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What do you love? One upon a time, I hated life. You can see it in my face in pictures as far back as grade school that I was unhappy. I was in a loop of sadness. The negativity I experienced and felt was reflected back to me. What did I love? Not much. Sads […]

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Surrender to Joy This is a story about choosing courage because living like a scardey cat isn’t going to cut it anymore. This is a story of being a wimp, flaking out, shrinking and still showing up with compassion to defy the ending.   My last year in the classroom, I simultaneously started two new […]

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All heroines rise. 2016 is for the Heroines.  Look at what we’ve been doing so far this year. My newsfeed has been pumped with news that we are working toward pay equality, calling out assholes who perpetuate rape culture, fighting to keep and expand our reproductive health rights, Hillary Clinton shattered the glass ceiling (I don’t […]

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show up

Here’s the story of how I showed up imperfectly for a bike tour guide audition in Downtown Chicago. I didn’t want to show up. I didn’t want to go. I’ve been putting auditions on the back burner since I was in high school. Last month, my inner-sabotuer staged a coup. I was laid up in bed with a […]

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I adore my mistakes. I’ve made so many mistakes. One after another. Most–if not all–of my mistakes follow patterns, and those patterns are so closely related.  Life is cyclical. Our existence is a spiral. Each pattern, a similar story—the same peaks and gullies and tragic flaws, only different details, characters, setting, and year. The same […]

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triggers and conversation

Feeling less than abundant? Look at how are you approaching triggers and conversation. Every trigger is a window to a deeper understanding of yourself. I notice that when I ignore what triggers me, when I get silent about struggle, when I avoid this work is when I feel the most lack and the least abundant. A trigger is […]

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