how will you let it define you?

Years ago, I worked for a rape crisis organization. When I was in training, the organization was very clear about something: the people, mostly women, who they served were survivors of assault, not victims of assault. “When someone dies, they are the victim of a car...
if I told the truth

if I told the truth

I started the Your Courageous Life podcast because I wanted a more intimate forum for talking about courage. I started that podcast with an episode where I got into more truth-telling, and today I’m revisiting that topic with episode 13: If I told the truth. I...
caring what other people think

caring what other people think

Caring what other people think There’s a story behind this podcast episode: a story that intertwines what we learned about friendships during our formative years, with caring what other people think. The two are connected, and in this podcast episode I share how...
the purpose of emotions

the purpose of emotions

Chronic tiredness. Irritability. Feeling meh. Disconnection. Frustration and annoyance mingled with worry. Seeing the world’s problems and feeling ill-equipped to help, because it all feels like too much. Reaching a breaking point—a tipping point where holding it all...
Destruction (not fun; very necessary)

Destruction (not fun; very necessary)

At the beginning of this year, I meditated on what the year would bring, and pulled a card from Doreen Virtue’s Goddess Deck. (Side note: I have long been one of those people who would normally groan, “A GODDESS DECK? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?” But nonetheless, I loooove my...
Outrunning despair

Outrunning despair

I was staring at the news. Hurricanes on top of hurricanes. Politicians ending dreams. Fires on top of fires. I thought of my home and imagined how it would feel if everything I owned was sitting in four feet of water. Or if I’d been separated from my family and...