A Matter of Perspective


Perspective is a funny thing. Your whole view (literal or figurative) can change with just a slight change in perspective (literal or figurative). A change in perspective can come after a good night’s sleep. A change in perspective can come after listening to a trusted friend for advice. A change in perspective can come after 20 years. A change in perspective can come after you’ve been shaken to your core and everything you thought you knew is different. A change in perspective can come with careful practice, examining yourself and situation and looking at outcomes and how things can change … Continue reading A Matter of Perspective

Endings and Forgiveness


I don’t talk or write very often about endings. I have written a lot about beginnings, starting new projects, greeting a new season, and even resetting to begin again. Very few posts in this blog have to do with ending and completion. When I ran a marathon in 2015, there was a lot of celebration at the starting line. Surprisingly, there was much less hoopla at the finish line. In a lot of ways this makes sense. In the marathon, we all start more or less together, thousands of people beginning the journey, but then we spread out over the … Continue reading Endings and Forgiveness

Doing What You Love (Not Necessarily for Pay)


“Do what you love; you’ll be better at it. It sounds pretty simple, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t get this one right away.”– LL Cool J Okay, “do what you love” is all over Instagram (my favorite social media) and the internet. It sounds great, doesn’t it? But, I think when most of us read it, myself included, we jump to the conclusion of loving our jobs and careers. And that’s when this whole sentiment becomes difficult. All of a sudden, this doing what you love thing becomes a trap. Those of us who are just scraping … Continue reading Doing What You Love (Not Necessarily for Pay)

Getting to Cozy


One of my favorite writers, Isabel Gillies, has a new book, Cozy, published in February. Not long after its release date, I called my favorite local, independent bookstore, Bookworks, to see if they had the book in stock. They didn’t, so I asked them to please order a copy for me and to consider carrying it, because I thought they might like it and could sell a few copies. This bookstore and its owner and employees here in Albuquerque, are kind and amazing and obliging. They said they would order one for me and a few for the store. Sure, … Continue reading Getting to Cozy

Pondering the Questions


“Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. Perhaps you do carry within yourself the possibility of shaping and forming as a particularly happy and pure way of living; train yourself to it–but take whatever comes with great trust, and if only it comes out of your will, out of some need of your inmost being, take it upon yourself and … Continue reading Pondering the Questions

Escaping from Self-Sabotage


It turns out we can be our own worst enemies. Okay, let me be honest. I can be my own worst enemy. In the last few days, I have been scared of change and my own bravery, and of my emerging transformation. Not scared, but terrified. It sounds silly. It really does. Most of this was in my subconscious, until I really did some honest self-evaluating and journaling. Here I am, on the precipice of some major change and transformation. I am attending massage therapy school. I am doing some major spiritual and inner work. I am pursuing a different … Continue reading Escaping from Self-Sabotage

Advent


In the dictionary, advent (uncapitalized) means “a coming into being or use.”  Advent (capitalized) is a season on the Christian calendar leading up to Christmas. It is a time of waiting and anticipation and preparation. So, I begin. I am digging deep and digging out. I am writing and searching. I am reflecting and praying. I am working on some spiritual work. I am meditating and finding. I am taking quiet time. It seems appropriate to do this in the noisy holiday season. In the flurry of shopping and parties, I refrain. I sit back. I find the silence in … Continue reading Advent