Reflection of writing

The Power of Our Own Reflection A couple of days before the new year my partner of twenty three years made it very clear in their unspoken actions that our relationship was over. At first I was in shock, then denial, then anger, followed by profound sadness and grief. I felt like my heart had…

art

We all have a story. We all have a voice. Art is where I found mine. For the majority of my life my voice was lost. Like the wind, my voice may have been  present, but rarely ever heard. Though my body was planted on earth, and I was breathing, I did not feel alive. Often…

book

As I sit here with pen and paper I realize that writing has been a gift of freedom for me in my life.  My journey to freedom started 15 years ago while I was lost, burnt out from caregiving, trying to make sense of my husband’s dying of ALS, and facing the reality of my…

shame

When I finally found a way to safely emerge from my own shame, I knew I had something powerful to share. Shame was like a heavy coat I wore for most of my life. It allowed me to remain hidden, keeping the unacceptable parts of myself from being seen. It kept me safe by not…

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Finding my Inner Light My inner light is my soul. The part of me that lives deep within my being. The voice that speaks to me. The part of me that had been locked away for many years. The soul that I was born with that had come into the world shining bright and with…

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Healing my Thyroid, Finding My Voice “She fell from their graces into her truth.” —Terri St. Cloud In January, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune version of hypothyroid and the most common type in the US. I’ve heard the statistic that the average woman with this disease sees between 11 and 20…

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Finding True Love in Motherhood Living life as a statistic was not easy. I was faced with difficult choices at a young age and societal pressure wasn’t on my side. Throughout high school I was so proud and happy to have a serious boyfriend.  He was my first true love. Our families did not approve of our love: think…

Darkest Side of the Light

The Darkest Side of the Light I’ve felt it coming on for a few days. This deep sadness, the feeling that I am going to fall apart and that there is a crack so deep in my heart. I wonder how I have not drowned in it yet. I see it and it sees me….

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Owning Our Back Body I’ve had many conversations over the last few months about our need as women to reconnect with our bodies: to embrace them, radically accept them, and take full ownership of them. I have devoured this knowledge while symbiotically working to become best friends with my body through mindfulness practices, Reiki, and…

yoga

How Cancer at 23 Taught Me to Love my Body I was 23 years old.  I had recently graduated from college, returned from a life-changing trip to Kenya, moved into my cool apartment in downtown Philly, and settled into my first “real” job.  I was lovin’ life and out to change the world. And then,…

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