Mother Daughter Bond

“A daughter is a mother’s gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self. And mothers are their daughters’ role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all their relationships.” ~ Victoria Secunda   I love this quote by Victoria Secunda. It encapsulates the vital significance of(read more)

Come alive in 2016

Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you. ~David Whyte   At the beginning of a year, it seems only natural to pause and take stock of our lives. We might ask ourselves variations of the following: Where am I? Where did I want to be this time last(read more)

Navigation tools for windy days

“We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.” —Dolly Parton   It is so easy to be blown by the wind, isn’t it? Lately, it feels like every day brings new hurricanes. Illness. Breakups. Paris. The San Bernardino shooting. Things that feel too big to bear. This Dolly Parton quote is one(read more)

To Come Alive

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman The warm air tastes like crystal mixed with juniper. Everywhere I look, sparkling turquoise glimmers against rough red adobe walls. I meander about the sun-drenched(read more)

Taking off the masks

Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. ~ James Baldwin “You have quality relationships.” This is the second of my five Well Loved Woman Principles. So many of us have a lot of “relationships,” but when it comes to the quality of them … well,(read more)

Save your life

It is in the knowledge of the genuine conditions of our lives that we must draw our strength to live and our reasons for living. ~ Simone de Beauvoir As the oldest child in my family and the only girl, growing up at a time when options for women seemed limited, it didn’t take long(read more)

Take your strengths to the bank!

“You cannot be anything you want to be – but you can be a lot more of who you are.” ~Tom Rath If I asked you right now what your strengths were, how would you respond? Most people would say things like, “well, I’m loving, organized, friendly, funny…,” but would your answer change if this(read more)

Your presence is your present.

Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Full alive, fully aware. ~Thich Nhat Hanh I have been thinking a lot lately about the word, “Presence.” It’s a beautiful word, isn’t it? I love that it simultaneously refers to the state of being present in the moment and to being in attendance …(read more)

How to Turn the Whole World Feminine

“All the great artists of the world slowly start growing a quality of feminineness, grace, elegance, exquisiteness. A certain flavor of softness, relaxedness, calmness and quietness surrounds them. They are no longer feverish. What I am teaching here is really to turn the whole world feminine.” ~Osho I know a lot of women who live in(read more)

I know my strengths; do you?

“Celebrate your victories! Be verbal about it. Haters will say you’re bragging, but those who love you will celebrate with you.” ~ Steve Maraboli “Celebrate your victories! Be verbal about it. Haters will say you’re bragging, but those who love you will celebrate with you.” ~ Steve Maraboli Last year I went to a luncheon(read more)