The Scoop on Me

This page has been sitting here blank for some time. This feels weird. Like too formal or something. But I like to check out the "about me" pages on blogs that I read, so I shall bite the bullet and give you the scoop.

I'm a California girl. The ocean is where my soul finds itself. Where I can realign, rediscover who I am. The sound of the waves, the smell of the air, walking on the sand, the immensity of the ocean all brings me healing, and reminds me of the awe of life and kind of fills up my gas tank. I don't know what I would do if I lived more than 20 minutes away from the beach. I would probably have to take Epsom salt baths several times a day and wear one of those light visor thingies to stay sane. I am solar powered and so appreciate the sun's warmth and light.
I BIG HEART <3 yoga...for so many reasons. It's a life changer. I practice at home (Hubby just built me a she-shed which I refer to as "the yoga shack"), and at a neighborhood studio, and really everywhere I can. Yoga, and my amazing teacher, have endowed me with invaluable gems of wisdom and strength for living this life.

I am a Reiki practitioner. The above mentioned she-shed, doubles as the "healing hut". So grateful for a lovely and peaceful place where I can hold space for others, and encourage them in their healing. I started sharing Reiki a couple of years ago, and have come to realize that healing, in various forms, is a calling of my soul.

I grew up in a very traditional Italian Catholic family. We had lots of traditions and superstitions. Some I have carried on and some I have let go of. I have many memories of my big loud loving family. Faith (although not Catholic religion) and family are still big pieces of who I am.
I am almost always dabbling in some kind of creative expression. Wood work, painting, crafting. My soul finds such joy in those things. The end result isn't always what I thought it would be, but the process of creating is genuinely satisfying.
For as long as I can remember I have found strength, humor, inspiration, and solace in words. I love the written word. Writing helps me think and lets me feel. It can make everything crystal clear, even when I don't necessarily want it to be and makes me feel strong and real. I adore loosing myself in a good book. I almost always fall into fictional love with the main character. I read novels, spiritual books, non-fiction, poetry, whatever fills up that space inside at the time.

I've always been a ponderer, a thinker, and a feeler. I can remember being only 6 or 7 years old, laying in my room, staring at the ceiling, wondering what nothingness was, thinking about theology and other-worldy things, and building invisible walls around my heart cause I felt so much and it kinda hurt sometimes. I have always had thoughts too big for my head and feelings too intense for my heart. Or at least that is what I used to think. Now I know, none of it is too big or too much. It's the blessing that it's supposed to be, to teach me what I need to learn, and to pass it on. I have two little boys who are very much the same way. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Anxiety and OCD have been part of my journey for as long as I can remember. Sometimes very much in the forefront and others barely noticeable and almost forgotten. Walking side by side with these two have made me a stronger, more patient, more purposeful and more compassionate person. My ongoing human experience with anxiety and OCD fuels my desire to speak out, reach out and offer support and encouragement.
I started blogging because I felt a fire burning. If you've read my first few posts, you'll know about the little girl inside. I talk about her often, because I believe she started this whole thing. She lit me on fire from the inside out, and all I could do from that point on was to write. She is my soul, my spirit, my true me. I've never been really modest, and pretty much an open book on most accounts, but also have struggled with being able to be vulnerable....kinda counter intuitive. I believe in sharing. I believe if we were all able to share a little more, about our struggles, about our triumphs, and really be honest, we could bless one another in amazing ways.
That is my hope with this blog. To bless you. To share. To let you know that you are not alone. To remind you to listen to your inner voice and trust it. I hope you find encouragement and inspiration here. <3

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