Earlier this week, I wrote my round up of all of the things that happened in 2017. The surprises, the good and the bad. One of those things that I wrote about was that I've been working on asking for and receiving help from others. It's funny that today's Quest 2016 instigations are about that, … Continue reading Inviting Change
Every year, I learn how to set goals that are a little more flexible, a little gentler, and a little better than those from years prior. The Quest helps me walk a small labyrinth to zoom in on the center of who I am, and who I envision myself becoming. The other thing that I … Continue reading 2017 buried deep grace under the sorrow
On the introversion / extroversion continuum, I'm all the way to the introverted end. It takes two weeks of complete solitude and silence for me to blink owlishly into the daylight and remember that human beings are social animals, and that I am a human being. If I have access to a cat, dog, rabbit, … Continue reading What Does an Introvert’s Network Look Like?
Today's Quest 2018 instigations are about dreaming. First, we envisioned our best year, and our purpose. My best year vision is one of foundations - laying solid ground to build more on later. It's about work, about storytelling, and graduate school, about self-care. My purpose thoughts circled around writing about my experiences of illness, and … Continue reading Feel the Dream
This morning brought with it the first pair of instigations as part of the 2018 Quest. This week is about exploring and testing personal purpose. I don't usually like audio content, but this morning, I had the quiet and the space to listen to the interview between Jeffrey Davis, Caroline Miller and Katie Daleabout. Jeffrey … Continue reading Questing on Purpose
Though the #Quest2018 will start in earnest on Tuesday, Jeffrey sent us all what he calls an "instigation" on December first. I really enjoyed journalling my way through his prompts. Rather than repeating them verbatim, and going into each of my detailed responses, I'd like to take a moment to synthesize my responses into a … Continue reading Instigating Something
Just as I have through the months of December in 2014, 2015, and 2016, I'm going to be joining visionary artists, authors, healers, and explorers on our annual Quest. Together, we will traipse into the wilderness of the possible to figure out where we would like to wonder next year. (it's not too late to … Continue reading Searching for Something
I've written in the past about my emotions before, and the shame of disability. I've written about how working with this disease is personal shadow work. What I have't written about is how the shadow of chronic illness, chronic pain, and disability impact healthy people. How healthy people's unwillingness to sit with their own discomfort - … Continue reading “Get Well Soon” vs. “Have you tried…?”
What's the difference between a Yankee and a Damn Yankee? A Yankee comes to visit the South. A Damn Yankee stays. This is a real joke that I've heard told in a southern drawl, and a pretty accurate description of me. I grew up in rural, northeastern Ohio, and I've been living in Atlanta, Georgia … Continue reading I’m a Damn Yankee
I want to say "I can't" imagine these things. But what I really mean is that I don't want to imagine these things.