Tag Archives: Conscious Living

Magic Surrounds Us: Most Notably in the Ordinary

Magic is Everywhere - Art by Edward Runci

If there’s one thing I know to be true, it’s that we are always surrounded by love, grace, and magic. These are core beliefs that have guided me for many years. Yet, to be honest with you, there have been long moments this year when I have forgotten that I am loved and that grace […]

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Summer Savoring: What’s the Rush, Buttercup?

summer picnic

It’s easy to look back on the summers of childhood and remember the boredom of long, hot days. The truth is, though, boredom was good for us. Boredom helps our minds to be creative: to think outside the box, be self-reliant,  and learn differently. No, we weren’t sitting in a classroom solving math problems, but […]

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Ten Tips to Hasten Post-Fire Recovery


The story I shared with you about my return to writing in a paper journal was only one story of bonfires. You see, I’ve built more than one of those blazes in my lifetime and I’m sure there are more to come. Building a bonfire to destroy old truths and outdated beliefs is worth it, […]

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You Are Worth Creating Sacred Space

You Are Worth Creating Sacred Space

“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.” ― Joseph Campbell One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn (time and again) is that my mind and soul need quiet and order to thrive. And I’m not just talking about the beautiful sound of silence. I’m talking about the […]

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Stop Beating Yourself Up Over Past Mistakes

Case of the Footloose Doll James Bingham 1958

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson […]

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You Can Choose Routines AND Awareness


Remarkable routines allow you to get more done with your time. You can judge their efficiency by the sheer fact that you don’t have to overthink them; you just move through them with a sense of ease. Routines support your lifestyle and your dreams. They also nourish your spirit. If you find yourself struggling with […]

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If The Circus Beckons: Try The Three L’s


When I was a little girl, especially after a rotten day, I would contemplate running away to the circus. We had visited a place called “Circus World” where the folks working for Barnum & Bailey Circuses would train, and it seemed an ideal place to escape. Because, of course, if I ran away to the […]

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Let’s Shed the Shame of Ordinary Desire

Art by Andrei Markin

The year 2010 was filled with more changes than most folks would ever desire in a decade, let alone a single year. One of my biggest contracts ended early, which necessitated a career shift in February. I was no longer in the role of daily parenting. My mother was diagnosed with cancer. I met a […]

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Celebrating the Journey from 45 to 46


I will be turning forty-six this coming week. Most days, I still feel thirty-six, until I happen to walk by a mirror and catch the glint of silver in my hair. I used to be afraid of getting older, but to be honest, the last year has reminded me that there is an uncelebrated beauty […]

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Thrive Don’t Just Survive: Begin With Sleep

how to thrive not just survive begin with sleep

Though it isn’t quite my birthday, I want to share with you one of the lessons I’ve learned this last year. The most critical thing I can do to care for myself is to get adequate sleep. I hate to break it to you kitten, but if you want to feel happier, be more productive, […]

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