Life is Like Kayaking, Enjoy the Journey

With a wink and a smile, I offer this: Life is like kayaking, enjoy the journey. Why? Glad you asked! 😉 On a glorious spring morning, my wife and I paddled out onto the Hood Canal. As the sun smiled on us, we could see the Olympic mountains peering down on mirrorlike waters. With peace hanging in … Continue reading Life is Like Kayaking, Enjoy the Journey

Sharing Our Shame Stories

I can’t believe how “blind” I was. Which I think is hilarious to say metaphorically when I’m literally 50% blind! 🤣Cracking myself up aside though, picture this: After spending 90 minutes of my workday unsuccessfully trying to get our ice machine to work again, I started cooking us dinner at 5pm. I’d looked over the recipe, … Continue reading Sharing Our Shame Stories

Being Here, Now, with Hearts Full of Love

I've been feeling unusually stressed lately. In exploring "why", two root causes revealed themselves. With several literal stacks of books to read for my doctorate project, looming papers to write, trying/struggling to teach more yoga, wanting to plan in-person events for my book (once we're allowed again), and more, future tripping is a prime culprit. When … Continue reading Being Here, Now, with Hearts Full of Love

An Ode/Invitation to Grace

I feel SO blessed to be in a wonderful circle of friends who are family, and family who are friends! In reflecting on what makes them so amazing, the word that came to me is “Grace”. Grace is a gift, free of charge, that loves and celebrates you just as you are. Its typically tender hands … Continue reading An Ode/Invitation to Grace

Balance Brings Bliss

How do we measure success? How do we find it? Are those different? For instance, it's been 7+ months since my memoir, Falling into Love: The Transformative Power of Community, came out. Thus far, we've made ~3% of what we spent to self-publish it back. That's a big financial failure by any measuring stick! YET, what … Continue reading Balance Brings Bliss

“Running” From Our Sweetest Selves

Have you ever had something you couldn’t let go of? Or were terrified of what it would mean to not _____? Even when it wasn’t joyful, life-giving, or loving? Maybe even limiting, unhealthy, or hurtful? I have been a runner my whole adult life. As in from 1998-2020, I likely averaged 50 miles a week. … Continue reading “Running” From Our Sweetest Selves

Awe Makes Awesome

I take our dog Biscuits out about 20 times a week, which is fine by me as I use the time to both enjoy fresh air and play Words with Friends. The other day though, a voice whispered, "don't play. Just be." So, with the cold wind blowing and rain falling steadily, that's what I … Continue reading Awe Makes Awesome

Sparkling Like a Disco Ball

When it comes to healing, growing, and becoming more alive/loving, I love metaphors. Lately I’ve been mulling this one over: Don’t be broken glass, be a disco ball! When we get hurt or fail, that bit of us is like the shards of a broken window, sharp and painful. And, until we do the work of healing … Continue reading Sparkling Like a Disco Ball

Be Emotional!

My wife was sharing her feelings with me the other day, when out of fear, instead of holding space for her, I shut her down. You see, part of me is afraid the messy, not so pleasant emotions will overwhelm me. Yet, I'm increasingly coming to find the healthiest thing to do is to feel, honor, … Continue reading Be Emotional!

Imagination: The Birthplace of Better Realities

While I was out running after a heavy rainfall, I happened to notice a stream flowing in the drainage ditch, and was transported to my childhood. I remembered hours of carefree fun spent racing leaves, building damns, and having all sorts of creative adventures in such waters with nature’s building blocks. Good times! Today, I’m … Continue reading Imagination: The Birthplace of Better Realities