Step Up.

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Step Up.

Hello my sweet friends.  I hope this post finds you well into the transition into the restorative, reflective time that is fall.  Here in the mountains we have already had our first tastes of winter with snow falling earlier that we’ve ever experienced.  We’ve spent more days indoors by the fire and bundled up to go outside to hike through a colorful palette of slippery leaves in a drippy forest.  In many ways, the speed of life seems to slow down a bit and we reconnect with the rhythm of the natural world.  But lately, I’ve been feeling like we need a bit more… (more…)

Humility, Strength and Creativity Arise from the Ashes

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Humility, Strength and Creativity Arise from the Ashes

It seems that everywhere we turn, humans are being humbled by Mother Nature lately.  We’ve been reminded of just how much we take for granted a safe place to live, clean water to drink, roads to drive on, stocked grocery stores, clean air to breathe, and the safety net of stability that these amenities provide us.  Stripped of these amenities we feel wobbly, uncertain, and anxious about what will come next.  Here in our mountain home, we have been seriously humbled by a wildfire that is dangerously close to our home and the homes of many of our dear friends.  (more…)

Check it out! New Art!

Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Check it out! New Art!

Friends!   Today’s the day!  I am beyond excited to finally get to share the latest artwork that I’ve been working on this spring and early summer.  There are 12 new pieces and they are all included in my 2018 calendar which is also hot off the presses!  This post will be a teaser of sorts and over the next several months I’ll continue to spotlight different images, what inspired them, and how I hope they will inspire you.  But for now… onto the teasing!  Without further ado…

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Savoring the Sweet and the Sour of Summer

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Savoring the Sweet and the Sour of Summer

Hello friends…
It has been a while. Summer days are here again and time has been passing faster than ever. I’ve been trying to soak it all in as much as possible. Lately, I’ve been paying particular attention to my attitude towards the sweet verses the “sour” moments. I want to stay open to it all. After all, life is filled with both and its richness comes from the contrast of it all – those moments that have both the sweet and the sour all mixed together. And in keeping with that effort this post is a simple stream of sweet and sour moments, gratitudes of sorts. I hope you can relate and enjoy the “and-both-ness” of it all. (more…)

This one goes out to the papas

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

This one goes out to the papas

Hello friends – and especially all the papas out there.  This weekend is Father’s Day and I’d like to take a moment to send some love out to all the dads.  One of our papa friends used to joke with us that both Mother’s and Father’s days were holidays dreamed up by clever mamas.  His logic went something like this – on Mother’s Day all the dads are expected to take the kids to give the moms a break and then on Father’s Day, dads are given the “opportunity” to take the kids so they can spend time enjoying their fatherhood.  I always got a good laugh out of this because in a lot of circles it really is true.  And I know plenty of mamas out there who would argue that it is totally legit to give the papas any and all extra time with the kids.  While I know that some dad stereotypes may have some validity, I just gotta take this moment to say, that’s not the reality I see in my world.  (more…)

Mama Don’t Play That Game Anymore

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Mama Don’t Play That Game Anymore

Hello friends,

Wow.  Can you believe spring has finally arrived?  I know. I know.  In some parts of the world, spring has been here for months… You may even be thinking more summery thoughts by now.  But here in the mountains, spring has just arrived, and boy am I ever glad she’s here.  I love the renewal of life, new beginnings and fresh energy.  But, if you’re anything like me, you have to check yourself when you feel the burst of spring energy.  Often, the hustle of spring cleaning, house projects, outdoor activities, birthday parties, lessons, and team sports can leave you wound up and wiped out in short order.  That’s why this mama is trying out a new motto…

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Five Ways to Foster Meaningful Connections in Your Life

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Five Ways to Foster Meaningful Connections in Your Life

Hello friends,

With the divisive tone of our political climate, the endless winter weather here in the Pacific Northwest, and the lack of togetherness generated by way too much time in front of a screen – I’m craving some connection!  In case any of you are feeling the same way, I thought I would do a little brainstorming on ways to foster connection as a simple reminder for us all.   I hope you find it helpful!   So let’s dive in, shall we? (more…)

Inspired by the Unexpected

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Inspired by the Unexpected

This week I found inspiration in an unexpected place and I really felt compelled to share it with you.  Here in the Pacific Northwest we’ve had a ridiculous amount of snow, rain, sleet, ice – precipitation in all its forms.  It has been relentless and while I know it is so so so good for the water table, aquifers, rivers, streams ,and all that depend on them – I am feeling beat down by all the energy given to managing life in this weather.  This coupled with the craziness and uncertainty of the political climate has left me (and so many others I know) feeling disoriented, tired and a little crazy.  Inspiration has been fleeting when it comes.  But this week I found inspiration in a big way and in a really unexpected place… (more…)

Love is in the Air

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Love is in the Air

Hello friends,

I’m feeling like a light has been rekindled in my heart after participating in the women’s march in Portland last weekend.  It was powerful and moving and renewed my faith in humanity all at once.  So good.  Following this experience (and in light of Valentine’s Day coming up in a few weeks), I’m feeling that love is in the air.  (more…)

Loving Yourself is the Greatest Revolution

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Loving Yourself is the Greatest Revolution

I’m marching in the women’s march in Portland on Saturday.  I have never done anything like this before, but I feel so called to do it that when the opportunity arose, I said yes without thinking for a second about whether or not I should.  I’ve since thought more about it.  We’ve had winter storms of epic proportions here.  Am I really sure I want to travel to the city  on snow covered roads to do this?  And the answer is a clear, resounding… Yes.  Why?  The answer that keeps coming up for me is this…

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