand? What would take your breath away?"

More than I ever would have expected, the answer is a blank stare. 

I contend that knowing all the...

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You can do hard things

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Reflecting back: 8:00am, December 10, 2004

I had been pushing for three hours. My husband had gone off to do laundry - his nerves were shot from the labor. I was sitting in the birthing tub in Clara's nursery, my head hanging over the side and I was crying.

"I can't do this. It's too much. It hurts. I've been pushing too long. What if something is wrong? Why won't she come out? What's wrong with me?" I was tired, scared and in pain and I was telling my midwife through tears all the...

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