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Demystifying JOY

Demystifying JOY

I know how it goes. We all want to reach the finish line - make it to the top,  publish the book, hear our song on the radio, sell the company.   We build this up in our minds as the moment when everything is going to be “right” in our world. It’s when we prove to everyone (especially ourselves) that we are enough, dammit!    This hustle to chase that carrot on the string has created a very industrious (if unfulfilled) culture, and while there's certainly great satisfaction (and ideally financial reward) that comes from completion, I’ve found the real joy is. . . Read More >>
My Triumph Over Addiction: A Deeper Look at Why More is Never Enough

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 >>
Are You Following a Script You Didn’t Write?

Are You Following a Script You Didn’t Write?

As a youngster I never felt young. I remember teenagers and adults speaking freely in my presence under the pretext that my seven-year-old psyche was much too naïve to understand such grownup subjects. I let them believe that, but I didn’t miss a thing. I quickly learned straight A’s said I was smart, being athletic meant I was popular, and hanging with the boys made me cool. As I got older, I equated partying with fun, money with success, and a sparkler on an all-important finger with security. Despite my quick-witted, adventurous, yoga sculpted, high-kickin’ and high-falutin’ life, I repeatedly found myself in a. . . Read More >>
Gift of Life

Gift of Life

Whether you love ‘em or would like to leave ‘em, the holidays come around every year. And along with glittery cocktail dresses, eggnog, ugly sweater parties, and kids crying on the knee of Mall Santas everywhere, the core essence of the American Holiday spirit endures - presents. As a kid, I’d toss and turn in my bunk bed as I waited excitedly for Santa to slide down my chimney with a fat sack of presents slung over his shoulder. With the first muted rays of dawn, my sister and I would scamper into our parents' room and drag them half asleep. . . Read More >>
Chelsea Roff

Chelsea Roff

It’s been said that love conquers all. Listening to Chelsea Roff share the harrowing battle she waged on her own body, which ultimately had her staring death in the face, one thing is eminently clear: only a force as strong as love could be responsible for the transformation of the vivacious woman sitting across from me. I study her hazel eyes intently as she speaks candidly about her anxious childhood as a daughter of two mothers, who eventually divorced.  She ended up living with her biological mom – who suffered from anorexia and extreme alcoholism – and younger sister. Chelsea traces her. . . Read More >>