It’s All About Timing

In the last year (OK closer to two) I have learned that most things in life are about timing. We often have to hear things at the right time, in the right way, when we are in the right headspace. Last week, I got a little sprinkling of magical timing. I received a message and,…

Listening to Guidance

Listening is the skill I most often have room to improve. But not always in the context that you may imagine. I may often asking for guidance but I am not aways great at listening. I can get distracted. I get wrapped up in my own thoughts, knowing full well if my thoughts were the…

Friends Are the Family You Choose

We’ve all likely heard the phrase, “Friends Are the Family You Choose.” It’s the kind of thing that gets monogrammed, cross-stitched and printed on T-shirts and stuff. It can be one of those phrases we say and don’t think much about and it can also seem a little schmaltzy. Over the weekend, while at a…

Conditioned Silence

I would consider myself to be a feminist. I believe in equality for all. I believe in fairness. I believe in everyone’s right to autonomy and privacy. And yet, over the weekend I had the weirdest experience that went a long way in illustrating just how pervasive and insidious oppressive social norms can be. It’s…

Keeping Climbing, the View is Worth It

A few weeks ago John and I visited Clingmans Dome, which is the highest point in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was a rather hilarious choice as we were a day and a half from completing a 24-hour race and we were still sore and tired so who decides to climb up a…