The last couple months have been a whirlwind. A whirlwind is “a very strong wind that moves in a spinning or swirling motion.” It is often a violent and destructive force. This leads me to wonder, if I were in a literal whirlwind, would I be able to breath? What about in a hurricane? Or … Continue reading Room to breathe
“If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” Carl Sagan Apparently, this is a pretty famous, but I just read it recently. It made me think of the journey I’ve been on for the past year and a half, since quitting the tech industry, and completely changing … Continue reading First, Invent the Universe
It’s early June, and I’m enjoying the first few beautiful days of summer. I finally did the spring yard cleanup, and I am sitting in the hammock in the backyard, the sun warming my skin, listening to the birds chirp. I’m facing the side of my house, which was built in 1908 and which I … Continue reading Exactly the way it is
I was taught at a very young age that my thoughts and feelings were not relevant. There was no space in my alcoholic family for me to express what was hurting me, and to ask for something better. When I left my home at 18 to go across the country and study computer science at … Continue reading Taking Up Space
I was 37 years old, married mom of 2 children under 6, living in a beautiful 4-bedroom craftsman on a cul-de-sac in the suburbs. I had worked at Microsoft for a little more than 5 years, and had worked in the technology for more than 10 years. And then one day, just a regular Monday … Continue reading Finding my Path
According to legend, the Buddha used to illustrate his teaching method by holding a small bird in his hand. To take off and fly, a bird has to push off with its legs. The Buddha would keep the bird from flying away by dropping his hand as the bird pushed off, so that the bird … Continue reading Something to Push Off of
I grew up playing soccer and softball, so from age 5 to age 22, I have pretty consistently been coached in that context. I have had some good coaches, who built me up and helped me to feel confident; and some not so good ones, where I felt I was fighting with them every step … Continue reading Soccer coach or Life Coach?