On Wholehearted Love and Why It Matters If You Like Yourself

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” ~E.E. Cummings I spent the majority of my 20s being not particularly fond of myself on a deep fundamental level. I was also entirely unaware of how worthwhile it would be to invest in learning how to like myself, believing …

Happy New Year! What the Year of the Horse Has In Store For Us and How To Harness Its Power For Good

Well, friends, the Year of the Horse is officially upon us.* I, for one, am immensely excited about this shift in cosmic energy, eager to move out of the deeply introspective, sometimes chaotically emotional, paradigm-altering state of being that has dominated over the past couple of years. While absolutely essential to forward movement, these more internal, introverted, degenerative phases of …

Unicorns, Synchronicity, and Embracing the Absurd

The National Animal of Scotland is the Unicorn. Seriously. THE UNICORN. This is one of my favorite random facts because it conveys to me a certain playfulness and prioritization of fun that I feel is often lacking in our modern society. And a belief in magic and myth and mystery. Because we spend too much time being serious, I think, …

Let’s Redefine Failure. Because It Matters How Much Fun You Had Getting Here.

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” ~Truman Capote Last year around this time, I laid out a variety of goals for myself to tackle in the coming year, having some lofty ideas about just what was possible during 2013. Some of these goals I just barely reached, some I totally destroyed (in a good way), but many …

On Letting Go and Making Space: How Knowing Your Values Changes Everything

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” ~ Roy Disney “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”   ~Nelson Mandela Oh, man. Life takes some unexpected turns sometimes, doesn’t it? You make all sorts of grand plans for your life …

Sad Days, Deep Breaths, and Hot Baths: On The Relationship Between Loneliness and Self-Love

“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Gautama Buddha I have already discussed the many benefits of surrounding yourself with a team of supportive, compassionate, non-judgmental, loyal, and loving individuals with whom you can band together in the event of an apocalyptic disaster. I neglected to mention, however, the most important …

On Zombies, Friendship, and Building Your Apocalypse Team*

“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” ~ Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934 I’ve talked a lot here about just how life changing and paradigm shifting and eye opening the past year of my …