Category: Soul Food

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Day 303/365 Failure IS an Option

“So…you failed?” asked Beau. I had signed up for 40 Days to a Personal Revolution, a program through The Studio at NBX, based on a book by Baron Baptiste. First of all, I probably had no business signing up for it to begin with – the commitment is 40 consecutive days of yoga and meditation (and some slight diet modifications). I had only just … Read More Day 303/365 Failure IS an Option

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Day 298/365 Be Here (and here and here…) Now

“You look as though you could use a minute to gather yourself,” my daughter’s piano teacher said to me as I somewhat breathlessly presented my daughter, ten minutes late for her lesson and without the instruction book we were asked to bring. Indeed I could. The two of them went off to the practice space while I plopped myself on her couch and exhaled. … Read More Day 298/365 Be Here (and here and here…) Now

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Day 297/365 Broken Compass

Lately I have felt a bit lost. My inner compass is in need of repair. I seem to be creating the map as I go along, which…while somewhat empowering, isn’t very helpful as a navigational tool. (Unless I am interested in going backward…which I am not.) So…what lay ahead of me is uncharted territory. I guess this is true for all who have chosen … Read More Day 297/365 Broken Compass

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Day 295/365 The Space Between

Life is quite a roller coaster. I love the highs. I have (albeit somewhat begrudgingly) come to appreciate the lows too, as they are our greatest teachers. It isn’t all peaks and valleys, though…this thing called living. In fact, we do most of our living in the space between –  The space between suffering and elation. So…what of that? How do we feel in the space … Read More Day 295/365 The Space Between

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Day 292/365 Dot to Dot

This morning I got a call from school – actually directly from my eight year old daughter, Ruby, who said in very sad and pleading voice that she didn’t feel well and wanted to be picked up. I hate getting this call because my work is a solid 45 minutes’ drive from my children’s school. Between the drive and the wrapping up of what … Read More Day 292/365 Dot to Dot

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Day 288/365 Shamefaced

Shamefaced. That’s a word, you guys. I was trying to figure out if what I was feeling would be defined as shame or as guilt. So I looked up their definitions and there it was…shamefaced. That’s just too good a word to pass up. Sometimes I feel shamefaced, and for all the wrong reasons. So I intend to stop. I have a lot on my … Read More Day 288/365 Shamefaced

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Day 286/365 Worthy

Have you ever noticed how hard it is for most of us to accept praise, compliments…anything flattering? I wonder – when does that start to happen? Young children love to be complimented. They beam. Their posture straightens…they feel worthy. You have really gotten good at pumping on the swings! YES, you’re right!! I have! I am a great pumper! Something happens to many of … Read More Day 286/365 Worthy

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Day 285/365 Lady of the Labyrinth

You’d think I’d know by now that this is not a linear journey. Sometimes I feel so confident that I am heading in the right direction, only to find myself once again lost in emotion. When this happens I feel disoriented, frustrated, and even a bit embarrassed.  Why embarrassed? Well, because I have been writing this blog, you see…about depression, pain and grief, and…sometimes … Read More Day 285/365 Lady of the Labyrinth

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Day 284/365 Send Down the Bucket

I was scrolling through Facebook the other day and I came across a video titled “Why Depression is All in Your Head”. I hit the volume button to hear what she had to say – this young and perky blonde. I was prepared to be annoyed. After all, I have been advocating for quite some time people’s right to feel their feelings – depression, … Read More Day 284/365 Send Down the Bucket

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Day 283/365 Personal Power

This past week I have been thinking a lot about power. I’ve written about the idea – no, the fact – that life is unpredictable, and how we are sometimes faced with the unexpected. I have also written about how, despite that, it seems important to stay optimistic – to not be afraid to make plans for the future. It occurred to me that … Read More Day 283/365 Personal Power

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Day 281/365 Light It Up

I had two different topics in my head today as I was thinking about what to write. The first was – how do we keep opening our hearts and being vulnerable, when people – and life – can be so unpredictable? The second was – how do we remain inspired to plan for the future when so much is beyond our control? As I … Read More Day 281/365 Light It Up

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Day 275/365 A Blank Canvas

I have a friend who is always telling me that I need to find a way to quiet my head.  I mean, I know he’s right. It’s kind of a disaster in there. Writing does help, in a way. When there’s a storm in my brain but I have to pull out just one piece to share with you, it forces me to focus….to pick … Read More Day 275/365 A Blank Canvas