The Fire of Transformation

It wasn’t even two years ago that I failed a simple 6-minute walking test with my physical therapist. A few weekends ago, I walked across fire. I’d wanted to experience this since I first learned that fire walks were a thing, but since I was having a hard enough time walking on the ground at the time, I didn’t…

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10 Years After Molly

I didn’t think I’d survive it when I came home to find my cat, Molly, lying lifeless on the bathroom floor. She was only 4 years old, and despite a couple of frantic weeks spent trying to heal her from a sudden-onset autoimmune condition, losing her just wasn’t on my radar. I was newly divorced, working a…

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My Word of the Year for 2017

Choosing a “word of the year” has become one of my key intention-setting strategies in my annual life planning ritual. That word becomes the compass with which I plot my course for the year and make decisions day-to-day. In 2016, my word was “light.” The year before that, it was pleasure. But for some reason, arriving at this…

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It’s Lyme Disease…2 Years Later (Part 3)

This is Part 3 of a series of posts about my journey with Lyme Disease in the 2 years since my diagnosis. Click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.   Part 3: Growing From a Personal Tragedy I like to be a “silver linings” kind of person. I try to look for something positive when things don’t go the…

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It’s Lyme Disease…2 Years Later (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of a series of posts about my journey with Lyme Disease in the 2 years since my diagnosis. Click here for Part 1.   Part 2: Fighting for Proper Treatment Having become so involved with Lyme advocacy and education, I was well aware that my diagnosis and long-term treatment plan followed the guidelines put…

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It’s Lyme Disease…2 Years Later (Part 1)

It was in June of 2014 that a lab report provided enough evidence to confirm my new practitioner’s suspicion. After more than 20 years of combating mysterious symptoms no doctor could validate, I was relieved to finally have the answer I’d been seeking… It wasn’t all in my head. It was Lyme Disease. What I didn’t realize was…

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Field Notes on Surrender

As much as I try to embrace that whole inner peace business, there is one thing that rocks my world with waves that could register on a Richter scale. Not being in control. Arghhhh. While I have come to realize that I can’t always be in control, it sure doesn’t stop me from trying to set myself up…

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My Word of the Year for 2016

I was first introduced to the idea of setting a “word of the year” about a year ago and it’s already become one of  my favorite annual rituals. For 2015, my exploratory word was pleasure. I aimed to lean toward personal enjoyment over obligation, after observing a deep-rooted tendency to say “yes” when I meant “no” so much that I was often…

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2015: My Year in Review

Note:  This post contains affiliate links, meaning that I may receive a small commission if you decide to purchase the items linked to. It does not affect the price you pay. Read my complete disclosure here.   The Theme of 2015 If I had to choose one word to summarize my experience of 2015, it would…

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My Lyme Disease Story: Part II

In an effort to bring more attention to the complications of Lyme Disease and to offer support for others who are going through this, I decided to start sharing more of my Lyme story. This is Part II. (Click here for Part I.) My heart goes out to all who are in pain and dealing with diseases, addictions,…

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