Loss, Gratitude, and the Vulnerability of Fierce Love

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~ Thornton Wilder This past Saturday, there was a devastating house fire two doors down from my apartment, causing $100,000 in damage to my neighbors’ beautiful home in northwest Portland. As I biked past the wreckage on Monday and saw my …

The Personal Impact of Angelina Jolie’s Public Announcement

A few years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I still remember receiving the devastating phone call, hearing in her voice the fear she felt even as she attempted to conceal it for my benefit, and the way the news hit me in a tangible, physical way as she told me about the lump she’d discovered during a …

A Penny For Your Thoughts: How Journaling Can Help You Heal

Buried in a closet somewhere in my apartment is a ridiculously large box of old journals, some of which date back to the late 1980s and recount the goings-on of my 1st grade self – navigating friendships, playing soccer, riding my bike, starting to discover that boys were maybe kind of cute. There are journals from my high school, college, …

What’s Love Got To Do With It: 5 Reasons to Love Acupuncture

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but let’s keep the love alive a bit longer to talk about why acupuncture is so awesome . It’s no secret that I LOVE acupuncture. A lot. In honor of last week’s celebration of love and the fact that February is Heart Health Month, I want to share just a few of the many …