Do you recognize this scenario? You finally find your voice and speak up about your calling, desires and gifts. Maybe you even get up the courage to start encouraging others in person or online. You expect your family and friends to cheer you on. But suddenly—without warning—the people closest to you fall absolutely silent. It’s … Continue reading When I Spoke Up, the People Closest to Me Were Silent. How Do I Get Their Support?
Sometimes we try to sanitize the parts of our story we worry others won’t like. Today, I’m digging up a little spring dirt with freedom and joy. This time, regarding my experience with “eastern philosophies” that were a big part of my Christian healing journey.
My apartment didn’t look like this on the morning I describe below ... but it did later!! I’ll never forget the first morning I woke up in my own apartment. A vintage Jazz-age studio with freshly-painted purple walls, the place was barely big enough for the boxed-up remnants of life I had crammed inside. But … Continue reading I’m Feeling So Lost. How Can I Find Myself?
“We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.” - Hildegard of Bingen Lately I've … Continue reading Embrace the Terror, Turn the Key: Conquering Fear to Find Your Voice
NOTE: The following is a featured post from 2016 which first appeared on my former creative blog, Scrappy Storyteller. I'm sharing this as a way of embracing my past creative self and sharing ideas she had that, well, still matter today. Enjoy! Anyone who knows me well knows how much I hate the process of … Continue reading Little Paper Pieces: On the Tearing Up and Rewriting of Your Life
NOTE: The following is a featured post from 2016 which first appeared on my former creative blog, Scrappy Storyteller. I'm sharing this as a way of embracing my past creative self and sharing ideas she had that, well, still matter today. Enjoy! Every year I have great plans for February. And every year, they get … Continue reading Get Your Story Straight, and the Rest Will Follow
My entire life, I’ve heard about the Berlin Wall. I was just six years old when it fell. Before 1989, it was something the newscaster spoke about on my mom’s radio programs. After 1989, it was something everyone looked back on. I vaguely remember my parents reading voraciously about the circumstances around this historic event … Continue reading Where Souls Cry: Walking the Berlin Wall
Me in 2012, in my Scrappy Storyteller steampunk costume Recently, I made the decision to move my blogging back to WordPress.This is the first platform I ever used to share my words with the world--and despite having hopped around to other platforms, I've come back here because it's simple and built so well for SEO … Continue reading Life After Creative Perfectionism: Making Friends Again with Your Old Art
At the turn of the 20th century, a young Polish woman got on a boat bound for America. She was a land-owner’s daughter, likely accustomed to some amount of privilege, and even possibly to an ancient title of minor nobility. Yet she left it all behind to join her sister—who was already settled in a … Continue reading On Emigrating in the 21st Century
“I’m sorry, young lady. You have a serious sexual dysfunction. You’re going to have to see a therapist.” I got this diagnosis when I was 25: a newly minted wife who had been a proper virgin up until a disappointing wedding night. Fresh off a confusing honeymoon, I found myself sitting in the doctor’s office … Continue reading The Truth and the Lies of Sexual Dysfunction