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What Do You Seek?

What you seek is seeking you. I have been attracted to this quote attributed to the 13th century Persian Sufi poet Rumi since my 20s. It makes a lot of sense since I am a medievalist at heart. But I'm a lot older now and feeling impatient at the transitions I face in life. But… Continue reading What Do You Seek?

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I’m Back, and I am Thrilled to Share this with you… I am back! It has been too long, but life offers us twists and turns along the way. If you know me, you know that I appreciate randomness and the magic of what appears random. If you are new here know that it is my intention to bring topics and conversation about creativity, writing,… Continue reading I’m Back, and I am Thrilled to Share this with you…

random thoughts

Found this Beauty between barren apartment and concrete edifice of freeway. I’m always amazed and soothed by sights like this rose bush. Perfect reminder of the impermanence of difficulty.. 🌊. . . #lifeisbeautiful #seekbeauty #bloom #impermanence #spring

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Pulled a card. Random magic. 💙 Turns out it was White Magic. Wake. Heal. 🌊 Choose to create. * Deck: Enchanted Oracle #divination #randommagic #creativity #purpose #meaning #powerofchoice #choosekind #shelter

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creative thinking, In Vino Veritas, summer workshops

Live the Creative Life

Introducing Summer Creativity Workshop Series! Monrovia, CA I am super excited to be able to offer a series of creativity workshops this summer designed to help us deal with this chaotic, busy life and find connection. The last thing we feel is creative with all the demands of our post-modern world.  However, creativity is the… Continue reading Live the Creative Life

10 seconds to Zen, creative thinking, Poetry, random thoughts

What are you doing to save yourself today?

"The world is violent and mercurial — it will have its way with you. We are saved only by love — love for each other and the love that we pour into the art we feel compelled to share: being a parent; being a writer; being a painter; being a friend. We live in a… Continue reading What are you doing to save yourself today?


Life Coaching

If you are in need of a fellow navigator/mentor on your life path— check this post out. Full disclosure: He is my partner and spouse. However, part of the reason we are together is due to his coaching gift. Enjoy!


Often when someone mentions a coach I have a quick flashback to being on a sports team when I was a kid. My recollection of most of my early coaches is a middle aged male who mostly yelled and expected a better effort on the field or court. Later on in life, I became a soccer coach myself and I did find myself yelling, at times, but I also directed and encouraged my players to stay focused and aware. However, it was not ideal for all every athlete because some needed more explanation and support than others.

So where I am going with this? Well, the answer is the helpful life coach. The type of coach that walks with you, listens to your thoughts and beliefs, and helps navigate with you on the path that you are following. But most importantly, it is a collaboration. The power of this dynamic…

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10 seconds to Zen, random thoughts


In this period of life when we hustle and zip about, relationships can get lost in between the characters in our texts and pithy lines of social media prose.  Caught in the metal world of platinum, plastic and other types of alloys that I didn't research to make this post, we are super saturated in… Continue reading Togetherness

10 seconds to Zen, random thoughts

When times get tough, remember your practice (10 Seconds to Zen)

When was the last time you checked in with your practice?It is one thing to talk about how quick it might be to get to Zen when you take the time to begin a practice.  It is quite another to become accountable to the practice.  So here is a quick check-in. Have you made a… Continue reading When times get tough, remember your practice (10 Seconds to Zen)