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How did you feel about homework when you were growing up?

Jan 19, 2022

When I was a kid, before I got my very first homework assignment, I would watch my older sister and brother doing their homework, and feel jealous.

I wanted to do homework so bad! I still remember the yearning in my heart to check off those lists of math problems and fill in those blanks with words.

I love a good puzzle, and I'm guessing that’s what I thought homework would be, a fun puzzle.

When I finally got my first math homework in the third grade, I was so excited. I...

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Do you value the wisdom of your experience?

Jan 11, 2022

When I started life coaching almost 8 years ago, I was a newbie in a new field, and I had a lot of self-doubt. I wondered if I would be a good coach. I wanted to start a blog to support my business, and I didn't know if I had anything helpful to share.

What I was forgetting was that at the age of 34 I had also been on a long journey of personal growth and healing.

  • I had been sober for a few years and was learning how to be a full and functional human being.
  • I had...
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My favorite tool for breaking through writer's block

Dec 19, 2021

30 minutes ago I was standing in my living room talking to my husband, desperately asking him if he could please tell me what I should write to you today. I didn’t know what to write about, because fear had frozen my brain.

Writing online can be exceptionally scary, and for me, fear and anxiety pretty much turn my brain off, so when I’m scared I end up feeling confused and don’t know what to do next.

Honestly, I get scared to write all the time, because most of what I write...

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Why regular self-reflection is important for blogging

Dec 17, 2021

I’m sitting inside, cozied up in a nest on my couch, looking out the window at a cold, gray, wintery day. Autumn is ending, and winter officially begins next week on December 21.

That means it's time to take stock again. How have I changed this season? What have I learned? What do I need to share next?

Doing a regular self-reflection practice like this is vital for my blogging life, because what felt absolutely right to write at the beginning of...

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Does the fear of embarrassment stop you from writing online?

Dec 07, 2021

Do you know what stops you from writing online? For me, sometimes it's the squirmy fear of embarrassing myself publicly.

What if I write something and no one reads it? What if I tell everyone I'm doing this thing, and then it flops? What if no one clicks like? What if no one follows me? Everyone would see my profile and my posts AND see that no one likes them!!! So embarrassing.

I really hate the feeling of embarrassment. My gut gets all squirmy. My shoulders clench. I...

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How to add pleasure to your writing sessions

Nov 30, 2021

Have you ever tried to sit down to write, thinking it would be super fun because you love writing, but then it turns into a struggle where you can barely eke out one sentence?

But then the next time you sit down to write it feels so easy, like the wings of inspiration have landed upon you and a whole essay flows like a river?

Self-expression can be unpredictable sometimes, and this unpredictability has always frustrated me as a writer.

I write on Monday mornings,...

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Time to return to what you love, a late autumn story

Nov 26, 2021

How has the transition into late autumn been going for you? I don't know about you, but this one has been kicking my butt!

I'm not a big fan of winter; so in September I usually bustle around to get prepared for it. I order new outer wear. I set intentions for how I'm going to go outside everyday no matter what. I de-clutter the house, and I do whatever I can to get myself ready for the months ahead.

But this year it completely slipped my mind. I forgot to prepare,...

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What to do when you're scared to take the leap

Nov 16, 2021

Many people tell me I'm brave, because I've taken a few big leaps in my life, like the kind of leaps where you burn your current life to the ground and start everything over again.

I moved away from my homeland of New England to California, where I knew no one except my husband (who moved with me) and we had no place to live.

I quit my soul-killing job and started my own business, without knowing if there would be success in the end.

I went no-contact with my abusive family,...

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What Honeysuckle Can Teach Us About Summer

Jul 05, 2021

"With Honeysuckle's guidance you will be enabled to distinguish what is false from that which is of real worth and usefulness on your spiritual journey. The Honeysuckle will help you to tread safely, remaining true to your beliefs and principles with sureness and lightness in your step."

- Liz and Colin Murray, The Celtic Tree Oracle

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I am recalling times where I walked by large honeysuckle bushes and became overwhelmed by their powerful, sweet, thick fragrance.

I am...

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What the Osha Plant Can Teach Us About Summer

Jul 03, 2021

"Osha often refuses to be cultivated, preferring to maintain its home in the hills. Osha encourages you to treat yourself and your story the same - do not think you must change yourself in order to be respected as a wisdom keeper. What is in you is enough."

- Blaire Porter and Brit June, Threads of Fate Oracle (Rose Edition)

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This year in the Pacific Northwest summer has taken on a life of its own. Last week temperatures reached 110 degrees, and though the days are now cloudy and...

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