The Summer Solstice marks a time to embrace the fullness of life. Solstice traditions and rituals revolve around the Sun and appreciation for it. After the Summer Solstice, daylight shortens; with the light of day waning, we light fire in our hearts. This evokes a season of passion and pleasure, cultivating an atmosphere where ourContinue reading “Embrace the Summer Solstice”
When I think of myself as a child, a day at the park comes to mind. Five or six years old, I climbed the Jungle Jim, which clanked beneath my feet. I reached the peak, put my hands on the rail, and leaned forward as if to listen. I closed my eyes. I put myContinue reading “On Turning 29”
For a few years now, I’ve been doing some sort of a full moon ritual. It started with my soul sisters, where we had monthly full moon ceremonies, and when that slowed down, I found myself turning down other plans to still honor my rituals. I add full moons and new moons to my calendar,Continue reading “My Full Moon Ritual”
CW re: Olympic-Gymnast Father Lunging at Dr. Devil When I was 9, I watched as my dad charged toward my neighbor’s house with a bat in his hand and rage in his eyes; he just learned that my neighbor molested me, and he was intent on enforcing justice. A little girl watching her life rapidlyContinue reading “A message to men”
We all own objects that carry a memory, a history. Whether an heirloom, tokens of past love, or even clothes you wore on a really bad day, these items carry energy that mess with your mood. Items you’re unfamiliar with can carry some weird vibes, too, especially if you’re sensitive to energy. More than once,Continue reading “10-Step Ritual To Heal an Object”
The rewards of my writing retreat were much more expansive than the words I wrote.
Today, Memorial Day, I feel inspired by the word “sacrifice.”
Especially now, as I recover from this ankle break, acutely aware of how I spend my days, a question circles my mind: would I be at peace with my life if all was lost tomorrow?
The honest answer is, well, no.
My real name is RaDonna, and I only see or hear that name at the doctor’s office, in a letter from the IRS, or from a few high school friends. Basically… I rarely hear my real name. For at least 16 years—over half of my life—I have been known as Rae. Early in my life,Continue reading “You Call Me Rae, But That’s Not My Name”
I learned my first real leadership lesson in 5th grade. The educators at Finland Elementary selected me to represent the school in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at another school close by. It was a big deal, and I was so excited. My parents were excited, too, taking time off work to show support for their over-achievingContinue reading “Leaders can’t have green lips.”
Eventually, you will be interviewed by a writer. An opportunity to tell your story, this is a crucial moment to get that story straight. I’ve interviewed business executives, entrepreneurs, police officers, young professionals, Olympian athletes, community leaders and more. From this experience, I’ve learned what makes a great interview, and what makes it great to read.Continue reading “Avoiding the Rabbit Hole”