Today marks the day that, 17 years ago, my dad transitioned from this world to the next. I used to mark this day with sadness, or finding ways to pamper myself because “he would have wanted me to be happy,” or eating lots of chocolate. Now, I choose to mark this day with gratitude.

I feel as though I was given a gift, because, for 25 years, I had the most loving, kindhearted father a girl could ask for. I had a dad who quietly taught me about the world. I had a father who loved me, and let me know that I was loved; that I was important. Because of him, because I knew I was loved and cherished, I never “settled” for the wrong man. How can I feel sad, when, for 25 years, I had my wonderful father in my life?

Unfortunately, so many friends of mine never had this connection. I was supremely lucky.

As I get older, I’ve had to watch my friends lose their parents. One of my good friends lost her dad to cancer a few years ago, and still mourns him deeply. I would love to wrap my arms around her and squeeze-because one of the truths that I’ve learned is that our loved ones are never really gone. Truly. All we have to do is just talk to them. They will let us know that they are with us in so many small ways, if we just open our hearts and minds and talk to them.

Here’s a clip from one of my favorite movies, illustrating just this. Peter Falk’s chatting to an angel!

So dad, just to let you know, I’m doing great! I’m filled with deep gratitude, for everything. And-you would have loved Chris, my husband. Kindred spirits, you two.

My First Workshop!


Tomorrow, I begin my 500 hour yoga teacher training. One of my projects was to create a workshop-the other attendees will critique my flyer tomorrow, and if all goes well, mine will be selected, and I’ll get to teach it in February.

Since I personally struggle with creativity, drive, vision, and ambition, I tailored my workshop around the solar plexus (manipura) chakra.

That’s it pictured above. Isn’t it beautiful? For those of you who don’t know, the manipura chakra is all about your “gut.” It’s the butterflies in your stomach when you’re excited; the sinking feeling when your worried. It’s the fire in your belly that moves you to “get ‘er done!”

So…cross your fingers for me. That teeny part of me that is competitive really really wants my workshop to get picked. ;)

Day 2: Gratitude 365

Today, I am grateful for sunshine, reggae music, coffee, and the feeling of returning to myself.

I just finished burning a bit of palo santo, to purify my home and welcome in 2014.

Right now, I’m listening to Bob Marley singing “Coming in from the Cold.” It’s going to be a great year. In fact, here’s what the cards forecast for me. I see lots of growth!


What are you grateful for today?

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, lovely people! How was it? Are you watching football? Sleeping it off? It’s overcast and chilly here; so I’m curled up, watching a movie, and sipping on a green smoothie.

I’ve been cocooning for quite a bit, it seems. Meditating. Determining my personal style and “who I want to be in the world.” I’ve also been paying special and close attention to pinpointing the work I am meant to do here (in this life).

One thing is for sure: any roadblocks I have, are only because of me. As a rule, I don’t “do” resolutions, but this year, I have only one: limit the amount of time I spend online; specifically, Facebook.

My addiction to this all encompassing social network has limited the time I see my friends socially, has limited my creativity, takes me out of the “flow” of daily life, heck, I don’t even read books any more!

Instead, I will post here more often, and, other than that, any time I feel like updating my status, I’ll write it in a regular, old fashioned journal.

In the upcoming months, I’ll be working towards my 500 hour yoga teacher training, and slowly adding new offerings to my etsy shop, Rising Persephone. I hope to do and be part of lots more blog giveaways. I ADORE giveaways.

My word for this year is “align,” and my ultimate goal is to bring my yoga practice, my offerings, and my teaching all into alignment.

What are your goals/resolutions/dreams for 2014?