Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sharing My Story

Blogging is so very personal.  I share my life experiences as I grow as a person – definitely nonfiction – so there is an expectation that it will be personal. 

But even fiction is personal! There is truth in it that propels the story forward. And when that kind of truth is exposed, a sort of protective mode kicks in and threatens to take over. If you’re not careful, the story may never be told.  This is when you have to remember why you began sharing in the first place. This is the turmoil that I experienced when I was taking my first steps. 

Of course I didn’t do it alone. I had an amazing crew on board, and the unwavering support of my family beside me (family and crew at times became one and the same, mind you). 

It took me two years to find the courage to share this story. And it’s just a little story – a short film. A drop of my truth in a pond that rippled into a sad tale about love, tradition and letting go.

Monday, March 10, 2014

LushLunes: A Change In Routine

Sometimes we need a change in our routines to shift our attitudes.

My change began with my clothes.  I was in a rut with my wardrobe. I know it sounds trivial, but truly, it is not.

The routine that needed to change was this: roll out of bed, throw anything on, put my hair in a pony-tail and I'm done. Sounds harmless enough, right?

Well, on one particular morning, I put on an outfit very carelessly. The sweater was pilling. The pants didn't fit right. My boots really needed to go.  But I didn't really see myself.

Before I walked out of the door, I looked at myself in the mirror and I realized how unhappy I was. I didn't take the time to take care of myself; not just my clothes, but my own feelings about how I looked. I acted like it didn't matter, so long as I got dressed and got out of the house.

As I walked outside, snug in my coat, I was very aware of the clothes underneath. I kept looking at my boots, fidgiting with my pants, and obsessing over my blouse. I knew I wasn't going to take this coat off.

Have you ever felt that way?

Monday, February 24, 2014

#LushLunes: How Do You Show Your Love?

If we can't love ourselves just the way we are, how can we love anyone else?

I believe that love - true love - is given freely, without judgment, and without limits. This is what I was thinking about when I was asked my opinion on what love is. Here is my response:

"LOVE is unconditional, and it must start from within."-LV
Photo: courtesy of

Maybe your definition is different, but I think we can agree that loving ourselves is important. Which leads me to your Lush Lunes mission: consider how you show your love for yourself. Is there a lot of judgment masking it? Are there rigid parameters containing it? Or does your cup run over? Can you count the ways that you show this love to yourself?

Once you ask these questions, see if perhaps there is room for more love in your life. I know there is always room for more in mine!

I hope you have a LUSH LUNES my deep thinkers.

And if you need some inspiration, please check out other inspirational quotes and photos at the Love Is Campaign... and share the love!!!