Embrace the Terror, Turn the Key: Conquering Fear to Find Your Voice

“We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.” - Hildegard of Bingen Lately I've … Continue reading Embrace the Terror, Turn the Key: Conquering Fear to Find Your Voice

Little Paper Pieces: On the Tearing Up and Rewriting of Your Life

NOTE: The following is a featured post from 2016 which first appeared on my former creative blog, Scrappy Storyteller. I'm sharing this as a way of embracing my past creative self and sharing ideas she had that, well, still matter today. Enjoy! Anyone who knows me well knows how much I hate the process of … Continue reading Little Paper Pieces: On the Tearing Up and Rewriting of Your Life

Get Your Story Straight, and the Rest Will Follow

NOTE: The following is a featured post from 2016 which first appeared on my former creative blog, Scrappy Storyteller. I'm sharing this as a way of embracing my past creative self and sharing ideas she had that, well, still matter today. Enjoy! Every year I have great plans for February. And every year, they get … Continue reading Get Your Story Straight, and the Rest Will Follow

Where Souls Cry: Walking the Berlin Wall

My entire life, I’ve heard about the Berlin Wall. I was just six years old when it fell. Before 1989, it was something the newscaster spoke about on my mom’s radio programs. After 1989, it was something everyone looked back on. I vaguely remember my parents reading voraciously about the circumstances around this historic event … Continue reading Where Souls Cry: Walking the Berlin Wall

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

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

7 Things That Happen When You Get Emotionally Free of your Past

Sometimes, on the healing journey, it can feel impossible to believe that you will ever be free of what happened to you. You’re a goal-oriented woman, and you love to have a target to aim your arrows toward, or a finish line to run for. But when it comes to your emotions and healing from your past, … Continue reading 7 Things That Happen When You Get Emotionally Free of your Past

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