Frustration and Surrender

“My confidence comes from doing what I love…[T]o be able to create something from the ground up and…walk in your purpose is a great feeling.” -Issa Rae Emotions are funny things, aren’t they? Maybe “funny” isn’t the right word. In the case of negative emotions, maybe a better word would be “annoying,” “obstructive,” “distracting,” “frustrating”…Continue reading “Frustration and Surrender”

Standing Up By Sitting in Discomfort

“Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.” -Colin Kaepernick I apologize to any arachnophobes out there for not giving you an advance warning, but when I stumbled upon this little guy in my garden this week, I knew I needed to share him. I’m not usually a fan of spiders, but I foundContinue reading “Standing Up By Sitting in Discomfort”

The Value of Being Different

“Every day has the potential to be the greatest day of your life.” -Lin-Manuel Miranda There’s something magical about the Fourth of July, isn’t there? Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Independence Day still feels…sparkly. Yes, I said sparkly. I may sound like a five-year-old, but I’m convinced this is the best wayContinue reading “The Value of Being Different”

When You Give Up Control

“Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.” -Ella Fitzgerald Summertime, and the living is easy… …or is it? I don’t know about you, but I can barely walk my dog, Arthur, around the block without comingContinue reading “When You Give Up Control”

When We Can Learn to Love Ourselves

“By doing the work to love ourselves more, I believe we will love each other better.” -Laverne Cox Just like this wild beauty I found growing among the sticky, prickly weeds that make up our backyard, some profound bright spots seemed to pop up this week. I don’t know about you, but I first felt itContinue reading “When We Can Learn to Love Ourselves”

Maintaining Momentum

“I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.“ -James Baldwin It feels to me like there is so much swirling around in the ether right now. Do you feel it, too? So many emotions,Continue reading “Maintaining Momentum”

When Your Story Isn’t the One that Matters

“You’ve got to rattle your cage door. You’ve got to let them know that you’re in there, and that you want out. Make noise. Cause trouble. You may not win right away, but you’ll sure have a lot more fun.” -Florynce Kennedy Inhale. Exhale. [Long pause] I don’t know about you, but I spent thisContinue reading “When Your Story Isn’t the One that Matters”

Waiting for Our Time to Shine

“[L]ife is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” -Grandma Moses This was a funny week, wasn’t it? I almost felt like I should wait to write another post, because it seemed too soon to expect you to come back and spend more time here. If you’re reading this, then you mustContinue reading “Waiting for Our Time to Shine”

When Things Don’t Go As Planned

“I don’t mind a good fight. For reasons known only to God, I’ve had quite a few tough ones in my life. But I learned an important lesson along the way: In the end, it matters less that you can fight. What you fight for is the real test.” – Senator John McCain Hi, howContinue reading “When Things Don’t Go As Planned”

Acting in the Face of Fear

“Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be Powerful.” -Michelle Obama When you first glimpsed this photo, was there even a split second where you weren’t sure if it was a dolphin or a shark? I’ll admit that when I first saw this guy during my morning run, I felt a jolt ofContinue reading “Acting in the Face of Fear”