The Art of Embracing the Suck

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And so, here you are. You’ve found yourself in a season that stinks. As Dr. Seuss once so brilliantly put it, “When you’re in a slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.”  And so this year, I’ve been thinking a lot about how does one embrace the suck. When times […]

Learning to Embrace the Suck

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As I might have mentioned, once… or about a hundred times already… I’m a Brené Brown groupie. A few months ago, I found this recording she did, of a talk called Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice. The recording is a seminar she gave in Colorado, and covers a lot of the concepts she discusses in her […]

Awake

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Hyacinth blooms permeate my room The smell wafting and saturating Each corner of space Overflowing with perfume, making all Aware of life. Dawn wakes, spilling over hills First rays of saturating glory Radiating over every horizon Not one will resist the waking Of this day. Salt permeates each morsel and bite No corner of taste, […]

Advice to my Future Self

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Let me not grieve what was never mine to hold. Or waste my living on rot and mold. Relationships failed to come into being Thoughts un-fleshed that were never seen Dreams that died without fruit on the vine All those ideas that were once mine Seeds that were planted, but never grew Harvest of wishes […]

Phoenix

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Golden; They said the flames were golden When I burned In the moment of my deepest despair What other’s saw was golden, fair star light that burst into the sky, Flames—flying high! And beauty; they said I was wrapped in beauty Before the flames, A visual, spectacle to behold Even though my soul was old, And […]

Mortar to Mend

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Sometimes when I have thoughts they only come out in verse, and I’m not going to argue with it.    Savage; unrestrained We ravage each other’s souls For a moment Neither right nor wrong Matters In moral relativism Definitions defined In the moment   Power; unrestrained It’s about power at the end of the day Power, […]

Be Worthy

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There will be times when your loneliness burns Times when you can hardly remember what it was like to know love But these are only moments You must remember the emptiness is so vast because it echos with the depth of your capacity for love. There will be days when you talk and hear, but […]

Gingerbread 7.0

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My sister and I first started our gingerbread house tradition in the Christmas of 2003. The year before my friend Allison (of the curious cupcake) and I, had made my first ever homemade gingerbread houses from scratch. Not the little kits you buy and decorate, but the kind where you slave for hours in the […]

Coloring the Doodles

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Today was random Saturday doodling time.  I realized today that I was really, really in the mood to color.  I know I’m not the only person this happens to, because I’ve had conversations with several of my friends who also confide that they sometimes really, really get in the mood to color.  It makes sense […]

B is for Benevolence

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Be a giver. Be prepared to think of someone else’s care. Be a lover, marked by extravagance! Don’t delay to the second chance. Be generous with each intention. Of past wrongs, do not mention. Be benevolent, that you may birth, a life worth living in this earth.

A is for Adventure

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Early in the morning, greeting the day In that early, glowing, sunrise, way. Adventure is life! A stunning meeting, when those moments of dawn are new and fleeting, And the gift of air in your lungs, And the gift of life has sprung— Into another day and chance, Into another place of happenstance? It sometimes […]

Ode to 23

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I really like the number 23.  I think it started a few years ago when I was looking at my planner and realized that over the course of a year several important things had happened on the 23rd day of the month. So I found myself starting to get excited about the 23rd day of […]