Creative Writing as a Pathway to Self Love

“Once you have learned to trust your own voice and allowed that creative force inside you to come out, you can direct it to write short stories, novels, and poetry, do revisions, and so on. You have the basic tool to fulfill your writing dreams. But beware. This type of writing will uncover other dreams … Continue reading Creative Writing as a Pathway to Self Love

Au Revoir, 2013: A Tribute

I love the fresh start of a new year. Every December I daydream in the realm of possibility - I envision the person I want to be, all of her blossoming wishes and truths, and I paint a picture in my imagination of how my efforts in the next year will support me on my … Continue reading Au Revoir, 2013: A Tribute

At 23 – Passion, Peril, Confusion, Resurrection

“…It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go we have come to our real journey...” – Wendell Berry   I want to record this moment. I am 23 years old. I am sitting … Continue reading At 23 – Passion, Peril, Confusion, Resurrection

The Challenge (and Sweetness) of Slowing Down

“Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.” – John De Paola At my church this weekend, we talked about inner peace. We talked about quieting the mind, about centering, about breathing deeply into the core of our stomach instead of the superficial breathing that usually consumed our lives – … Continue reading The Challenge (and Sweetness) of Slowing Down

“I Want to Feel Good” – Why We Fiercely Cling to Our Struggles

After I wrote a blog post that dabbled into my experiences with trichotillomania (trich), the compulsive pulling out of hair, a friend reached out to me to remind me that there is a biological underpinning behind trich as well. For those with trich, the act of pulling out a hair produces a physical sensation of … Continue reading “I Want to Feel Good” – Why We Fiercely Cling to Our Struggles