This blog was created as a safe place for the curious and a home for all those who are lost. It is my desire that the content featured on this blog helps to expand the conversation on what it means to surrender to the vast unknowingness of the universe. My goal is to remain honest, insightful, approachable and to engage with readers as much as possible. This is a place for clarity, concern and community. What I offer to you is the unfolding of my personal self inquiry practice and how Inquiry Based Stress Reduction (IBSR) techniques help to shift the way I engage with myself and interact with the world.
As a little girl I always dreamed of being a writer! In elementary school I entered into and won a number of essay writing competitions. Not that being one of the best writers at Thurgood Marshall Elementary entitles me to become the next Maya Angelou, but I do sometimes wonder what might have happened if I had decided to pursue writing as a career instead of the sciences. This blog is my attempt to live out a childhood dream.
So please, grab a cup of delicious aromatic tea, your favorite cozy sweater, a nice comfy seat and make yourself at home. Katie can often be heard saying, “There are no new stressful thoughts” stressful thoughts do appear to be universal so I hope that you are able to see yourself within my journey and notice where any of these same thoughts or beliefs have shown up in your own life.
Gratitude is who we are without a story -Byron Katie
Stressful BS (belief systems) Under Examination:
1. People should like me
2. People should not say mean things about me
3. My boss should see me at work
4. My mother should have protected me
5. My brother should have stood up for me
6. My father should not have abandoned me
7. My step father should not have abused me
8. Life is hard
9. People are untrustworthy
10. I need more money
I’m a west coast transplant with roots in the American South. Born in Queens New York, I grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At the tender age of 20 I packed up my 2003 Honda Civic and headed out to the great Northwest and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else within the continental United States.
My favorite pastimes include writing, gardening, dancing, traveling and daydreaming. I’m a firm believer in the potential of all people to live up to their full potential and create a life that matters.
I’m a yoga teacher, environmental epidemiologist and entrepreneur.
You can find me holding downward facing down in a local yoga studio, wandering aimlessly at multi-day music festivals, dancing at my favorite reggae concerts or curled up on the couch with a new book.
I believe in the possibility of an open mind and that we should rigoursly question social norms and cultural biases. I value equity, opportunity and imagination. My goal is simply to follow the desires of my heart with a child-like exuberance and unfatiguable belief in the
My mission is to tell my story with honesty and conviction – for all of the women who came before me who were unable to document theirs.