What I Pray For You

When my friend Marie Pechet died in December, she sent me a spiritual gift. That may sound strange to some of you but anyone who has read her blog or who knew her knows what I’m talking about. Marie was all about spirits, serendipities and God connections. So I wasn’t at all surprised when I … Continue reading What I Pray For You

The Sacred Art of Self-Care

Hellllloooo? Is anyone out there? I've been away for so long that I hope you all haven't forgotten me. We are finally in our new house and I plan to start posting again soon. In the meantime, I'm honored to be a part of Kelsey Munger's thought provoking series on self-care with a piece that … Continue reading The Sacred Art of Self-Care

It Begins As A Thought

It begins as a thought. A sarcastic musing when I read an email or a mean spirited brood over a status on Facebook. An uncharitable opinion, a negative view, a snarky jab. This isn’t who I am but this is exactly who I am when I don’t pay attention to what I’m doing. It’s embarrassing … Continue reading It Begins As A Thought

Husband

My husband is a really private man, which is why I don’t write about him much. He’s my biggest fan and supporter but it hasn’t always been easy for him to watch me blog so openly about my experiences. It goes against his private nature. I’ve had countless people tell me that they think I’m … Continue reading Husband

Brave

I felt too tethered to the earth last week. I walked through each day with a sense that something was coming, or maybe more like something was happening but I didn’t know what. It was like that time I had a dream about the woman who adopted my cat. I only met her once but … Continue reading Brave

Blogging Tour (Blogging From the Heart)

A couple of week ago, Katia at IAMTHEMILK asked me if I’d participate in a blogging tour that’s making its way across the blogosphere. It’s not an award of any sort but a way for bloggers to share a little bit about their writing process. Below I answer four questions and then tag some other … Continue reading Blogging Tour (Blogging From the Heart)

I Thought It Was Only Me

When I was in my early 20's, I went through a very dark period in my life. It was like every bad thing that had ever happened finally caught up to me and I couldn't deny it any longer. I sank into a deep depression, thought often about dying and just about gave up on … Continue reading I Thought It Was Only Me

5 Lessons of Adversity I Hope Everyone Experiences

Life is hard. Even when life is really, really good, it’s hard. I’ve always been drawn to warriors who have lived hard lives because they’re the ones who will tell it like it is. They’ll tell you that the circumstances they’ve faced have beaten them down but that it’s a choice to stand back up. … Continue reading 5 Lessons of Adversity I Hope Everyone Experiences

Buzz

Before I started this blog, I had another blog where I anonymously wrote about sobriety and recovery. When I decided to not be anonymous anymore, I started with a fresh blog and this is the first post I wrote. Side note: the blogger/author I’m talking about is Glennon Doyle Melton at Momastery.

It’s Nature Karen

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I was struck dumb by envy a few days ago. One of my favorite bloggers released an excerpt from her new book and I couldn’t wait to read it. As I soaked up every word, my excitement turned to a sick feeling of discouragement. The excerpt was so awesome. It was everything I would write it if I could write like her. She was reading my mind! But instead of feeling understood and encouraged, I felt a sinking feeling that she’s saying everything I’ve ever wanted to say better than I can say it. Why bother to write at all? The best words have been taken.

As I was reeling from the disappointment and wrestling with feelings of ineptitude, I saw a bee walk across my floor. Bees love our yard and if we leave a door open for any amount of time, one is bound to…

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