Breadcrumbs {Finding Your Way}

If you should ever feel lost along the way, don't follow the breadcrumbs you left behind. Those pieces of you are behind you for a reason. Recovery of self isn't filling holes, it's feeling whole. Keep following your path. You'll be okay.  

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The Roadside Apple Tree

The roadside apple tree stands out of place in a flat foreverness of roads that stretch between farm fields like a horizontal root system. She's small and overgrown. The shape of an apple tree, but not quite. Her fruit is familiar and different. It looks and tastes like apples, but not quite. She cultivates the … Continue reading The Roadside Apple Tree

Burning, Blinking, and Getting Better

I had no idea I'd be visiting Kyoto during my time in Shiga Prefecture, Japan last year until my Takashima City host mother gave me an itinerary sheet the day before our group was set to travel there. Our tight schedule in Kyoto that day meant visiting the most obligatory must-see places: Kinkaku-ji, Fushimi Inari, … Continue reading Burning, Blinking, and Getting Better

12 Hugs a Day

"We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth." ~Virginia Satir, family therapist   I like to walk up to my husband and kids and hug them for no reason. But there really is no such thing as a hug … Continue reading 12 Hugs a Day

Don’t Sell Yourself Short

"The story of the human race is the story of men and women selling themselves short."  ~ Abraham Maslow We're just a few days away from the new year, 2018. Lots of folks are making resolutions and goals to make it a good one, including myself. 2017 was actually a pretty awesome year for me. Not because … Continue reading Don’t Sell Yourself Short

The World Needs Your Weirdness

Since writing the Seize the Strange Manifesto, I can't stop thinking about the importance of weirdness. My "strangest" life choices are the ones which have brought me the most struggle, stress, and self-doubt. But they've also been the ones which have brought me the most strength, satisfaction, and self-confidence. Weird changes your life. Weird changes the … Continue reading The World Needs Your Weirdness

Strange Fruit

Sometimes I feel like an unmarked seed planted in a garden. Each day I curiously and compassionately tend to my life's needs to keep myself growing, hoping I last long enough to find out what type of strange fruit my life will produce before I become worm food. Until then, I'll just enjoy the process. … Continue reading Strange Fruit

The Four Noble Truths on the Path to Enjoyment

The thing I want most for my children when they grow up is to enjoy their life. But only they can make this happen. This is the first Noble Truth on the Path to Enjoyment: You alone are responsible for your enjoyment. The Four Noble Truths on the Path to Enjoyment are inspired by my love … Continue reading The Four Noble Truths on the Path to Enjoyment