Meditating on Strength in Spite of it All

Let’s talk about strength. This has been an incredibly intense week for all of us. I didn’t think it was possible that Donald Trump would get elected. Not only that, but bigoted politicians have swept all levels of government – including state and national congress. Off the bat, I need to qualify this blog post: It won’t be beautifully worded. It won’t be perfect. In many ways I’m still processing and formulating my thoughts, and while it’s difficult to share the mess that’s going on inside of me, I don’t want to be silent. If you are a person of color,...

Travel Lessons & New Beginnings

It’s September, and I’m BACK! I love to travel, but it feels fantastic to be back home. This is a season of fundamental “back-ness” for me: Back to school, back to work, back to witchery, and back to the US. In my last post, I talked about how difficult it is for me to let myself take a break. I have a rough time with vacations, with relaxing. But they are extremely necessary. Because when you’re done with the vacation, you can return to the daily grind with a fresh perspective. What did I learn while I was abroad? What...

Taking A Break

I need a break – see you in September! I’ve got a confession for you: I am crap at letting myself take a vacation. I think it’s a part of my good Midwestern upbringing. I’m a prairie girl: hardworking, serious, and a bit stubborn. I actually feel guilty when I take time for myself. I know this is wrong. I know this is a product of capitalist society telling me that I’m only worth what I can produce. And I’m working on getting over it. We are all worth much more than our productivity. Burnout is the #1 killer of my creativity....