Category Archive for "Organic Tribes"

Capturing (and thus Losing) the Moment

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All the Subtle Ways I’ve Ruined Celebrations

Isn’t it funny how you don’t even realize how much something sucks the life and the joy (or maybe just the potential) out of the something until you stop doing it? When Michelle and Jessica asked me to share about Celebrations I kinda cringed a little. I have a long track record of unconsciously screwing up some great moments. But true to form, Life spoke through my BS and told me I am only here to share my own story. And since my left-brain side likes to count things out, what better way to speak then to list all the ways I’ve ruined celebrations, and how I’m learning through them. 1. Insisting they weren’t necessary I did this for a very long time. “Oh, I don’t want anything for Mother’s Day.” “No, it’s just a birthday; not a big deal.” This was something I stared right in the face a…

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Howling at the Moon and the Things Captured

A full moon, a super moon, sumer solstice, and the lead-up to Mercury Retrograde. Oh I was feeling it all. And this time I let myself go, let myself create a little #howlfest to sink into. I circled with new friends and allowed tears to flow, even though they had no obvious source. I leaned in and trusted the cleansing process that I could feel was taking place. I rested. I drank cheap wine from a mason jar and watched stupid movies and was okay with that. I drew myself in with my guys, disconnecting for the weekend, and allowing ourselves to head to a matinee, to laugh in the truck, to make new dishes, and read paperbacks I found in the laundry room. I dove into a drum circle, and took place in the changing of the guards, the drumming to the setting of the sun and the rising…

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The Four (Biggest) Mistakes of Personal Growth Junkies

Do you know how hard it was to title this post? I almost called it “The Four Mistakes of Seeking Self-Awareness” but vague and noncommittal woo-woo jargon only sometimes float my boat and never for titles. Anyway, what I hope you know I’m talking about is those of us that are committed to rising up out of the habit of sleep-walking through our lives to grow spiritually and inter-personally in ways that fulfill and satisfy our desire to experience all that Life is offering and asking of us. I’m talking to those of us who want to be awake and embracing Life. Those of us who already live pretty unconventionally, even if it’s only vicariously right now. Those of us who want more. I’m talking from experience, too. Experience in my own life. Experience with clients who stumble with the same things. These are the four biggest mistakes I see…

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Retiring One Program and Changing Another

Grab a cup o’tea and pull up a seat with me. Lemme tell you where my heart is taking me and let’s see if your heart wants to come along. Hello sweet sisters, Some of you already know but for those that don’t, one of my intentions for this year is to make my work and the Organic Sisterhood more dynamic, more connection-based, more ME. I lost a bit of that me-ness last year, and although it was a necessary experience to shape my spirit, I’m ready to come back to my center. I want my “business” relationships to reflect my personal relationships. I want more of my voice and intentions to be reflected, not just when you coach with me, but anytime you connect with me. And I want to pour my heart into this community and see just how flourishing and rich and comfortable I can make it….

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And It Shall Be Known As The Big Chill

We met and connected instantly with the Paul family and the Mattern family back at Wide Sky Days in September. Justin and I invited them to join us in January in the Keys. We weren’t sure it would come together (because how often do such things ever pan out with three busy lives?), but it did. It may have taken us 3 hours to decide but our time together came to be known as #thebigchill13. (You can see all the photos on Instagram with that tag). I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it is to call these families our friends, to see our kids connect, and to have so much fun. So different in so many ways, so very much the same, all with a total love and appreciation for one another. The sheer amount of laughter, depth, fun, and support we shared with these incredible people is…

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9 Steps to Break Free, Live Deeply, and Experience More Life in 2013

Happy New Years to my sisters in spirit! If you’re at all like me this time of year has you at least a little swept up in the intention-creating, reflection-inducing, hope-nurturing energy of it all. Are you wondering how to have the best year possible? How to actually meet your goals and create your experiences and swim in that deep sense of fulfillment and joy and peace that you’re so hungry for? Here are my best tips, learned from hard-earned experience, total successes and painful lessons: Make a List of Everything You Wanna Do (big and little): Call it a Bucket List or a Life List or whatever, but dream big and dream a little SCARY. If not you’ll find another year has passed by without anything to remark on. You will NOT get it all done in a year (or you’ll drive yourself crazy trying), but it will keep…

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Time Again to Pull Back In {And a Request For Happy Mail}

Erin Goodman is facilitating a #slowholidays tradition this year and I’m taking that as just another cue from the Universe that it’s time to unplug my HSP self for a bit. “Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, I’m finding enjoyment in the things that stop time”. – David Hyde Pierce I seem to do this nearly every year around this time don’t I? Last year it was The Holiday Reset Challenge with Hannah Marcotti. A few years before that I took the whole month off the internet. Hea-ven-ly. This year it’s just me, slowing things down and pulling things in. Me and Justin closing out the year together, looking back on what we’ve done and looking forward to what we want to do. Me, Justin and Zeb coming together. It still feels like a giant reset button for me. Here’s what I intend* it to look like: No social media….

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Is “filling our cups” conditional happiness for mamas?

I love all you women on the Tribe/Sisterhood forums. If you’re not on there, or not over there often, they’re all so beautifully deep and reflective and honest. The conversations that stem from those qualities are cup-filling for me, big time. One such conversation was on that exact topic, “Filling Our Cups”, also the first module of the Organic Parenting e-course. This part of the course focuses on a part of the Digging Deep process that is based off of Nonviolent Communication. A really important and soul-stretching discussion was opened up on whether our attempts to meet our needs and create the elements that “fill our cups” can lock us into a form of conditional happiness…as in “I can only be happy when I get what I want”. This was particularly thought-provoking for me: I worry that I will become *dependent* on “getting my me-time” or whatever it is, for…

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There and Back Again {A Tale of Thanksgiving and Spiritual Failure}

We just arrived home from a 9 day trip back to Las Vegas. Let me warn you now, this post may be long, meandering, and senseless to anyone but me while I try to make sense of the many things going on in my head and my heart. {I’m also going to talk somewhat candidly here and do so mindfully and in my never-freaking-ending practice to keep my focus on my own heart, without projecting or losing sight of my own accountability. None of this is “about” anyone, hold my experience with Life and how the hell we make sense of the seemingly senseless hurt it can deliver.} Ascending on my hometown Feeling more like a visitor this time {than the escapee of before} I haven’t missed this place Haven’t missed “home” Although I know that’s not the story for all Those were the words I quickly penned as our…

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