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Fear

October 1, 2021

What is fear? And what is fearlessness? As a two-time breast cancer survivor and mom to a special needs kid, I consider myself fairly fearless. I have lived with intense fear, crippling fear.  But I have gotten to a point…

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The Sexual Self After Breast Cancer

September 20, 2021

“Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature” –Marilyn Monroe When I was staring down the barrel of my mastectomy, I attempted to find articles on sexuality after breast cancer and there are precious few.  Maybe the…

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Body Image

August 13, 2021

Body image gets a lot of attention these days and that’s good- really good. Our bodies are so important. They are a precious vessel for our intellect, our creativity, our hearts and souls. Our bodies move us around this world…

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Identity

October 4, 2021

Who are we without the mirror? What is identity?  It seems almost like a silly question.  I think unless you’ve had some sort of identity crisis it doesn’t even occur to you.  But it’s one of those things that’s actually…

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Democracy

January 8, 2021

I love my country. And like anything I love, I hate to see it hurting. “Democracy is messy, and it’s hard. It’s never easy.” -Robert Kennedy, Jr. Yesterday was an emotional day. I think that’s fair to say, irrespective of…

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Goals

October 4, 2021

The summit at Temescal Canyon Trail I have been training in martial arts for eight years and every year at this time, Master Turnhout exhorts us to make a Victory List and a Vision List.  The Victory List is everything…

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Keep Going

October 4, 2021

I am never up for sunrise. This was captured after my grandmother’s memorial, up early to catch a flight from Florida back to LA. On this the Winter Solstice, I am reminded of the proverb “It is always darkest before…

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Growth

October 4, 2021

Today I find myself thinking about growth.  There is a saying that if a tree stops growing, it is dying.  I have no idea if that’s technically true, but I do believe humans need to be lifelong learners.  Seeking knowledge…

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The Lessons of Grief

October 4, 2021

Lessons of Grief Today marks the 20 year anniversary I lost my first baby.  I was, at the time, happily married and we were excited to start our family.  My pregnancy was planned, wanted and blissful.  I was six months…

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Self Compassion

October 4, 2021

“The most terrifying thing is to accept oneself completely.” ― C.G. Jung I think we all know what compassion is.  We know it when we feel it.  We’re going through a particularly rough patch and someone is kind to us.  They…

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Black Belt Lessons

October 4, 2021

Testing for my Black Belt 2018 I was in my 40s when I began martial arts training. Girls didn’t do that when I was growing up.  Girls took ballet.  I took ballet, and loved it. But I’ll be honest: nothing…

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Badass Divamom Peptalks

October 4, 2021

I teach singing.  It’s what I do and I’m really very good at it.  I teach technique.  I teach interpretation. I make sure people are singing the right notes and are aware of the traditional styles in what they’re singing. …

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