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…

Crab Apple Preserves

Today, I celebrated the first day of autumn by harvesting some crab apples from the tree in our office backyard…AND making preserves! The final product turned out great 🙂  More of a sweet and sour chutney, I would say, vs. the sweeter jam I was hoping for, but still amazingly delicious. No formal recipe, just…

The Discarded Selfie Project

A friend of mine shared an interesting and vulnerable post recently, describing in detail the inner judgement that came with seeing a photo of herself she found undesirable…and then fearlessly posting that picture anyway. Her post inspired me to go through my phone and pick out a few of what I call my “discarded’ selfies to…

Full Moon Goddess Circle

I met with an intimate circle of women last night to celebrate the Pisces Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse and the approaching Fall Equinox. Still feeling lit up this morning, and I’m reminded of how critical it is for me to cultivate deeper relationships with the women in my life, especially those who walk the same sweet, witchy, goddess-kissed…

Altar

Loving my new windowsill altar.  #OmNamahShivaya My moon cycle came 8 days early yesterday, which is usually the case when I’m under stress. And I’m grateful, as it’s the perfect way for my body and spirit to release so much that I’ve been holding on to.  (Also, this timing is WAY more favorable for my…

You Don’t Owe Anyone An Interaction

This article is a great read by Caroline Garnett McGraw, for anyone who has ever felt anxiety over a full inbox or had a phone full to the brim with unread text messages and old voicemails. As an introvert/empath, I often find pressure to respond (and often, the interactions that follow) exhausting. In fact, my…

Live

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” –Helen Keller

2011

Lately, I’ve been preoccupied with 2011. Specifically the latter part of the year–late summer, fall and early winter. I can feel it, smell it, taste it…like somehow, five years ago is right here with me today. I was immersed in photography classes, selling fancy handbags at the mall. In love with a man who would…

The Space Between Stories

The first thing I read when I woke up today was this: “This week, I experienced a trauma that collapsed my story of self, yet a new story has not yet emerged. Charles Eisenstein calls this ‘the space between stories.’ Many of us are in this space between stories right now, when you feel lost,…