Love is…New Years and New Purpose (a Reflection)

"Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one" -Brad Paisley 2012 was a year full of contradictions and extremes. It was a year full of struggle, loss, and change. It was a year that started off with health problems and a bout of depression and ended in a … Continue reading Love is…New Years and New Purpose (a Reflection)

Here’s to all the book lovers

Although I didn't write this myself, I found myself in almost every line of it. Filipina writer Rosemarie Urquico wrote this essay in response to Charles Warnke’s essay, You Should Date an Illiterate Girl. The girl who reads has spun out the account of her life and it is bursting with meaning. She insists that … Continue reading Here’s to all the book lovers

Spark your Creativity: 10 (+1) Ideas on How to Find Inspiration Everywhere (including your piece of toast)

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed" -Ernest Hemingway Do you ever find yourself in a place where you are completely blocked? Maybe you've done the same things again and again and are feeling bored and apathetic? Or maybe you're feeling completely overwhelmed, burnt-out, or restless? … Continue reading Spark your Creativity: 10 (+1) Ideas on How to Find Inspiration Everywhere (including your piece of toast)

Memories and Mixtapes: Summer Love & The Art of Bedroom Dancing

Sam Beam’s voice makes my heart swell. It had been quite awhile since I’d listened to Iron & Wine, and as the soothing soulful melodies poured out the speakers, I found myself dancing and swaying in the kitchen. These movements progressed to the entire house – running up the stairs to dance on the top … Continue reading Memories and Mixtapes: Summer Love & The Art of Bedroom Dancing

All That Exists is This Moment

“To stay with that shakiness – to stay with a broken heart, with a rumbling stomach, with the feeling of hopelessness – that is the path of true awakening. Sticking with that uncertainty, getting the knack of relaxing in the midst of chaos, learning not to panic – this is the spiritual path. Getting the … Continue reading All That Exists is This Moment

33 Ways to Have a Vibrant Day

Walk or drive down a tree lined street with the leaves ablaze with autumn magic Eat really ripe fruit and let the juices run down your arm Listen to the chirps and steady piercing hums of the crickets and cicadas in the evening Watch a no-words-are-adequate-to-fully-describe sunset on the lake Have a creative retreat with … Continue reading 33 Ways to Have a Vibrant Day

These Days….Images & Reflections

These days feel longer as they grow darker These days my heart is full of love and lust and lonely longing (and all the lovely contradictions) These days my heart is out East with you, though I'm heading across the ocean with only me These days I notice all the cloud formations in the sky, … Continue reading These Days….Images & Reflections

“If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash”

"Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before. " Audre Lorde "Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. … Continue reading “If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash”

An Open (Love) Letter to Those Who Are Struggling

This is a love letter of sorts. For those who are struggling, stuck, confused, scared shitless. For those who are lost, who are unsure of what to do with their lives, or where to go from here. For those who don’t fit in, who don’t feel like they belong, who feel ‘different’ and out-of-place. For … Continue reading An Open (Love) Letter to Those Who Are Struggling

Living With Pain, Feeling Through Pain: Tips on Healing and Self-Care

"Storms make the oak grow deeper roots" - George Herbert (1593-1633) These past couple weeks, I've had a string of days where I have been completely immobilized with all-over body pain and heavy fatigue, my body forcing me down against my will. I'm still learning to listen to it, to let go, to honour its … Continue reading Living With Pain, Feeling Through Pain: Tips on Healing and Self-Care