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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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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As the media-coined “Stanford Rape Case” went viral over this past week, it revealed the essence of a “rape culture” that rightfully invokes rage in many of us. Details of the case and its sentencing struck the deep trenches of injustice. As strong emotions surfaced in the media and online in response to the case,…

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I Choose Love welcomes guest blogger, Nicola Ducharme of The Naturopathic Mama! Below, Nicola discusses her road to success as a doctor, wife, and mom and how choosing love is essential for those with big dreams. I am a forty-something, new-ish mom. As I sit here, it occurs to me (certainly not for the first time)…

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A couple days before my Indonesian adventure came to a close, my dear friend MaryCay Durrant sent me an email that closed with the words, “Hello, new friend!” What a gift those three little words are. They are a gift to someone like me who is coming home from a long journey, and as I…

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“Pilgrims are persons in motion, passing through territories not their own, seeking something we might call completion, or perhaps the word clarity will do as well, a goal to which only the spirit’s compass points the way.” – Richard R. Niebuhr During WWII, my great grandmother “Obachan” was a widow raising three daughters in Hiroshima, home…

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Growing up, I was an athlete, and that was a fact.  Blowing bubbles in the bathtub turned into swim lessons that turned into record-breaking relay teams by age six.  At eight, that relay team was nicknamed the “8-and-under wonders,” and by age ten, we prepped our faces with neon Zinka “war paint” and yelled at…

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After a three day solo-with-my-dog getaway to Mendocino, I came home to this blog waiting to be written. With my husband away for the week, upon returning to the silent guest cottage studio we currently call home, loneliness welled up from my belly and spilled out into tears. This blog is on being the new girl.  I write…

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Without question, women are seeking and finding new forums in which to gather. After simply too many years of television housewife cat fights, airbrushed beauty campaigns, and female leaders pit against one another, we are saying: Enough. It’s gone too far. After too many of us have bypassed our needs and desires to please, to…

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“La Bohemia is much more than a hotel. It is the story of our life, our love and our adventure.” – Erin Hayes Wheelwright, Co-Creator of La Bohemia Baja After meeting in Santa Barbara a half decade ago, Andy and Erin Wheelwright quickly discovered a shared passion adventuring – at the Hollister Ranch, through the…

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