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 ūüôā ¬†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,…

Elegant Bohemian

I’ve loved the evolution of my style over the past year, which I now endearingly¬†call “Elegant Bohemian.” It’s also important to credit the influences which helped me refine everything from dress to decor, after years of struggling to figure out what was really “me”–namely, reading tons on the topic of being true to your soul…

Open Heart, Moving On

How I adore this quote. Simple and to the point. I’ve learned recently, more than ever, how to value the people who show up in my life.¬† Consistently: in person, or those sweet long-distance friendships which can be picked up at any given moment, months after we’ve last spoken. Or, old friends I haven’t shared…

Boot Weather

When I lived in Texas, I was always that person who dusted off her fall boots as soon as the temperature dropped below 70 degrees. ¬†In Durango, I think a morning temp of 47 is more than adequate to give these their first spin of the season ūüôā If I haven’t already mentioned it, fall…