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Self Love, Boudoir, GrowthMichelle Dorothea TuckerComment

Most women view their body negatively. They think if they looked differently, that somehow then, their life would be better and they would be happier. This is why boudoir photography is so healing. There has to be a part of you that says fuck it, I embrace my body and I’m going to make time to shed my physical armor (clothing) and I’m going to celebrate by taking lasting images of her. I don’t need to wait to honor her. I will honor her now.

If your heart is open boudoir will transform you.

  1. If you think you need to lose weight or change your body to honor it, boudoir will shift you. Your external world is always a reflection of your inner world. You have to shift your inner being first. Learning to embrace your body as you are now and documenting these moments can be a catalyst for your change.

  2. You don’t think boudoir photography is important but it is. Boudoir is a tangible thing that will force you to face yourself. It’s exposing parts of you that you have kept hidden. It’s shifting the way you see yourself. It’s seeing yourself as whole. Boudoir is also discovering your sexuality. Sexual energy is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. Begin working with that energy and your whole world will open up. The cherry on top is that you walk away with tangible products that will continue to remind you of that transformative energy. It is very fucking powerful to wake up and to come home to a gigantic image of you looking strong, confident, and oozing sexuality.

  3. If you’re getting too comfortable in life and you miss that spark, boudoir can be just that. I know you’ve felt those moments, those glimpses into what life should feel like. You feel like you are floating, you have hope, you’re over-filled with joy. Those moments remind you of what life could be. Boudoir is definitely one of those moments because it boudoir is an act of self-love, of self-acceptance. It’s scary and it’s exciting. It’s ripe with opportunity for growth. It’s ignoring parts of you that you’ve kept hidden for most of your life. It’s stretching you out of your comfort zone and once you’ve experienced that you can’t go back to how you were before.

Imagine coming home. It’s been a long day and you’re tired. You take your shoes and bra off. You walk to the fridge and pour a glass of water, or wine, or whatever is your style. You walk by your living room and you see a massive 24x36 portrait of yourself. You stop and smile. In that moment you remember how much you love yourself. You remember that you make time for you, even when you feel like you don’t have any. You remember how much you deserve. You remember that you don’t settle. You remember that you are bigger than anything in the physical. You remember that you are being divinely guided. And you remember that you are exactly where you are meant to be. Seeing yourself takes you back to the time, you jumped.

Imagine coming home. It’s been a long day and you’re tired. You take your shoes and bra off. You walk to the fridge and pour a glass of water, or wine, or whatever is your style. You walk by your living room and you see a massive 24x36 portrait of yourself. You stop and smile. In that moment you remember how much you love yourself. You remember that you make time for you, even when you feel like you don’t have any. You remember how much you deserve. You remember that you don’t settle. You remember that you are bigger than anything in the physical. You remember that you are being divinely guided. And you remember that you are exactly where you are meant to be. Seeing yourself takes you back to the time, you jumped.

And this is just the beginning. Boudoir can help you with:

  • Body issues

  • Confidence

  • Healing trauma

  • Nudity hangups

  • Re-wiring your mind

  • Self-love

  • Sexual freedom

  • Strength

Are you feeling curious? I welcome you to dive deeper into my website and learn more and if you feel called to, contact us here.

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Self Love, Growth, HealingMichelle Dorothea TuckerComment

If you guessed it’s everything, you are correct. Self-love is always number 1, my loves.

You can only love others the way you love yourself. You can only give to others the way you give to yourself. You can only give compassion to others the way you give compassion to yourself. You can only help others the way you help yourself. You can only understand others the way you understand yourself. You can only see others the way you see yourself.

If you're feeling drained it’s because you are giving too much to others and not enough to yourself. Maybe you're even convinced that your giving to others is in the name of love. That is not love, dear. That's you putting your energy into something else, preventing you from healing yourself. People will go their whole lives and never heal because they’ve built this fear that they can’t endure the pain to heal themselves. The truth is that healing is self-love. Healing is you embracing all of you, the darkness and the light. And through this self-love, your true self will come forth.

Photo by Engineerings Akyurt

Photo by Engineerings Akyurt


Right now is a new moment. Tomorrow is a new day. Next month you could be in a completely different space. Next year you could be living the life that you have always hoped for. In time you can be in alignment with who you really are.

I know you've been able to feel glimpses of what your life could be. You've had moments where your hope is sky high and you feel that surge of energy. You've felt alive in those moments. That's who you are. That's your guidance system, your soul reminding you of you.

Are you listening?

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Boudoir, Self Love, Healing, GrowthMichelle Dorothea TuckerComment

The number 1 rebuttal I hear from women interested in a boudoir shoot is that they need to lose weight first. And while I understand where they are coming from, I’m not at my ideal weight, let me tell you what I learned during my boudoir shoot.

A BOUDOIR EXPERIENCE WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOU SEE YOUR BODY My body does not look the way I would prefer it to look. I’ve realized that hating it is not the way to move through this. Learning to love all of myself while always striving to push myself forward is the healthiest way through this. Shedding your clothes in front of a camera, refusing to hide anymore, is you making a declaration to embrace and love ALL of you. This is how you begin to change the way you see yourself. It begins within.

IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOUR BODY LOOKS LIKE I’ve been thin and I’ve been heavy and you know what? I felt unworthy in my own body both times. When I was thin I still saw myself as heavy and when I was heavy I saw myself as heavier. I love myself more than ever now and I am still not at my ideal weight but I’m happier. You know why? Because I’m taking steps every day to love ALL of me.

SOCIETAL STANDARDS OF BEAUTY IS A BUNCH OF BULL SHIT Throughout time the idea of beauty continues to change. If you see portraits of what was thought beautiful in the past and compare it to what is considered beautiful now you will see that the ideals vary. What does this mean? It means it is all bull shit. Don’t get lost in external and fleeting ideas of how you should look to please others. The only opinion that will ever matter is yours. Fuck everybody else’s.

When I finally received my boudoir images I must admit there were a few that I did not like. For the most part, I felt I looked heavier than I saw myself. I told my amazing photographer Teri Hofford and she told me something I will never forget. She said that I needed to spend time with the images that I did not like and learn to love them. I can honestly say I’m still working on falling in love with them but I definitely love them more than I did originally. Most of all I’ve learned how important it is to learn to love my body in a healthy way. In a matter of fact, if I think about the one thing that I’ve struggled with my whole life, it’s my body. And I know that once I fully move through this, I will be so much more powerful than I am now. Think about how far you and I can go, if we stopped hating something as big as our bodies? If we woke up and loved the skin we were in, trust me, we would move differently.

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Self Love, Healing, GrowthMichelle Dorothea TuckerComment

2019 is here my loves. For a lot of us every year just repeats itself. We go into a new year hoping that this will be the year that it all changes. This will be the year that we are finally living the life that we’ve dreamed of, only to slowly fall back into what we have been trying to let go.

The reality is that we will not change until it’s our time to change and there is no magic pill that will give us the life that we so wholeheartedly want. What I can do is offer guidance with the wisdom that I have learned that has helped me. I will plant seeds that will begin to grow but it’s up each of us to love ourselves enough to do the work.

HEALING: You have got to heal. Do you know right now there is so much trauma in you that you are not even aware of? It sits in your subconscious and since your subconscious mind is what runs you, it will always be projected into your loved ones and the decisions that you make. Even in having a perfect childhood you will still have trauma. Get into therapy. A good therapist is like finding your new home. You will know after the first session. If you don’t want to come back then see a different one till you do. Your heart and mind must be open to therapy for it to work. A good therapist does not tell you what’s wrong, she/he guides you so you will discover it yourself.

REWIRING YOUR MIND: The majority of your mind is from ancient cave-man days and it wants to keep you comfortable and comfortable is what’s familiar. So anytime you try to deviate from what you are used to, your mind will automatically convince you to stay in the same space that you are already in. On top of the fact that society is programmed to keep you in a constant, unhealthy state from our education, television, music, etc. Re-wiring your mind is easy to do but it does take persistence and dedication. Affirmations are amazing. Play them every day in the background. I love youtube for this. There are affirmations for everything. When you play them you don’t have to be actively listening to them because your subconscious is always listening. You can write down affirmations as well. Another way to re-wire your mind is to learn of others who have changed their lives. Most likely, you are in your head thinking your life can’t change. You need to expose yourself to people who have changed their lives so your mind can see that it is possible to change and so then, change can become normal.

Meditation can make you feel like you are in another world.

Meditation can make you feel like you are in another world.

MEDITATION: The average person has some 50,000-80,000 thoughts in a day. Think about how much power exists in our brain. We need to learn how to better focus that energy. Meditation not only calms your mind but it calms each of your 3 trillion cells. Keep in mind that meditation takes practice and the more you do it, the better you will become. Do however long you can and work your way up. Two minutes or five minutes is a great place to start. Concentrate on your breathing and whenever you have thoughts, don’t judge them, then bring your awareness back to your breath. The more you practice you’ll experience more and more time in silence, with no thoughts.

LAW OF ATTRACTION: This is a gem that has changed my life. Law of attraction is like energy, attracts like energy. Everything is energy and what you focus on, you will attract more of. The universe will literally create something out of nothing, just for you. Extremely successful people have around 30,000 thoughts a day because they focus and loop the same thoughts throughout their day. They control what thoughts they have and attract what they want into their lives. What can be difficult with the law of attraction is that despite what is happening in your external world, you must keep your focus on what you want. You must keep your focus on your inner world. This takes practice and the more you do it, the better you will get. Research, research, research. A great place to begin is to search Abraham and Esther Hicks on youtube.

HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT: It’s important as you do this work that you are in a supportive and loving environment. If you don’t have that then look online for support groups. Surround yourself with energy that lifts you. You will see that as you continue to shift, you will attract people and things into your life that are more aligned with what you want. Remember, this is a process. You will have to let go of people and things that no longer serve you. You will have to spend time alone with yourself, getting to know yourself. This is detaching from who you have identified yourself to be for so long. It is extremely painful and having an environment that drains you is going to make this process that much more difficult. You have power over who and what you expose yourself to. Make decisions that create a healthy environment for yourself.

Every word on this page is here for you to discover new ways to fall in love with yourself. I want you to know that you can live the life you want in every capacity but you have to make changes. You have to dedicate yourself to let go and grow. You have to know that there is nothing wrong with you as you are. You have to know that everything you are always seeking, is really just you seeking self-love and through self-love, you will attract everyone and everything that you want. So join me, in living a life that we truly want to live. It’s time to stop surviving and start striving. In every moment, we have the opportunity to turn it all around.

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If you're aware of your spiritual journey, you have most likely come to the conclusion at some point in time, that your spirituality is bigger than what exists in the physical. And though this is true, you still exist in a physical form. You cannot fully love yourself in the spiritual if you do not love yourself in the physical and vice versa.

Have you heard that voice in your head? That one that chimes in when you walk past a mirror, or try on clothes, or see someone on IG that has a million likes and has what society deems is the perfect body. Most likely you wish your face looked different, or your belly, or your breasts/chest, or your ass, or your hips, your arms, etc. That voice tells you, in one way or another, you're not enough.

Do you know what self love is? Self love is embracing all of you, not just parts of you. It's forgiveness for making the shitty decisions because you believed you weren't enough. It's learning to love the parts of you that you believe are not lovable. It's knocking down your walls so that you can even see what you have hidden. That is your journey. Now loving your body is not just about loving the way it looks but loving the way it feels and the way you feel in it. Loving the way you move, loving what you put into it are just as important and don't forget sex is a huge part of it as well. These are all parts of you that need to be healed and loved too.

So how do you love something that you've been taught to hate? The Seven Hermetic Principles can guide us. Lets focus on the Principle of Mentalism and the Principle of Correspondence. First, we know that everything is in our mind. We create our reality through the way we choose to think and that our inner and outer world are the same. So then, we must change the way we think. That will change our inner world which will then change our outer world.

STEP 1 FIND SOMETHING TO LOVE: What can you love about your body now? And I mean really love. Can you love your hips? Can you love your eyes? If you can't love any of your parts of your body then start here. Love that your body continues to fight for your life everyday. Love that your body perseveres. Love that your heart pumps your blood and your lungs help you breathe. There are a million things that your body does in every single moment to keep you alive. That's love.

STEP 2 REWIRE YOUR MIND: Go to you Youtube and search affirmations. There are affirmations for anything, for your body, for your health, for your career, for self love, etc. Play these in the background daily. You don't have to focus on them, just have them playing so you can hear them. Your subconscious is picking them up. You can also search healing frequencies and play those in the background as well. Write affirmations on post-its and put them on a mirror you look at everyday.

STEP 3 GET SUPPORT: Surround yourself with people who lift you, instead of drain you. If you don't have those people in your life then find that support and wisdom online, through videos, articles, etc. Find things to do or classes to take with like minded people, so you can find those people and get that support. Check out Conscious City Guide or Meetup. Life is difficult enough but it's even more difficult when you are striving for growth. You need people around you who support you and remind you of how amazing you are when you forget.

Remember to keep your focus on what you want, not on what you don't want. You attract what you are. If you're feeling courageous and are wanting to jump, head on over to and learn more about a Soulnaked Boudoir experience. Shedding your clothes in front of a stranger frees you in many ways. Learning to see yourself, all of you, gives you freedom and a strength that will shape you forever. And there is nothing like waking up to a huge photograph of yourself every morning that reminds you of a time that you made a choice to love yourself. Why? Because you are enough. Honey, you are more than enough, always have been, always will.

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The last few years I have been seeking deeper and healthier relationships. During that process I was alone for quite some time after I shed previous relationships that were no longer serving me. As new relationships started to flow in, elation would be an understatement. After feeling stagnant for so long, movement forward rejuvenated me and made me feel alive. Feeling inspired, I started to actively search for a space that fed me. I wanted somewhere that felt safe, supportive, guided me for growth, showered love, and made me feel better than when I walked in. I tried yoga/meditation studios but energies always seemed a bit off. I left feeling ok but not good. That was until I found Ushaman Tribe or should I say, they found me.

The question you should constantly be asking yourself is does this feel good? And I don't mean does it feel good now and then you'll feel like shit later. No, I'm asking does it feel good today and will you still feel good about it tomorrow? If yes, that is what you should be doing. If no, you guessed it, that's a red light. Can you imagine how much your life would change if you kept your focus on what feels good and not on what doesn't? Go where your heart goes. 

From the moment I walked in and was greeted for the Ushaman Conscious Connections event I felt loved.  From being saged to cleanse ourselves of lower vibrational energy, to allowing our minds to rest and be present with meditation, to playing games to foster connection and hearing other people's inspiring stories, it all felt great. I felt great. It felt so warm to be in a room with other souls who's hearts were open and ready to receive. Even others who were there for their first time, offered a smile. Every where I turned, I found love. It's easy to get caught up, in day to day survival. You forget to connect up to you. What do you want? How are you feeling? Does it feel good? As soon as I left the event, I knew I wanted to experience it again. The next day I contacted them and volunteered my gifts to help them in any way that I could. I wanted this group to expand because I wanted everyone to feel what I felt. And that my love, is self love. When you love yourself it automatically pours onto everything you do and into everyone you connect with.

As we exchanged more information, I let them know that I was a photographer, they asked me if I could do event photography for them which I happily obliged. If that meant I could tell the story of the Ushaman Tribe so that others would be able to feel what I felt, I was all in. This past weekend was my second Conscious Connections event and I am feeling more powerful than ever.


Although I love photography in general, boudoir photography is my focus. I still find that many don't know what boudoir photography is. For me, it's women shedding their clothes and the mask they wear everyday, to feel what being in their own skin feels like. It's making the time to celebrate our miraculous bodies that most don't feel good about. We've covered up who we are so much that we've forgotten to connect to ourselves. We've forgotten to love ourselves. We've been wired to be ashamed, to hide, to abuse, or to even get surgery so that we can fit into someone else's ideal. Can you fathom how much damage that does to someone? How much damage is that for a child? How does one feel waking up everyday and hating the skin they are in and how does that seep into everything we do and everyone we love? How much would your life change if you actually loved the skin you are in, if you chose to honor and celebrate your body? Soulnaked Boudoir helps you to love yourself by creating an experience that is safe, supportive, encouraging, and loving for you to explore your body like you never have before. It's an opportunity to discover parts of you that you've been neglecting so you can shift that energy into love. Self love is key and how can you love yourself if you don't even love the body you're in? How can you love others if you don't love yourself? You're not suppose to love your body once you change this or change that, you are suppose to love and honor your body as you are now. And if you do, that's self love, that's self acceptance, and that my love, is power. 

So ask yourself today if what you're doing feels good? Honor yourself by following your heart and listening to what it is you have to say. It's time. It's time for self love and it's time to feel good. 

Sending all of you love, light, and healing energy always!

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When I think of people always saying yes to others, I always picture a woman, more specifically a mother. Sometimes, I picture my mom. I grew up with my mom doing everything for me. She would do my laundry, clean, and cook for me. At the time it was great but it wasn't until therapy that I could see that not only was it manipulative and controlling but that it would negatively impact me as an adult.

For example, when I wanted to move out at 27, she came up with the idea that she would move out and I would stay there. This was amazing in my eyes. I didn't have to move my things, I was still getting my space, and I was getting a reduced rent. In my mom's eyes she was getting what she wanted as well. She was protecting me from the dangers of the outside world and she wasn't losing me.

People will do a lot of things to prevent themselves from dealing with their own shit, aka self sabotage. They'll get into relationships or marry, have kids, stay busy with work and/or others, take drugs, have sex, and/or take on obsessions in the forms of people or things. Among these are when people find themselves doing more for others, than they are for themselves.

Now, don't get me wrong. It is absolutely beautiful to give to others. The key is to love yourself so much that all of that love flows through you and onto/into everyone and everything that you do. But if you begin to find yourself doing more for others than you do for yourself, or if you feel you are doing more for one person and there's no reciprocation then you are doing more harm than good. Not only are you stripping yourself but you are enabling their behavior as well. Plus, you are preventing yourself from focusing much needed love and attention for your life, your issues, and for all the healing that you need.

Saying no is not easy. Some feel it's their responsibility, or they feel guilt. All that is, is a conditioned way of thinking and that can be unlearned. For this you need to rewireyour subconscious. You can do this by listening to affirmations in the background constantly, writing your new beliefs down and posting them where you will see them daily.

Let me leave you with this note. When I am loving myself fully I can give to people who have destroyed others, who have hurt me even. But when I am not loving myself, I can't even give to the people I love the most, the people that make it easy to love them. Giving should make you feel good and if it doesn't it's time to start questioning how much are you giving to yourself.

Sending all of you love, light, and healing energy!

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A couple months ago, I found myself traveling south to San Diego. I had a beautiful experience visiting Coronado Island for the first time. I finished my trip at the amazing, Britt Scrips Inn. It is a restored home from 1887. As soon as I stepped into the bedroom, I thought I have to photograph here. For those of you that don't know the word boudoir derives from the french verb bouder, meaning to sulk. Boudoir became a room for a woman to retreat to and eventually came to mean her bedroom. If I've ever slept anywhere that made me feel like I was transported back in time to a boudoir, this room would be it. As I looked at myself through the mirror of the vanity, I posed and posed to see what photographs would look like. I've never stayed in a home so old and beautiful. I told myself repeatedly, I will be shooting in this room.

Fast forward a few weeks later and a photographer that I followed online, Teri of Teri Hofford Photography posted that she was traveling and wanted to shoot while she was in San Diego. Mind you, I already knew of Teri and admired her vision and work. I jumped at the opportunity to shoot with her. I thought not only will I have the amazing experience of being in front of the lens but I'll be able to learn from her as well, from a photographer point of view. Now we didn't end up shooting at Britt Scrips but we were shooting in San Diego, which I definitely know I attracted.

The experience was interesting for me. I've been in front of the camera years ago, on stage, and in film so I'm fairly use to it. But as I said, that was many years ago. I felt fairly confident in my wardrobe but as we began to shoot, Teri told me to deep breathe with my mouth open. I could feel my lips tremble. My knee jerk reaction was to focus on being sexy but the experienced will tell you, that is exactly what you should not do. I kept telling myself to focus on my breath and the trembling eventually stopped. For the remainder of the shoot, I focused on my breath and feeling my body. I stayed with my body and really felt the softness of my skin.

It turns out for me, the most difficult part of the entire experience was not shooting but in fact, viewing my images. There were definitely ones that I loved and ones that I did not like at all. The few where I looked heavier were the ones I didn't like. But it was weird because after a few minutes I had the overwhelming urge to post the ones I didn't like. I emailed Teri and told her what I was feeling and she said that I needed to really sit with the ones that I didn't care for. I needed to fall in love with them. She was so right! I needed to love all of me, not just the parts of me that fit society's standard of beauty.

I've never had an experience like this with my photographs. Normally, I see images mostly where I look bigger and they will never see the light of day. I've never thought twice about them. But not that day. That day I sat with them. Looking at them and eventually smiling with them, embracing every bit of me.

Did I post them? You bet your ass I did and I've posted them here as well. The first image you see below is the one I disliked the most. It is not a coincidence that you can read my ink that says, I love you. I got that ink during a difficult time and I wanted it as a reminder of self love to myself. I ended up, unknowingly putting it in a location where everyone can see it when I'm walking towards them. I always tell people if they can see it, I'm telling them I love them too. The universe is so utterly beautiful. It's always speaking to us, sometimes it shouts.


There was a freedom in posting the images I disliked. I realized that since I've gained weight over the past couple of years, I've tried to create this online persona where I had not gained weight. It wasn't something I was thinking about. Instead, it was something that was on autodrive. So many of us are on autodrive. It's time we stop and think, put a pause on things and slow down. Something else I realized months ago and I have not told one soul. I hold my stomach in. I don't know how long I've been subconsciously doing it. Years, I assume, shit, maybe my whole adult life. Isn't that mind boggling? At what point did I feel like I had to do that, so much that I did it on a subconscious level. I still do it now but I notice I catch myself doing it and I'll deep breathe and push my belly out to stop. That's just one way I was disliking myself everyday. How many of these am I doing?

It never crossed my mind that my real growth would be in the aftermath of my shoot. My experience with boudoir prompted me to discover more parts of me that needed healing and that's what self love is. It's continuing to discover all of these parts of you that have been hidden, waiting for the right moment to be brought into the light. Does it mean that I all of a sudden love myself fully, no it does not. But it does mean that I love more of me today than I did yesterday and that's the goal. I am grateful for that and for Teri.

Moral of the story, self love is an ongoing process. In every moment you are either moving in love or in fear and it all begins inside of you. You choose what you want to see in the world and that depends on what you choose to see within yourself. I'm just like you, on the same journey of self love. Some are still trying to find themselves, some are trying to find their career, a love, a meaning to life, and some are just trying to survive. But underneath all of that is the discovery of self love. We're all together in this. So stop judging yourself and stop judging others. Stop pulling yourself down and pulling down others. We're all the same, just all in different spaces and sometimes, sometimes we meet in the very same spot. And in that moment we have the opportunity to meet in love or in fear. I choose love. What do you choose?

These two images are my favorites and will be purchasing these as my Soulnaked Wall Art. I can't wait to come home to these beauties. I can't wait to come home to myself.

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Thoughts on spirituality, suicide, and knowing your truth...

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First of all it's been a long ass time since I've written. That doesn't mean that my energy is not with you or that your energy is not with me. It just means that I miss you and I'm so happy to be with you again!

I've been wanting to write this piece for some time but wasn't ready to really sit with it and let it wash over me. But now I'm ready, so here it is.

Through my journey of loving myself, I've come to realize that there is so much darkness that exists in us all. And as you begin to embrace those parts of you that you've run from all your life, you will start to feel like...I don't think there are any words for it. You can feel it emotionally, spiritually, physically, this unbearable something that makes you feel not right. People who run and always live in chaos feel pain. But they do not feel their darkness. Darkness is something else. It is a place that I think some people feel as though they cannot return from.

There was a beautiful light named Faith Parks. I never met her in person, only through FB. I instantly felt connected to her. I requested her, she accepted, and we shared a few emails. There was no sense of her pushing away my love. She seemed open. Her heart seemed wide open. Shortly after that, I didn't see much of her on my feed and I figured it was FB picking and choosing what I saw so I didn't think much of it. A few weeks later it showed up that she had transitioned and taken her life.

Another beautiful soul who I met on FB a couple years ago, has recently transitioned as well. It has not come out yet but my soul tells me that he took his life as well.

The irony in all of this and what was so painful at the time is that both of these spirits were so loving, so giving, so spiritual, and both intelligent. Now, yes I did not know them very well but they both seemed well aware of the light and darkness that we all have. Many of their loved ones seemed shocked as well. So how is it then that someone who seems very much so "enlightened" take their life?

I don't have an answer and this continues to perplex me. I see many who lift others, yet have difficulty lifting themselves, myself included. The journey of self love is such a complex one, yet so simple if we just let it be. There are so many ironies in life. Everything we run from is exactly what we should be running towards and yet we know this and we continue to run from ourselves, over, and over again.

What I really want to express is that when you do this work, it's easy to get lost in it. And you have to know yourself well enough to seek light when you start to feel like you can't. The love you need is out there, even if you don't have it near you, you can find it online, in group meetings, in books, on youtube, therapy, etc. You are not alone and you can get through this. It's weird because you need to get lost in it but you also need to know when you need to get help.

The truth is that love is the most amazing, most powerful, most beautiful anything in this universe, and you are that. There is so much work to do on this planet, so much love to give, to teach, to lift, so many miracles yet to occur, so many inventions yet to be invented. Love is all around you, it surrounds you, it is you. So keep pushing through.

This is dedicated to all the beautiful lightworkers in this lifetime and the next, especially the aforementioned. Thank you for having such a profound meaning in my life. Next time we are meeting in person;) I love you!

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Three steps to starting over after you have given up...

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We’ve all been there. We quit. We quit something that we really wanted, something that we still want. We think about it everyday or every now and then when our minds go quiet.

It’s because things got too busy, or life got too hard. We could have told ourselves that we didn’t really need what we wanted, or that we could never have it. Maybe we even convinced ourselves that we’ll do it when the time is right…newsflash, the time will be never be right.

What if I told you your brain wants to keep you safe and safe means to keep you comfortable. What is comfortable? Take a look around. This is what comfortable looks like. It’s the familiar. It’s the same things over and over again.

It’s not that you are too busy or that life is too hard. You might very well be busy and life is hard but that’s not why you quit. You quit because your mind told you various reasons of why you should just give up now.  If you can acknowledge that when you hear your mind telling you to give up then you can start the process of changing.

Here are three steps to help you through the process.

1. Don’t judge yourself or the situation. When you are working to love yourself (change) it really is one step forward two steps back. Judging yourself is really punishing yourself because you don’t think you deserve to live the life that you want. It also creates a barrier for us to move forward.

2. Don’t think, just do. The first step back is always the most difficult. You have to get out of your mind. I had to make a huge decision years ago about whether or not I was going to move out of a home I shared with a boyfriend at the time. I kept going back and forth between love and fear. My girlfriend finally said one day, “Call your landlord and ask what the process is. You don’t have to decide anything but call and see what the process is.” I had nothing to lose. I didn’t have to commit to anything long term and you don’t either.  Make a choice today to take a step towards what you want. If tomorrow you decide you don’t want to go any further you don’t have to but get a taste of what you want. And if it’s something that is meant for you it will continue to draw you in. Remember, what you are seeking is seeking you.

3. Celebrate your first step.  Most people are programmed to be negative and a lot of them aren’t aware of it. Lets do a quick test.

You see a text message flash on your significant other’s phone. It reads, “I miss you sweetheart.” Is your reaction that he or she is cheating on you or is it that there is a reasonable explanation for this? For me, it would be both and in that order.  If your first response is that he or she is cheating, you are geared towards the negative. And don’t worry, it’s his or her mother.

Because of this negative programming we need to constantly balance it with positivity.  So, celebrate your first step whether it’s writing it in your journal, sharing it with a loved one, or going out. This will give you momentum to keep you moving forward. You deserve to live the life you want, you are worthy and you deserve to be celebrated.

So what are you waiting for? If you are reading this, it means you attracted this moment. It means that there is something that you quit and you still feel the urge to go back to it. Take this as a sign, your sign to pick yourself up and try again. I believe in you and you are supported. Sending you love, light, and healing energy!

Be amazing my queens and kings!

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I have walked away from more boys this past year than ever...

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It's an interesting period when you are in between letting go of your belief that you are not worthy of love to believing wholeheartedly that you are deserving of an authentic, healthy love. As parts of me still believe in my past and parts of me believe in my future, I am still drawing them both into my life.

Past lovers continue to knock on my door, for what reason I'm not sure. To fill their voids, to know if I am still connected to them, to not feel alone, to feel loved, but probably a mix of all of these. I find myself giving them second chances (with a grain of salt) only to have things fall into place as they previously walking away from an emotionally unavailable boy.

I told my girlfriend the other day, that I don't know if I even want to meet "the one" right now. I feel like there is so much I want to still do and so many people I want to meet. Or maybe it's just that I don't think that I can meet the type of man that I want to help lead me in the environments that I am in now. Now that I think about it, it's definitely the latter. And I'm sure that's part of the reason why I have yet to fall in love.

I did however tell my girlfriend that I would love to have someone in my life who can reciprocate my love. I'd love to have a healthy relationship for once in my life and to grow within it. I miss staying in all day, loving each other, laughing, and learning about one another. I miss having someone to call and vent to. I miss having someone to hold me and say, "everything is going to be o.k., you're amazing, and I love you." I miss having someone take care of me when I'm sick. I miss having someone to go have new experiences with. I miss having someone.

It's been two years since my last relationship. I feel like I've grown so much and I want someone to share that with. But as much as I've grown there still is some part of me that believes I'm not worthy of something healthy and that things will never change for me.

I watched a video of a speech by Jim Carey the other day. He says something like, don't have hope, for it is something like you are begging the universe. He says instead, to believe that it will happen, to know it. In my words, we have to command ourselves and command to the universe what we know to be true. Remember that the universe is a reflection of ourselves.

I keep the focus within.


Sending you all, all the love, light, and healing energy in the universe!!

Lover relationships...

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I think too often we underestimate love. We don't honor it the way we should. We have knee jerk reactions like, "I'm not ready," without even thinking about it. I don't think we are ever ready to grow. Shit happens and all of a sudden we are faced with a decision. A decision to grow or a decision to fall back. Relationships are exactly this way. Relationships push us to grow.

I use to think the best teacher to teach me love would be myself. But ya know what? The first person to teach me about a healthy love was not myself. It was my therapist and I am so thankful for her. How could I have taught myself when I didn't even know what it was, what it looked like, or how it was suppose to feel?

Real love requires work. It requires pain to work through all of our bullshit. Real love requires attention towards all the shit that we have been on auto drive, pushing away all our lives.

It hurts my heart when I hear people speak so negatively about relationships, love, and marriage. Marriage especially because so many have ended in divorce. People look to those and think they can't work. People believe the only thing that can be gained from marriage is a very expensive divorce.

Let me tell you how a typical relationship goes. Two people meet and they fall for how the other person makes them feel. They are not falling for the other person. Did you hear that? Let that piece of gold sink in for a bit. -------------------

When the other person can't make them feel the same way anymore, that's when things start to sour. But here's the kicker, the person never made you feel anything. Your perception of her or him made you feel how you felt. You were filling a void with that person and now that it's not being filled the same way, you look for something else. It could be the gym, work, an affair, a baby, the list goes on. You will continue to search for vices until you decide to deal with your shit. And you will always feel that emptiness if you don't. That hole directly leads you home but you have to jump into it. I promise you there is light on the other end.

And on a side note, you only get from love what you put into it just like everything else in life. You wouldn't recommend someone to half ass their career would you? Then why would you expect to half ass a relationship and then bitch about how it didn't work. Then there's those who give all of themselves to someone who isn't able to reciprocate. Both of them have one thing in common...a lack of self love.

Self love is the key ingredient in loving others. I feel it's really the only ingredient. You want to love yourself so much that your love pours onto others. And you also want to continue to discover new ways to fall in love with yourself, just like you have to find new ways to fall in love in your relationships. If your focus is always on you, making sure you are the best version of you, you will automatically want the best for those around you. It's when our energies are low that we can't love others in the ways we had hoped that we could. So it is our responsibility for loving ourselves. It is our responsibility to face our demons. And it is our responsibility for our happiness.

The beauty of love is growth. A growth that leads to our realization of our true power. And our true power is our light. Our light creates every moment, it draws anything we want to us, it  overcomes, it lifts others, it heals, it forgives, it changes the world.

Love really is the only thing that matters. Love yourself fully and find a million new ways to fall in love with yourself. And when you love yourself you'll know that you deserve real, healthy love. When the opportunity comes, you'll be able to embrace it instead of running. And if you run...isn't it really you who you are running from?


Send you all, all the love, light, and healing energy in the universe!

Letting go and surrendering to the universe...

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I would like to say, that doing this does not necessarily make things easier. I've seen those quotes that say when you look at the bigger picture, letting go will have been easier than holding on but at this time I can't agree with that. I assume that after all of this passes through me, I will agree but I have yet to reach that space.

Yes, there is no more chaos. There is no more drama and the constant up down, up down. Instead there is a silence, a waiting. And in that silence my fear is very real, very palpable. A fear that wasn't quite known to me before, at least not in this clothing. Everything use to be so chaotic that my mind was more on auto drive and dealt with elements that were physically in front of me. But when I let go, everything is more calm. Externally, things happen and I embrace that they either bring me down or lift me and then it's on to what can I do next. What power do I have in this situation? How can I respond that reflects love for myself and others? I then act. In between a million of those moments the fear is there, whispering. I feel little messages like;

Here we go again.

You're never going to find someone to love you.

You're not worthy.

You're a failure.

Things will never change.

I don't spend much time on them. They kind of come and go, quietly.  If you want to know how much you love yourself, it's in these honest moments that you will know.

It's interesting how we spend so much time focusing all our energy on shit that doesn't matter, on shit that we don't have control over, i.e. other people, other things. I have been in many relationships that mainly prevented me from focusing on dealing with my own growth. Obviously I did grow from them and that's the great thing about relationships, they exist for our growth. But its kind of an indirect growth. You grow through your experiences externally, instead of growing through your experiences internally. I think the first one is more reactive than anything. Where the latter is more active. It's interesting how many vices we have that keep us from acknowledging our real problems. Relationships, careers, politics, food, drugs, even the gym can all be vices. Even things that seem positive can still be a vice if it is something you are going to, in order to not deal with you.

When you surrender there is no chaos to consume your mind. So you're left with a solitude. It exists for growth and in those moments you learn who you truly are. Surrendering means you are telling the universe that you will embrace all that comes to you because you trust the universe. And when I say universe, I am referring to yourself because you attract what you are. So everything that is coming to you, you have attracted it for the growth that you are ready for. Once you love yourself enough, you will trust the process. You will trust the universe. You will trust yourself. You will know that you are much more than anything and everything that is coming to you and you will know that it is coming to push you to the next level of your growth.

So love yourself. And try to lay back and relax. Trust that everything will be brought to you when it is meant to be brought to you because you are the one orchestrating your life. Trust that your spirit knows who, what, and when, it is time. Sending you all, all the love, light, and healing energy in the universe.

My letter to fear...

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Greetings Fear,

First of all, I want to tell you that I love you. I believe in you and I support you. And I will always want the best for you. But I will not drag myself down to lift you up.

I know you have helped me during times when I could not face reality. You helped me to run away from things that I thought would break me. You kept me alive and functioning and for that, I am eternally grateful.

I'm not who I use to be. I've grown. I've changed. And I'm learning that accepting reality, actually dealing with the uncomfortable and painful events, doesn't actually kill me. In a matter of fact, I have found that after going into the great depths of my soul, parts of me that I've shut down and ignored for so long, I actually feel amazing after. I feel stronger. I feel like a weight has lifted that I didn't even know was present but now that it is gone, it is so evident that it was there the entire time.

I know that you have tried to protect me. I know that you think that what is familiar must be safe because that is all you know. I want to tell you that there is so much more out there in the universe and by universe, I mean me. There is so much beauty, so many places, so many people. And most of all there is so much love. Love that I cannot even express in words. I can only feel it.

I want you to know that I judged you. I even hated you at times. I was so angry that I wanted things in my life to change so bad. But I was always so frightened that I wasn't good enough, that I didn't deserve real love or real happiness. I was always afraid that what if I had given it my all and nothing changed? So I stayed still, afraid to move...for so many years.

I'm crying as I write this. I am so sorry for judging you. I am so sorry for using you only when it was convenient for me. I'm sorry for blaming you for everything wrong. I'm sorry for fighting with you when I should have loved you and let you go. I use to think that fighting you or ignoring you was the only way for us to move forward. I wanted to pretend that you didn't exist. I am so sorry for not acknowledging who you are. I now know that the only way to move forward with you is for us to love each other and make peace with each other.

So from now on, I'm going to do my best to lift you and to help you grow. I'm going to teach that you are so strong and that you can face anything that comes to you because that is how amazing you are! And when you face those obstacles and you dig deep for everything that you've got, I will be right by your side. I want to show you how much love there is in the world. And most of all, how much love exists inside of us.

If you are not ready for this journey, I understand and I will love you still. I am sorry but I will not be able to keep you close, not like we were before. I will love you from afar and send you love, light, and healing energy. I will not be held down by you because you are not ready. That is your journey.

And mine.

Seeing the light in the darkest of times...

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The last couple of weeks have been severely trying times for me. So much change and so much unknowing.

I've officially jumped.

I've jumped and I haven't been able to realize that I'm flying right now because the fear of the unknown is so fucking palpable, it's just kind of underlying everything, every movement, every thought.

But I am pushing through. I'm processing as much fear as my body and soul can take without breaking. I almost feel like I am pushing through everything without really focusing on the fear or thinking about it too much. How ironic. It still feels everywhere but I'm not sitting, thinking about how horrible everything could turn out. I'm staying as focused as I can by doing the tasks that I need to shift through my next level of growth. I keep seeing myself in my new loft, with my studio, making lots of money.

What I am meant to learn now, is how to really push myself for the first time in my life. I am learning to push myself through my art and by doing so I am loving myself in ways that I have never experienced. And I gave up comforts that I now feel so fortunate to have and will be so happy when I have my own place again. I am sleeping on a friend's couch that I am extremely grateful for. I am showering at a gym. I don't have a kitchen. I've never lived like this.

However, It's weird. When I shower at the gym it is so relaxing. The gym is actually not the nicest by any means. It's the oldest gym I've ever had a membership at but it's perfect. It's rarely busy. I feel like I have the whole gym to myself. Every time I shower, the water feels so rejuvenating. Can you believe it? I'm in this dinky little shower and it feels like light. And the only thing I can think of that it is and I just realized it in this moment, that even though I don't have a place of my own, I am flying. I am trusting. I am believing. I am hopeful. I am facing my fears. And for that I am eternally grateful for these showers at the gym because in those moments I am reminded of all the light that I have.

So I'm writing this because it's been a minute. It was so dark for a couple of weeks that I was just going through the motions of surviving but now I'm starting to climb out of the fog. I am still seeing and feeling what it feels like to live in my own loft, photographing portraits of beautiful people, helping them to see their true beauty, through meditation, through healing, through pampering.

I am still making a choice to focus on what I know I deserve and what I know is coming to me. Always, always remember where you are headed. In the dark, embrace it, acknowledge it. And after that, keep your eyes and your feet moving forward because the dark is always lit. It is lit so much that it will eventually overcome the dark but you have to move through it.

So for anyone in dark times this piece of my heart is for you. You are not alone. I am walking with you. Let us keep moving forward! Let us continue to find new ways to love ourselves...see you in the light!

Sending you all, all the love, light, and healing energy in the universe.

Seeing the train coming but unable to stop it...

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My mind can wander when I'm driving sometimes, especially if I'm driving from LA to OC. The distance. No distractions. Well, there is the driving part. But my brain goes on auto.

I thought today about a specific interaction I had with someone who's energy that was like no other in my life. He was leaving to Colorado for an unspecified time. He wanted to see me because he did not know when he would see me again. I'm sure he was looking forward to it, having known he was going to move and wanting to put everything behind us. To see each other and to be in the present, not knowing what the future would bring.

I, on the other hand was in complete shock that he was leaving. I was also still holding on to past hurts. With one phone call I was on a roller coaster of emotion. It happens like that sometimes. In one moment your life is completely affected, all parts of you.

Within a couple of hours I was next to him. He was happy to see me. I was mixed with raw emotions, dazed, and confused. Our energies were yet again fighting each other. Before I knew it, I had pushed him away. He was probably at his most vulnerable and I pushed him away. He threw up his walls immediately and proceeded to, what felt like he was punching my heart...repeatedly. He just got worst and worst. I fought back. It was a massacre.

While it was happening I could see a train coming and we were both standing dead on the tracks, unable to move. We were frozen, somewhere in between the past and present. I could hear him talking and I could see the train coming towards us. My physical and spiritual world had collided within me and around me. Ironically, looking back it was quite beautiful to see and feel the physical and spiritual, the pain and love, simultaneously.

Within a few days I was able to take a step back. I felt bad because I wanted to love him. I wanted to send him off with hope and support for his future. I wanted to lift him. I wanted to remind him of how amazing he is so he could take that energy into this new world he was experiencing. But I was still hurt. And he had never apologized. This left me knowing that I deserved better. Half of me wanted to love him. Half of me wanted to love myself. And because it wasn't healthy, It could never be possible to do both. That is a realization that still breaks my heart.

Thinking about it today, I saw us as two wounded kids. Both trying their hardest, to love each other, the best way they knew how. Both flawed. Both in pain. Both wanting to jump but scared as fuck. And despite their fear, they both were still very drawn to each other by something not of this world.

I don't want to romanticize an unhealthy relationship. That happens daily in this society. But there is beauty in pain. We don't talk anymore because I know I deserve something healthier. But I can honestly say I have never had a connection with any other man like I did with him. Somehow our souls connected in something that I still cannot explain. I just know it existed. I know it exists still.

Losing someone...

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I was going to write about something else today. But then I lost someone. Isn't that how it happens. A soul transitions out of this lifetime and for everyone who is left living, time stops. Whether it be brief or long...time... just...stops.

It doesn't seem real but then it hits, the reality of never seeing that person again, never talking to them, never touching them, never hearing them laugh, wanting to give any part of yourself to have the chance to say goodbye or to have one more moment. Whether someone's health was declining or it was a sudden accident the reality remains the same; you will never see this person in the physical world in the way that you have known them. That fact is one that some find unbearable. Some feel they can't live or don't want to live without the other.

Transitioning also reminds the living of where they are in life and how in one moment everything can change. We are reminded of what really matters. Love. Everything always comes back to love.

 What I am reminded is this. We are not humans. We are souls. We are love. We are spirit. And we are all connected, in all space and in all of time. Our physical bodies are just our vehicles that allow this wondrous world to play out. So when we leave, it's our bodies that are leaving. Our physical lives live on in the hearts of loved ones still living and our energy transitions into a different space in time but everything is still connected. You will always be connected to your loved ones even if they are not physically with you. Nothing can ever take that away. Just like everything and everyone in life comes in and out to foster our growth, transitioning follows the same path. We are not exempt from this fact. We are no different. We are the universe, thus we flow as the universe does.

We must mourn our loss, heal, learn, and honor those who's physical lives have come complete. We must be reminded of how fragile human life is because the truth is, many, many have forgotten.

We must love. We must love even when we are in fear, even when we are hurt. And the love I am speaking of is the love of oneself. We must forgive ourselves. We must stop punishing ourselves. We must not only honor our amazing hearts but also honor our stunning wounds. We must fully embrace all of ourselves. Every part of us is beautiful. The pain. The love. They are soulmates.

I dedicate this to my aunt. Thank you for reminding me how important every moment is. Thank you for some beautiful childhood memories. Thank you for the crazy perm you gave me lol, that is probably my favorite memory I have of you. I honor your soul and I honor your physical. I know I am always connected to you. Always. Sending you all the love, light, and healing energy in the universe. See in you in the next life.

And sending all of you, all the love, light, and healing energy in the universe.

Therapy and why you need it...

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I got introduced to therapy by a teacher that was very much a father figure to me. It was while I was taking acting classes. He told me he had a therapist for over ten years and he said that all actors really need to know who they are, what makes them tick, and why they make the choices they do. He referred me to the office of which his therapist owned so that I could get someone under her.

I went to a few sessions and I couldn't feel a connection with her. I tell people when you are looking for a therapist, it's like looking at an apartment; you know within the first few minutes whether or not you want to live there. If you have to try to force a connection it won't work and you'll walk away thinking therapy doesn't work. If you don't feel something with your therapist then keep trying new ones till you do.

A year or two passed and I tried therapy again because i was in a relationship and he said I should go. It's amazing to look back and see how all of these paths were given to me to get me to where I am now.

Thus my journey of enlightenment began. Her name was Patricia. She was beautiful, warm, and very kind. I felt immediately drawn to her energy. She lifted me in the first meeting. I knew in that first meeting that if I showed up every week she would be there standing by my side. It was a relationship I had never had before...a healthy one.

She told me her job was to create a healthy, safe environment so that I would know what one looked like. With what I learned from her I could then take out into the world and have a model to work from.

During my three years of therapy:

  • I ended two toxic relationships
  • I held my father accountable and taught him how to love me
  • I learned how to make myself vulnerable to my father (love him)
  • I learned how much pain I could embrace instead of choosing not feel
  • I learned how to embrace authentic love and how to give authentic love
  • I acknowledged all of the pain that I have been holding onto since childhood, pain that I didn't even knew existed
  • I learned that so much of what I've been taught was a lie
  • And my biggest lesson was learning how to love myself, how to forgive myself, and how amazing I already was

I take full responsibility for dedicating myself to my growth, but Patricia is who lead me to the fountain. It is people like her who show up in our lives unexpectedly and from then on everything is different. And it is because of all of these reasons and a million more that I recommend therapy. 

It is imperative that you expose yourself to people who lift you, to people who challenge the way you think, and to people who place mirrors in front of you. There is so much going on under the surface. We are not our bodies. We are souls in bodies. And therapists have the knowledge to see why you make the choices you make before you are ever aware of them. A great therapist doesn't tell you why you do what you do, she asks you questions and leads you down a path so that you can figure it out yourself. I can't think of a better gift.

Everyone needs therapy at some point in their lives. Even if you were raised in a perfect upbringing you will still have issues. And until you learn the tools to work through them and learn how to love yourself, these issues will always be running you. Therapy also helps you to actually work through trauma. Many books cannot do that. You might know all of your issues but to know them vs. actually working through them is something entirely different. I don't think there is a better way to work through something than with the love and intelligence of another being, guiding you to a place that you cannot even see yet because when you are in it, you can't see out of it.

We also need to get rid of the negative stigma of therapy. People think they are strong by handling things themselves when it is exactly the opposite. How do you process something that you don't know how to process. How do you work through pain when you have never done that before. As children we shut off the pain by various methods. So then when do we learn how to deal with pain? In school? No. From our parents? I didn't. From friends and lovers? Nope. I just kept attracting the same scenarios over and over. And had I not been introduced to therapy I have no doubt that I would have been in the same environment. Because at that time I did not even know that I had a problem. I thought that was how life was. I thought I just kept meeting the wrong men. I thought I wasn't worthy and when you don't know there is a problem, how can you solve it? Therapy helps us discover parts of us we didn't know existed. I believe everyone could benefit from therapy. I would even go as far to say that most enlightened people who have done a lot of inner work, they have most all been through therapy at some point in their lives.

If finances are an issue they also have therapy on a sliding scale depending on your income. I paid as little at $35 a week. It is a small sacrifice that will reap benefits for a lifetime. 

So what are you waiting for? If you are reading this then that means you are seeking growth. I know it is uncomfortable. I know your mind is saying you don't need it. But that is your mind and your mind wants to keep you "safe." If you have come to this place then take that step to see if you are really ready. If you are not then it's o.k. You can always start again in a different place, a different time. Oh but what if it is time? What if this is the first step that will change your life? What if this is just the beginning?


Sending you all, all the love, light, and healing energy in the universe!!

If you want love expect to get hurt...

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Relationships are composed of continuous moments of give and take. While one gives, the other takes and vice versa. It is part of the ebb and flow of life...up down, up down. And if it is a lasting relationship you will find that you will also fluctuate from being more close and from being more distant at times. This is what healthy relationships look like. The question is do you value your relationship enough to continue to put the energy in it for it to last?

When I say "relationships," I am referring to the relationship with yourself, your friends, your family, your lover, i.e. every relationship in your life. *So as you read this, take the time to apply everything that I am saying to all your relationships, especially yourself.* Yes, I just created my own punctuation lol. That is how important this is!

You should expect your relationships to be push, pull. You should expect it to be up and down. You should expect to feel love and to feel pain. You even should expect to be lifted and to be dragged down. The key is to keep a balance. Whenever that balance remains tipped to one side for too long then it is time to question that relationship.

I can honestly say that everyone whom I keep close, which are a select few, are relationships that are full of extreme love and extreme pain. When you have a deep connection with someone you allow yourself to be fully open, fully vulnerable. And guess what? When you are vulnerable you will get hurt. You will be fully vulnerable with only a few people and those people are going to be the fortunate ones to see that side of you. They are the ones who have earned your vulnerability. Because everyone has their own shit that they are dealing with they are not always thinking of you and that's when the pain comes. Sometimes people aren't able to love themselves as much as they would like to. Some days they love themselves more than others. On those days that they can't love themselves, they won't be able to love you as much as they could have, had they been able to love themselves more. When I love myself fully I can give so much of myself to others. I can put them first in those moments. But when I'm weak I will conserve my energy to take care of myself. Can someone say survival of the fittest?

Now that does not mean that I love you any less.  It just means that I need to do what is best for me in that moment. Many will take those moments personally and that is not the case. They will think that it is a reflection of how I feel about them, or how I feel about the relationship. Always remember, people love you as much as they can love themselves. That is a constant.  A healthy person will be aware that they are not loving themselves and they will take the time to love themselves and then they can love you.  

So when you decide that you want love in your life, I mean really decide that you want authentic, honest, can lift you in a second, kind of love, please know that it will be painful. Just like anything that you want in life. Your passions, your goals, they all require love and pain; the love that you have for them and the pain that you will go through on your journey to climb those mountains. So then, why would love be any different? 

Love is the biggest mountain you will ever climb and thus will be the most amazing journey you will ever take...but only if you decide to.

Don't run at the first sign of pain. Now if there are signs of pain all over the place, then get your ass out of there, and fast. That scenario reeks of an unhealthy attachment, reliving your childhood pain, and constantly triggering you, type of relationship. But if you're wanting to run only because you are so fearful of feeling any type of real pain then take a step back and see why you are really running. After all there is a reason why you have made yourself so vulnerable to this person in the first place. I can only hope it was because you felt this was a healthy relationship for you. So ask yourself why are you running? Is it because this other person that you liked so much is really that horrible of a person that she hurt you and shouldn't be in your life or is it because she opened up a world of unexpected pain for you that you can't bare to feel? 

Life lesson. Run towards that which you fear.

Sending you all, all the love, light, and healing energy in the universe!!

When you want someone who won't reciprocate...

Michelle Dorothea TuckerComment

Everyone knows what it feels like to want something or someone that is unobtainable. To feel the warmth of something that can't show up the way you wished it would is a familiar pain for all.

First thing I want you to remember is that everything and everyone comes in and out of your life to foster your growth. You have already created your environment for you to grow. So then why did you create this? What can you learn from this? What in you still needs to shift? There are many answers to these questions and they would differ from each person but here are some possibilities.

  • You don't believe you deserve real love.
  • You don't believe in real love.
  • You don't know what real love is.
  • You believe you are valued only if you are loved by someone.
  • You are trying to find something external to focus your energy on so that you don't have to focus on yourself.

Another factor to consider is that a lot of times when one finds himself deeply connected to someone it's because their energy is triggering something in him that still needs to be healed. Again, you attracted her into your life to foster your growth. Once you realize this you will see more and more why you are attracting certain people and events. If someone is triggering you it really could be anyone with that same energy and you would feel the same way. A lot of relationships are like this. People think they are in love. There's a possibility that they love. But they are not in love. They are triggering each other and you could replace one of them with anyone else with the same energy and it would be the same situation. If you can see this, it can help ease the pain.

And another point I would like you to keep in mind. We are all connected, in every moment, in every space and time. So know that you and her are connected and always will be. No one and nothing can take that away. If you can grasp this, it can too help ease the pain.

And lastly...fall in love with yourself. I know it is trite. But it's the hardest thing you will ever learn to do and I believe firmly it is why we are here. We are here to learn to love ourselves so deeply that we can then perfect our gifts to share with the world. Our gifts are plenty and are our light...and are our love. 

Know that you deserve the universe. And when you are ready you will meet your partner. Everything happens to foster your growth. Every moment. Believe.

Sending you all, all the love, light, and healing energy in the universe.