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“If free to be myself I would…”


  I recently took the Kolbe A Index which measures the instinctive ways you take action when you strive. For most of these “assessments” I typically hate them. I usually want to answer every question with: “It depends!” However, when I took the Kolbe A, there was a question that rocked my world. Before answering each […]

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A Letter From Your Quirk


  Dear Michael, I am the quirky voice in your head. At this very moment I control your fingers as you type these words. But I am not all of you. I share space with other voices, all of them less quirky than me. Each of us has something valuable to say to you, a […]

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When It Seems Like The World Sucks


  Sometimes it can seem like the world we live in doesn’t care very much about people. We see a constant stream of cruelty and ignorance justified by fear and fame. And if you only listen to what you see on TV and read online, it’s easy to start believing that the world is a […]

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I’m making up my own rules now.


  “Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding your self that everything happens for a reason.” – John Mayer Last day! Last day!! Last daaaaaay!!!!!!!!!! Dear You, Once upon a time in 2009, our protagonist came back to NY from […]

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Get Paid To Be Yourself


  Dear Quirk Juicers, Today I’m here to sell you something. But it’s not a product it’s an idea, or rather an anti-idea. You see most people think that if you’re fully, authentically your quirky self, you can’t be successful at selling. How could you? Sales and marketing require fitting into formulas. Using techniques, following […]

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Claiming Your Quirky Business Brilliance


  I think we’ve all been there: We get an idea of a job we could get or a business we could start that would be amazing. We think, “if only I could do this for a living, or if only I could share this passion with other people who love it.” But before long […]

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Take Your Quirk To Work


  Recently I joined a private Facebook group for a small number of online entrepreneurs. I was floored when I got into the group, because many of the other members were presenting themselves in a way that was bold, colorful, and highly unusual in business circles. Everyone had been asked to introduce themselves with a […]

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Life’s Hard Choices #Chipotle


  As humans, we make decisions everyday out of fear or desire. Fear keeps us safe and alive and desire is what makes life worth living. Both voices are equally important. But for much of my life these two voices have been adversaries in my head and the fear voice usually wins out. You see […]

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Quirky, Brave and Fully Alive


  I’ve just got home from a summer holiday with my husband in NYC, and I can safely say that I have pretty much fallen in love. I love how unbelievably alive with possibility and energy the city is. I love the onslaught of sights and sounds and smells and people. Most of all, I […]

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A Story About Being Queer and Quirky


  As I sit on a plane to the East Coast, I am bracing myself for a week with my extended family. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, especially my parents and two sisters. But once you add in a handful of aunts and uncles, a few cousins and a couple more of […]

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An Open Letter to Young Beautiful Women


There is so much I want to tell you. Things that I was not told. Things I wish I had known. And maybe a few things that I was told – but quickly ignored. As we do in youth. I want you to know that a day will come when you walk down the street […]

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Dear Quirky Dude


  Growing up I heard a lot of messages about what it means to be a man. Messages like: Being a man means being strong. Being a man means not having too many emotions. Being a man means being athletic, decisive, and powerful. Being a man means being the flag bearer of normality, because we […]

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Why I hate “goals” and instead create experiments


  I easily slip into type-A, perfectionistic, fear-driven, hyper-caring tendencies. Goals are like gasoline for these self-destructive and creativity squashing behaviors. A specific finish line that must be met at all costs. For me, goals are a recipe for misery and burnout! 6 years ago, I began switching to “experiments” and woah… my entire experience […]

Fantasmuch


  I have a friend. She is awesome. I admire her truthy, wild, loving, fully alive way she shows up in the world. She is taking a scary leap soon. She shared with me how someone had cheered her on for making such a big change and yet also unintentionally shaken her by saying, “You […]

I am fantasmuch!

Being extraordinary is a choice.


  I’ve just boarded my flight and the typical sequence of events begins to unfold. We file into our seats, the doors close, and our flight attendant checks the aisles. She begins reciting the usual instructions, and I start to tune out the excess noise. However, she begins with humor, joking about how she’ll be […]

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Want an out of the ordinary conversation? Ask for it!


  Poking my head out from the quirk-cave! Sometimes I find myself in the quirk-cave.  This is a place for me of intense depth and expansion and alchemy.  A place where I experiment, create, breakdown, breakthrough, find clarity, and sometimes all at once. When I’m in there, sometimes I can’t be in other places. (still […]

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I See You :: Camp GLP 2015


I went to Camp Good Life Project again this year. WOW. Mind-blowing. Again. Last year, I shared a portion of The Declaration of the QuirkNation for the camp talent show. It was a life-changing moment for me to be on stage raw and real. We wrote a song! My best friend, Virginia Wilcox, is amazing, […]

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Loneliness. What Does “Community” Look Like To You?


  Wow. I’m stunned by the response from last week’s letter: I’m afraid of failing you. I heard from so many of you who are dear to my heart, but also so many of you who I’ve never heard from before! It was such a delight to hear from you all! I’m always surprised when […]

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I’m afraid of failing you.


  Sometimes the message feels clear and concise like essential truth. Sometimes it’s like the words flow and I’m just the vessel putting them onto the page. Sometimes I hear my voice and I trust it’s what I want to say. Sometimes I feel like celebrating after writing something amazing. …and Sometimes I have so much […]

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Explore the world through someone else’s eyes.


Today, let’s experiment with something a little different!  Have you heard about Periscope yet? They say it’s a way to, “Explore the world through someone else’s eyes.” And how they wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation. Basically… it’s a new mobile app to livestream video that’s sort of like a wild frontier people are experimenting with.  The […]

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Who are you being “enough” for?


  Am I enough? We are driven mad by this question. Sometimes it can appear as an aspiration, such as: “I want to be known for my art.” Which might really be coming from: “I need recognition for my art to believe it has value.” Or it might be: “I want this project to be […]

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A retreat. On an island. In the Caribbean… Want to come?


  I’ve been deep in the creation cave these last few weeks. And, I’m SO excited to share with you a new adventure… My dear friend, Kim Nicol, plans these amaaazing Mastermind Island retreats. In addition to being one of the most loving people I know, Kim is a Mindfulness expert. She has invited me […]

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Defining the undefinable.


There is something instinctive in me that resists definition. Trying to define myself physically hurts. Nugget-sized language of who I am or what I do never conveys it fully. I know it’s not meant to be the full-sized version (that’s why it’s just an intro), but I can’t get over how it feels like my […]

I am ____.

Do you have an unreasonable idea?


I’m forever intrigued about what it means to be an outlier. Last week, I wrote about the gifts of “crazy”. (If you missed it, you can read it here.) Expanding further, we’ve all had “dreams”. Unreasonable ideas. Gigantic desires, hopes, and wishes for the way life could be. That moment of awe for something beyond […]

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Call me Crazy!


My life has had many forms of “crazy”. I have been told I am crazy in many variations of language: … name calling ranging from aggressive bullying to playful teasing … manipulative back-stabbing because I am a threat … the dreaded smiles and lies followed by gut-wrenching isolation and silence … and even wild admiration […]

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A story about being Highly Sensitive


  For most of my life, I was at war with my sensitivity. Every tiny thing felt like a huge thing. I felt so alone and confused by why others didn’t seem to be struggling with the same things as I was. So, I tried to make myself tougher and more resilient. Thinking I needed […]

Numinous + Voluminous

Oh, Love


The love letter I sent last week seems to have struck a chord. I get it. There’s a LOT tangled up in love. We all have endless stories of joy and pain when it comes to love. For the longest time, I was really confused and lost about love. I questioned: What is it? When […]

QT16: Love is inside of you, always.

There’d be no “we” without you


As Bryan Adams says… “everything I do, I do it for you!” Yes, I am inspired and fueled every day by you. Yes, I feel it’s my mission to help you feel more acceptance, love, and authenticity. Yes, I love connecting with you and am so grateful when you connect with me. But, truly, there’d […]

There'd be no "we" without you

What if curiosity did NOT kill the cat?


I know the old proverb says, “curiosity killed the cat” but I call B.S. Yes, I believe in intentional curiosity and not poking and prodding a shark. But, I also believe curiosity is a foundational element to living a fulfilled and quirkalicious life. When was the last time you said to yourself, “I wish I […]

QT15: Curiosity is a way to alter our perspective. To engage with our current experience and incite about a new possibility.

The YOUest YOU


Keeping it short + sweet today. First, a quick message from Dr. Seuss: If you’d like, here’s a quick visualization you can do to find your true place within. Choosing a moment to pause, find a place of inner / outer stillness, and then focus on your breath… Imagine doing an internal body scan. Just […]

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The simplest way to connect more with people in every day life


How many times a day are you asked: “How are you?” Unless you are a hermit (and no judgment if you are, as an introvert I totally have my hermit days!), you are probably asked this question at least once, possibly several times a day. But do you actually answer the question? Or do you […]

"How are you?"

I have a confession…


I’m not perfect. There are STILL parts of myself I don’t share readily, and I recently realized there are two parts I’m afraid of sharing specifically with you. I could easily have beaten myself up internally about this realization, saying things to myself like, “Geez, Christina! Your entire mission is around showing up fully and […]

QT14 - Flowing in the flux.

Do you know the way?


When is it enough? When is it too much? When to pause? When to give it all you got? Like a pendulum, we are seeking our center. A sweet spot of peace. Enough fire for warmth, but not too much that we burn up. Enough water we are hydrated, but not to much that we […]

QT no.13 There is no "one way". Only experiments of life to discover the subtleties of who we are.

Dear Quirkster, what if?


I collect questions. Why? Questions are puzzles and we can’t help but answer them. And, a great question can open a door to a life-changing insight. This is why curiosity is so profound. Curiosity is asking questions with the fascination of learning something new. If you are struggling, or unsatisfied, or even if life is […]

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A story from inside the quirk cave


  Especially in the online world, but also in the real world, there can be anxiety in “going away” for a while. Whether you’re stepping away from your business, from your workplace, or just from your friends, there can be fear in distance. The loss of constant connection. Will I be missed? Will trust diminish […]

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You are loved


Today, is a Hallmark holiday… Valentine’s Day!!! And, it can be a lot of things. Angst among the mass conformity of easy default gifts… Loneliness in a sea of love bunnies… High expectations to meet your partner’s wishes… OR… You can discover love within. For yourself. For others. And, express this love in a way […]

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The Love of a Mother


  My mother has always supported and encouraged my creativity and unique spirit. So much so that when I entered into the world (aka… Kindergarten) I was completely unprepared for the criticism and cruelty. It’s taken me over 20 years to finally find peace and a huge reason why I saw such a need for […]

The Love of a Mother

​You have changed my life, forever.


  I had written something else earlier this week, but on Thanksgiving (here in the U.S.) as I’m packing up boxes, listening to podcast episodes of The Good Life Project, and excitedly getting ready to move into my new “nest” tomorrow… The only thing that I want to say is Thank You. And, I know […]

Thank You

Are you as annoyed as I am with “just be YOU”?


  Maybe it’s because like attracts like or maybe it is truly because a lot more people are speaking out about individuality and consciousness. But, I feel like things are becoming a little saturated with finding your life purpose, your mission, who you are, and aligning with your true self. All of which I whole-heartedly […]

I find myself most in the moments when I am facing a fork in the road.

We’ve secretly been brewing up magic


And, it feels time to let some light in! You see… it happening really organically. People started asking me questions, so I said: “well, let’s have a conversation about this.” And, we began going deep. Reeeeaaally deep. Honestly, I’ve been blown away by wha happens during and after these conversations. I resisted these because I […]

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The Full Spectrum of Expression


  I’m continually expanding and sharing my voice in bold ways. Today, I bring to you something that I haven’t expressed in over 15 years with the hope that it will inspire you to express yourself even more fully too. This part of me has been called a lot of names. “spaz” “crazy” “psychotic” “attention […]

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It’s my birthday and I’m starting a quest!


  Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading “The Happiness of Pursuit” or maybe it’s because I’ve always had an affinity for experiments, but this year for my birthday I want to start a new QUEST. By the way, yes, today IS my actual day of birth. *high five for Halloween!* My quest will be to […]

Daily Quirk-Juice :: MAGIC

The Power of a Declaration


To declare something is to proclaim what you believe and put your voice on the line. This act is not for everyone. You must have a willingness to wander into the depths of yourself and the courage to stand for what you discover. The bolder the declaration, the more resistance you will face. For when […]

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Camp GLP!


I just came back from summer camp. And, it changed my life. Camp Good Life Project was 2 hours outside of New York City. In true camp style, we were in bunks in the middle of the woods. There were bonfires, dance parties, and color wars. I took workshops like Bookbinding, Owning Your Shizzle, and […]

"I am talent. You are talent."

Are Trends Evil?


  I have had a roller coaster relationship with “trends”. At times I sought them out. Other times I purposely avoided them. And, even on occasion I started them. Eventually, I got curious. What are they really? When do they begin? Why are they always changing? I found that a trend starts with one person […]

:: QUIRK TIP :: If a trend aligns with your truth, trend onwards! If not, then start or find one that does.

Use Science To Become BFFs With Your Emotions


  Raise your hand if you and your emotions are BFFs. Aka… Best Friends Forever! Yes? *high-five*! However, if you are like most, you may be far from friendly with them. You may even experience your emotions as: 1. A jousting match, constantly fighting against them. 2. Lost in turmoil, trying to decipher their confusing […]

:: QUIRK TIP :: To move through an emotion, you must learn how to have a pow-wow with your heart.

The Secret To Creativity


  Do you feel like being creative is this elusive “thing” that you only dream about experiencing? Or is it an occasional bolt of brilliance that strikes at random, completely out of your control? Or maybe you feel split in half with art as your passion and the rest of your day sucking the soul […]

The Secret To Creativity

Why Finding Your Genius May Be Easier Than You Think


  Last weekend I was visiting family in Ithaca, NY. Located in upstate New York, a small town is home to Cornell University, sailing, waterfalls, and one of the best farmer’s market I’ve ever been to. At one point, my family and I were going through old treasures my 90-year-old grandmother, Mary Salerno, had tucked […]

Why Finding Your Genius May Be Easier Than You Think

Freedom of a Feather


  Not all freedom is the same. Imagine each of us as feathers. We come from a bird and from the beginning we are attached to this bird just like all the rest of our feather friends. One day this bird takes flight and we feel the freedom of flying. With the air between our […]

3 Surprising Things I Do For Joy


  #1 :: I love to edit photos just for “fun” Recently, I had a photoshoot with my friend, Katya Nicholas, and did all of the editing myself because of how much I love to tinker around in Photoshop. I’m not a photographer and could have easily passed this off to someone more “experienced”. But, […]

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Do you ever feel like people don’t understand you?


  Like you have this secret inner world that no one else can see. You literally feel like you don’t fit anywhere. And, you’ve tried to share those hidden parts in tiny ways, yet they’re only met with judgement. Maybe it was even flipped around back at you. What you had meant to be an […]

Do you ever feel like people don't understand you?

From Flame to Ashes


  A spark Ignites the kindling The logs begin to burn The fire bursts to flames Which can’t last So it turns to embers And as all things With their natural Progression Cycle Season Finally Ashes. Just like there is night after the day. And flowers drop their petals after they bloom. There is silence […]

From Flame To Ashes

We Love Being Quirky because…


  It began with a question… “why do you love being quirky?!” The responses are deliciously diverse and creative! Now, it’s your turn! Share in the comments: “Why do YOU love being quirky?”

We love being quirky because...

Tune In


  How much of your day are you “tuned in”? Maybe you don’t even know. Wherever you’re at, I guarantee there are moments in your day when you’re so lost in your thoughts that you’re not even experiencing whatever it is you’re doing. For instance, when you pour a glass. Do you actually truly feel […]

Tune In

The one thing that changed everything


  You saw me As I am Not for who I thought I was Or who I thought I wasn’t Or even who I wished I could be Me As I am My essence My parts My whole All of me And then you showed me I am just right as I am Wherever I […]

The one thing that changed everything

Create a map of your parts


  Your mission … should you choose to accept it! Similar to a mind map, create a map of all of your parts. This experiment is just for you. You don’t need to show it to anyone. Even if you do nothing with this map, it’s a practice for embracing all of who you are. […]

Map of your parts

Equilibrium


  A secret language For every this A that A dance Between me and you For equilibrium

Equilibrium

Emoticon Slam


  One… Two… Three… Make these faces as fast as you can… GO!!! : ) : 0 >: | ; ) (repeat if desired)

Emoticon Slam

Go Deep


  Have you ever met someone and sent a follow-up message that said, “It was really great to meet you! Hope to connect more with you soon.“? An experiment for you is to go deeper. Why was it really great to meet this person? What did you notice about them or your conversation that made […]

Go Deep

Stay on your train


  Sometimes you receive an answer to a question you’ve been wondering. But, it comes in a tangible experience. I had one of those recently. I literally should have stayed on the train. Here’s the story: I live in New York City and almost always take the same subway station going towards the same direction. […]

Stay on your train

A Million Moments


  Last week I was in Costa Rica with Jonathan Fields, his team, and 32 other entrepreneurs for the Good Life Project Immersion retreat. I embarked having no clue what I was diving into. And left with 40 new best friends and a million moments that I will savor for the rest of my life. […]

Christina and Jonathan Fields

Rule Bandit


  Surprise + Inspire To challenge assumptions To re-imagine the status quo What is known under a different light becomes undiscovered lands The life of a rule bandit

I love being quirky because... there are no rules

The King Kiwi Salad


  Prep: 10 min Servings: 2 Ingredients: 1 head of romaine lettuce 1/2 green bell pepper 1/2 cucumber (bell pepper + cucumber are part of the “dirty dozen” – buy only organic) 2 small kiwi (or 1 large) 1 tbs pumpkin seeds 1 tbs sunflower seeds 1/4 lemon 1 tbs olive oil (walnut oil is […]

The King Kiwi Salad

The Promise of a Pencil


How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change By: Adam Braun I met Adam this past weekend at Jonathan Fields’ mind-blowing live event RevolutionU. I introduced myself to Adam and said how much I appreciated him and the amazing work he is doing with his organization, Pencils of Promise. This week he’s been featured with […]

The Promise of a Pencil

Overwhelmed?!?!


  It happens to the best of us. Where the pieces of your life feel like they are those spinning plates toppling all at once. Your brain feels so heavy you can’t accomplish anything. But still, you jump from task to task with a fiery determination. “This will not defeat me!” You push and push […]

Overwhelmed?!?!

Easy Stretching for Daft Punk


  My own version of stretching + yoga for the Daft Punk song Adagio for Tron (a new take on the classic Adagio For Strings composition). I am not trained in any way and I rarely do the same “routine” twice. It’s more about focusing on what your body is wanting in the moment. The […]

Easy Stretching for Daft Punk

Life as a puzzle


  Cracking the seal on a new puzzle box Out pours a jumble of incoherent pieces Beginning feels impossible And an ending a mirage Slowly patterns emerge of Color Texture Shape Size Slight differences Turn into important clues Finally, you see a piece that looks similar to another As you bring them closer Shifting around […]

Life as a puzzle

Ashton


  I take my work very seriously Well-made Lay your burdens on me Focused I will never let you down I built a fortress To make you want me Who knew that day after day This would feel so heavy Alone The tiniest whisper Has become A deafening scream My best days include: Color My […]

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Dive into the unknown


  Last year, despite a debilitating fear of heights, somehow I found myself in Costa Rica strapped into a zip-line harness overlooking an “impossible” valley of enormity. In that moment, literally shaking and trying not to pass out, I realized it was about trust. The unknown was incomprehensibly terrifying with everything up to and thereafter […]

Dive into the unknown

Journey to the Center of the Almond …aka Almond Milk


  Prep: overnight Cook: 10 min Servings: 2 cups Ingredients: 1/2 cup of almonds 2 cups of water (+ more for soaking) dash of cinnamon 1 tsp of vanilla extract (get the real stuff, check ingredients for additives, especially NO corn syrup) 1 tbsp of coconut nectar (great sugar replacement that is a lot healthier […]

Journey to the Center of the Almond

Refuse To Settle


  We bend We convince We squeeze Into other versions Compromising At our expense Yes, give Love Grow Wide Open But, also Refuse to settle For anything less than Extraordinary

Refuse To Settle

A love…


  A love Like gold strands woven into a forgotten tapestry A melody dancing through walls into secret, hidden rooms There before you arrived Remaining after you’ve gone We found ourselves following different paths Too far away to touch each other anymore But, you are here in my heart Forever and always

A love

A letter about NYE pain that no one else will write


  Yesterday, on New Years Eve, my heart was broken in a way I have never experienced before. I gave all of me. I’ve never let anyone in so deeply before. I loved, purely, innocently. But, it wasn’t enough. Most people write about pain only afterwards. To give the full picture view of why something […]

NYE pain

Emma


  I am made With a touch With a glance With a feeling Dancing Through strands of Moments This night Belongs to Imagination My best days include: The perfect temperature My life’s mission: Wrapped in glamour The story of why: Holiday. Parties. Style. Oh my. The story of how: I found the green dress at […]

Emma

Rudolph


  My nose Isn’t your average nose It’s taken me a while To embrace it There is no rulebook For what to do with such a nose And most people don’t “get it” But that’s ok My people see me For all that I am My best days include: Christmas songs My life’s mission: To […]

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Purple Cabbage Eater


  Prep: 30 min Cook: 30 min Servings: 4 Ingredients: 2 tbs of coconut oil (great for autoimmune disorders – buy unrefined) 6 scallions 1 clove of garlic 1/2 inch of ginger 1/2 head of red cabbage 2 tbs of coconut aminos (tasty replacement for soy sauce) 1 lb of beef (don’t skimp on quality […]

Purple Cabbage Eater

All In


  This past year I have been faced many times with a very specific decision. Will I be “all in”? Will something in me hold back or will I give all of me? Will I let someone or something else choose for me or will I commit to being “all in” regardless? I keep deciding […]

All In

Spectrum


  Monstrous Or Magnificent Depending on the light Witnessed But never seen Lost as a spectrum

Spectrum

Your magic is in your truth


  When the pain feels so immediate and disparaging I pray for some countering greatness When something swoops in mysteriously and crushes me I need to know that the opposite can be true A bomb can crumble a building within minutes But there is no magic wand To construct a castle overnight You will find […]

Your magic is in your truth

Death. HSP Style


  From a young age, wanting to die has played a significant role in my life. I don’t know where or how it came about, but I get these overwhelming feelings of wanting to die. I’ve never acted on them and it’s not even about “suicide”. It’s hard to explain, but it’s more about the […]

When is death a rebirth?

Mend


  Once discards Extricated Value In between Vision Ingenuity Seen Mended My best days include: Being near a window My life’s mission: To honor my second chance

Mend

Panoptic


  Showing or seeing the whole at one view. Being everywhere And nowhere Expansive Lost Incomprehensible Magnificent Where do you go When you can go anywhere? Where is your path When each step is a mystery? Where do you focus When you can see it all?

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How The Lottery Saved My Life


  There was a very dark period of my life where I hardly trusted anything. I definitely did not trust in the world. It felt so unfair. I didn’t understand how I had gotten to this place in my life. For as long as I can remember, music made me feel something that nothing else […]

How the lottery saved my life

Upside Down


  When I read I fall asleep I can’t help it So, I turn the book Upside Down Try it out Added bonus: It helps you focus if you’re distracted Or if the content is hard to understand

I Read Upside Down

What is fear?


  Fear Alerts you of danger And, protects you from ignorance But, it can also Show you a crack for somewhere to grow Fear Is merely a Teacher Imagine it as a notification Outside of you Just letting you know of the possibilities And then you can be open to the lesson

What Is Fear?

What Do You Desire?


  Stop Breathe Soften Feel Anything Everything What do you desire Right now The past is unchangeable The future is unforeseeable This moment is here Let desire guide your steps

What Do You Desire?

Beautifully Broken


  Does a flame stand a chance, In the depths of an ocean? What do you do when you don’t fit? A mosaic. Beautifully broken.

Beautifully Broken

Secret :: Lightning


  I have a secret It is scary It is a giant It was misunderstood It was criticized And it was used against me I tried to control it I tried to present the best parts I used it And I ignored it Until I broke apart — I’ve been in hiding Healing Learning to […]

Secret :: Lightning
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