Hope. Strength. Courage.

There was a time and place where I would have written, “Facing the unknown creates anxiety and fear.” I find myself progressing and developing awareness of self, which allows me to experience life differently and more fully. Today, I write, “Facing anxiety and fear moves you from the unknown to full knowledge of your potentialContinue reading “Hope. Strength. Courage.”

Making My Mess, My Message

As I near a milestone birthday this month (the big 4-0!), I want to share some personal memories from my life journey…I am going to quickly review each decade and close out this blog with a reflection & lessons about my story progressing this year. My Journey: 1977-2017 Decade 1:  1977-86 Memories: Little sister, onlyContinue reading “Making My Mess, My Message”

Being loved.

It’s been a year, since I have been carrying her keys on my key-chain; there are days that I’m trying to unlock my door, and I mistake her keys for mine; I get so frustrated and I tell myself that I am going to take them off. But I refuse. I don’t take them off,Continue reading “Being loved.”

The challenge of compassion…and a few lessons along the way.

Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak,Continue reading “The challenge of compassion…and a few lessons along the way.”

All things grow with love, Part I and Part II

Preface to the Preface I planned to post this on 12.31.13 on my sister’s birthday; I wanted my family to read this first…thus the delay… – – – Preface I don’t want to sound like a broken record, so adjust the volume as needed… As a writer/artist and mother, I choose to openly express myContinue reading “All things grow with love, Part I and Part II”

Remembering Crispin Webb

Tonight, I came across a flash-drive and found so many images and memories of a friend of mine, Crispin Webb; he died on Thanksgiving day, on November 23, 2006. A few years ago, my son was born the week before Thanksgiving, so I am reminded each year of how life miraculously comes into the world,Continue reading “Remembering Crispin Webb”

Twinkle Twinkle

As a new mom, three years ago, I didn’t have a pre-existing catalogue of songs stored in the library of my mind. I don’t remember my biological mother being very nurturing or singing to me when I was a child; we never had a close relationship. Sometimes she would even say she wished I wasContinue reading “Twinkle Twinkle”

Learn the facts & take action now

In honor of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, I wanted to share this online article: Five Facts To Remember On The UN’s International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women I did this painting (below) over three years ago, it illustrates many things, but I believe that it captures theContinue reading “Learn the facts & take action now”

Connected and #inspiredby (People who have made a difference in my life)

I was inspired to write today’s post by Hoda Kotb’s examples of inspiration from the Today Show.  She was told by Ken Duane, “Don’t hog your journey,’’ and  “Share your journey with others, and you’re a power of example. Think of what you are able to accomplish.” On Sunday, I had brunch with a goodContinue reading “Connected and #inspiredby (People who have made a difference in my life)”

Let it be.

This video prompted today’s post: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGgOimJaqT4 Let it be. Okay, so I had a conversation several weeks ago with a colleague about my anxiety regarding flying on planes (and about being in situations where I have no control over the outcome). And he said something to the effect of, “so your calm demeanor, it’s justContinue reading “Let it be.”