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French Woman Camping

My life on the other side of taking charge. I’m not French, but feel inspired by the elegant sophistication French women exude. And… they make doing dishes in high heels look effortless. I love to camp in the great outdoors; however, I want to enjoy it like a French Woman. My inner tomboy has …

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Let’s Hear Those Sleigh Bells Jingling

Let's hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling too...  These lyrics were playing on my radio when I went to return my rental car but the location was closed.  Rather than letting the 1/2 hour delay ruin my whole day, I drove to the nearest...

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Lady Madonna

There's a favorite scene of mine in the movie Under the Tucson Sun where Diane Lane's friend shows up at her house in Tuscany, nine months pregnant and in the midst of a broken heart.  She's devastated, crying and says, "How do you breathe again...?" Diane Lane's...

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Someone’s Knocking On My Door

I’ve been operating on Gazelle adrenaline - the kind that's being chased by a Tiger, but always staying one step ahead. The kind where my fight or flight mechanisms are in working order, but have been over extended for the past two years. Unlike a Gazelle, I’ve kept...

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Grief is Where Pain & Beauty Merge

Grief is…  Awkward peaceful angry raw real loving graceful painful bitter euphoric gracious tender bold fear violent righteous debilitating alive wonder splitting courageous solid true crumbling aching painful beautiful transforming layered kind gripping...

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My Harebrained Vulnerability

Another snapshot in the ongoing acceptance of healing after loss... We're talking real life here... The kind that wants to stay hidden, but is there on the surface if you look close enough... or at least my daughter, Simone, looks close enough and lets me know what...

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Marianne Williamson, My 30 Year Mentor

October 2013 was when Marianne Williamson announced she was running for Congress, and October 1985 was when I first met her. In the span of almost 30 years I’ve been influenced by someone I don't know personally, but who had a profound impact on my life...

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How My Dust Bunny Confronted My Playboy Bunny

How does a blindsided woman reclaim her femininity and personal power when the man she loves chooses another? There are many answers to the century old dilemma. Betrayal is nothing new; it has been happening in relationships since the dawn of time. However, in my...

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The Power of Simplifying

Gandhi's heart spoke it, Einstein knew it, Frank Lloyd Wright built it, and Mother Teresa held it in her hands. All visionaries were called to harness the power of simplicity within their purpose and mission. I feel the same holds true for each of us building a life...

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Holiday Healing

The Holidays- that slippery slope to my Achilles heal when renewing life after loss.  It is the time of year that has always been sacred to me, but has become another hurdle to morph into a milestone. And, it's a milestone that I've had to polish the rough edges with...

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French Woman Camping Headquarters

Today, I'm writing to you from my office. It's my new sanctuary that I've found quiet inspiration to create from. It's my flagship headquarters where all the nuts and bolts of my business blossom. I design the blueprint of my vision within these walls... these walls...

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Hope is Where the Heart is

I was sitting in my little studio guest house, weeding thru the jungle of emotional land mines after my husband left and feeling the raw pain of rebuilding my life, when the phone rang... My sister said, "Someone opened fire at an elementary school in Connecticut,...

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A Place Where Healing Lives

I recently went to the Cirque du Soleil show, Love, for my cousins birthday.  I was inspired by the stunning performances, costumes, music and overall message that the powerful four-letter word represents. The simultaneous action and emotion happening on stage...

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In Gratitude of You

During this Thanksgiving Holiday, I'm reflective of the gift you are to me. The gratitude I feel for you reading my words, sharing your comments and connecting to the bigger vision of moving beyond pain, is inspiring to me. It takes courage to step beyond suffering...

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The Secret of Change

Socrates said, "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new."  Fighting the old leaves us distracted and keeps us stuck without options to move beyond pain and suffering.  Building the new makes space to let love...

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Child Prodigy or Divorce Anthology?

Unexpected moments that reconnect me to the cornerstones of what matter, are the delicious moments I truly live for. It's easy to get caught up in the daily grind of rebuilding life after loss. The seemingly endless focus of basic needs for food, clothing, shelter,...

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How Hemingway and Angelou Got Me Out of My Kitchen

When I have a moment on my own, I secretly enjoy an occasional greasy diner breakfast. I go to have black coffee, poached eggs, hash browns crispy, with a side of wheat toast. And... I want to go incognito, plus connect with the warm and friendly staff.  Mostly, I...

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