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I took a walk in the woods yesterday. Not to count steps, calories burned, or even to puzzle out daily life problems. I took a walk in the woods to light up my heart and set my soul on fire. It was a cool, sunny spring day, the woods were birthing new green, and the scent of possibility was in the air (yes, that would include pollen). There is nothing more healing than a solitary mindful meander through the woods on a day like this – as long as you pay attention. You know how you instantly feel better about everything when you enter the woods? Something seems to take hold of you and gently cleanse the unnecessary worries away? Some call it forest bathing or Shinrin Yoku, others a sort of walking meditation. “…when I am alone I can become invisible. I can siton the top of a dune…

For years I thought that for my work to really matter it had to be my passion. Or, I had to work for an organization with the meaningful philanthropic mission, or simply have work that allowed me to directly make some sort of epic difference in the world. The reality is that most of us just have to work, period. And hopefully, we will generally like what we do. Growing up, and even now, we are all told to find our passion and work accordingly. We are sold countless books, meditations, workshops, assessments, and tests that supposedly help us to find our true purpose and passion. It has always been difficult for me to understand why it’s not enough to just be who we are, as we are, and why we have to search for something else. I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent hours years on all of…

For many years I was asleep. Perhaps it was my brain simply trying to protect me from the hurts of the world, both past and present. Or perhaps it was just the”default” mode of operation that I ended up in after years of closing the doors and hiding from the truth of my life during that time. In 2007, after having 2 beautiful children, 16 years of an unhappy marriage along with many many extra pounds of padding on my physical body, I began to wake up. Now this is where my story really begins – because in my quest to live a more fulfilled and connected life,  I thought I was supposed to look for my “true calling” and “pursue my passion.” So I set off on a journey to do just that – and now here I am 9 years later feeling like I wandered down the wrong road. I cannot say it’s not…

1| Let. It. Go. 2| Yes, I can. 3| The time is now. 4| Inhale love, exhale hate. 5| I am enough. I have enough. There is enough. 6| Quiet. Focus. Trust. 7| Breathe in peace, breathe out love. 8| Be true. Be kind. Be present. Breathe.