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Friday Reflections

Friday Reflections

Friday Reflections is all about reflecting on the week by observing our senses.  My hope is that this will be a gentle, easy way to tune into how we are doing and what we are experiencing weekly when journaling in general can feel so daunting. Now, for this week’s Friday Reflections (with each sense as […]

10 Things I Loved in January 2013

10 Things I Loved in January 2013

  At the end of each  month, I take stock of the previous month.  What went well?  What did I learn?  What brought me a simple joy?  These monthly reports are a way to encourage myself to take delight in the littlest of things.  I find that Ten Things I Loved allows me to always […]

Spark Your Systems: Planning for What You Need, Want, and Have to Do

Spark Your Systems: Planning for What You Need, Want, and Have to Do

There are the things we want to do and the things we have to do and, sometimes, it feels impossible to make room for both. I get that.  I’ve been there.  I am sometimes still there. But perhaps because I try really hard to address the tension between the two and to come out on […]

Education for everybody

Education for everybody

There are numbers that haunt you. In 2007, those numbers, for me, were 53, 44, and 13. You see, fifty-three percent of Latina girls got pregnant before the age of twenty. Forty-four percent did not graduate from high school. Only thirteen percent of Latino students had a college degree. As the author of Hijas Americanas: […]

the weekly spark: Practice One In, One Out

If I’m not disciplined about it, I can be the queen of holding on to clothing that doesn’t suit me, doesn’t fit, isn’t my style, or doesn’t reflect who I am anymore. So more than a decade ago, after a day spent cleaning (and purging items from) my closet, I came up with a new rule […]

the happy sheet: seek and find

the happy sheet: seek and find

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the very first moment

the very first moment

Friday Reflections

Friday Reflections

  Friday Reflections is all about reflecting on the week by observing our senses.  My hope is that this will be a gentle, easy way to tune into how we are doing and what we are experiencing weekly when journaling in general can feel so daunting. Now, for this week’s Friday Reflections (with each sense […]

Honor What You Need

Honor What You Need

The last few Mondays have unfolded in a way that has given me heart palpitations, a little anxiety stomachache and just general non-flow. It is not that I have a case of Mondays.  In general, I am not a Monday hater (to my past two Mondays, I am sorry if it feels a little like […]

Our passion is our fuel.

Our passion is our fuel.

Passion. It can seem so trivial.  Like one of those things that is afforded to the lucky or the rich or the indulgent. But what I am here to tell you is that it is not. Passion can save us.  It can transform us.  It fuels us.  And it doesn’t stop there. Our passion is […]