Category: Tips and Tricks

New Look!


My site is getting a fresh look, and you can probably tell. I want you to know that I have done essentially NOTHING to contribute to the beauty of this site, and I’m good with that, because I have the artistic ability of an incredibly unartistic ant. Anyway, I KNOW people who are creative, smart, talented and FUN to work with (thank goodness!), and I hired one of them, Saige Yonika, to help me brand my site with a logo and imagery.

If you need creative design work, I HIGHLY recommend Saige for the job. I sat down with Saige and her cherubic and rather perfect baby (bonus: she has a baby!) to discuss the work I needed done, and offered her almost no direction (God bless you again, Saige). Anyway, I told her that I like “warm colors,” and I wanted something “whimsical.” How she did not walk out on me right then is a miracle, and a testament to her ability. No, she stayed, went home, and in a matter of days sent me EXACTLY what I was looking for. That’s talent AND love right there, folks.

It’s going to take a village for me to fully realize this half-assed vision I have for this site, and I KNOW that. I’m going to need people who can help me make it look good, and make it work just right. I’m going to need people to read it, and then I’m going to need my family to keep supporting me while I write it. This is my little garden I’m growing, but I am well aware that your hands will help it to grow.

Thank you to Saige for my fresh vibes! If you’re curious about her work, feel free to contact me and I’ll send you in her direction. Until then, hooray for our village! For talented people like Saige! And lucky ones like me!





Kindness Sunday

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” -Mother Teresa.

I’m keeping it short and sweet today, so I’m going to leave you with this quote and this very brief nugget, of my own:

Please, in your walks through life this week, remember how incredibly connected you are. To everyone. The good guys and bad guys and in between guys. The people who need you, the people who scare you, and the people who love you.

It’s cliche, but still worth mentioning that we really, truly are in this life factory together. Even when we’re millions of miles apart and can’t agree on what kind of bread to make our sandwiches with. I mean, it feels like we are so separate, because we’ve evolved into these complicated existences that pull us away from the earth, away from one another and away from the truth.

I am working over here to try to figure out how to have compassion for people who, on the surface, appear to lack compassion. I am working on forgiving those who appear to offer no forgiveness to anyone, unless they look and think the same. I am working on forgiving the worst in this world I belong to, because it has started to hit me that I can’t cherry pick when it comes to compassion and forgiveness. I can’t decide that some people deserve it and others don’t. I’m not here telling you that I’ve gone and decided to snuggle up to homicidal maniacs or that I’m feeling cuddly about terrorists or angry, violent abusers. BUT. I’m also not going to contribute to the dividing of more lines. I’m not going to put my own two cents into the bank of us versus them.

What I’m saying is: Even the people who scare me, or disappoint me or disgust me-EVEN THOSE PEOPLE-they share something with me, and it’s something so vital and so necessary to my existence. It’s this planet. It’s humanity. I have to learn to see past what is obvious in EVERYONE. Even the Donald Trumps of the world.

That’s not easy, but that is the rock I must get under in order to find peace.

I’m not telling you to shove down your feelings of grief, anger, resentment or betrayal, heavens no. I’m just asking you to hold those things in the same hands that you use to hold the idea that beneath every person’s skin lies a beating heart, built to do the exact same thing as yours and mine: LOVE.




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