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Who Am I?

My recent online Journaling Experience featured 10 days of questions designed to help us gain a better understanding of our identity, what drives us and what stands in our way.  We began with the simple (profound) question: who am I?

When we meet someone new we often lead with questions such as: Where are you from? Are you married? What do you do?

So, we answer: I’m from California, not married but happily coupled, I teach yoga and dance.

These are all perfectly fine questions and answers but how much do they reveal about who we truly are?

For the “Who Am I” journaling assignment I advised the participants to avoid biographical descriptions and instead use the writing to explore who they are in essence, to dig deeper in expressing their self -identity.

The experience of eschewing labels and focusing on essentials makes for a rich journey indeed.  For me, what showed up on the page was a riff on three core traits (peace, doubt, love) that are present, for better or worse, in all that I “do” and in my relationships.

My pen delved enough to expose unexpected aspects of these seemingly general traits.  I also played with owning them (I am peace)  rather than wearing them as adornments (I am peaceful). Read more

NEW Journaling Experience Starts Nov 1st!

I am hosting a NEW journaling workshop starting this Sunday 11/1.  It is all done via email so you can participate from anywhere at your own time and pace. Join us! All the details below:

10 Days, 10 Questions: A Journaling Experience

We often find ourselves seeking answers in life.  But sometimes asking the right question is the real game changer.  Questions and answers are the theme of this 10 day journaling experience.

Here is how it works:

For 10 days we will essentially interview ourselves about the things that matter.  Each day I will send you an email with a question and some simple instructions.  You will answer each question in writing, exploring how you feel, communicating your truth or maybe just playing out possible answers and scenarios to help understand yourself better.

I love to write in my journal freely, without pre-thinking what I write.  But there is also great value to taking time to consider your words so that you may clearly express your ideas, feelings, struggles, triumphs.

In this journaling experience we do a little bit of both. You can write for as long as choose to write.  Some questions may inspire you to delve into a stream-of-consciousness writing frenzy, while others may cause you to stop and ponder . Some answers may be simple exploration, some may reveal untapped gems of truth, some may be the spark for a personal essay, story, memoir or poem.  Everything is possible when we open ourselves to the journaling process.

Starts Sunday Novemeber 1st

Cost: $10.00 All you need is a pen and a journal or notebook.

The answers are absolutely within you.

Register by clicking here:

Holding Back

I love to sing! It is from my soul. Lucky for me, I am part of an acoustic duo so, for many years, I have had the pleasure of singing in front of people.

It is interesting that singing has been such a consistent outlet for me considering that it was once a source of great humiliation.

I went to school for Musical Theatre in New York City when I was 19. Most of my classmates were amazing singers. I would shine in dance class, but when it came to singing I had countless moments of squawking, cracking, falling apart on stage in front of my peers. It was not pretty and, in no way, did I consider myself a singer.

There is a distinction, for me, in the skills required for the style of music I sing now, which I’ll call pop/folk, and legit musical theatre. My voice is well suited for the former and I love it. But my heart really belongs to the latter.

For the past couple of years I have been longing to sing show tunes again. Thanks to the Broadway Channel on XM radio, I perform a concert every afternoon in my car. But wanting more, I decided to take voice lessons and work on my musical theatre singing.

After several lessons, and plenty of frustration, my fabulous teacher said something that changed my life. Read more

California Connection

Southern California was home for the first 19 years of my life. It witnessed my formation and, of course, it helped to form me. The area that saw you grow up always has a special place deep within you. It is an identity.

My boyfriend Jesse and I met over twelve years ago while living in the same apartment building in Milford, CT. As we were getting acquainted we learned that we both lived in Southern California as kids. He and his family moved there from Connecticut when he was eight years old and stayed there until he was thirteen.

This California connection gives us a shared knowing of a place that was integral to our lives. We both listened to the Mighty 690 radio station, body surfed in the Pacific Ocean and loved Chocolate Malt Krunch ice cream from Thrifty. Not many people in Connecticut have those reference points. Read more