Living from the Heart, Michelle's Memoir, wisdom quotes

3 Lessons to Learn by the Time you’re 40

{Read the full article on Elephant Journal} My 30s are speeding to an end; I’m turning 40 next week. My 30s have been marked by the marvels of motherhood and vicissitudes of a long-term partnership. The marriage of body, mind, and heart. Witnessing my precious daughter grow and blossom into the charming, clever, obstinate child she is… Continue reading 3 Lessons to Learn by the Time you’re 40

Guatemala, Living from the Heart, Michelle's Memoir

Ode to My Thirties

I'm entering the last week of my thirties. This decade of my life has been lived entirely in Guatemala and charmed with abundant almost-annual international travels. Panama, El Salvador, Texas, New York, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, British Columbia, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia. My thirties have been most marked by the marvels of motherhood… Continue reading Ode to My Thirties

Communicating, Living from the Heart, Mindfulness, New Paradigm in Practice, The New Story

39 Guidelines I Strive to Live By

[Read the original post on Elephant Journal.] Love your life. Follow your heart. Be present in each moment. Smile. Don’t take it personally. Do what makes you feel most alive. Laughter is the best medicine. Make plans but let go of attachments to them. Giggle at the cosmic joke. Accept the impermanence of life. Buy less stuff. Invest in… Continue reading 39 Guidelines I Strive to Live By

Living from the Heart, Michelle's Memoir, New Paradigm in Practice, The New Story, Traveling

Life, Death & Turning 39

I'm turning 39 at the end of the month. 39 is not that old. 39 is ancient. It's all a matter of perspective. For whatever reason, I clearly remember my dad's 39th birthday. I remember the yellow light in the kitchen, the German Chocolate cake my mom baked from scratch, my brother and sister and… Continue reading Life, Death & Turning 39

Dharma Teachings, Interbeing, Living from the Heart, Mindfulness, wisdom quotes

4 Enduring Teachings from a Dearly Departed Energy Healer

{Read the full, original post on Elephant Journal.} I pulled four Tarot cards that embody some of Kirsten's greatest teachings and have included several quotes below from the book she gifted me, The Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Greene. May these symbols and messages be of benefit. Ace of Cups “The Ace of Cups heralds… Continue reading 4 Enduring Teachings from a Dearly Departed Energy Healer

Education, Guatemala, Michelle's Memoir, Writings

Top 5 Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years in Guatemala

{Read the full version here.} 1. I am sensitive and resilient. In my three long years in Guate (a.k.a. Guatemala City), I was never robbed at gunpoint, as many of my friends were, but I was lied to, judged, cheated, rear-ended, side-swiped, overruled, manipulated, hated, loved, used, ignored and more. I experienced homesickness, loneliness, anxiety,… Continue reading Top 5 Things I’ve Learned in 5 Years in Guatemala