I’ve started thinking of fear as a malaria-carrying mosquito in Africa. They are tiny and lethal and impossible to escape. And as far as I can tell, there are only three real ways to deal with them. We can freak out and launch a frantic attack on any mosquito we encounter — which is exhausting […]
I’ve been mean to myself before. But I didn’t realize just how self-bullying, belittling and cruel I could be until my eyesight took a nose-dive last year. Suddenly I could no longer see my family’s faces or the world around me. And I hated myself for it. I have always been an optimist and a […]Continue Reading...
The meaning of these words hit me a couple of months ago when I was in the depths of despair over my eyesight challenges. It came after a trip to San Francisco to try out a new technology that I was convinced would help me navigate my neighborhood. Instead, it was a complete bust and […]
If your New Year’s resolution includes writing your memoir, I’m here to help. I’m launching monthly day-long memoir retreats in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood starting Saturday, January 26th. These comprehensive day-long retreats go from 8:30 AM to 9 PM. They will be held at Sakona at Sunset Hill, the new two-bedroom writing flat my family recently […]
I’ve been pondering this question a lot over the past couple of weeks. Not only because we’ve just emerged from the throws of the season of gift-giving, but because it marks the three-year anniversary of when I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. It’s easy enough to tuck it to the back […]
I’m not just asking this question because it’s the holiday season and the time that we often reflect on things that we are grateful for in our lives. I’m posing it because there’s a direct correlation between gratitude and health and happiness. I’ve learned this lesson in a very personal way over the past six […]
If you’re writing a memoir or have an ache in your gut because you need to get started, I’d love to help. Give yourself the gift of an intimate weekend memoir writing retreat this fall at Revel Retreat’s beautiful center tucked up against the mountains in Roslyn, WA (think Northern exposure). This is an entire […]
If you’re writing a memoir or have an ache in your gut because you need to get started, I want to help. Give yourself the gift of an intimate weekend memoir writing retreat November 2 – 4th 2018 at Revel Retreat’s beautiful retreat center tucked up against the mountains in Roslyn, WA (think Northern exposure). […]
My friend Jeanne and I have a ritual we kicked off a year ago: we send each other a text sharing our self-love action for the day. Sometimes it’s a walk to the beach, a tea date or a soak in the tub. Other times, it’s as simple as fifteen minutes of chill time. The […]
If I needed a reminder about the power of personal storytelling, I got it in spades over this past week. I spent Super Bowl weekend at an amazing retreat center in Roslyn (thank you Revel Retreats), helping seven incredible writers identify and structure the deeply personal stories they need to tell. Along with intensive writing […]Continue Reading...