Thank You

IMG_1483Dear Friends,

Big news:  I completed the Martha Beck Life Coach Training Program in September, and finished the certification process in early February.  I’m certified!  And once again, I just want to say thank you.  Without the love and encouragement I’ve received from all of you, it would have been much harder to follow the threads that were calling me home.

As I change and evolve, I’ve decided to make some changes on-line.  First, I have a brand new website:  Second, I’m planning to keep my coaching practice small and intimate.  With that in mind, I don’t plan on blogging on my new website, but instead am creating a mailing list of people who would like to be kept informed of what events I have planned or other updates.  At some point I may also create a newsletter.  If you would like to be included, please drop me a note below, or over at  (Of course I will never, ever share your information, nor will I ever bombard you with emails.)

Finally, for readers of this website, I’m offering a special rate for the next month: $79/hour or $69/hour for 4 pre-paid sessions (instead of my normal rate of $99/hour or $89/hour for 4 pre-paid sessions).  Just let me know if you’re interested, and we’ll schedule a time to chat.  I love answering questions about what I do and how I can help you.

Thank you again, and best wishes to you all!


Clouds In My Coffee

IMG_0098It’s already December, the final month of 2013.  It’s been a wild ride:  completing the Martha Beck Life Coach Training Program and setting up my practice; creating the Wise Owl Book Club; traveling to San Diego, Pismo Beach, Lake Tahoe and Napa…  Well, let’s just say that I am very grateful for the shorter, cooler days (even here in the desert) and to turn my focus toward my home and loved ones.

Of course, there’s still plenty to keep me busy–holiday events and shopping, work to do, knitting projects to finish–but during this time of year I find myself a bit more comfortable taking a moment to sit by the fire, drink a cup of tea and enjoy the time I have with my family.  And that means that I can also do something incredibly valuable:  dream.

When I take the time to dream, I get in touch with myself.  I listen to the small still voice inside that reminds me what’s most important, and what I should be focusing on now, in this moment.  I relax.  I play.  I listen.  And I remember to pay attention to my nightly dreams as well, which often hold messages from my soul about the way to go.

I’ll be writing more soon about methods of dream analysis that I find particularly useful and enlightening but, in the meantime, let me just recommend this:  take the time to dream while you’re awake.  Look for those clouds in your coffee, and open your imagination to what you find there.  Not only is dreaming a good way to get in touch with a peaceful, joyful part of yourself, but it just may suggest possibilities you haven’t yet dared to imagine.

Wise Owl Book Club

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Over the last few years, I have been dismayed at the disappearance of book stores.  Don’t get me wrong, I love e-books, their convenience and portability, not to mention the fact that formerly I was in danger of running out of places to eat and sleep that weren’t covered in books…  I even published an e-book.  But one unfortunate side effect of this easy accessibility to thousands upon thousands of books is that bookstores are becoming less profitable.  And are, therefore, closing in ever larger numbers.

This idea is so appalling to me that I decided to do something about it.  Not open a bookstore myself (well, not yet anyway), but to create an easy, accessible community for other book lovers like me.  For that reason, I have created a new venture:  the Wise Owl Book Club.  The concept is simple: different book clubs, for different types of books, offered on a variety of dates and times.  All meetings are held via teleconference–easy, portable, convenient.  If you love to read, I hope you’ll check it out at

Happy reading!

Free Life Coaching!

Dear Friends, Family and Fellow Seekers,

As many of you know, I am currently enrolled in the Martha Beck Life Coach Training Program.  This eight-month long intensive training program concludes in September, after which time I will begin working towards certification.  It is the most exciting, soul-fulfilling thing I have ever done.

I am thrilled to announce that, as part of my training, I am beginning to work with a few clients at absolutely no cost, other than time and a willingness to play.  If you are interested in working with me for a series of five, one-hour telephone sessions (for free!), please fill out the contact information below.  We will begin with a 30 minute, introductory call, to discuss the coaching process, your goals, and whether we are a good coaching match.  (If for some reason I believe you would be better served by working with someone else, I will happily refer you to one of my incredible colleagues.)  All of your information (as well as the fact that you expressed interest) will be kept strictly confidential.  For more information on what life coaching is about, refer to my Coaching page.  And if you know of someone else who might be interested in working with me, please feel free to share this with them.

In the future, I plan on working with many more clients as well as offering various programs and telecourses, so stay tuned!

Thank you again for your love and support,


Turtle Steps

IMG_1059I always swore that I wouldn’t be one of those blog-creators who mysteriously disappear and then return a month or so later full of apologies and promises to be more consistent in the future…  But here I am.  Luckily, I believe in the philosophy of wabi sabi–that nothing is perfect, nothing is permanent and nothing is finished.  That most certainly includes this website.

But I have exciting news to share–this year, I am fulfilling a long-standing dream to become a Martha Beck trained life coach.  The program begins in 2 weeks, and is a 9 month, intensive training of Martha Beck’s life design methods.  As you may have noticed from reading these posts, I am a huge fan of Martha Beck and her work, and I recommend her writing very strongly.

One practice that she advocates is “turtle steps,” that is, taking goals and breaking them into small pieces until they are so simple you just can’t help but accomplish them.  Most people tend to set huge goals, particularly at this time of the year–to lose so many pounds, to begin a massive workout program or to achieve some other high and lofty goal.  These goals, while commendable, are also daunting.  They tend to scare us out of accomplishing anything.  It is far preferable to set a smaller, reachable goal, and then continue to build on it.

For the past several years, I have kept my New Year’s resolutions small and interesting, rather than large and frightening, and I am happy to say that I have had a lot of success with them.  Last year, for example, my goal was to scatter light.  I wasn’t sure what that meant, all I knew was that I had been reading and studying wonderful ideas, and I was ready to share them, in one form or another, with the world.  In March, I created this website; in July, I published my e-book; in September, the book came out in print.  None of that was a stated part of my goal, but it all came naturally and organically from the desire to simply scatter light.  If my goal had been “to publish a book,” I’m not sure I would have accomplished anything.

So this year, I am interested in deepening my meditation practice, but setting any kind of specific meditation goal feels too daunting.  Instead, I have determined to read A Year with Hafiz: Daily Contemplations by Daniel Ladinsky.  Hafiz was a Persian poet who wrote about the sacred–something that can slowly and surely encourage and deepen my own meditation practice.  Who knows where these turtle steps will lead, but I know I’ll be further down this path a year from now than I am today.  Of course, by the end of the year, I’ll also be a trained life coach, but that feels less like a resolution and more like the beginning of an adventure!

Wishing you your own turtle steps,


P.S.  If you’re interested in the science behind using turtle steps to achieve goals, check out Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live or The Four-Day Win: End Your Diet War and Achieve Thinner Peace, both by Martha Beck.

Another chance to buy “A Scattering of Light” at 20% off!

We live in a time of windstorms. As change swirls around us, we seek a deeper connection to truth, love and beauty–to all that is best and brightest in us and in the world. “A Scattering of Light: Inspiration for Finding Peace on a Windy Day” inspires us to do just that, by using the lessons of myths and legends, the philosophies of cultures and spiritual traditions around the world, and an unfailing vision of the world as a place of hope and beauty. Learn the true messages contained within such popular stories as Beauty and the Beast, Ariadne and the Minotaur, Psyche and Cupid, Sir Gawain, Ganesha and more. Learn to savor the beauty of simple moments, to appreciate the imperfect and to cultivate peace within your relationships. Includes over 2 dozen color photographs, as well as timeless advice for all seekers of beauty and joy.

In case you missed the book launch discount, or are already thinking ahead to the holidays, I am offering my book at a special 20% off discount!  Just buy the book here (or click on the photo above) and enter the code 426W2NPB at checkout.  


The Book Is Here!

“A Scattering of Light” is now available in print!

Since I began this journey last March, I have received numerous kind messages from many of you, encouraging me to continue to write and share my thoughts.  Without this support, I never would have completed this work, and I am truly grateful for you all.  My greatest desire is that the words and images I share bring comfort and joy, and perhaps a new perspective when times seem tough.  I hope that this new book will continue to spread messages of light and beauty, and find its way to those who might find peace within its pages.

In celebration of this journey, and as a heartfelt thank you to the many people who have supported me along the way, I am offering a 20% discount, for one week, on the list price of my book.  To take advantage of this discount, purchase the book here and enter the discount code J4J7YHET at checkout anytime through September 16th.  (The book may also be purchased on Amazon, either in print or as an e-book, but I am not able to offer a discount on Amazon’s regular prices.)

I would love to have as many people as possible take advantage of this limited-time offer, so if there is anyone you think would enjoy this work (and the 20% discount!), please spread the word and help me scatter more light!

With love and gratitude,


News: A Scattering Of Light Is Coming Out In Print!

May you discover the beauty that lies in harmony.

May you find peace on a windy day.

Dear Readers,

I began with this website.  Next, I published what I consider the heart and soul of a Scattering of Light in e-book form.  Now, I am thrilled to announce, my book will soon be available in print!

For the past few weeks, I have been absorbed with the process of finalizing my book for print publication.  The result is 90 pages of my musings on the myths and legends, philosophies and spiritual traditions from around the world that inspire me the most and which I hope will inspire you.  You will recognize many of my articles and themes from this website (as well as over two dozen full-color photographs); in many cases these articles have been revised and expanded, as well as re-ordered in a way that flows more organically.  Many of the subjects I write about are intended to flow together in a way that is sometimes difficult to capture on a website.  Creating this book has allowed me the opportunity to present this information the way I always intended to:  as a labyrinth-like journey through my favorite stories and wisdom teachings.

Reminders of peace are all too few to come by.  It is my wish that, should you ever find yourself caught unbalanced on a windy day, you will take comfort from the images and words that have stayed with me through times both calm and stormy.

Wishing you peace, beauty and harmony,


*Stay tuned!  “A Scattering of Light” will soon be available for sale here, on Amazon and in stores and bookstores!

Scattering Light Interviewed By Serene Wellness

“A Scattering of Light…is truly beautiful and inspiring–just like a beautiful butterfly, the words fly off the page and into your heart…  [I]t will stir your soul and awaken beauty, enchantment and magic within your day.”

-Serene Wellness, the Holistic Health and Wellness Project

Claire-Maree Charters, founder of the Serene Wellness Group and the creator of Serene Wellness:  The Holistic Health and Wellness Project, recently interviewed me about my creation of “A Scattering of Light,” what inspires me, how I define serenity and beauty, what brings me joy, how I stay balanced and my philosophy on life, health and well-being.  The article, Find Some Peace and Comfort on a Windy Day, is available here.

Serene Wellness is a beautiful creation, featuring articles designed to inspire others to live healthy and happy lives.  You can find information here about simplicity, minimalism, health and beauty.  Be sure to check out her Modern Zen Girl page and green smoothie recipes!

Scattering Light On Kindle

A book is like a garden carried in the pocket.

Chinese Proverb

I cherish books.  Old books, new books, whimsical books and serious books.  Before the rise of e-books, I never travelled without half a dozen books in my suitcase, just in case.  Now, with e-readers and reading apps, I am never without hundreds of thousands of books instantly available to me.  It is yet another reminder that we live in a miraculous world.

I am thrilled to share with you that my first book, A Scattering of Light: Inspiration for Finding Peace on a Windy Day, is now available on Kindle (and on any of the free Kindle Apps–please see below).  To create this book, I collected some of my favorite articles from this website and, where appropriate, revised and expanded them.  Gathered here are lessons from some of my favorite myths and legends, wisdom collected from traditions around the globe and my own musings.  Also included are some of my favorite quotations and over two dozen color photographs.

It is my hope this book will be a garden you can carry in your pocket, available to you whenever you need a reminder that all the beauty you seek you already hold within.

(Books purchased through Amazon Kindle may be read on any of the free Kindle Apps, as well as on the various Kindle models.  There are currently apps available for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, Android Tablet, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry, Windows and Mac. You can also read any Kindle book directly on your internet browser using the free Kindle Cloud Reader.)

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