Heart Archives - 6 Months to Live: The Experiment Continues

February 14, 2016

What is Love Actually?
A Chat with Heather & Tim

My Mom always says, "Love is a verb." Tim and Heather Bischoff, Founder of Dragonfly Direction, are a quintessential example of what love actually looks like over 26 years of love, marriage, raising children, growing up together (Tim and Heather met when they were teenagers), realizing dreams, navigating many ups and downs, and becoming the incredible people they are today. They are one…
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One of the most stunning sunsets I've ever seen -- Photo by Eva Skokankova
Being the Change
April 2, 2013

I’m Coming Out!

Remember that awesome Diana Ross song from 1980, "I'm Coming Out?" I distinctly remember 70's Disco music making a consistent appearance in my early childhood--that and Barry White. Looks like my parents were groovin' clear into the 80's! The lyrics go a little something like this: There's a new me coming out And I just had to live And I…
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Photo by Vanessa Hellmann www.vanessamona.com
July 23, 2012

Why 29 is Worth Rocking

Have you seen the life rings on a Redwood or Sequoia tree? Each small line represents a year in that tree's very long life. Humans carry marks of their own lives too--wrinkles, tattoos, freckles, scars, piercings, etc. We also carry those younger parts of ourselves inside us. With every year or layer we add on, it can be difficult to…
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Bhutan Temple, Photo from www.bhutan.com / Video by Pogo
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January 29, 2012

Writing Your Life, Part 2

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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Photo by Tian Jiang
July 25, 2011

Finding My Voice: First Banjo Song!

I've written my first song for the banjo!  I hesitate in saying I'm in the process of 'perfecting' it because in my experience, the quest for perfection often belies creativity.  Instead, I'll say it's evolving. "Eliza" will make its debut at an open mic sometime in August, and I have plans to record it as well as to feature it on…
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Photo by Tian Jiang
Life changing moments
May 24, 2011

Saying Yes! The Banjo Post

When was the last time you did exactly what you felt like doing?  Not what you "should" do, not what you kind of wanted to do, exactly what you wanted--no compromises.  How many times a day do we tell ourselves, "not today" or "one day?" Photo by Tian Jiang I woke up about a month ago and for some reason, something…
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The Sea of Galilee -- Photo by Jacqueline Boone
Life changing moments
December 7, 2010

The V Word

"Courage is ...to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart." -Dr. Brené Brown's lecture I've tried to write this post several times in the past month.  It started with a breakup.  It took a detour with an empowering video I watched today on Youtube that essentially says the people that feel the most loved and connected…
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grandmother and me baby
November 9, 2010


My grandmother turns 100 next week.  I've had the privilege to know her a quarter of her life.  When I was born, I had an apgar score of 1 (10 is a perfectly healthy baby and 0 is a dead one).   Needless to say, my parents were stressed.  My grandmother and the rest of the family drove down from Kentucky…
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September 21, 2010

It’s in the Stars–or Not

I believe in yuan fen (Chinese word for fate). I read my horoscope occasionally. I pay attention to the cycles of the moon. My thought is if the moon controls tides, it affects people too. Thousands of years of studying and observing the stars and planets has to mean something. Many cultures examine charts to decide an auspicious day to…
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Colorado Handstand
July 14, 2010

Be You

The most courageous act you will ever commit is to simply be yourself. I rarely speak in absolutes, but after living (almost) 27 years and having a variety of experiences, ranging from the darkest nights of my soul to moments of ecstasy, I can confidently say it takes sheer courage to be all of who we are. While living in China, one…
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