Oprah Winfrey once said that “forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past can be changed.”  I have practiced yoga, meditation, and studied what the Buddha has taught on suffering, for more than a decade. About eight years ago, I began teaching yoga as a hobby.  Then, I left my successful career in advertising to teach yoga full-time because I thought it would be totally rad to pretend I was 21 again.  For two, long years, I managed two large yoga studios, led too many teacher trainings, and enjoyed having my soul sucked out of me. Once the LSD in the Kool-Aid I drank before work each day wore off, I am relieved to be rid of a company that believes first in money and second in “speaking your truth” — so long as it agrees with “their truth” because “their truth” can kick “my truth’s” ass!
While I received my formal education in Marketing and Business Management, it is through life experience, hardship, appreciation, and love that I found more inspiration for my writing. Having both creative and analytic skills gives me the opportunity to explore the world from a broader perspective. I travel the world to experience new cultures, to discover more about myself and the world. It has given me the chance to be fearless and test my boundaries, to push outside of my comfort zone. Traveling to new places to see new things changes us, and when we return home, we are able to perceive the world in a different way.  Travel has allowed me the freedom to be open to new ideas and new ways to approach writing – and each new story begins with the joy that comes from riding the spirit of a new adventure.
There are so many wonderful and amazing things that happen in the world around us that we usually miss. We are so busy thinking about what just happened or what will happen that the elephant continues to sit in the room, eats all of your food, and poops in the corner. And I am talking about some weird s**t that occurs in the world around us. It's good to get out of your head, take a look around once in awhile, notice the elephant and scoop up the poop for God’s sake – it stinks!
Favorite Quotations
Life reflects back whatever the thinker thinks into it. --Unknown
“Every tool is a weapon, if you hold it right”--Ani DiFranco, from the poem My IQ
Originally from a Sufi chant:
The ocean refuses no river, no river
The open heart refuses no part of me, no part of you.
I am one with all that is, one with all;
All that is is one with me, one with all.
"The true nature of love is not based on an advantageous response, but on the sheer openness of one heart to another."-- Phillip Moffitt
"The first step to getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to to stay where you are."-- John Pierpont Morgan I
"If you ever reach total enlightenment while you're drinking a beer, I bet it makes the beer shoot out your nose."--Malia Surell
"We were not sent here to be perfect. We were sent here to make what difference we can with the time we have."--Barack Obama
"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off."--Gloria Steinem
"Friendship is one of my favorite responsibilities"--Tiffany Vargo
"We show up, burn brightly in the moment, live passionately, and when the moment is over, when our work is done, we step back and let go."--Rolf Gates
"The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen." -- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
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