I WOULD LOVE TO FEATURE YOUR REAL AND RAW STORY ON MY BLOG

This is an invitation to you, yes you, to submit to me your real and raw story, to be published as a guest post on my blog. As many of you know, I’ve been writing endlessly about my December breakup. And I’ve had to, for myself, to just get all the gunk up. It’s been so healing, and I’m certainly not done sharing about it! However, I feel the need to step out of myself a bit, and instead hear from you. Because honestly, it’s been so helpful to hear other people’s stories, as I navigate one of the most difficult times in my life. And we’re seriously all in this together, regardless of our relationship status. Life is hard, and we need each other. We need to hear from each other, and we need to support one another. And I want to facilitate that. Continue reading I WOULD LOVE TO FEATURE YOUR REAL AND RAW STORY ON MY BLOG

EXPERIENCING FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND NEGATIVITY IN NEW AND IMPROVED WAYS

Experiencing a break-up feels a bit like experiencing the death of a loved one. One goes through the same grieving process, and this process can’t be forced. It just sucks, and there’s no fucking way around it. But what also miraculously happens after a death, if we are open to it, are newfound open windows, doors, insights, and magic. We are often graced by these new opportunities, and don’t necessarily have to force them. We just have to hold on, white-knuckling, surviving the waves of sadness. And allow Grace to heal us, and gift us with new possibilities. And since my recent break-up, I am already experiencing freedom from fear and negativity in new and improved ways. Continue reading EXPERIENCING FREEDOM FROM FEAR AND NEGATIVITY IN NEW AND IMPROVED WAYS

STRUGGLING RIGHT NOW TO ACCEPT LIFE ON LIFE’S TERMS

One of the hardest parts about being dumped, is the fact that I had no say in the matter. And I’m really struggling right now to accept life on life’s terms. Because what this task requires is to basically sit and stew in the filth that is my current life. I can squirm and wriggle and try to free myself from this reality swamp. But the more I resist, the longer it’s going to take for me to get through this grieving process. This much I know. So, what I really need to do is just accept a few painful facts. Continue reading STRUGGLING RIGHT NOW TO ACCEPT LIFE ON LIFE’S TERMS

THE EVE OF CHRISTMAS INSPIRES ALTRUISM EVERY YEAR

in “God,” or “A Higher Power,” or “A Power Greater Than Ourselves.” It was all kept pretty general and very open to interpretation. And even though I don’t have a background in Christianity, I still find this holiday to be so incredibly spiritual for me. And without fail, on the Eve of Christmas, every year, I feel such altruism in my heart. Continue reading THE EVE OF CHRISTMAS INSPIRES ALTRUISM EVERY YEAR

3 UNIQUE HOLIDAY COOKIE RECIPES FOR DECEMBER

love all things Christmassy (if you don’t celebrate Christmas, this article still applies to any wintery holiday). And one of my favorite things to do in the month of December is make cookies. I know, I’m not special or different in this way at all. EVERYONE makes cookies around this time of year. But for this December, I plan to do a few off-beat cookies that I don’t always make. Because I love mixing it up every year, and don’t always want to get stuck in the same celebratory rut. And although these holiday cookie recipes are a bit more labor-intensive, they are so worth it in the end! Continue reading 3 UNIQUE HOLIDAY COOKIE RECIPES FOR DECEMBER

LETTING GO OF PERFECTIONISM AS I FOCUS ON PROLIFIC ART-MAKING

Gosh, asking a Virgo to try letting go of perfectionism, is like asking a bee to stop making honey. It’s just what we do. And for the most part, even though it sounds like a curse, to live under the pressure of perfectionism, most Virgos prefer it. I think our perfectionism can be tied to our self-worth sometimes, unfortunately. And that’s never healthy. But honestly, it’s like we have an internal, built-in drive to just organize and arrange the world in a better way than it already is. It’s very satisfying to do this, actually. And man, do we have our work cut out for us! There are always projects, and tasks, and people to “fix”! And of course, there is also always beautiful art to be made. Continue reading LETTING GO OF PERFECTIONISM AS I FOCUS ON PROLIFIC ART-MAKING

IN A PAST LIFE I WAS DEFINITELY FRENCH

It’s strange, but I have never really felt very connected to France and French culture. I took a European tour when I was in high school, and it was rather terrible. The chaperones got wasted every night, and they whooshed us through so many different cities in one day, I hardly knew where I was on any given morning. I believe I was in Paris for about four hours, and I wasn’t much impressed. And after that, I decided once and for all that I didn’t like France. Silly me. Because the older I get, the more I become convinced that in a past life, I was definitely French! And I’ll tell you why. Continue reading IN A PAST LIFE I WAS DEFINITELY FRENCH

MAKE DONATIONS TO YOUR LOCAL FOOD PANTRY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

So, don’t feel bad if you’re strapped for cash yourself this holiday season. And you really can’t swing making donations to your local food pantry. I totally get it, and that’s okay. However, even if you have just a bit of cash to spare, it’s so worth it to make this effort. I have been doing this around the holiday season for a few years now. And even though it’s true, I should be doing it all damn year long. It’s better than not doing anything. And during the holiday season, when people are extra cold and hungry, it really does matter. Continue reading MAKE DONATIONS TO YOUR LOCAL FOOD PANTRY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

BOYCOTTING VIOLENCE IN THE MEDIA AND AGGRESSION TOWARDS WOMEN

I don’t really want to write this post, because I get upset thinking about it. But it’s boiling for me right now, so I must. And after watching S4:E1 of Yellowstone last night, I decided that I will be boycotting violence in the media and aggression towards women. I’m not going to attach a link to the this show, because you can search for it if you’re curious. And I am not going to include any imagery of violence in the media. Because by doing so, I would go against the points I will be making, for boycotting violence in the first place. I would like to keep this short, and get this over with quickly. So, pardon the brevity. And here we go! Continue reading BOYCOTTING VIOLENCE IN THE MEDIA AND AGGRESSION TOWARDS WOMEN