Category: Self-approval

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...

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...

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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...

September 25, 2018

Hope is such a bitch. Sometimes she is just a walk in the park. Things are easy, things are breezy. And sometimes it’s not easy. And there is no breeze. It’s just dust and tumbleweeds. And it feels like you are the last one standing. She will test you and work you and twist you...

September 10, 2018

Losses happen. Slumps happen. Fear creeps in. We get tired. Bored. Angry. Disheartened. Discouraged. Disempowered. Old. Older. And when we trip, or are tripped, when we tumble or get truly and deeply trounced, we can forget the real raw sacred truth of it all. That we are each a force of nature, indivisible from her...

September 04, 2018

It is so easy for a woman to lose her way. A trip through the morning headlines can ignite grief, frustration, despair. A glance in the mirror can trigger disapproval which can be hard to shake. A day flooded with tasks, both surmountable and insurmountable, can suck some serious wind from anyone’s sails. And let’s...

August 28, 2018

I think the most miserable times I have ever experienced in my life have been when things were “fine.” Boyfriend is fine. Business is fine. Life is just fine. Similarly, I am not okay with okay. Family is okay. Apartment is okay. Work is going okay. Okay drains my life force and Fine makes my...

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