Writing is the longest relationship I’ve ever been in.
28 years and counting and my Love for words, expression, exploration and uncovering the great mysteries of this life is as strong as its ever been.
It’s an enduring Love. A Love that always returns me back to who I really am, that reminds me why I’m here and empowers me to be more filled with Love, with truth, with zeal, with joy.
Being a writer makes me a better human.
And isn’t that what all of the best relationships do for us?
I was gifted with the clear knowing that I was a writer, long before I knew what it would entail to be one. I dreamed of being an editor at Seventeen magazine (the coolest mag back in my day) and found myself saying yes to any job and to any possibility that would let me write.
My mother believed this to be a terrible choice for my future, and had no problem telling me as much. My sophomore year Global Studies teacher Mr. Dean told me not to waste my time with a journalism degree, because there were – and I quote, “1,000 journalism majors without jobs in Oregon” at that time (1993).
Initially, I believed them both.
But that didn’t stop me from devouring Shakespeare, Poe and Whitman, and later Rumi, Hafiz and Paulo Coelho. It didn’t stop me from reading everything I could get my hands on and filling countless journals with my poetry, short stories, ideas and curiosities.
I began at a community college studying marketing and PR, a way to write and supposedly – from what the adults told me – make a good living. I worked in that arena for seven years before I finally began taking side gigs as a freelance writer.
It was at my Saturn Return that I left my mega-watt corporate job and went full-time as a freelance writer. The kiss of death many told me. It would never work out for me they shouted.
But, for me, it was not – because it was my Destiny – and so I thrived, making more money and having more freedom than I had in a 9-5.
I then enrolled at Portland State University and finished my Bachelors degree Summa Cum Laude in English & Women’s Studies.
I continued on writing as a freelancer when a health crisis took me deeper into my calling – being of service to others in a more direct manner and a spiritual awakening. I delved into energy medicine and quantum physics with the same fervor that writing had taken me through in the first part of my life.
This Divine exploration took me on a radical spiritual journey of meditation, sacred spiritual practice (all led by my intuition and Higher Wisdom, not by any tradition or dogma) and deeper connection with non-physical energy.
Healing energy began coming out of my hands after a 2008 psychic surgery and through a series of synchronistic turns I was led to the energy medicine modality of BodyTalk. Immediately, I knew it was the modality for me to pay it forward and pass on healing to more Souls.
1,000+ individuals later, I was guided to shift yet again, this time by creating a mission-based organization – Rising UP for Love – as the vehicle for spreading more Love on this plane of consciousness through Love Activism in partnership with key charities/organizations, emotional empowerment tools and more. You can join the movement here.
Still, through it all, I write.
I write billboard messages in partnership with The Joy Team that cover the Portland, Oregon skyline with positive and Love-filled messages.
Currently, I’m writing for a design magazine, blogging about food and intermittent fasting through the soon-to-be-released Metaphysical Menu, copywriting for sustainable and progressive businesses, blowing up Instagram with social media writing for clients and editing a new fiction novel by a powerful feminine writer (my fave to support!). I’m also enjoying playing with my radio broadcasting chops – a passion of mine since high school – via my Awakening: The Podcast.
You can also check out my latest articles on Elephant Journal and more here.
Thank you for being part of my journey, and I look forward to all of the delicious ways you and I meet up – on this plane and beyond. Xo