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What It Means to be an American Woman

By | Being the Change, Courage, Gratitude, Inspiration, Life changing moments, Why wait? | No Comments

I asked him, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” His eyes sparkled, and he passionately replied, “I want to make music!” I applauded my crush and encouraged him, even though we were in school to become doctors, lawyers, and business people. Who was I to negate someone else’s dream, especially a boy I liked so much?…

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Photo by Don Laverty

When to Bail Out or Stay the Course

By | Courage | 3 Comments

This time last year, I was in the process of creating a huge and seemingly crazy dream. I decided in August of 2012 that I wanted to leave my job and my life in San Francisco and sail in South America. I had no idea how to sail. Very long story short, I found myself living the dream 3 months…

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Jacqueline on top of Croagh Patrick, Ireland

Drop the Mask & Be Who You Are

By | Courage | 4 Comments

That title is easy to write but can be incredibly difficult to do. From a young age, we are encouraged to wear a variety of masks and labels so much so that the #1 regret of the dying is: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” And…

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Justice vs. The Fool

By | Change, Choice, Courage, Different, Life, Life changing moments, New Experiences, Thought Provoking, Trust, Why not? | 17 Comments

A couple weeks ago, I went to see Kamaljit, my favorite masseuse in the world, for a long overdue massage. I absolutely love my time there. I always feel like I’m in a safe and sacred port. On this occasion, Kamaljit decided to try something new. She had just journeyed to Santa Cruz to buy new Tarot cards, and as we…

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Bhutan Temple, Photo from www.bhutan.com / Video by Pogo

Writing Your Life, Part 2

By | "6 Months", Acceptance, Choice, Courage, Heart, Life, Life changing moments, Purpose | 34 Comments

First off, I want to thank everyone for their thoughtful, kind, and wise comments on my initial post, Writing Your Life. One of the many things I’ve learned and gained from this ongoing experiment in living is to be open and vulnerable (see The V Word) with others. I’m deeply grateful to everyone for listening and commiserating on questions we…

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Imagine the Impossible

Cleaning House: Making Room for a New Year

By | Appreciation, Choice, Courage, Different, Heart, Life, Life changing moments, passion, Questions that Count, Soul, Trust | 29 Comments

The Chinese have a beautiful tradition for Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year. Each family cleans their house thoroughly before the end of the year. In mopping, dusting, and sweeping every nook and cranny, the old energy of the previous year is cleared away, and there is space for the new. On the first day of the new year (according…

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