Headlights in the Ash

The morning of May 18, 1980 started like any other day on our property. I remember being in our makeshift kitchen baking bread when I noticed something dust-like blowing through our open structured dwelling. I ignored it at first, but over the course of a couple hours I noticed our tents, countertop, dishes – everything…

Digging the Well

My family and I would travel an hour to the nearest town to fill our water buckets and rinse our bodies off at the local car wash. Life was all about survival. I was the fire starter in this family, the person pushing our momentum at every turn. Whether planting seeds for vegetables, hand-digging a…

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Seeker to Scholar

I have arrived! A country girl now in the big city. I had a long weekend before school started, so I planned a mock day to familiarize myself with my new surroundings. I found a natural food store close to the house and since riding the light rail everyday would be my means of commuting,…

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The Journey Begins

The journey of my life was realigning with a truth that I now knew was undeniable for my personal growth as well as my financial prosperity. The Wizard of Oz and Dorothy’s journey with the yellow brick road is a great metaphor for understanding the Hero’s Journey. Dorothy had a yearning as a small farm…

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The White Envelope

My story begins on what seemed like a normal sunny day. I’m a single mother, raising two sons with rakes and lawnmowers stuffed in the back of my pickup. I was a gardener, a chiropractic assistant and (unlicensed) massage therapist on the side. Three part-time jobs. I called it my three-hat-act. Somedays I did all…

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It’s Time

There are hundreds of Hero’s Journey stories in all of us and our stories have shaped who and where we are today. I’m ready to share some of my stories. My hope is that in following my journey, you will be inspired to dig in and discover yours. The Writer’s Journey defines The Hero’s Journey as, “a pattern…