When my safety depends on your feelings of security

Photo by Cathal Mac an Bheatha on UnsplashI don’t often write about current events in this blog, but like the rest of America, I am reeling from the mass shootings this month in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton.  The mission of Free Once Again is to unleash a tribe of sassy older women who heal and repair the […]

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Your Life Needs a Lover

You know the giddy feeling of being smitten?  You’re attracted to a special someone. You can feel it when your stomach flips as you meet their eyes. You notice it in your awkward attempts to impress. There’s so much you don’t know about this person and you’re so pulled towards deeper knowing. You want to […]

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How to Hold onto Your Boundaries

Do you ever feel like your boundaries get crossed when you start to live from what you really want in life? Do you ever begin the week excited to sign up for that class you’ve been meaning to take, or go on your favorite hike? Then when you look back the week was filled with […]

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Start Your Next Act with a Gap Year

Have you ever dreamed of giving yourself an entire year to experiment with your life? Yes? Have you packed that dream away? If not, what stopped you? Sometimes what stops us is our assumption that we have to do something Big. We think that “experimenting” means leaving the family to sail around the world, or some […]

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Was Your Mother “Good Enough?”

It is Mother’s Day as I write this. I had planned to be off in nature by now, taking in my mother’s memory. Instead, Mom was with me this whole week as I struggled to find a way to write this post.  Ours was a complex relationship which ended too soon, ten years ago today. Mom […]

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How to Manage Holiday Stress

I don’t know about you, but I can’t avoid some holiday stress during the “Christmaskuh” season. On one hand, I love the bustling energy and the gathering of friends and family over five kinds of cookies. On the other, I’m stressed about having to bake five kinds of cookies! The greater the flexibility in my […]

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How to Give More than Checkbook Charity

Quick question: do you long to get beyond checkbook charity? How tired are you of organizations filling your in-box with urgent pleas for money, money, and more money? Do you feel guilty for turning them down? Have you ever given more than your budget allows? This simple two-step process puts you in charge of your charity […]

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Autumn, Renewal, and the Power of Positive Ritual

What’s your favorite season?  Autumn is mine.  I get a thrill as the dusty leaves of summer fall away to reveal the structure of my maple tree, one branch grown larger, one pruned away, but still the tree, older, stronger, ready for renewal. Renewal is on my mind this week because we’re right in the middle […]

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