Posts Tagged ‘wellness’

Space for Grace on my 39th Birthday

My daughter crawls into my arms, big brown eyes gazing down into mine that are adjusting to the daylight shining through the crack in our bedroom window shades. “Good morning, mommy,” she chirps in her soft, sweet almost two-year-old voice.  I break a smile and we banter a bit. She continues, “Happy birthday, mommy.” My…

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Hands in the Dirt

My breath tastes of compost and dust as I scoop a handful of damp earth with my right hand and gently place the roots of an arugula start into its new home with my left. I pat soil back around the hopeful green sprout and wish it ease and endurance as it settles in. I…

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I Choose Sobriety | 1 Year

“Mama! Ma—-maaaaa!!” Lily exclaims as she crawls over to me in the dark, steadying her small, soft hands on my cheeks and nose. Before I try to open my eyes, the thought, “It’s too early for this,” runs through my mind. I take a deep breath and look over at my daughter’s bright eyes that…

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On Living Near Our Food Sources

On my regular route home to our beachfront respite for the season, I turn left off the main highway onto the 5km dirt road that winds through farmland, passed our favorite farm-to-table restaurant and the stable where we take our daughter to feed apples to horses. Landing in El Pescadero somewhat by chance, we felt…

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WOW: The Power of Endings

“One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.”  Henry Miller The ends of the dried palm leaves hanging from the palapa roof seem to dance in slower motion with the wind today. The air feels heavy, even thick. With my office door propped open, I listen to the…

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On Ease, Denial and Toxic Smoke

We can all use a bit more ease in our lives, as it invites us to relax into the adventure of life.  However, as ease becomes a guiding value, the relationship between ease and denial must be clear. When things are going well, it may seem easy to overlook a challenge as to not upset…

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WOW: The Body’s Ability to Restore and Maintain Health

Our world is polluted. As a mom of a young child, I am aware of this now more than ever. Pesticides.  GMO’s.  Cleaning supplies.  Sunscreen.  Air.  Personal care products.  Preservatives.  This list can go on and on. Recently, I found myself pretty worked up about all the ways I try to protect our family from…

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Choosing Love Includes YOU!

The story is all too common… I meet a social entrepreneur who is passionate about sustainability. Her work mobilizing great minds to solve global problems or repurposing materials for reuse in creative ways inspires her and creates change in the world around her. But, she is exhausted and underpaid. Her vision and passion call her…

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What’s It Like Being Social Media Free?

  6 months ago, I deactivated my Facebook and Instagram accounts. When I deleted those icons from my phone, I felt two worlds evaporate into thin air. Literally, an entire existence, way of being, set of rituals, and rhythms were gone at the swipe on a screen. I thought I might miss the experience of…

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WOW: Saying Goodbye to Early Motherhood

I stand at the kitchen counter pulling cilantro leaves one-by-one from their stems.  I rarely put this much attention into prepping guacamole. Pluck.  Gently place.  Pluck.  And, place. The gathering of delicate greens grows into a soft, fluffy hill. I look through the open arch between the kitchen counter and living room to watch my…

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