WOW: Wonder, Wonder Everywhere

Mar 5, 2018

A sea bird with origami-like wings and a pointed tail soars up above; Flies over giant palm fronds dancing on trees in the breeze just north of where I am surfing. I look out to the horizon to catch wave number 19, Another lined up in perfect geometry. Short side toward the rocks to my…

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The Loneliness in Conformity

Feb 28, 2018

True belonging is not passive. It’s not the belonging that comes with just joining a group. It’s not fitting in or pretending or selling out because it’s safer. It’s a practice that requires us to be vulnerable, get uncomfortable, and learn how to be present with people without sacrificing who we are. We want true…

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WOW: “Mama, Mano”

Feb 26, 2018

As mandarin light climbs up and over shadowy peaks in the distance, rays of canary and maize outstretch like arms reaching skyward as the sun takes its first yawn of the morning. I breathe in a salted dewy mist as my daughter’s voice breaks the bird songs in the breeze. “Mama, mano,” she says. I…

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From the Aftermath of “Edie”

Feb 21, 2018

Growing up, I was one of those girls who people thought had it easy. I learned at an early age to strive for goals, achieve, and measure people’s value (including my own) on material things. I was rewarded well for the efforts I put on this outward success, and yet, they left “Edie” brewing. “Edie”(pronounced…

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WOW: Psychedelic Waves

Feb 19, 2018

Hues of strawberry, orange creamsicle and lavender swirl against varying shades of light, silver and grey to create a psychedelic glass over the open ocean. I drop the longboard from under my right arm so that it floats beneath my fingertips as I wade out into the water. Large seabirds fly through the sky, and…

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Choosing Love on Valentine’s Day

Feb 13, 2018

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

Feb 12, 2018

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

Feb 6, 2018

“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

Feb 5, 2018

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!

Jan 29, 2018

“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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