I've noticed a surprising feeling of grief about things "going back to normal." I don't want to go back. Our system is deeply dysfunctional and there is so much to fix. How will we ever do it all? I don't know.
There are things I like about the way it is right now. Yes, I know that I am in a very privileged position and there are billions who are suffering and it's not ideal. And yet, consumption is down and that is such a good thing.
In my version of re-envisioning our world, the broken things...
On April 30, we did a thing, Olivia (our 13-year-old) and me. I've wanted to do this for a few years now. It's a reclaiming of myself, my body, my life. Releasing the past, what no longer serves me, and maybe never did.
Living in a culture that has tried to define and tell me who I should be got in the way of my ability to see what I believe and who I truly am. I am now living more in My Truth. It's a process, for sure, and I expect it will be a lifelong journey.
And so, Olivia shaved my...
If you feel hopeless about climate concerns, you're not alone.
The Climate Crisis is being talked about more than ever. And with good reason.
We need to be talking about this. We need to be taking action. NOW. But what can one person do?
From February through June of this year, I dove deep with a small group in a sermon-writing seminar offered by Rev. Kevin Tarsa, the minister at our Unitarian Universalist Community of the Mountains, here in Grass Valley, California.
Since the spring, I've been doing some wonderful deep personal healing work ANNNNND... cooking up my latest project!
Just in time for #plasticfreejuly—yep, that's really a thing. It's called the PWR Coalition (PWR = Plastic Waste Reduction).
When our family visited Bali and Thailand early this year, our hearts broke when we saw the beaches and ocean filled with plastic.
It's a sight I can never unsee.
At first, I wondered why they didn't clean it up. Then, I found out that they...
When was the last time you did something new?
Are "responsible" pursuits higher on your to-do list than having fun?
Do you lean toward perfectionism?
If you said yes to those last two, are you my long-lost sibling?
Today, I've let go of those requirements and let myself dabble.
Do you ever do that?
Children do it all the time. Like little scientists, they'll try anything!
Using our imagination and creativity may hold some keys to keeping our brains strong and supple.
Since 2016,I’ve become much more political. Why? Because I now understand that political issues affect people personally and vice versa.
It’s strained some of my relationships and I’ve heard that some leaders have lost “fans” by talking about politics. Even one of my mentors, Brené Brown, has been told to keep her political opinions to herself.
I know I’m taking a risk. Thank goodness I’ve recovered enough from people pleasing to be able...
When our little family traveled early this year to Thailand and Bali for two months, we delighted in majestic temples, gorgeous art, kind-hearted people, and natural beauty. That wasn't all we experienced though. We were heartbroken to see the beaches covered in trash.
Guess what 90% of it was made of?
Yep, I'm talking plastic straws, plastic water bottles, plastic yogurt cups, plastic bags, plastic this, plastic that, plastic everything.
I was raised without religion.
Of course, this made me beg my mom to let me go to church with my friends.
She was wise to let me find my own answers.
Very early in my search, I could tell that the God they were talking about in Christian churches wasn't the God I felt a connection to.
I decided religion wasn't for me.
Instead, I started to pull together the threads of spiritual teachings that felt meaningful to me as I wove a fabric of my own.
A big part of that fabric became my vegan...
As a chronic over-thinker, I notice that sometimes I can feel stressed out before I've even begun to take action, even if it's no action. I think it stems from something called FOMO, or the Fear Of Missing Out. It's a plague in our culture and most of us have it. This is why I'm such a fan of "less."
Opportunities to feel FOMO abound. Just today, a dear friend asked me if I could do a project that could begin a relationship with a company that might eventually hire me as...
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?"