And The Tree Spoke: Nature as Healer {Scene & Story}

And The Tree Spoke: Nature as Healer {Scene & Story}

These trees speak to me and call me by name. They are my medicine. My church. Among the trees, I commune with the Divine.
Nature is a Healer. It is our birthright to follow the medicine that calls to your soul.

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A New Year’s Eve Journaling Exercise for Healing and Growth

A New Year’s Eve Journaling Exercise for Healing and Growth

The year ends on the tail of a new moon offering us a beautiful space for self-reflection.  I recently stayed at a sea-side cottage in coastal Maine where I could see the tide recede from the shoreline each afternoon.  There’s an emptiness, a receding-ness, about the new moon energy too. It’s the same energy that supports us as we release negativity and all things that […]

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Birthday Gratitude:: 39 Things I’m Grateful For

Birthday Gratitude:: 39 Things I’m Grateful For

39 things I’m grateful for on my 39th birthday Because gratitude is a message to the universe that we are ready accept, expand, live.  1. A partner who loves me, mind, body, and spirit. 2. A daughter who has taught me more about joy, beauty, goodness, and truth than other person on earth. 3. Protection from God’s angels. 4. Poetry. Not just poems, not just words. […]

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Writing Prompt: I return this to you

Writing Prompt: I return this to you

You have the power to discard and reject the lies that have been spoken over you. You can say, this is not my pain; this is not my fear; this shame is not mine. Declare what doesn’t serve you and send it back to it’s source.

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Writing Prompt: What does your Wild Heart really want to say?

Writing Prompt: What does your Wild Heart really want to say?

Writing helps us cut through the internal critic. What would your truest self – your heart-self – say if it were set free? Try this writing prompt: my wild heart wants to tell you…

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Finding Joy in Your Writing Practice

Finding Joy in Your Writing Practice

If you’re anything like me, you probably find that much of your writing has come from the intense moments in your life. I look through an old pile of journals and read about long-forgotten heartbreaks, about loss and trauma, and other charged moments. There is a reason for this. Our attention naturally drifts toward areas of disturbance. Think about it. You may not often notice […]

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Writing to Discover: The magic of free-writing

Writing to Discover: The magic of free-writing

Writing can create connections between what you know in your mind and what you know in your heart. The process of free-writing is one way to help us get past our inner critic. It’s an exercise many writers to turn to again and again to get the words onto the page and break free of the dreaded writer’s block. But it is also a wonderful tool when […]

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5 Self-Care Rituals for Writers

5 Self-Care Rituals for Writers

Writing about trauma means I have to prioritize self-care in order to avoid becoming overwhelmed. In expressive writing exercises, even if you’re not writing about particularly difficult experiences, writing still requires focused emotional energy. Writers need nourishing acts of self-care to keep them from becoming depleted. In my recent Poetry and Ritual workshop, we talked about the parallels between the two arts. I won’t give away the […]

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Sample Journaling System: A Place to Write

Sample Journaling System: A Place to Write

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know that I stress handwriting over typing for first drafts and journaling. It’s not just my nerdy love of paper. I talk about all the reasons I love handwriting (and when I don’t) in this post. For now, here’s a peek into the types of journals I keep. Be inspired and keep writing. Types of journals and their […]

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Why I Keep Ugly Journals

Why I Keep Ugly Journals

There are many reasons excuses for not writing. Most recently, I was stuck with the silliest excuse: I could not write in my journal because it was too pretty. I know it seems ridiculous but feeling resistance to writing is too common. When I can blame that resistance on the journal, I’ve effectively let myself off the hook. The culprit for my writer’s block was a […]

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