Life After Creative Perfectionism: Making Friends Again with Your Old Art

Me in 2012, in my Scrappy Storyteller steampunk costume Recently, I made the decision to move my blogging back to WordPress.This is the first platform I ever used to share my words with the world--and despite having hopped around to other platforms, I've come back here because it's simple and built so well for SEO … Continue reading Life After Creative Perfectionism: Making Friends Again with Your Old Art

On Emigrating in the 21st Century

At the turn of the 20th century, a young Polish woman got on a boat bound for America. She was a land-owner’s daughter, likely accustomed to some amount of privilege, and even possibly to an ancient title of minor nobility. Yet she left it all behind to join her sister—who was already settled in a … Continue reading On Emigrating in the 21st Century

4 Things Instagram Won’t Tell You About Traveling the World

I don’t know about you, but I really hate false advertising. I mean, yes, I work in the marketing industry. But I still like to inject the truth in my marketing copy as much as possible. Well here’s a truth no Instagram travel feed will ever tell about wandering the planet: It’s the dumbest, craziest, … Continue reading 4 Things Instagram Won’t Tell You About Traveling the World

Bra Burning, Awkward Stares and Other Things that Happen When you Become a Christian Hippie

From the time I was small, my mother told me stories about the 70s. One of her favorites was about all the women who burned their bras. I got the impression she didn’t think too much of idea. Especially when many of those women put their bras back ON again in the 80s and 90s … Continue reading Bra Burning, Awkward Stares and Other Things that Happen When you Become a Christian Hippie

The Truth and the Lies of Sexual Dysfunction

“I’m sorry, young lady. You have a serious sexual dysfunction. You’re going to have to see a therapist.” I got this diagnosis when I was 25: a newly minted wife who had been a proper virgin up until a disappointing wedding night. Fresh off a confusing honeymoon, I found myself sitting in the doctor’s office … Continue reading The Truth and the Lies of Sexual Dysfunction

10 Ways to Experience Your Feminine Energy

For most of my life as a woman, I didn’t really feel like a woman. I dressed like one. I tried to act like one. I checked the “female” gender box on forms. But deep inside I felt like all the other girls had that special something, and it had passed me by. It wasn’t until after … Continue reading 10 Ways to Experience Your Feminine Energy

Telling Your Story Is Great, But Which One are You Telling?

It takes a great deal of courage to tell your story. In my old life, before Nothing, the suitcase and cross-continental moves, I used to do a lot of coaching for women. Telling your story was something I preached and taught. And to a certain extent, I lived it. But I did not understand then … Continue reading Telling Your Story Is Great, But Which One are You Telling?

How Everything Began with Nothing

 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. Genesis 1:1 (ESV) Walking up Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee, you wouldn’t immediately call it a great place for meditation. Especially not at 4 o’clock in the afternoon on a … Continue reading How Everything Began with Nothing

When God Speaks Through Tuscan Stones

“He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” - Luke 19:40 My traveling season began on an unnaturally cold Tuesday night in a stone villa in Northern Tuscany. Oh sure, I was already traveling. Coming 5,000 miles to Italy does count as travel. But I had not yet committed to … Continue reading When God Speaks Through Tuscan Stones

Dancing in the Footsteps of St. Hildegard, Part 1

Names matter. I've always loved asking people about their names, and what they mean. People, too, often ask me where the name for this blog--"That Fiery Dance"--came from.For me, "That Fiery Dance" has many meanings. And I'm sure it may have some totally different for you. First, for me it's a nod to freedom. (Because … Continue reading Dancing in the Footsteps of St. Hildegard, Part 1