A Life All It’s Own – Month of Writing – Reflection

“I feel old.” I told my friend as we caught up at his restaurant.  “Not old, but mature. And I feel worn down too.  ” I went back to my hometown in May with the hope that I would write the rest of my solo show (The Unimaginable).  The writing I planned did not happen,…

Wisdom Wednesday #8 – Finding Meaning

“Forge meaning.  Build identity.” That is Andrew Solomon’s mantra and one of the many points he made in his recent TEDTalk “How the Worst Moments in Our Lives Make Us Who We Are.”  I saw this video this spring when it hit the inter-webs and I was drawn to it at the time because I…

Mindful Monday #23 – Tests

“I feel like I am being tested.”  I told my friend this weekend.  “And I am not sure if I am passing the test?  I just want to get through it.”   I have thought a lot about how life tests our strengths, perspectives, desires and our maturity.  This time last year I felt that I…

Lessons from a Soulmate – My Month of Writing — Reflection

I am not a hopeless romantic. I was never in a relationship for the sake of being in one. I have never stayed in a relationship because I was afraid of being alone, and I never jumped from relationship to relationship with no down time in between. I have been single more that I have…

How to Feel Your Emotions

A still lake, a stream, a raging rapid river, a vast ocean then back to a stream and a still lake. The imagery of water in it’s stillness to gaging has been the range of emotions that have painted my week.  As the week progressed I kept thinking how fitting that I am experiencing and expressing…

Mindful Monday #22 – Emotion

Happy Monday!!!  It feels like it’s been awhile since my last post, (but it hasn’t been).  My extended weekend was very nice and I hope everyone’s weekend was as nice.  I am currently reading a book called “Calling in ‘the One‘” by Katherine Woodward Thomas.  I first heard of this book about five or six…

Enlightenment

It’s been almost two weeks since I have been back in Los Angeles from my month of meditation.  While I gained knowledge each day on various aspects of my life and the human condition, I find it very hard to explain the sum of that experience.  When I start to explain what I have learned…

Wisdom Wednesday # 7 – How to Overcome Fear

After watching a few videos on fear this video is really great because the speaker had to over come various obstacles to make her childhood dreams a reality.  Each step of the way she choose to Face Everything And Rise and offers advice on how to “Reprogram Your Brain to Overcome Fear.”  The steps she…

Mindful Monday #21 – Fear

FEAR.  I’ve been thinking about this topic a lot lately.  One of my goals for the year is to “face (any and) all fear” big and small.  As a result of my goal I can now say that I know fear at a deeper level then the average person.  I feel fear is present in…

Metamorphosis

It’s almost been a week since I have been back in Los Angeles from my month (seven weeks) of writing (aka my month of meditation). My week back has been fairly low key. I am taking the time to get back into the flow or pace of LA. LA has a different flow. I always…

Mindful Monday #20 – Health

Health has been on my mind A LOT these past few weeks. In one of my recent post What is Success? I talked about three friends who are recovering from health issues as a result of pushing themselves too hard at work. It will take a year or more for my friends to get their…

How to Find Happiness

While organizing my digital files, I stumbled upon two journals that I forgot I even created.  One of those journals is my Gratitude Journal.  It was in 2008, before expressing gratitude became what it has become in recent years, that I created my journal.  My sister heard of a woman who mentally noted each day,…

Wisdom Wednesday #6 – The Science of Happiness

In the Spring of 2005 I was betrayed.  That moment in my life was one of the hardest moments of my life.  After the dust settled, I found myself forever changed – I would never be the person I was prior to everything that happened. I was in college at the time, and I was…

Mindful Monday #19 – Gratitude

Happy Monday!  There are five days left until I head back to Los Angeles.  As June rolled around, I felt that my time home was coming to an end based on my feelings, realizations and conversations that I had in the transitioning weekend and week.  My month of writing, which turned in to my month…

Say What You Need to Say

I am a writing advisor for a national writing program that is starting a new chapter in Arizona.  This program is one of the reasons why I choose to stay in AZ for a few more weeks (which extended my month of writing). I had no intention to be an advisor for this program.  I…