A Slide 36 Years in the Making

Last week I did something new and brave thanks to a recent round of fresh counseling sessions: I slid down a water slide with NO inhibitions! I grabbed the overhead bar with both fists, swung hard, launched myself, leaned back, crossed my arms on my chest and FLEW!!!! I have NEVER gone down a water…

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Art Therapy: Pockets of Peace during the Struggles

This post is for anyone just doing their best to survive. Who are keeping a brave, happy face even when times are unexpectedly cry-through-it tough. Especially for the moms, who try so painstakingly hard not to let their kids know how real the struggle is sometimes. These pictures are highlights from my day. They do…

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Subscribe for LIVE Online Classes that will make you Smile!

It’s time to bring a music and dance education into your own home! Get ready for fun, learning, expression and confidence as we create art and memories together. ALL classes begin after Labor Day. Registration during August will guarantee your enrollment in September. My high-quality courses and affordable payment options are outlined below… The Arts…

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Hopeful Spirit: Meditation and Mental Breaks

Feeling unhappy? Overwhelmed? When was the last time you relaxed? Don’t have time to relax? I get it. You’re busy. Everyone’s counting on you. But what if you escaped for a few seconds by closing your eyes and just letting yourself breathe deeply? What if? What if you locked yourself in your room for a…

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Healthy Mind: Music & Mental Highs

A healthy mind is one that takes care of itself. It’s an ally. It thinks thoughts that keep it safe. Those safe thoughts then create safe emotions that allow us to be our best selves. Mental highs are one of the “M&M’s” that help me take care of my mind.  What IS a mental high?…

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Guitar & Ukulele Classes Coming in September!

My graduation gift for high school was a guitar, and I’m so grateful it was. Strumming and songwriting has given me hope and happiness over the years. It’s given me an escape, a lift, and many good memories with my family. Want to make some of your own? Let’s do it! My Guitar class will…

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Book Launch Party and Staying "Up" Emotionally 4 Months Postop

2 months. Because I’ve been focusing on finishing my latest book, that’s how long it’s been since I’ve sat down to write here, and I’ve got to say that it feels like I’ve come home. It’s almost like I have a relationship with this journal. It’s a space I can be myself. It’s a place…

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Loving Me For Me Post-Mastectomy

I usually try to hide my tears from my kids.  And my breakdowns.  But not this time.  They knew I was having a REALLY rough day.  Sammy kept sitting next to me, holding my hand.  Michael stopped when he walked by to give me a gentle side hug.  Sophia was my gopher girl, filling my…

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Take Time for Your Dreams, Even if it Takes More Time Than You Expected

I know it’s not Tuesday anymore (and it wasn’t Monday this morning when I did my #musicmonday either LOL) but I need to share a belated #taketimetuesday post.  I am so thankful that I have patiently pursued my dreams while devoting myself to motherhood.  I am a full-time mom every day and night.  I work…

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Head Shot Bloopers and a Lip Sync: Taking Time to De-stress Between Surgeries

Last Friday I desperately needed a mental break.  I needed to laugh, though I wanted to cry.  But for work, I really needed to get a professional headshot done that evening.  After a day of doctor’s appointments, debating what kind of reconstruction I’ll have after a mastectomy, I needed to look happy, professional, and capable.  All…

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