It Takes Courage to Change

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” ― Nora Ephron It’s my life – not my mother’s – right? I thought I had done well in my efforts to not be like my mother and yet, when it mattered the most, I was paralyzed by the fears that all we fully programmedContinue reading “It Takes Courage to Change”

Resilience

I remember being told that I was resilient. I knew I was receiving a compliment but I didn’t feel anything except exhaustion. As I think about this, I suppose I felt exhausted because I was coming out of a long and painful transition. I had been successful in the eyes of others but I hadContinue reading “Resilience”

The Importance of Community

The need for connection and community is primal, as fundamental as the need for air, water, and food. ~ Dean Ornish I felt a visceral void within me for years. It was growing and becoming more noticeable. Finally, when it became impossible to ignore, I remember weighing my choices and I’m so grateful I choseContinue reading “The Importance of Community”

Flow is Freedom and Ease

Change begins with awareness which leads to an awakening. From there, a discovery might occur which can open the door to courage, action and finally flow. Once we’ve reach a state of flow, is this it – have we arrived? Can we always be in a state of flow? Can we always be happy, positiveContinue reading “Flow is Freedom and Ease”

Say No to Resolutions and Yes to Transformational Change

Research shows that as many as 50% of adults in the United States make New Year’s resolutions, but fewer than 10% keep them for more than a few months.  Why is that?  I searched the internet for studies about why this is, and I found an article by Dr. Charles Herrick, Chair of Psychiatry, NuvanceContinue reading “Say No to Resolutions and Yes to Transformational Change”

Stop the Negative Self-Talk

I’ve been preparing for my upcoming online conversation about “Weeding Out Negative Self-Talk” and I began to think about my own experience with this and when it was that I first realized how much I put myself down and described myself in incredibly negative terms.  I distinctly remember a time about 10 years ago orContinue reading “Stop the Negative Self-Talk”

A Celebration of Sobriety

Originally published in AA Agnostica on 7/19/2020: https://aaagnostica.org/2020/07/19/the-labyrinth-facilitator It is July 2020 and I’m celebrating an anniversary – 13 years of sobriety.  I’m so fulfilled today and so proud of this achievement that I often have to ask how this perfectionistic Atheist managed such a transformation?  How did I go from feeling so angry, afraidContinue reading “A Celebration of Sobriety”