Daily Archives: December 14, 2013

#reverb13: Day 14

reverb13Reverb13 prompt: “What was the best decision you made in 2013? What were the results? How will you continue the good work in 2014?”

The best decision I made was to trust myself. A few of the ways that manifested were the Self-Compassion Saturday project and joining the Intuitive Eating book group facilitated by Rachel Cole. The results are that I offered something good, and I gained freedom. I will continue this good work in the new year by putting together the Self-Compassion Saturday ebook, and allowing my authentic body to emerge, trusting myself, returning to my real self, my true nature, a state of freedom.

Project Reverb prompt: “Feast | What was the best meal you had in 2013? Was it slurped standing over the kitchen counter? Was the menu written in a language you understood? Were you alone? Or at a table filled with family and friends?”

Cha-Ya, a vegetarian Japanese restaurant on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, California with Rachel. The food was amazing, fresh and so satisfying, and so was the company. Tied for fist place was Cafe Gratitude, also on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, also vegetarian, eaten with Andrea — same experience, food and company.

#reverb13: Day 13

reverb13Reverb13 prompt: “In 2014, how could you explore what community means to you? It might be a question of sharing the load, asking for help or signing on someone with a complementary skill set. Or it could be about a creative collaboration that pushes you to explore new ideas and media. Where might the alchemy be?”

Six years ago, I spent two years doing Shambhala Warrior Training, the practice lineage of Pema Chödrön and Susan Piver. I learned meditation, cultivating a quality of mindfulness and presence that allows me to be awake in the world, with what is, as I am, keeping my heart open. This brought my mind back to sanity, back from the edge of madness.

The similar alchemy I look for this coming year is a collaboration with my body — intuitive eating and movement. Yoga teacher training is one method, one community I’ll engage with. Another creative collaboration which will support the process is completing the Self-Compassion Saturday ebook. Even getting another dog will further ground me in my body, the present moment. Nia is also a support, through joyful movement and non-judgement. Honoring my hunger and my fullness, in my body and my life, is the path.

Project Reverb prompt: “Favorite things | Give us a list of your favorite things from 2013.  Could be material items, food, people, anything!”



she sent me this one for my birthday/Christmas — it’s amazing

  • My Eddie Bauer black down jacket
  • My Ibex purple wool sweater
  • My Exofficio dog walking and hiking pants
  • The colors eggplant and teal
  • Quan Yin and Ganesh



  • Dogs
  • Being able to share resources, help projects that do things like rescue dogs, feed hungry people, provide clean water, make art, empower girls and women
  • Kid President, the whole Soul Pancake project
  • Flash mobs
  • The Mindy Project, New Girl, Parks & Rec, Modern Family
  • HGTV House Hunters, International and regular
  • HGTV in general
  • Libraries
  • Being a teaching assistant for Mondo Beyondo
  • Playing with Dexter, oh how I miss it
  • Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency & Rehabilitation Hospital — the emergency option and physical therapy services, especially Dr. Fry and her support crew

Besottment Prompt: “What was your biggest indulgence in 2013? This can be anything – something materialistic, emotional, etc – what was something you truly let yourself indulge in?”

Taking three trips to California in three months for workshops, retreats, seeing friends and meeting new people, taking the time away for myself.