So many of you expressed interest in the Digital Detox I did that I thought I'd make a quick video for you telling you more about it.
In the Digital Age, our sympathetic nervous systems (the one responsible for the fight or flight response) are constantly ON. No wonder stress, fatigue, and burnout are so rampant.
A Digital Detox can give you the space to notice and evaluate whether or not you're living what you say your priorities are. Once you know that, you can adjust your actions...
How was your July? Splendid, I hope!
Along with my yearly trip to Vegan Summerfest, our family enjoyed time in DC (including the new African American Museum, where I just had to join in the Step Dance fun), and a sweet visit with my dad in Florida who in April was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
When we got home, I did an enlightening two-week Digital Detox. That meant no screens. At all. So, I didn't use my phone, computer, iPad, or even Netflix.
Have you ever done a...
Have you ever noticed that sometimes your natural rhythm feels very different from what the world is demanding of you?
For example, needing to hibernate and rest right when the sun and everyone else is bursting out and taking on the world?
Who do you listen to? Yourself, or the outside noise of the culture?
The difference can be described as running on Mechanical Time (what the clock/society says) or Natural Time (what your body, heart, and/or soul are...
I never set out to give a sermon. And yet, there I was, standing in front of a congregation behind the pulpit. Here's the very short version of how I got there...
In December 2017, (about six months ago), my family and I started attending our local Unitarian Universalist church.
Even as a child, I was a spiritual seeker even though I've had a complicated relationship with the idea of "church."
With that history, I wasn't sure what to expect at the Unitarian Universalist Community of the...
Up 60 rungs. First my right foot, next my left, then my right hand, and finally the left. Heart pounding, palms sweating, breath stuttering. I climbed. 80 feet in the air.
When did heights and I stop getting along?
Somewhere between childhood and motherhood. Not that I would tell my daughter until she was long settled in her own relationship with heights.
Olivia was 4 when I first took her to a rock climbing gym. Just something to do on an afternoon while we were traveling...
Did you know that every action you take, you are making a statement about what you believe in?
My question is, "Are you living in alignment with your values?"
Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of speaking at Oakland VegFest and this is what I spoke about.
With thousands of attendees and dozens of booths, I was so impressed by this incredible event!
Several of you asked if my talk was going to be available on video. I'm thrilled to tell you, YES! And here it is.
I hope you enjoy!
Does it feel like the external world never wants you to stop? Working, shopping, cleaning, cooking, eating, care-taking, making, doing, doing, doing...
Living in the doing can stop the flow of Being. I know that happens for me.
Thinking of all the things we need to DO sometimes makes us so overwhelmed that there's no room or energy for imagination.
When we feel stuck, sometimes the answer is to invite a hearty helping of creativity.
Instead of constant doing, we have...
Do you ever feel like everything is just too much?
You’re not alone. In so many ways, You Are Not Alone.
Last week, I had the honor of offering a resilience training for activists, hosted by Lisa Levinson from In Defense of Animals for their Sustainable Activism campaign. (Shared below).
While this training was specifically for animal activists, the message applies to everyone.
Each one of us is an activist in some way.
Whether it’s for animals, other social justice...
When I was 2, I started begging for a sibling. Instead of that, I got someone even better—Tippy. She was my birthday present when I turned 3. Tippy was every bit my sister. I took her everywhere and we did everything together. When she had puppies, I was her 6-year-old midwife. Luckily there were several willing homes for most of the puppies and thankfully, my mom got Tippy spayed after that. But the very best part was that we got to keep one of her puppies. I was thrilled!
Bleary-eyed, numb-handed, and red-nosed, my feet slid out from under me. Feeling awkward in my body and off-balance was a foreign experience for me.
Yesterday, I discovered my personal version of misery.
Last week was Olivia’s Spring Break. We each made a list of how we wanted to spend the week. She wanted lots of playdates and I wanted to do some organizing and deep cleaning. Yep, that’s one kind of fun for me—don’t judge.
We both got what we wanted,...
Want to know how it would feel if you moved yourself to the top of your priority list, could lovingly say "no" to what's not in alignment, and lived your life "on purpose?"