To India

There’s a book that I love, called Abarat. Clive Barker is unfortunately not finishing this wonderful series, but it’s a rich, spectacular, and vivid story, and I highly recommend it anyway. At the beginning, the protagonist, Candy Quakenbush (love that name, btw,) decides she’s fed up with her mundane life and horrible school, and impulsively…

A Soothing Concoction

A few minutes ago, I thought, “I  need a Xanax.” I’m in the middle of making some big, HUGE plans (more to come soon!) and it’s been a tad stressful and terrifying. (And, also, more than a little glorious. 😉 ) I ended my love affair with Xanax years ago, thus, no pills to be…

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Sometimes, the simplest things can bring you back to yourself. A well-made vegan dinner and a cup of mint tea is what’s doing that for me as I type this. The past few months have been some of the hardest of my life. And this coming from someone who has seen her fair share of depression,…

Kali

“Whom should I turn to, if not the one whose darkness is darker than night, the only one who keeps vigil with no candle, and is not afraid—… the deep one, whose being I trust.” ~ Raine Maria Rilke “The Dark Mother is the Great Mystery in its dark, deep, unknowable totality. It is said…

Shakti Woman

I love synchronicity. I love opening a well-loved book to a random page and finding a passage that not only perfectly describes my recent years, but like a beacon in a somewhat shadowy time, also clearly illuminates a path forward. And after a few huge and heavy recent wake up calls, I’m so ready to…

Inipi

Yesterday, I had the honor of participating in a traditional Lakota Inipi. My first time, and it was helpful having previous ceremony experience in other traditions. It came to me right before we began that these initiations mirror the greater life journey…contract, expand, breathe…then do it all over again. I prayed for healing after a…

The Beetle

I once saw a baby beetle on the floor of a bathroom, at a restaurant near the beach. Tiny. Fragile. Frail. Struggling so hard to push new wings outward That he rolled over onto his back, Legs kicking in the air helplessly. I bent, and with one finger, gently turned him over. I asked God…

Merry Merry

Home. Listening to parang soca at full volume. Drying wine glasses with mom. Texas BBQ on the way. A soon to be full house of friends and family. Deep sighs of relaxation. Nowhere else I’d rather be right now. #ilovethislife 🌲🙏🏽😊❤️️

Nosara

I took a selfie shortly after getting off the tiny plane that took me from San Jose to Nosara and was almost in shock after looking at it…in just the 20 minutes it took to get from the airport to my apartment, I’d developed an undeniable “glow”. There’s some really special energy in this little…

Pura Vida

I returned from my trip a few days ago and I’m still on a Costa Rica rhythm, even though the sun sets and rises differently in Durango. Going to bed early in the evening (before 8) and rising around 5 am. Coming home was both joyous (there is a special place in my heart for…

What’s In My Bag: Costa Rica

I couldn’t be more excited for my trip to Costa Rica in a few days, my first solo vacation since a trip to the Peruvian Andes in 2015. I’m headed to Nosara and La Fortuna during their green season, but I’m not bothered by the fact that it may rain every day–this was literally the…

Hello, Fall

“The Autumn Equinox is a harvest festival, a time of celebration. We’re encouraged to ‘reap what we sow,’ both literally and figuratively. It is the time when night and day stand equal in duration; thus is it a time to express gratitude, complete projects and honor a moment of balance.” #autumnequinox #magic #harvest (adapted, original…