My New Favorite Meditation Technique

Lately, I’ve been using a new meditation technique that’s been really effective for me. I’ve found that if I can relax each and every one of my face and head muscles, I can suddenly feel my heart in an amplified way. Taste it even. This is an incredible feeling.  I usually do this right when…

The Black Bikini- A Post About Body Image

The Black Bikini

I stopped wearing bikinis at the age of 17 when my first child was born. I was not one of those women who didn’t get stretch marks, and I no longer felt confident wearing one. I’d choose tankinis and one pieces, and hope to look more cute than motherly, but I never felt young at the beach…

A post about being happy

What About Happy?

It’s easy to talk about pain. There’s a great deal of entertainment in it. Poems blossom from deep struggle and confusion, and no great story is without obstacles. Yes, pain is an artist’s best friend. But what happens when we’re happy?  What do we write about then?  I find myself in a particularly upbeat state at the…

A Guide to Training People How to Treat You

You Have to Train People How to Treat You

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” – Janis Joplin When I was going through group counseling as a teen (in my pregnancy school), I had a hard time understanding why, when a girl was complaining about a relationship she had, the counselor would shift the focus back to the girl. How could she change to improve…

Riding the Emotional High

Riding The Emotional High

I’ll be the first one to admit that I am not full of positive feelings and self-belief on a constant basis. (Shocking, I know.) But in fact, I’ve been struggling with being motivated and hopeful for a little while now. I think a lot of that has to do with working from home, as I…

If I Could Tell You One Thing

For years I was searching for something that would quench the ever present angst I held within me. It was as if there were questions hanging in the wind and I needed them answered before I would ever have peace. There were many avenues I traveled, thinking each and every one of them would be…

Fighting the culture of "Achieve"

Fighting the Culture of Achieve

After reading the book “Outliers” by Malcomb Gladwell, I found myself extremely interested in what role my culture has played in the way I see the world. I wanted to know more about what’s been influencing me without my ever noticing, and just this past week, I’ve had some discoveries about my personal fears that I believe…

The secret to connection. A compelling argument.

Is Connection Worth the Risk?

A major theme running through my heart lately has been a need for connection with others. For so many years my focus has been on setting boundaries, because I needed to connect with myself, first and foremost. I chose distance from those closest to me, because they had the largest pull on my heart, and were the most powerful in…