Category: Self-approval

May 07, 2019

So, a month ago, yesterday, I was teaching. And my daughter, Maggie, was in the class. On the surface, that is a totally simple, relevant, and expected consequence of being a mom and being a teacher. It might be kind of predictable that one day my adult daughter would wander in to The School of...

April 23, 2019

How good does it make you feel when you experience an incredible moment of synchronicity? You are thinking about an old friend, or an old lover, and — boom! — they call you! Or you run into each other at a coffee shop! You just know you are in flow. And there is nothing that...

April 09, 2019

We are all so sacred. Holy. Sometimes we know that, sometimes we forget. Know what I mean? We just forget. For long stretches. Can even be for thousands of years, sometimes. I was on the subway, last week, and it was packed. Those of us city dwellers know this moment: the subway has been delayed....

February 26, 2019

Picture this. It was session four of The Womanly Arts Experience weekend. 950 women had been together for two full days, each of them delving deeply into all of what it means to be a woman. Together, we were celebrating our magnificence, plugging into our radiance, plunging into our darkness, and reveling in our power....

January 22, 2019

I had a 90-minute video-chat Zoom meeting last week. Even though the meeting was with Melinda Cohan, an incredible colleague and collaborator I love and admire, talking about a project that excites both of us, I could feel my brain going splat by the end of the meeting. Splat. Not in a bad way. Just...

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January 15, 2019

What is your inner pace? Your rhythm? Your flow? Do you zip around through your day, spinning way too many plates, kind of getting off on how many you can keep in the air? I know I can do that. We all get so many points for being busy. Or acting busy. It’s as if...

December 18, 2018

Here’s what I do on the daily: coffee, stretch, music, dance, light candles, and pray at my altar. That’s the morning ritual. It’s how I do. I don’t know about you, but I do not wake up a ray of sunshine. I need to move things through. Every day. (And then some.) Being a woman...

December 11, 2018

Not long ago, an unexpected letter came in to The School of Womanly Arts and it took our breath away. We asked Mary Jo if we could share her story with other women, and she generously agreed. Here it is: At five and perhaps earlier, I somehow began to believe I wasn’t okay. I believed...

November 06, 2018

The single most profound change that I am noticing amongst women, today, is a more overtly shared experience of something that happened to me, as a child. ​​​​​​​ And continues to happen to me now, as an adult. And, if you are reading this note, I am certain it happens both to you, and for...

October 23, 2018

How often do you agree to do something, that you do not really, really want to do? Kiss them. Agree to help out. Stay at the party later. Go to the movie they picked. Listen to their problems. Work late. Again. Do you find your desire to please other people is an even stronger pull...

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