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Woman of the Week: Terra Naomi The first time I heard Terra Naomi’s stunning soprano voice, I felt like I’d been transported back to a time in history where the biggest stars of the show were the songs themselves. The audience’s noisy chatter quieted at once as she took the stage. It was immediately obvious that she was a masterful singer, and her songs – raw, intimate, and intense - had that magical way of revealing her personal journey, while also speaking to a much larger universal understanding of what it means to be human.   As a music lover and a beginner singer and songwriter myself,... Read More >>
When Truth Knocks, Do You Answer? Sometimes we are cracked open without warning. Other times an unnerving anticipation builds like the click, click, click of the rollercoaster climbing up the tracks before an inevitable fall. Either way, this isn’t the romanticized, sweet pain of the movies.   This is the siren sounding, bathroom floor sobbing kind of pain that kicks us in the gut.   I’ve found that in instances like these, the only way out is in. Inside myself- underneath of the layers of blame and excuses I’ve piled on top of the truth. And if I can press pause on the “poor me” chatter playing on repeat in my mind... Read More >>
Do Your Friendships Give You Room to Grow?

"A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself."- Jim Morrison. 

There are few things as satisfying as spending an afternoon with a cherished friend. Whether it’s spent discussing great ideas, reveling in silly shenanigans, or reminiscing about good times, friendship is undoubtedly one of the sweetest elements of life. While initially we're drawn to people for our likeness - like attracts like - as time goes on, (if we're growing), chances are we aren't going to grow in the same... Read More >>
My Triumph Over Addiction: A Deeper Look at Why More is Never Enough Food, work, the internet, caffeine, booze, exercise, shopping, lovers… most of us grapple with addiction in some way. Many commonly ascribe genetics to addiction, but my experience has shown me it’s actually a complex, spiritual condition stemming from unresolved emotional pain. Regardless if it’s pain that originated in childhood, or another lifetime, unresolved pain shows up on the physical plane as a voracious appetite for more. To constantly need something outside of ourselves to be OK is a very legitimate state of dis-ease. Addiction comes in many shades, and while I (maybe) didn’t look like a person who was suffering from... Read More >>
Intelligence vs. Wisdom: 11 Insights for a Happier Life Ever since I was a little girl, the value of intelligence and a good education was instilled in me. My paternal grandfather immigrated from Portugal with nothing more than an 8th grade education and through intelligence and a strong work ethic created enough prosperity to pay for all of his grandchildren’s formal education. My grandmother on my mother’s side earned a Master's degree in English Literature from Northwestern in the 1920s, before embarking on a 50-year teaching career. I love hearing stories about people empowering themselves for a better life. And while intelligence and education are undoubtedly valuable assets for a... Read More >>
3 Superpowers You Don’t Even Know You Have! Anything in life worth having requires a bit of energy, and happiness is no different. The good news, however, is you have the superpowers necessary to supercharge your life with greater freedom, appreciation, and love right now!   1. Forgive Someone. "Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom." – Hannah Arendt Contrary to popular belief, forgiveness is not for the other person- it’s for you. Resentment wreaks havoc on your life like an out of control drunk unwilling to leave the party. Forgiveness loosens the grip that person/incident/event has on you, allowing you to move forward. Forgive someone right now and be amazed... Read More >>
Who is Your Relationship About Anyway?

"The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself." - Steve Maraboli

Love is some potent stuff. It gets us high, knocks us low, and spins us ‘round and ‘round. It heals, it hurts, and delivers unparalleled joy. When something sprouts up in relationship that’s different than we’d envisioned, it’s easy to fall into fear. Despite our best reminders that change signifies life, movement and growth, we punish ourselves, thinking we’ve done something wrong, and worry that all is lost. The analytic mind loops like a rollercoaster, as we angle to salvage the remaining vestiges of that vision. Spinning... Read More >>
Ever Wonder Why We Get Defensive? Chances are, at some point you’ve either found yourself on the defense in a conversation, or witnessed someone else reacting in a defensive way. Either side you’re on is anything but a good time. I realize defenses have a place- the atmosphere, deodorant, eyelashes... Defensiveness in a conversation, however, is incredibly destructive. Defensiveness at its baseline level results from one feeling unsafe in a conversation, and if someone feels unsafe, he/she won’t be capable of being present in that conversation. While this is an important understanding, I’m interested in the why behind the why, and how the not so obvious can help assist... Read More >>
The Truth Behind The Truth

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely aware. – Henry Miller

Modern life has a lot of noise.  There are so many things that we feel we have to do.  We wade through a sea of subtle and overt messages everyday about who we are supposed to be and what we are supposed do in order to be happy. It’s easy to let the days, ahem- years, roll by lost in a haze of contiguous events, with little real awareness of much of all. Awareness means looking beyond what you see at... Read More >>
35 Things I'm Happy I Learned By Age 35 Since today is my 35th birthday, I thought it appropriate to compile a list of the most valuable wisdom I’ve amassed on my journey so far. My twenty-something self would've never believed that I would be happily welcoming 35; but then again, I hadn't yet gained most of these insights until I entered my  thirties.... The reality  is ignorance isn't bliss, ignorance is pain. As I aligned with the truths below I saw my life begin to transform into into a healthy, inspiring life full of love, deepening friendships, adventure, and unabashed creative passion. Turns out 35 isn't scary; 35 is PRIMETIME!   1. What you put out to... Read More >>
Africa "I may be gone, but I won't be long  I'll be bringing back the melody And all the rhythms that I find." - Cowboy Junkies Hello, my lovelies! I will be exploring Africa for the next month, so if posts are light to none,  please know that I'm enjoying the present moment and soaking in all the wonder that is Africa. I look forward to connecting with you all when I return!  Love! Love!   Read More >>