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Rewriting Your Sex Story

His eyes were as dark as night. That should’ve been my sign to run the other direction–the windows to his soul shut tight, forbidding the light to shine in or out–but instead, I ran straight toward this long-time bachelor with my arms (and legs) wide open and my eyes wide shut.  This wasn’t my first…

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13 Thoughts on 2013

1. Age doesn’t equal wisdom. But forgiveness, insight, courage, and kindness do. 2. Death is a thief. It steals who you love and leaves you aching for what used to be. 3. Time does not heal all wounds. It only allows you to become more comfortable with your loss. You still cry because you miss…

Big Thoughts for a Big New Year

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. But when January 1st rolls around, I am big on doing a spiritual tune up to make sure I’m feeding my soul. Here are a few ideas that have inspired me to spruce up my inner framework in 2014. All IS possible, including me finally cracking open the…

Let Your Heart Be Light

One evening last week, I walked into the bathroom to wash my hands. I took off my wedding rings, put them on the counter, and turned on the water. The soap dispenser must have had a partial plug because when I pressed it, the entire pump’s worth of soap shot directly into my left eye,…

Life, Death, & Love. Why I Stopped Wanting Christmas Presents

A couple of years ago, my husband and I were almost killed in an RV accident. It was a warm, fall afternoon and David was driving me and seven of our friends to a University of Florida football game. The passengers were talking and laughing and eating when, without a second’s notice, the right front tire…

What I Don’t Want For Christmas

It’s here. That most wonderful time of the year when we’re all running around buying this and decorating that. When I realized the other day that it was December 1st, I immediately got that old, familiar pit in my stomach that only comes once the holiday season rolls around. It’s called the “how am I…

A Gluten Free Thanksgiving

My favorite holiday is almost here! Thanksgiving…the day of stuffing, rolls, pies, and all sorts of gluten-ous offerings. Having given up gluten six weeks ago, I recently began to panic at the thought of making Thanksgiving dinner. (What will I cook?) I also began to mourn. (I can’t have stuffing?) But the way my body…

Going Gluten Free

A few months ago, I had what I thought to be a brilliant idea. I decided to take a food allergy test. I thought it would be interesting to learn something new about myself, so I sent five vials of blood to a lab, where they exposed my blood to two hundred and fifty food…

Happy Birthday Karousing! A Year of Living Soulfully and Other Life Lessons

My baby is ONE! Happy birthday, Karousing! Most people would say that this is the one year anniversary of when Karousing was launched. I say it’s a birthday, because it is the celebration of life. The celebration of something I gave birth to. The celebration of growth – where I came from and where I’m…

It’s November. What Are You Grateful For?

It’s no coincidence that I launched Karousing in the month of November, the month of gratitude. Being thankful is the number one way you can fuel your own happiness. The number one way. On my journey, I’ve learned that if you aren’t grateful for what you currently have, it won’t matter what God or the Universe…

Who’s Your Yoko Ono?

When I got married, someone made a scene during the ceremony. Small church. Thirty guests. Everyone saw it. It was embarrassing and hurtful. But what has made it even worse, is the silence that’s filled the space between us in the three years since. No apology on their part. No forgiveness on mine. Last week,…

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