The 21-Day Project – Gratitude, Day 11: Squeats

The 21-Day Project – Gratitude, Day 11: Squeats

If I sang the lyrics to INXS’s Devil Inside, slowing down the rhythm to find a commercialized jazz sound to this once popular tune, making dramatic pauses in the song and breaking out a little soft-shoe dance to accompany it, you would all probably think that I was...

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The 21-Day Project – Gratitude, Day 6: The Matriarchs

The 21-Day Project – Gratitude, Day 6: The Matriarchs

In Honor of International Women's Day, today I am grateful for The Matriarchs!! As much as I have enjoyed most of my childhood and adult life as a being “just one of the guys”, preferring four-day old mud-caked Carharts to stylish dresses and sandals, opting for more...

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The 21-Day Project – Day 3: An Apple for the Teacher

The 21-Day Project – Day 3: An Apple for the Teacher

In the second grade, I had a lovely woman with such a gentle spirit as my teacher – Ms. St. Hillard. She had a soft voice, beautiful skin and found just the right balance between making learning fun and the kind of discipline and love a second mom would give. It was...

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The 21 Day Project – Day 2: Gratitude, The Girls

The 21 Day Project – Day 2: Gratitude, The Girls

Around my house, you’ll often hear the word “GIRLS!” This is not the sound of a mom shouting at her restless daughters to calm down and stop running around the house. This is not the sound a woman makes, with a profound eye roll, when watching some new MTV show with...

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The 21 Day Project – Day 1: Gratitude, Motherly Ways

The 21 Day Project – Day 1: Gratitude, Motherly Ways

I’d be lying if I said my mother and I always got along. When I was young she liked to adorn me in dresses, tights, Easter hats, and bows, a look a tomboy like myself didn’t quite appreciate. It was a game for me to see how quickly I could muddy myself and rip things...

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The 21 Day Project

The 21 Day Project

I have a dear friend and mentor, Lauren, who starts every day with her “daily practice”. I’ve never quite known what it includes but I know there is an essence of meditation, the Tao de Ching, handwriting letters to loved ones, walking her permaculture farm to connect...

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Learning to Fall

Learning to Fall

When I was a kid, I was never afraid to fall.  It wasn’t something I thought about, calculating the risk, before I pursued an act.  It wasn’t something that I had nightmares about or protected and cushioned myself from as I ventured into the world and into areas where...

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Finding Balance in a Not-So-Balanced World: Yin Yoga

Finding Balance in a Not-So-Balanced World: Yin Yoga

I use to consider myself to be quite the Type A personality.  As I’ve mentioned before, I use to be so organized with a plan for everything that even my grocery lists were written in the exact order of where I would find the items in the store.  Yoga has helped me...

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