HEY GURRL, ARE YOU A CHEERLEADER? CUZ I REALLY LIKE YOUR POM-POMS!! or, Transactional Analysis (developing Your True Voice).

Cue the eye-rolling, because here we go again. Yep, that’s right…yet another blog post full of  inspirational memes. We see them every day, and from what I hear people say, many times they do more to annoy us with their sentimentality than they do to actually inspire us. Not me, though. I like them. On Instagram, I proudly follow #ptsdrecovery #healing and #selfworth hashtags, because trauma isn’t something you just snap your fingers and recover from, and frankly, I’ll take all the help I can get. And you may be all, “Yeah, yeah, we know, we know. We should uplift…

I KISSED A GIRL AND I LIKED IT, or Hooking Up With The Universe (Even Vegans cry).

Guys, the Universe is obviously a woman. If she had a mouth I’d totally make out with her because I’m pretty sure She’s in love with me and I’m definitely in love with HER.       WARNING: TMI & SHARING AHEAD!!!!!!!     Trust me, the Universe DOESN’T love me because I’m perfect or because I do everything right and never make any messes. Far (far) FAR from it. In fact, the last few years have been a series of escalating messes as I struggled to find my footing in my second marriage…a relationship that sometimes had me fighting tooth and nail to make things work, sometimes had me kicking…

Your Body Your Rules: Ask. Listen. RESPECT.

One day in early spring 24 years ago I was walking from my student housing to class on BYU campus in Provo, Utah, when a boy (a man really, he was at least 21 because he’d served an LDS mission) came out of his house and asked if he could walk with me. ​​SLXLM   I knew him. I’d dated his roommate briefly the year before. He’d always been pleasant, and we were going to the same place. How nice to have company.   “I just have to grab my backpack,” he said. “Come inside for a second.”   I didn’t…

RedheadedBooklover: Secret Keeper Review

Emily has accepted the truth of her past trauma and made peace with her battered egos. She’s won the first battle, but the fight for recovery still rages. Determined to protect her younger siblings from her abuser, Emily gathers the strength to speak her secret, only to discover that the people she trusted are powerless to intervene. Nancy insists the key to resolving Emily’s crisis lies in the First Realm. Desperate for help, Emily again crosses the barrier between Realms in search of a Champion…the one person with enough power to end the destructive cycle of abuse and transform Emily…

Zombie Apocalypse

My good friend, James McCann, Author Extraordinaire of the amazing post-apocalyptic Children of Ruin, asked me to write up a guest post for his blog about what I would do in the event of a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE. (Click here to visit James’ website!) I bet he wasn’t expecting to hear that I already have a ‘Zombie Contingency Plan’ ready to go. But I totally DO.   Here’s the thing. I don’t like zombies. Like, AT ALL. “Well, duh, Jane,” you might scoff. “Nobody likes zombies!” Yeah, yeah. So you say. But I know some of you secretly can’t wait to get out there and dust up some undead.  I…

Personal Myth, weaving fragmented warp into luminous tapestry

Dear Reader, No matter our age, backgrounds, gender (or non-gender), we are each the author of our own Personal Myth— a rich, ever-expanding tapestry of experiences, desires, dreams, and imagination. Our Personal Myths render glimpses into our internal landscapes, giving meaning to our struggles and insight to our Purpose. Unlike other mythology we find in the world, our Personal Myths are not set in stone, nor are they lessons on fate or morality; they are fluid, evolving discourses with our selves, our loved ones, society, and the universe.           Picking up right where Riven left off, Secret Keeper is the…