On Giving Myself Permission


Photo by garlandcannon. Life really opens up once you give yourself permission to live it. It’s one of those things where you didn’t know what you were missing out on until you actually experience it. I don’t have a profound story detailing the moment I realized this. Of how I was exploring under the stars, looking…
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Fear Almost Killed My Writing Practice..Again

Fear and Writing

Photo by Bianca Moraes. I could say that life’s gotten in the way of my writing practice, but really it hasn’t. I’ve gotten in the way. Somewhere over the course of the past two years I started retreating into a shell of fear and doubt again. Too scared of what people would think of my writing (because…
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Dusting Off The Cobwebs

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  It’s been quiet around here. All my writing has been hoarded in a collection of tattered notebooks and journals as I feared anything I wrote wasn’t worth sharing with the world. Who knows, maybe it isn’t, but I’ve decided that I don’t really care. I miss the feeling I had weaving words together for…
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Setting Boundaries In Relationships

Setting Boundaries

  “I want the whole cake. That’s right, I want the whole damn thing. I’m tired of the crumbs and can no longer only allow myself to take small bites.  So why is it that I keep gladly accepting the stale slices of love and affection when I know I deserve more? Obviously this really…
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On Finding A Place To Call Home


  I remember standing in my elementary school library when I was younger, maybe 6 or 7, looking through all the books that had anything to do with far away lands and unfamiliar cultures. Astonished that there was so much more to the world than my small hometown. Luckily my family was interested in seeing more of…
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3 Ways To Gain Clarity When Setting Intentions

Energy Flows

Since I’ve returned to Milwaukee in November I’ve had a pretty strong gut feeling as to what my next moves were and have already started putting in the work. However, I thought that with the New Year having just arrived it would be the perfect time to revisit my goals. Even though it’s only been…
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2014: Learning To Embrace My Shadow Self

shadow self

  Being the Cancerian that I am, I’m all about reflection and 2014 was quite the year in hindsight. It was a year that stretched my soul; it was uncomfortable, I grew a tremendous amount and had some life changing international adventures. In the beginning of the year I remember talking to a friend about…
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Returning To Wisconsin

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As I write this I’ve been back home for 2 full days after 13 months of living abroad and traveling. I can only assume the next week or so will bring on a whirlwind of emotions as I settle back into the rhythm of Wisconsin and recount the details of my past year’s adventures to…
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On Not Knowing What The Future Holds

let go

It seems every few days the topic of conversation turns  into something like, “So, where are you headed next? What’s the plan?”.  I would never consider myself a highly organized person or someone with an incessant need to plan every small detail of the future, but usually I have at least a drafted answer to…
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Personal Transformation Through Travel

Road To Transformation

This post was originally written for and published on Epicure & Culture. Travel allows us to get in touch with different sides of ourselves that, for better or for worse, may not show themselves as we go about our usual daily routines. As we become immersed in new cultural experiences and have a personal transformation…
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