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Toxins in our products

There are two reasons that we as women would choose to continue to use products daily on our bodies that are toxic, firstly we don’t know they are, secondly we are vain enough that the first priority is beauty rather than health. Likely, it may be a combination of both of these; we may know...

Mending a broken heart

Yesterday, on Valentine's Day, I witnessed a broken heart. Not one that had been bruised or bumped. Not a heart that had been hurt and then since healed. A heart, still freshly shattered from years and years of disappointment, neglect, shame, isolation, rejection, and distrust. If we also...

Rural racism

Living in large cities over the past many years allowed me to forget that rural racism is alive and well. Yesterday while interacting with a group of rural folks, they made several blatantly racist remarks. I was quite literally, in shock. I have not heard language like that in years. That is...

Chemistry

Returning a watch to the jeweler for repairs, I met a woman today, the jeweler's wife. Instantly, we clicked. While we smiled and chuckled, her eye contact put me at ease, I found myself sharing details of my present moment that I normally would not on meeting a stranger. There was a palpable...

Philip Seymour Hoffman

In gratitude, I have had the opportunity to work with many clients that are recovering from, dependent on, or struggling with drug addiction. Many of these client have been heroic in their determination and commitment to recovery. In none of these situations have I experienced a client who...

Transitional spaces

It can be challenging to shift gears. Leaving work at work each night, letting family problems stay at home, moving from work week to weekend, kids to colleagues, awake to rest. If we step back, we find that our day is filled with transitions. The success we have in compartmentalizing...

Morning Moods

With the potential to color our day, affect our choices, and influence the direction we travel, the mood we wake up with each morning is deeply impactful.

There are so many requirements of us as soon as we rise, we don't often pause to take inventory. Brushing our teeth, showering,...

Tears

Tears are lovely clues. Tears warrant respect. Tears are welcome. It wasn't always like that though. Raised on a small farm by a father that had desperately wanted boys, tears were not tolerated. Looking back, I didn't cry much at all. If I was sad, I worked harder to achieve. If I was...

Lärabars

Fraudulent food is tasty sometimes, but it is never worth the expense that preservatives, toxins, and man made chemicals take on our body. Natural ingredients are always better for us, unfortunately for many of us, eating clean comes down to a question of convenience. Eating naturally often...

Apologizing

Doesn't it seem like we hear, "I'm sorry" less and less often? Of course there are people who apologize on a regular basis, even for stuff that isn't their responsibility, but most of us just don't make amends enough. In the AA model of recovery, making amends and admitting when we are wrong...

Saying the tough stuff

Courage followed me everywhere I went today. I saw a large, mighty, man say to a raging male adolescent, "we all want to be strong, but we all have feelings and we all have to learn to express ourselves." I witnessed a new friend explain that she had to remain constantly cognizant of her...

Finding hidden Joy

The ever changing fading and brightening of Joy in our lives is a part of living that we can consistently count on. Life events, relationships, tragedy, and success all impact our individual ability and ease in finding joy. It has been a couple months for me that joy has been evading my...