I believe in simplicity. I believe in feelings and family, friendship and fidelity, forgiveness and fortitude. I believe in miracles, meditation, motherhood and make believe and that music is the only real magic this world has ever seen. I believe in concocting and consuming colorful cocktails and fussing over and feasting on fabulous food. I believe in living out loud. I believe in laughing until your face hurts and loving until your heart breaks. I believe in behaving boldly and when warranted, badly, taking bubble baths and being barefoot. I believe in poetry, puppies and playing in the park. I believe in seeking without ceasing that which sings to my soul and strengthens my spirit. I believe in dancing in the rain and digging in the dirt. I believe in honest expression and the golden rule. I believe in Nature and naps and that naïveté is sometimes necessary. I believe in goodness and gratitude, grit and grace. I believe in unity and the power of the universe. I believe in being authentically awesome. I believe in being better today than yesterday but not as good as tomorrow. I believe in challenges and change and growing pains. I believe in the inherent worth of every creature, being and life force on this planet. I believe in honoring the individual journeys and paths of people whether I understand them or not. I believe in letting people live their truth and trusting that it’s right for them. I believe in lifting up and letting go. I believe that death is just as sacred an experience as birth and that it is never, ever an end.

Mostly, I just believe that I’m never going to stop learning what it is I believe.

Read the Printed Word!

“You don’t know anyone at the party, so you don’t want to go. You don’t like cottage cheese, so you haven’t eaten it in years. This is your choice, of course, but don’t kid yourself: it’s also the flinch. Your personality is not set in stone. You may think a morning coffee is the most enjoyable thing in the world, but it’s really just a habit. Thirty days without it, and you would be fine. You think you have a soul mate, but in fact you could have had any number of spouses. You would have evolved differently, but been just as happy.
You can change what you want about yourself at any time. You see yourself as someone who can’t write or play an instrument, who gives in to temptation or makes bad decisions, but that’s really not you. It’s not ingrained. It’s not your personality. Your personality is something else, something deeper than just preferences, and these details on the surface, you can change anytime you like.
If it is useful to do so, you must abandon your identity and start again. Sometimes, it’s the only way.
Set fire to your old self. It’s not needed here. It’s too busy shopping, gossiping about others, and watching days go by and asking why you haven’t gotten as far as you’d like. This old self will die and be forgotten by all but family, and replaced by someone who makes a difference.
Your new self is not like that. Your new self is the Great Chicago Fire—overwhelming, overpowering, and destroying everything that isn’t necessary.”

—Julien Smith, The Flinch (via exoticwild)

(Source: quotethat, via 5000letters)

"Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm." - John Muir

"Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm." - John Muir

LOVING this new album! This track is especially infectious!

I CANNOT take this sweetness! Barnaby the fainting goat FTW!

Meditation Advice for Beginners In 10 Basic Steps

Meditation can be a healing, restorative process for many; yet like any journey, getting started can be challenging. And though meditation can take years (if not decades!) to perfect, anyone can begin with these simple, calming steps towards health of mind, body and spirit.

1. Take a seat – while you can certainly meditate while standing, most teachers recommend being seated on the floor, legs crossed – you can also use a cushion for support!

2. Close your eyes – the purpose is to eliminate or distance ourselves from distraction as much as possible, so that we can focus on what is happening within the mind.

3. Breathe – every practice starts with a renewal of concentration on the breath – try not to think, and simply let air flow in and flow out naturally.

4. Observe – as your breath deepens, pay attention to the body’s signals. Relax your back, neck, and shoulders as needed. Give yourself time to “settle in.”

5. Let the mind wander – lots of beginners report “racing thoughts” syndrome. That’s fine and normal. Relax. With time, the mind will find its balance.

6. Start within – once you’re feeling calm, begin to focus on the whole self: mind, body, and spirit together. Expand this space with thoughts of compassion and love.

7. Move away from “I” – focus thoughts and intentions on loved ones, friends, family, and teachers to cultivate what is known as Loving-Kindness Meditation.

8. Get a rhythm – for many, this can mean using aides like malas (meditation beads) to count repetitions of certain mantras.  But you can always start out by saying “peace,” “courage,” or any other intention you wish to nurture.

9. Be patient – if any of these steps feels rushed or unnatural, that’s all right. You’re allowed to practice more than once, and you don’t have to get the right “feeling” every time.

10. End when you’re ready – meditation doesn’t have to close on a specific word or phrase; simply opening your eyes will signal your completion.

Now breathe, stretch, and have a snack!

“It is naive to think that self-assertiveness is easy. To live self-assertively, which means to live authentically, is an act of high courage. That is why so many people spend the better part of their lives in hiding…from others and also from themselves.”

—Nathaniel Branden



My mom let her facebook friends/family know what’s up regarding me just now and this is how she did it.
Heck yeah, mom.

Wow. Go Jodi!
If you’re thinking about coming out as LGBTQ, check out our “Coming Out As You” guide:



My mom let her facebook friends/family know what’s up regarding me just now and this is how she did it.

Heck yeah, mom.

Wow. Go Jodi!

If you’re thinking about coming out as LGBTQ, check out our “Coming Out As You” guide:

"It’s meditation and it connects you to the Universe ‘cause you’re putting your sound out into the ethers and it’s going everywhere, it’s touching everything…"


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