How to Kick your Drama Addiction

Once Upon a Time… I’ve told a story before on this blog, but I feel it’s worth repeating. It’s a story of a conversation I had with my therapist a few years ago. I’d been in therapy before, but this time, I was determined to really get over my hang-ups (ha!). I’d just broken up with […]

How to Beat Winter Germies

Earlier this winter, my entire family (husband, daughter, dad, and infant) were all struck down with the devil cold from Hell. Interestingly, only my mother and I were spared. Mom had some suspicious “allergies” around that time and I only had just the edges of the unholy Hellbeast. This is particularly stunning, given the fact […]

Writing Challenge, Day 12 – let’s talk about shame, baby

Ever have a shame day?  Perhaps it’s spawned by nothing at all. Or arises after seeing someone you’ve wronged, who completely hates you for good reason. Or after thinking about someone who’s wronged you in a humiliating (public?) way. Maybe it’s not even in the distant past. Maybe you screwed something up at work yesterday. […]

Writing Challenge, Day 6 – anxiety shmansmiety

  Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days – Kris Carr My seven year old daughter is a highly sensitive kid who struggles occasionally with anxiety. It was a hard thing for me to realize. It pains me a bit to even say it. Not because it bothers me that […]

A Thank You Note to my (Messy) Single Self

Single Erin was a Hot Mess. If you knew me then, you are probably nodding. Disastrous relationships, lots of flitting about between jobs, friends, geographic locales, nervous breakdowns, a perpetually messy house… Actually, there’s a likelihood that I’ve yet to live down this particular moniker and in light of the fact that there are many more […]

The Ego Monster

We cannot really make a definition for what the ego is, but we can say what it is not. […] The ego’s opposite in every way,–in origin, effect and consequence–we call a miracle. Ego is often on my mind. I think that as a society, we’re kind of addicted to our egos and our tension. I […]

Deck the Halls with all your Baggage – Or, how I’m surviving the holidays

Fa la la la la… I love the holidays. My whole family loves the holidays. We have more traditions than we know what to do with and I adore every single one of them. So you can imagine my surprise when December first hit and along with it came attendant anxiety. Bizarre? Yes. But also, […]

An Oasis for the Heart – The Joy of Heart Yoga Retreat with Karuna and Paul Erickson

I attended a workshop The Joy of Heart Yoga this weekend at my home studio with Karuna and Paul Erickson. I’d been at a really…stuck place with my own practice and it had been months, I am sad to say, since I last attended the studio class of another teacher. I’ve been expecting more, quicker advancement out […]