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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

You are Qualified!!


Self doubt is a tricky little thing that creeps into our hearts and our minds and tell us we aren't enough. We aren't qualified. We aren't an expert. I'm familiar with self doubt. Oh yes. She tells me things about myself all of the time. She has been present for years..whispering negative thoughts, laughing at my dreams, telling me I'm ridiculous. Not anymore. Today I break up with self doubt and I enter into a relationship with self love instead. We are very happy together.

"It is not our credentials but our commitment to a higher purpose that creates effectiveness in the world. Our power doesn't lie in our resume or connections. Our power lies in our clarity on why we're here on Earth. We'll be important players if we think that way. And the important players in the coming years will be the people who contribute to the healing of the world."- Marianne Williamson

So to you, out there in the world, I tell you that you TOO are enough. Your dreams aren't silly. You have the qualifications you need to do anything you want so long as you have the passion. Let's do it!

Love & Light.....

A

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Mother Nature's Reset Button



As I was walking on a trail yesterday, I was making a conscience effort to look at the trees and the fields and capture that picture in my head. The yellows, reds, oranges, and even subtle beige colors. It all felt so alive and virbrant. If you look at the colors of Fall and don’t feel something inside you, then you need to be looking a lot closer.

The leaves are taking a final bow. Soon they will all fall to the ground. The crops have been harvested, the fields all lay flat. The forest will soon give the appearance of being dead. Quiet. Still. The sky will turn to gloom and it will feel as though a wave of sadness has cast its shadow over mother nature.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Mystical Magic of the Falls...

                                   
Trickling water cascading down the falls. Hope spilling over and over again as nature makes all pure. I stare at the Falls wondering where the water has been and what story it could tell. What secrets can it reveal to me about true purity and life?

We walk against a narrow pass. I have our youngest strapped to my back as I carefully balance uphill to the top of the Falls. I can see where this could make some people feel uneasy...as if this isn't 'safe'. But not to me. This moment feels raw and exciting like getting a drug of euphoria IV'd into my arm. My soul shouts "Yes! Yes! HELL YES!"
                                  


After we spend moments staring at the beautiful falls and admiring what we accomplished we slowly begin the journey back down the mountain. With each step down my heart hurts just a little. I'm not done here. I want to hang a hammock here or camp next to the waterfall. I don't want to leave her yet (yes, the waterfall is a beautiful she). I want to keep going. What is beyond that damn fall? I want to jump into the fall and let it clean me.  Then, as we are walking and these thoughts race through my mind, my 7 year old exclaims that this is his most favorite hike EVER. He tells me a few more times and I know in my heart that what we are doing is right.

That quote by John Muir touches my soul so deeply. "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." It's 100% true. For Mother's Day I simply wanted an adventure. I wanted to get up early, grab our thermos of coffee and drive up to the mountains and see something beautiful. I have two kids so my expectations were low (with family hikes one can anticipate a certain level of complaining, snack needing, 'carry me cries', and so on...) but this exceeded it all for me. It only filled my cup even more. It left me dreaming of other adventures to take. It solidified thoughts I have been having about the need to take away the 'stuff' or at least the focus on the 'stuff' and place that focus on being together and putting ourselves in the way of beauty as often as possible.
                     

So if you're thinking about doing something a little wild. Or maybe just exploring that trail or creek nearby...but for some reason or another you've given pause..just do it. Go. Explore. Do.