A love story

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Dear Love, I’d like to tell you a sweet story. One of those melt your heart moments that you don’t want to ever forget. One of those moments where time seems to stop and you feel an avalanche of love pour over you. It was the middle of my Odissi dance training this past January […]

When are we really ready?

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Are you ready? I get asked this question about once a week from friends, family, acquaintances who know about my upcoming epic adventure in India. “Are you ready? How are the preparations coming? How are you feeling?” My answers are usually like…”well, I’m getting there.” Or sometimes “Yes! I am so ready!” Other times I […]

Just a girl and her dreams

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  Dreamy One ~ If you haven’t noticed already, I love talking about dreams. I love declaring them. Manifesting them. Celebrating them. I love watching my friend’s dreams come true. I love visiting my dreams every day. Feeling into them. Wondering about them. Visualizing them. They are mysterious but pulsing with life. Beating at my […]

In the name of courage

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Dearest Dreamer ~ How did we get here? How did this dream life come to be? From a small town Minnesota girl to a California dreamer to a world traveler, artist and teacher…how can this be? Who was that awkward little girl who felt inferior, average, shy, and so very unsure of herself for most […]

On change and transition. Navigating the new.

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After several weeks of travel, with a sore back and jet lag still lodged in the body, I came to my dance practice this past Friday hoping to get myself going and feeling good again. My legs trembled as I went through the Odissi practice. I fumbled through most of the stepping that I have […]

Dance does this for me

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Those moments when rules, edges, boxes, labels, reasoning, descriptions and words blur and dissipate…that is where my truth lives. That is where life is. No words. Pure. Raw. Unabashed. Expressed. Dance does this for me. When I am using every cell, muscle, bone, tissue of my body to move through life in the dance…that is […]

You will be challenged.

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The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.   You will be challenged… When you decide to step up your game. When you decide to make a change. When you commit […]

The power of humility

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Photo from Shakti School of Dance. Pushkar, Rajasthan 2016   Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. ~ Saint Augustine     Dear beauty, I didn’t understand the massive power of humility until I embarked upon my Odissi Classical […]

I weep

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I weep. At the immense gratitude that lives in my heart. At the beauty that surrounds me every day. I weep. Knowing that love is always ready to shower down on me. Through me. For the incredible people that exist in my world. All over the world. I weep. At our capacity for love. To […]

Love, from Rajasthan (dreams do come true)

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Opening the front door, I am greeted by a smile I haven’t seen in over 3 months. This smile greeted me every day, multiple times a day and was followed by “Namaste Lisa-Ji” or “Good morning Lisa-Ji” while I lived here this past January. Shakti at reception at INN Seventh Heaven always made me feel […]