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Choosing Love on Valentine’s Day

When I started on the path of choosing love almost a decade ago, one of the first questions I set out to answer was this: Can you truly love another if you don’t love yourself? I was genuinely puzzled by this question, but over time, I’ve come to understand that we can’t give what we…

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WOW: Catholic Monk Thomas Moore’s Invitation to Open Ourselves Up to All Faiths

Welcome to “Monday WOW” #2! As we set off on this weekly journey into the world of wonder, I am sharing about how Thomas Moore and Oprah’s conversation on her Super Soul Podcast shifted my spiritual perspective as I listened in this week. A Catholic monk, PhD in religious studies and author of 16 books,…

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Operation Leatherback: My 108 Blog Commitment

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” – Jim Rohn 100 yards or so south of where I live, leatherback turtles are released nearly every day as part of an effort to reestablish a population that is in danger of extinction in the near future. Each release sees about 100 baby turtles make their…

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WOW: Adventuring with Whales

This past weekend was filled with “Wow!” over here in my neck of the Baja. Together with family, I adventured 4 hours up the coast for an intimate experience with nearly-ready-to-give-birth grey whales. I am still trying to find words for the magic we discovered in Magdalena Bay. I melted somewhat into a land with…

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Fear & Surfing: Part 3 – Love Wins!

“Have the courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou I have come to know this surf spot well over the past few months. As the dirt road slopes down towards the beach, I can pretty quickly tell what the conditions are going to be like. Today, as…

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How to Choose Love over the Holidays

A common theme I hear through the holiday season is one of self-abandonment. I know that terms sounds kind of harsh, but let’s think about what sometimes happens during this time of year. People can… Spend more than they are making…all in the spirit of “giving” Attend parties they don’t want to be at or…

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Fear & Surfing

Fear and Surfing: Part 2

Suited up with my board tucked under my right arm, I walk up to the ocean’s edge and put my board down to check out this morning’s surf conditions.  After 10 minutes, a group of regulars wish me luck and head back to their cars. With that, I feel my trusty surfing sidekick emerge from within. Hello again,…

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Launch into the New Year!
{A 3-Month 1:1 Coaching Partnership}

Do you have a dream, hope or whisper on your heart? How might your values guide your into the New Year with ease and vitality? If you are committed to living and leading from your heart, I am here to support you through a special 3-month heart-centered coaching partnership! Month 1: We dive into what lights…

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Fear and Surfing: Part 1

anxiety noun anx·i·ety \aŋ-ˈzī-ə-tē\ : fear or nervousness about what might happen   Day 1 of 9.  My surf coach Rachel is sitting atop a blue foam longboard about 4 feet away when she points into the waters below her and says in a casual Australian accent, “Hey, look over here at this cool fish!” I start to paddle…

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On A Women’s Right to Choose

While I stand with the Unity Principles as set forth by the Women’s March on Washington, the abortion issue calls forth in me an answer that includes both sides. In December of 2001, just days before Christmas, I had an abortion. Back from college for Christmas break with the push of finals behind me, I was able…

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