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Love Can Build A Bridge

LoveCanBuildABridge

Ever since I left the borders of the U.S. I’ve been looking for a way… To walk in two worlds. At 19 years old Burma blew my mind. At 22 moving to Albania changed me. At 27 living in Kenya got me soul searching. I always looked forward to packing my bags and going. Every […]

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New Moon Ceremony

New Moon Ceremony

I had a new moon ceremony planned for tonight. But then it snowed all night and all day. There’s a winter storm warning in effect until midnight. It seemed best to cancel the event and encourage everyone to stay in for the night. Then it occurred to me that I could write about the ceremony […]

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Ask For Help

Ask For Help

Ever felt like you needed to know you weren’t alone? Last week was like that for me.  I was picking up light fixtures for the yoga studio I’m opening next week.  Re-calculating if I had enough flooring.  Double checking pages on the website.  Booking a hotel in Phoenix to finish my hours for certification.  Checking […]

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Get A Jar

Get A Jar

I shared this photo on New Years… It says, “Starting January 1st write good things that happen to you on little pieces of paper. ~Surprise gifts ~Accomplished goals ~The beauty of nature ~”LOL” moments ~Memories worth saving ~Daily blessings Then on December 31st open the jar and read all the amazing things that happened to […]

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107 Adventures In 2012

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I knew I wanted adventure in 2012… But I don’t think I had any idea just how much adventure we could pack in! Sold everything we owned through Craigslist and Ebay. Said goodbye to Charlie Parker and sent him to stay with Papa. Flew 16 hours across the ocean. Moved to Durres, Albania. Cleaned the […]

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Celebrating 12/12/12

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I had so many things I was going to blog about today… Turning 35 12/12/12 Completing 365 drawings The truth is the day left me speechless. A special day, in a different way than I expected. I feel full inside.  Like I might burst. Thank you. That’s what is appropriate right now. So thankful for […]

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My New Baby

My New Baby

Isn’t life grand? I recently wrote a little about why Derek and I returned to the States. (You can read the post here.)  Things have been going well and over the course of several conversations, some tears and many confirmations my mom decided to hand me the baton and has given me permission to run […]

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Finding Your Sacred Space

Finding Your Sacred Space

It was Saturday morning in my mom’s kitchen. I had mixed the Chestnut Henna and worked it through her long, still black hair.  We have to wait forty five minutes and that gives me just enough time to make lunch for my grandparents.  In between chopping carrots, celery and kale, I remind mom to stay […]

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What It Means To Live With Integrity

What It Means To Live With Integrity

It started as a simple project. Our landlord let us know that our rental was being painted and asked if we were ok with a few more days of painters outside.  Being elated with the home, the location and the beautiful antique furniture, we said, no problem. Three weeks later our sweet old home is […]

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The Gathering Place

The Gathering Place

One email can change your life. Maybe I should say, one email changed my life.  I’m sitting in Saranda, Albania with just a couple weeks left to prepare for our move to Seville, Spain.  I’m online looking for places to rent and I decide to check my email to see if anyone has responded to […]