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How Can We Practice Virtual Inclusion?

Hi. I hope this finds you well. ❥

In this brave new world we find ourselves in, we’ve been able to witness right in front of our eyes just how quickly it’s possible to move even more of our lives online. (Wait, weren’t we just talking about digital detoxing?) But, here we are.

For many of us in the wellness world, this has meant shifting almost overnight into hosting our classes and clients remotely, either for the first time or just a lot more often than before.

This has definitely not been without its challenges, but I see you all out there figuring it out, and I really admire it. It’s been truly inspiring to see the innovation that’s come out of all this, from the virtual meditations and dance parties popping up all over the place like the spring crocuses outside to Dolly Parton reading bedtime stories online, making one thing very clear — the desire to maintain connections, show up for and be held by community, and hold space for each other is so real, and thank goodness, because it’s so needed at this time. If there’s anything social distancing has taught us, it’s just how much we need each other.

In between all of our efforts to become intimately acquainted with video platforms and transform our living rooms into makeshift studios, one question that’s maybe been harder to answer is, how do we do this inclusively?

Of course, virtual sessions are nothing new, but their ubiquity is, and there are still not many guidelines on bringing inclusion to this realm. Knowing that, Hannah and I wanted to put this out there as a way to start a conversation on what it means to be inclusive in the virtual space. We’ll offer a few ideas below and would love to hear yours as well.

Inclusive Considerations for the Virtual Space

Mobile friendliness: Not everyone has a computer, but more and more people do have phones. Making virtual offerings mobile-friendly is one way to help to make them more accessible.

Time friendliness: For people who are busy working and taking care of their households, or who don’t have wifi always accessible, the timing of a class may be the only thing holding them back. If you can offer them a recording of a class, they can have the option of attending at their convenience.

Tech friendliness: How can you accommodate folks who might be new to the tool or platform you’re using? Some ideas are including usage instructions to help people navigate tools that may be new to them, inviting people to ask questions, and taking time to give brief virtual tours/tutorials at the beginning of sessions (“here’s where to find the chat box”).

Financial friendliness: With so many people unemployed and underemployed at the moment, it’s an especially worthwhile time to ask, is there financial accessibility to my offerings? Some ways of doing this are making some offerings donation-based or sliding scale, if it’s feasible for you while still meeting your needs. If you don’t feel able to do this for all offerings, you might consider shifting to this structure for one to see how it goes. And don’t forget, there are other forms of energetic exchange outside of money! For example, for those who elect to attend a donation-based class for free, you might ask them to “pay” by spreading the word to friends. If you’re able, you might also consider donating a % of proceeds to an organization offering Covid-19 relief.

One Day at a Time…

As we move through this, let’s acknowledge that each and every one of us has essentially been thrown into a new and different realm where maintaining our personal connections and our livelihoods has to happen in virtual reality. This is unprecedented, so wherever you find yourself in this process and however you might be feeling about it is completely valid. We’re here to listen if you need space to talk through your challenges, and we welcome your ideas for ways we can continue to navigate virtual reality in ways that feel welcoming to all. Please send them to emily@threemooncollective.com.

*Virtual hug.*

How To Help: A COVID-19 Guide

There are a myriad of detailed lists and round-up’s of where to donate and how to help, below are some of our favorite local outlets and the resources we’ve seen mentioned across the board:

Local Outlets

  • The South Seattle Emerald is always a great resource for local news and information, but their recent COVID-19 coverage and how it’s impacted our communities has been especially enlightening.
  • Crosscut is another insightful local publication, and I appreciated their recent piece on how social distancing is impacting people living with addiction and mental illness, and the groups they depend on.
  • One of my favorite daily newsletters is The Evergrey which has been putting together content that is informative, uplifting, and centering the experiences of marginalized communities.

How To Help

If you possess financial resources:

If you possess other resources:

Have something to add to this list? Send an email to hello@threemooncollective.com

Virtual Wellness Offerings For The Times

Below are a selection of virtual offerings from our Collective members, designed to support the community during this difficult and ever-evolving period of time. Most of our providers can adapt their work to be offered virtually, so feel free to browse the Collective for the support you’re looking for if you can’t find it below.

Movement

  • Virtual 1-1 pilates sessions with Tiffany Lodes. Explore her services here and book by sending her an email (discounts available for venmo payments)
  • Virtual yoga sessions with Brenda Umana. Explore her offerings and book here, sessions start at $35/hr.

Mindfulness

  • Intro to Meditation in 8-weeks with Brenda Umana. This has been the curriculum she uses with her in-person one-on-one clients, and she’s offering it exclusively online now. Prices are reasonable with 3 different tiers, explore them here.

Guidance

  • Free 45-minute Mom’s Strategy Video/Call sessions with Aga Lawrynowicz to support mothers and caregivers with some useful tools and ideas to get through these uncertain times. Schedule a session here.
  • Virtual Astrology readings with Trista Dedmon. Learn about the different types of readings she offers and book with her here (use promo code TMC30 to get 30% off your reading!).
  • Akashic Record reading with Hannah Exner. Learn about the Akashic Records here, and book a reading by sending her an email. $30 for a 30 minute reading (3-5 questions), free for hourly workers and those in the service industry.

Nourishment

  • Holistic Nutrition Coaching ($60/hr) or Menu Planning ($45/week) via Zoom or phone call with Chelsea Fechtner. Book a free 30-minute clarity call here.

Energy 

  • Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy (One-on-One) with Emily Wittenhagen. A heart-centered hypnotherapy session is meant to help you explore your subconscious — where 90% of our emotions, long-term memories, beliefs, habits, patterns, and intuitions reside — helping to reshape, rewrite, and reframe emotions, beliefs, and patterns to serve yourself in kinder and healthier ways.  (60-90 minutes by video chat.) Suggested donation = $40.
  • Intuitive Coaching or Reiki Energy Sessions with Maria Muñoz. Tune inward for guidance, with support of energy medicine tools and techniques. 60 minutes by phone/video $60 with coupon code: COMMUNITY – Discounted rate through April 3, 2020.
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5 of the Most Magical Winter Wellness Retreats

I don’t know about you, but around this time of the year I start craving an escape. Thankfully we don’t have to go far to reset or renew. Below are some wonderful opportunities to stave off the winter blues and create connection outside of our homes at least once this season.

Jan 23 – 26 | Realistic Ritual Retreat

During this weekend away at Gig Harbor with Hannah, Carmen, & Monica, you will gift yourself a deeply holistic experience, focusing on Self-care, Self-love, well-being, and bringing realistic ritual into your everyday. Surrounded by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, you’ll honor what our bodies crave this time of year through daily yoga & meditation, workshops, connection circles & intention setting, ritual spa baths, private reiki, and delicious plant powered meals.⁠

Jan 24 – 26 | Lunar Living Live // Urban Retreat

This is the first of four retreats by Chelsea of Luna Rasa Yoga which combines all the in-person depth, connection, and restoration of a retreat, with the comfort + accessibility of sleeping in your own bed each night. You’ll begin the retreat series in sync with the beginning of the lunar month, at the New Moon. This phase is dark and receptive, a perfect time for new beginnings. Taking your cues from nature, this weekend is all about slowing down, connecting to your inner stillness, and dreaming up a vision for the coming cycle. 

Jan 31 – Feb 2 | Nourished Soul Retreat

Nourished Soul is a curated retreat on the Olympic Peninsula created by Jen Minnich, Lisa Lunsford, and Jennifer Whitaker for YOU to embrace your unique gifts and awaken to your greatest potential. It is all about stepping into your power at a level that feels appropriate and expansive for you. Through guided meditations, energy workshops, contemplative exercises, private coaching, and healing sessions – this retreat is all about empowering YOUR personal journey.

Feb 22 | Energy Activation Day Retreat

This day long retreat with Three Moon Collective and Danielle Kurtz is a self initiation of knowing yourself as an energetic being and experiencing your very own unique frequency & vibration. By taking a single day to up-level and fine tune our personal frequencies, we can have a positive impact on our own lived experience, as well as everyone around us.  Think of this retreat as the starting place for the “choose your own adventure” path that is energy healing.

And here’s a tropical treat to look forward to…

The Bali ImmersionJul 1 – 12 | The Bali Immersion

Awaken & Flow is a 100-hour foundational immersion for The Craft of Teaching Yoga. You’ll study yoga philosophy, history, sequencing, anatomy, chakras, and so much more. This Bali experience can serve as the first half of your 200-hour yoga teacher training certification with The Craft. Alternatively, this immersion offers 100 hours of continuing education credits if you are already certified. Not interested in teaching? No problem. Fascinated practitioners are welcome to join as well. Here, you are bound to unfold, unwind, nourish, explore and expand.

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Written by Hannah Exner, founder of Three Moon Collective. Hannah occupies the space between wellness seeker & provider, and founded her company to help people find the practices & providers they resonate with. 

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Review: Yin Yoga, Reiki, & Aromatherapy

As I breathed into the second minute of the twist, I felt the stress of the day slowly melt away. The air rushing through my nostrils carried the scent of the essential oils we rubbed on our hands and feet at the beginning of our practice. The dimmed lights and the blankets only added to the aura of comfort that filled the room.

Earlier in the day, I had agreed to help my sister move into a new apartment. Hours of working around broken elevators, lifting dressers into moving trucks, and finagling couches through doorways left me drained. A small part of me regretted I had signed up to do yoga that night. I just wanted to go to sleep.

But when I passed the curtain and up the stairs to the yoga studio, I knew I was in the right place. After leaving my belongings in a cubby, I sat down on a perfectly positioned yoga mat near the front of the room. The owner of the mat politely informed me that I was supposed to get my own mat from the stack at the side of the room. Whoops! After a short laugh, I got myself together and waited for the class to begin.

The room was calm yet energized as Danielle Kurtz led us through a series of relaxing asanas. Yin yoga is a peaceful practice where poses are held for three to five minutes each. You enter a meditative state as your body begins to unwind.

Occasionally, Danielle or Hannah would come by and place their hands on us, transferring healing energy as we relaxed just a little more.

Finally, Danielle turned down the lights, and we entered a ten-minute Shavasana. Flirting with the edge of sleep, I was completely relaxed, breathing in the energy around me.

Somewhat reluctantly, I sat up for the final seconds of our practice. After a collective Namaste, I thanked Danielle and walked back down the stairs to the Seattle night. Thoughts of moving couches, beds, and dressers were far from my mind. I was entirely at peace.

Yin Yoga, Reiki, & Aromatherapy is hosted on a monthly basis at We Yoga Co. Check out upcoming dates and buy tickets here.


Michael Bjorn Huseby is a freelance writer specializing in health, wellness, and travel. He loves practicing yoga, writing music, and attempting to speak foreign languages. If you want to learn more, visit bjorn2write.com

Review: Thanksgiving Yoga With Jenny Rhodes

With dual intentions of awakening gratitude and earning my dinner, I made my way to Aditi Wellness Studio at 9:30 am on Thanksgiving morning. Jenny opened the door to the Wallingford Center with a warm smile—a nice contrast to the frigid morning air. 

After reluctantly taking off my shoes and socks (I still hadn’t warmed all the way up), I staked out a spot in the cozy yoga studio. The ample windows and attractive hardwood created a beautiful environment for our practice. 

We began by passing around a vial of Bergamot essential oil. After rubbing our hands together, we massaged our hearts with our right hands, introducing ourselves to our neighbors. The room lit up with delightful energy. 

With the class settled in, Jenny led us as we sang a simple mantra evoking gratitude and bliss. Without even a hint of shyness, we all joined in enthusiastically, synchronizing our voices as we followed Jenny’s example. 

For the next hour and thirty minutes, we worked our way through side planks, crescent lunges, and active vinyasas. We were called back to gratitude throughout the practice, even while pushing ourselves in deep chair poses. 

After a challenging yet peaceful practice, we set ourselves up with two blocks and a bolster to recline in queen pose. As we relaxed into a peaceful Savasana, Jenny gently pulled back our shoulders and opened our hearts. 

After wiggling our fingers and toes, coming back to reality, we sat up and said farewell. I left feeling refreshed, energized, and grateful. We certainly earned our Thanksgiving dinner. 

Jenny’s class was taught at the Aditi Yoga & Bodywork Studio, at 1815 N 45th St Suite 205, Seattle, WA 98103. 


Michael Bjorn Huseby is a freelance writer specializing in health, wellness, and travel. He loves practicing yoga, writing music, and attempting to speak foreign languages. If you want to learn more, visit bjorn2write.com

Manizales

Mindfulness in Manizales, Colombia

Lessons Learned From Attempted Robberies, Graduation Parties, and Letting Go of Love 

If you’re anything like me, staying mindful sounds easy when you read it in a book. Of course you’ll slow down and take a deep breath when faced with a challenge. What else would you do? 

Well, the “what else” commonly involves panicking, ruminating, and watching your mind get out of control. When things get tough, staying mindful can be challenging. 

I’ve faced many such challenges over the last eight months. After selling all my furniture, quitting my job, and stuffing my life into a backpack, I’ve been living in Latin America since March. Most of my time has been in my new adopted home of Manizales, Colombia. 

In this article, I’ll bring you into a few of my more unusual Colombian experiences. I faced difficulties, but each hurdle came with a valuable lesson. 

March 15, 2019: The Colombian Graduation Party

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My very first Colombian Graduation

On my second full day in Colombia, I found myself at a graphic design student’s graduation. Specifically, I was one of three guests at the ceremony. Even more specifically, I was seated directly between the other two guests: the girl’s divorced parents. 

I was rather nervous. Sweating with impressive consistency, I attempted to make conversation. Back in March, my Spanish was pretty lackluster. Filled with anxiety, I didn’t know what to do. 

But then, all of a sudden, I realized everything was going to be ok. What’s the worst thing that could happen? I took a deep breath, and I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I got my sweating under control (though that may have been because someone finally opened the doors to the auditorium…it was quite hot). 

Often, we find ourselves in situations where we’re afraid of how we’ll appear to other people. One way to calm ourselves down is to realize everyone else is human, just like us. They’re unlikely to judge us, condemn us, or even notice if we’ve made a mistake. By taking a step back and realizing it’s all going to be ok, it usually is. 

July 12, 2019: The Broken Computer 

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My Spanish replacement computer

After spending a couple of weeks visiting family in the United States, I was back in Colombia. During my time back home, I had bought a new laptop. I was very pleased with this laptop—that is, until it broke on my third day back. 

I’m a writer. That’s how I make my money. No writing, no income. Unfortunately, I now had no way to put words on the page. My initial reaction was to spend a few hours running around like a chicken with its head cut off. 

What am I going to do? How could the computer break so soon? Why is this happening to me? 

I was planning on being in South America for another four months, so this was quite the problem. I created nightmare scenarios about how clients would fire me and how I wouldn’t get a new computer quickly enough. 

You know what happened? I walked back into my apartment and realized there was a desktop computer I could use. It was sitting right there. I had even used it before. How could I forget? 

When we’re in a state of panic, we’re often blind to obvious solutions. We spend so much time worrying about the problem that we can’t find the easy fix, even when it’s sitting right in front of us. 

Since then, I bought a $200 laptop that I use when I travel. Neither the apartment’s desktop nor my new laptop is an impressive machine. Plus, both computers have Spanish keyboards (it took me days to find the apostrophe key). Nevertheless, the world kept turning. I kept writing, and now I have a story. 

It’s natural to let the mind race when you encounter a challenge, but try to take a moment and calmly evaluate the situation. It will all work out eventually. It always does. 

July 31, 2019: The Attempted Robbery 

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The scene of the crime

I was on my way back from a concert when I felt the man jump on my back. Honestly, I wasn’t surprised. I was told never to walk by the soccer stadium after a match, but I thought I could make it home. 

Walking through a red sea of Cali supporters, I felt uneasy. Eventually, my fears came true. While one man was one my back, another stuck his hand down my pocket. My phone pocket. Bad news. 

I managed to push them both off me and directed a stern “No!” at them. It was the best warning I could muster. I promptly speed-walked away until I found some policemen to use as cover. After about a minute, I continued my power-walking back to my apartment. Luckily, the prospective thieves came away emptyhanded. 

When I got back to my apartment, I reflected. I wasn’t angry at all. Why wasn’t I upset? It was strange. 

After a few minutes, I started to feel compassion for the attempted robbers. Perhaps they needed money to feed their families. Maybe they wanted to look cool in front of their friends. Regardless of the reason, I realized they wouldn’t have tried to steal from me if they were happy and secure. 

When others try to do us harm, it’s usually because they’re in a bad place. Instead of vilifying them, try to see things from their perspective. When you try to understand their side of the story, you realize they aren’t terrible people. They’re trying their best, just like you and me. 

Today: Saying Goodbye 

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The country that stole my heart

As I write this in November, I can’t help but look back on these experiences with warm nostalgia. My time in Colombia has taught me more than my formal education ever did. After months of meeting new people, speaking Spanish, and attending yoga classes where I was the only man, I’ve grown to love this country. 

For a variety of reasons, I’m leaving Colombia in a week. As a side note, none of the reasons have to do with Colombia itself—this country is filled with magic and warmth. 

While I’m excited for the next chapter in my life, a big part of me will miss this place. The small buses that cost $0.70 and don’t have actual stops. The lush green hills that surround the city. The amazing friends I’ll remember forever. 

But this is all part of the process. If we cling to the things we love without ever moving on, we’ll never be happy. All good things must come to an end. 

And so, at this very moment, Colombia is teaching me my last lesson. With everything being impermanent, we must be grateful for every moment. Gaze out your window. Smell the flowers. Smile at a stranger. I’ll always look back at this experience with a warm glow of love. Gracias, Colombia. Te quiero. 


Michael Bjorn Huseby is a freelance writer specializing in health, wellness, and travel. He loves practicing yoga, writing music, and attempting to speak foreign languages. If you want to learn more, visit bjorn2write.com

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The Body Knows

Our #1 emotional intelligence rule: The body knows. 

In a culture that loves to explain everything, we forget to feel our bodies. When we think about emotional intelligence, we think about strategies to have effective conversations, we think about becoming aware of our patterns, we think about defining our needs. The truth, none of this is possible if we don’t listen to and FEEL THE BOD.

How your body feel lets you know if your needs are met. How you react to your bodies needs creates your emotional patterns. And, if your body isn’t relaxed, you can kiss that effective conversation.

Before developing great emotional strategies, you need to build a relationship with your body. What does it need? What does it crave? How can you take care of it? 

When that person asks if you want to do that thing, does your body say “heck yes!” or “heck no!” How do you know? 

Here is our favorite tool for listening to your body, it’s called Clench/Unclench. 

Clench/Unclench

Step 1) 

Ask yourself a question. I.e. Do I want to eat ice cream right now?

Step 2) 

Notice your bodies’ response. Does it clench? Or, does it unclench? Unclenching is a sign to go for that thing, it’s a sign that your body wants it. Your body relaxing around that thing is a deep, embodied yes. Clenching, on the other hand, is a sign that your body does not want that thing. It’s a pushing away, a closing, an embodied no. 

Step 3) 

Follow your bodies’ yes. Listen for the unclench and follow it for one whole day. What do you end up doing? How do you feel? How is it different from your normal day?

I bet you’re thinking, if I always follow my unclench, I’m going to be a lazy hedonist who never does anything productive. You’d be surprised. Following the unclench often leads people to do their laundry, go for a walk, and eat green stuff. It might also lead to a cookie or a nap. 

Consider this article encouragement for you to follow your unclench and see what happens. At the very least, you’ll start to get acquainted with… YOUR BOD!


Mieka Briejer is the founder of Frankly EQ; brain based emotional education which gives you the knowledge, tools, and hands-on practice you need to become an emotional genius. Got questions for Mieka? Reach out to her here.

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3 Steps to Becoming an Emotional Genius

To learn more, check out Frankly 101: Become an Emotional Genius, a blended learning program designed to use hands-on practice and neuroscience based concepts to build emotional genii. 

Step 1: Understand your system.

To become an emotional genius you need to understand your emotional system. Emotions are one of our bodies many tools designed to keep us safe and connected to other people. Their function is to guide us toward actions that meet our needs. 

Over time your body learns to produce habitual emotional responses that have a high likelihood of getting your needs met. For example, when I cry, mom comes to get me. When I appease, people accept me. When I’m aggressive, I win. These responses are shaped by our unique biological system (aka ‘the bod’), our identity within a particular historical context, and our current context.  

Emotions are made of:

  1. Your body doing it’s best to take care of you. 
  2. Your historic conditioning.
  3. Your current context.  

Understanding our system opens the door to more agency. 

Step 2: Treat emotions as information.

Once we understand the function of emotions, it’s time to listen to them. Emotions are information. We should treat them as useful data sets that help us understand and take care of ourselves. 

So what exactly are you listening to when you listen to an emotion? Frequently I ask my clients how they feel. Then I ask them what let’s them know they feel that way. Then they look at me quizzically. 

Emotions like sad, happy, angry, and stressed are concepts. Underneath those concepts are physical sensations that we make meaning of and eventually give a name like happy. When we can tap into the sensation beneath the emotion concept, we are much less likely to get trapped in old stories and much more likely to address core needs.

There is endless information available when we listen to our emotions. At the end of the day, taking in that information enables us to make conscious decisions about how to respond to emotion and meet our needs. Listening to emotions and meeting needs is a whole book. More on how to get what you need next week. 

Step 3: Take things a little less personally

Simple, right?! It can be easy to take what’s going on for other people and make it about us. The reality, just like your emotions are the product of your body, history, and current context, theirs are too. Realizing this frees us from taking emotions personally.

The first step here is separating your feelings from the other persons. When you think, “Oh no, they didn’t call me back.” Rather than going straight to, “They hate me,” notice that you feel stressed, worried, and sad. Care for that. Once you recognize and care for your emotions, then you can begin to consider what’s going on for them. 

Remember: Everyone’s behavior makes sense in their system. 

Some good questions to ask to explore this are: 

  1. Q) What is that behavior/emotion so smart? 
  2. Q) What need does it meet? 
  3. Q) Why does it make sense? 

Questions like these help dig into the needs, history, and context beneath feelings, starting us down the road to curiosity and toward increased agency. 

That’s all for now folks. If you want to learn about any of these skills, check out Frankly 101: Become an Emotional Genius, a blended learning program designed to get you up and moving so you can learn EQ skills that stick.


Mieka Briejer is the founder of Frankly EQ; brain based emotional education which gives you the knowledge, tools, and hands-on practice you need to become an emotional genius. Got questions for Mieka? Reach out to her here.

Perms Gone Bad – A Picture of Perfect Imperfection

At my parent’s house in Cle Elum, there are boxes of old photos from the last 40 years of our lives, waiting to be sifted and sorted.  My prom pictures from 1996 are piled next to my parents wedding photos from 1975.  

Last weekend we were there for a birthday and I came across this little gem sitting near the top of one of those boxes. 

I picked it up and had a quick laugh before being overtaken by a wave of generalized shame and embarrassment… the signature feeling of most of my life between the ages of 11 and 15. I felt an urgency to burn the photo. 

Being averse to drama, I instead tossed it back into the pile, shook it off, and resumed what I was doing.

The next day, as my husband and I were packing the car to go home my big sister came spilling out of the house toward my car, laughing hysterically. She had just found the offending photo and was clearly enjoying it more than I had.  

Before long, my whole family had gathered around.  Soon we were all laughing with tears as my sister pointed out the comedic perfection of our deeply mis-guided style. (Thanks, Mom.) 

The matching striped bunny shirts, the pleated acid washed denim, the popped collars, the loving sisters pose, and yes, THE HAIR.  Perms gone bad…oh so bad.  

Suddenly I was so grateful I had not acted on my instinct to incinerate the picture.  

I realized that on the day of this particular photo we were still young enough that we actually believed our mom when she exclaimed in her classic mom way “Girls. You. Look. SOOO Gorgeous!!”  

You are seeing pure confidence here people.  No shame.

Now when I look at this photo I feel nothing but love for my naive little self.  I want to tell her “You rock that bunny shirt, Cam. You look great.”  I feel grateful for my big sis, whose hairstyle is arguably way worse than mine, and yet she is beaming. And thankful for my mom, who took the time to feather our bangs and put blush on our cheeks because she loved us. 

One of the concepts that has been coming up repeatedly in my life and in sessions with clients is what Melissa Joy Jonsson calls “Perfectly Imperfect”.  

This is the ability to embrace and appreciate the parts of ourselves that make us cringe a little.  Bad decisions, mistakes, shameful habits, insecurities, fears, regrettable hair-do’s. 

It’s the ability to understand that we didn’t come here to be perfect.  We came here to have this messy, hair-sprayed, sometimes awkward, painful, confusing and often amazing human experience. 

Glennon Doyle Melton, author of “Carry On Warrior – The Power of Embracing your Messy, Beautiful Life” says that it is our imperfections not our perfections that connect us to each other. From battles with multiple addictions, depression and many, many drug-fueled bad decisions, “Carry on Warrior” contains the most honest, hilarious, heart opening stories about things most people would save for a very trusted therapist. 

The result is that you want to be Glennon’s friend. You actually like her MORE than if she had lived a perfect life. You also see how our worst mistakes and shortcomings are actually a gold mine of wisdom, perspective and humor.  

It’s up to us to dig that gold out of the dirt. Sift it, sort it, and make it shine.

So go ahead and mine for gold in your own life. Do you have your own version of my bad perm picture that you’ve been hiding?  Bring it out. Love it. Hug it. Kiss it, and make it breakfast.  Then share it with the people you know will also love it. Have a good laugh. 

Even bad perms can turn out to be good. 


Camron Momyer is a Reiki Therapist and Intuitive Healer based in Seattle, WA. By accessing more joy and less worry, she helps others easily step into their life purpose. You can learn more about her and book a remote reiki session on her website, www.soulsourcedenergy.com