1/11 gateway invitation to join the evolutionary blog, armed with ink



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Thank you for granting me access to your world for the past 5 years via the sparkingEvolution blog. It has been a privilege to write content to empower you related to all aspects of sparking your evolution.

The blog was a way to capture my perceptions, realizations and understandings in real time and share them with you to propel us all on the evolutionary path. It has now served its full purpose and as with any ending, a fresh beginning emerges.

As lived experience, I fiercely believe in the transformative powers of writing, intentional evolution, engaged process, and patronage (both as a patroness and beneficiary). Individually, I have witnessed each, casting its signature facet of magnificence, but combined they are a mighty force to wield as we become more equipped for all that lies ahead.

Writing. Evolution. Process. Patronage.
At the newborn evolutionary blog
at armed with ink on Patreon,
these 4 elements harmonize & synergize
on a single, potent platform.

I invite you to join the
evolutionary blog
on this sacred gateway nexus
of 1/11.

armed with ink
is your destination haven if:

  • Ink is your creative medium.
  • You are on an intentional evolutionary path.
  • You find value in being actively engaged in the transformation process.

When you become a valued patron/ess of armed with ink
by choosing from the 5 reward tiers with a minimal investment of $5/month – every week you gain access to rich blog content that equips you with the evolutionary insights, observations, mirrorings, prompts, examinations, curiosities, inquiries & musings to:

  • Navigate life with authority sourced by inner wisdom. (Be self-sourced.)
  • Harness the transformative power of process. (Be self-regenerating.)
  • Magnetize opportunity, synchronicity & prosperity. (Be self-sustaining.)

If this invitation resonates,
I look forward
to serving your personal evolution
so we can sparkle the hell
out of our individual roles
toward the next turn of our
collective evolution.

Sparkle On!


Navigating NEW Twin Flames Planetary Energies | $77 1-on-1 Consultations


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For many reasons, I have not actively marketed 1-on-1 Twin Flames sessions for awhile.

In the last week, something MASSIVE has shifted/is shifting in the multi-dimensional realm of Twin Union. An entirely new turn of the Twin Flames spiral has presented itself including:

  • Transcending the current TF template
  • Examining the complexities of narcissism, victimhood and co-dependency within the TF construct, and
  • Fully occupying your own, individual life without abandoning the Twin Flame connection  

I was inspired by Spirit to temporarily “hang up my shingle” again to offer my time and 14 years of insider Twin Flames expertise to support those in the trenches of navigating these NEW dynamics of the Twin Flames journey. I could only respond, YES, because to go this path alone is simply not an option. I get it, my friend. Whatever support you need, I’m here for you.


I have opened my schedule for the next few weeks and am offering a sliding scale starting at $77 per 60-minute Skype or telephone consultation.


During our appointment, you will:

1. Be held energetically so you can breathe & rest for a minute, and open fresh channels for clear thinking.

2. Gain clarity & calm for a gentler experience that positions you to stand in your individual experience as a Twin instead of overshadowed, immersed and obsessed by the TF template.

3. Activate & amplify your innate knowing of how to navigate these NEW energies.

4. Discover real-world maneuvering techniques to use in your everyday life that bump you out of frustration or stagnation and spiral you upward & onward.

5. Elevate your self-awareness & authority so you maintain a frequency that nurtures your Connection because you’re moving ahead with your life.


Securing & scheduling is easy…

  1. Make your payment on a sliding scale of $77-$135 for a 60-minute 100% customized in-the-moment consultation.
  2. Schedule your appointment. Please provide your Skype ID or telephone number in the notes section.

I care deeply for your well-being and peace-of-heart & mind. Sometimes just having an objective, yet knowledgeable perspective gives us the much-needed opportunity to renew our commitment to ourselves and the extraordinary way we have chosen to Ascend (via the Twin Flames template).

2018: In with a roar

children holding handsWith a Supermoon on the 1st of January and so many other celestial and astrological events influencing, 2018 started with a roar. Only 6 days in, me thinks this is going to be an incredible year. Do you feel the immensity of the swirling energies? Do you see it already playing out in your environment? I’m so glad we’re in this together.

In the December update, I mentioned that big changes were on the horizon for sparkingEvolution for 2018. I am retiring both the EditCopyProof and sparkingEvolution blogs. Yep, gone.

stepping stones
Those platforms were necessary stepping stones. They served a valuable purpose and that was to deliver us here. The information in both libraries isn’t pertinent anymore or remotely applicable to our capacity to create moving forward. They are being voluntarily surrendered as inspiration to make room for so much more. As a community, I and you outgrew their usefulness, which is a testament to how quickly we are evolving. Yay for us!

We are creating from the evolutionary edge now, aligned with infinite possibility and potential. That’s why a new blog platform was crucial. I could no longer build anything useful on those obsolete foundations.

gridworkIn 6 days – on the 1/11 gateway – you will be extended an exclusive invitation as a reader of the former sparkingEvolution blog. The new “evolutionary blog” is intricately threaded into a fresh energetic gridwork and I look forward to seeing you there if it resonates for you.


loving wishes for a Happy Holiday + upcoming NEWS

I wanted to take a moment to wish you HAPPY HOLIDAYS. It is my sincere wish that you are enveloped in L*O*V*E during these evolutionary times, but especially as 2017 comes to a close.

Big transitions are on the horizon for sparkingEvolution. After more than a decade of creating newsletter & blog content here and at EditCopyProof, the two are being consolidated into an evolutionary blog on a fresh, evolutionary platform. What-was is no more, in so many ways. We can bring nothing forward from the past.

The past few years have been a time of great silence within for many of us. I am no exception.

One-by-one, EVERYTHING I loved so dearly – including writing conscious sales copy and marketing content and my personal ambitions, desires, intents, dreams, passions & purposes – was invited to be placed on the altar of my life to be consumed by the fires of transformation. I acquiesced simply because I was too weary to hold on.

There were moments when I lost hope completely. Commercialized Law of Attraction bullshit became grating noise. I didn’t even have the energy to do spiritual by-passing anymore (you know, “love and light!” said in thought or voice with an annoying, cloyingly-saccharin-sweet lilt. OMG, even now the idea makes me want to barf.). Core, foundational beliefs did not comfort me. Nothing was right, real or true. I had nothing to stand on or hold onto and yet from that vast darkness and profound sadness, something beautiful was crystallizing, unbeknownst to me.

But don’t get me wrong, on this side of being in the hot channel-o-tranformation I am not here to make you think I am Miss Mary Fucking Sunshine, emerging all put together. I am not. This has been an arduous journey through. I am pretty banged up. I KNOW you know what I mean, fellow traveler.

And yet… without sugar-coating anything, honestly, I love who I am and where I am. And I am still in-process. I love the perfectly imperfect BEing who supplanted who I was. (The former) She WAS NOT EQUIPPED to be online with what’s coming.

I am battered
AND so grateful for this process
that somehow pushed me
through a pinhole so I could be this potent.

I earnestly appreciate how the journey works its magick when we completely give up… which I did… at least a million times, each time devouring something else I loved, which, in its wisdom, it always did without apology or looking back. Hah! You should have seen me so charred!

I don’t mean to portray victimhood here… at all. It’s just how it went down in my world and I cannot be the only one. Obviously, there’s a little more levity now than there used to be.

With my recent emergence, FINALLY, I see what I love returning to me in an elevated, 5D form. My elevated Self can now meet The Infinite in a way that was not possible before. I have something new to bring to life and to you with a fresh clarity.

And that’s the juice I’ve been waiting for.

I will send you an update in early January with specifics about the new construct of sparkingEvolution. Until then, be well, take good care and be loving and patient with yourself and others. In the most frustrating moments, the smallest reminders to ourselves to be kind have immense power.

I L*O*V*E you.

Divine Desire eclipses my own desire


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Many of us learned to create based on clarifying our ambitions, desires, intents, dreams, passions or purposes. Manifestation guides told us this is how Law of Attraction works. We’ve crafted vision boards, ritualized at the Full and New Moons, Solstices and Equinoxes, made lengthy journal entries and prayed or meditated our asses off. We’ve magnetized partners, jobs, money and opportunity.

And it is my current understanding that this methodology was a mere stepping stone to the infinite possibility of where we now stand… IF we are willing to allow The Infiniteness (however you define that or whatever name you give it) to totally eclipse our finiteness, similar to the recent full solar sensation on 21 August 2017.

For awhile now, I’ve experienced zero resonance with my personal & personality-identified ambitions, desires, intents, dreams, passions or purposes.
(Think: anything with an egoic orientation.)

I want nothing that’s on the other side of me being the source of creating. I’ve fully explored that route and very little that I created/manifested from that basis has proven to be satisfying in a sustainable way. Therefore, that path is no longer an option for me. I want to live and BE far beyond that which I can create. Instead of living the outpicturing of my own desires, I want only and exclusively to create via Divine Desire.

No longer finding intrigue or solace in the smallness & finiteness related to my human capacity to generate, I am contented to set aside my tiny view for a panorama of galactic proportions. I want exclusive access to The Infinite and am willing to acquiesce whatever is left of my personal aspirations to have that experience.

That’s what freedom sparks right now, yet I assure you, this approach goes against all of my conditioning/indoctrination/training. Maybe you can relate.

This level of BEingness – that is simultaneously FULL of the highest aspects of Self and increasingly absent of ego/personality/self-identity – seems unnatural, but only because as a collective we have normalized the insanity of the need to be the epicenter of our life creations.

If the ego needs no stroking;
If we no longer seek validation or acknowledgement;
If we are at-rest never being seen or heard on a global platform;
If our contributions are not associated with success;
If our businesses are not weighted by our need to have them be income generators;
If our full purposes are lived merely by our BEing…

… with fully-open, confident hearts we can place our human ambitions, desires, intents, dreams, passions and purposes on the altar of The Divine Orchestrator. We can trust this entity-o-Infinity so completely that we wouldn’t even momentarily consider that we could orchestrate better than It. I know I can’t. History has hashed that out. 😜 It’s time to try something (r)evolutionary.

By its innate benevolence, bounty and grace, The Infiniteness has the power to transform us simply by our permission and allowance. No efforting required. I don’t know about you, but that’s a welcome relief. I just don’t have the bandwidth anymore to manifest in the the old way. It requires too much of me. And I take that as a clue that there’s a much easier way to be in the world moving forward.

As I nestle more into this vein of exploration, I experience tangible, positive proof that this brilliant guidance is a trustworthy ally.

  • I don’t worry about the how’s so much anymore.
  • I don’t hope that the inquiry last week will lead to a business contract this week.
  • I don’t intend for anything specific to come into being.
  • Money doesn’t wag me about anymore.
  • I don’t aspire to any level of anything.
  • I have no mission, no particular purpose, or passion.
  • I don’t engage ritual to activate or incite a response.

All of those systemic impulses & patterns are being eclipsed.

I am solely engaged in the activity of continuing to give free-reign to that which is benevolent (my personal understanding), and masterfully orchestrating the blessed timing, events, people and circumstances for my highest benefit, however that looks. I don’t care about the container anymore; whatever, however or whenever events unfold.

What I envision as a human can only be finite with a finite magnetism. That’s not enough for me now. I want what I cannot create for myself via my own desires. Divine Desire innately comprises infinite perspective/potential/possibility. As an experiment, I align with that in the spirit of genuine curiosity to see what’s vicariously possible for myself.


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marketing as spell-casting


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(Black) magic is simply the manipulation
of electromagnetic energy with will and intent.

Max Spiers

Marketing can be a dangerous game.

As we craft the words for positioning our products and services for sale, how deeply do we examine our intent behind those words? Are we blindly yet willingly perpetuating the status quo because we think that’s the only way to be successful in business? Are we unknowingly participating in the tyranny of manipulation marketing with personal or professional agendas in attempts to commodify people?

gridworkWhen you look closely at – and feel into – the energetic gridwork of most marketing content within the entrepreneurial world (websites, programs, books, sales pages, ads, campaigns, etc.) you will see and sense a distinct layer; a counter-cross-hatched complexity that is intended to undermine and override one’s sense of what’s right for them… ultimately, yet not surprisingly, for the direct benefit of the marketer.

If you have an agenda – any agenda – you’re spell-casting. You’re using a strategic methodology to get people to do what you want them to do.

agendaAgenda comes in many subtle nuances and it’s often easier to see (and feel) if you know the myriad ways it can show up. If you are using words to cajole, coerce, convert, entice, seduce or even mildly-influence people into taking the actions you place in their path – directing them to your *#)&ing 😳 sales funnel, corraling them into signing up for your mailing list or blogroll, getting them to your latest offering with a “squeeze page” (yes, it’s actually called a “squeeze page” to channel people into taking the action proposed), converting them to an over-priced service based on a fabricated value or offering a free consultation in a seemingly innocuous attempt to assess their value to youTHAT IS MANIPULATION.

We spell words with letters.
Those words are woven into our marketing content.
That process is the art of spell-casting.

Opposite Polarities, Same Spectrum

If, according to Max Spiers, black magic is the manipulation of electromagnetic energy with will and intent, then white magic, too, is the manipulation of electromagnetic energy with will and intent. Whatever your agenda – world domination (black) or building a business by commodifying people (white?) – spell-casting IS spell-casting. PERIOD.

white magicThe difference with white magic is that we justify our actions by cloaking them in spiritual language like “good,” “light,” “purposeful,” “helping,” “service,” “empowerment,” and create our products and services from this platform. And it is that justification that perpetuates marketing tyranny.

It’s important to understand:

Black energies and white energies
are the polarity ends of THE SAME SPECTRUM.

It’s time to wake up and consciously create AN ENTIRELY NEW SPECTRUM free of our personal influence
. Via heightened sensitivities, we now have access to elevated ways of being and living.

We can engage electromagnetic energy from a very different perspective; with the will and intent to have no compromising personal or professional agenda(s). It is only then that the organizing forces of natural attraction have the full range to orchestrate the perfect people, events and synchronicities in the highest interest of all.

conscious creationThis is not an easy exploration, for sure, but it is vital for heart-sourced, purpose-driven, spiritually-inspired, awareness-oriented business owners if we want to BE and PORTRAY in full congruence.

It is essential to eliminate all manipulative agendas from our language, our marketing endeavors, and our everyday practices. And raw examination is the only way to honestly see how we are actively and ongoingly complicit in marketing manipulations. From there we can choose differently.

We have a responsibility to our collaborators, clients and customers because they deserve way better from us than even our very best marketing manipulation. As we consistently hold ourselves to a higher accountability, the agenda-base will become obsolete.

counter-habitual magic


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go withinA few years ago, I granted myself permission to take a personal hiatus. My soul needed a break from outputting my creativity. Clearly it was time to go within.

During this time, I excavated more of my authentic myself. I recognized patterns that no longer served me and dismantled the beliefs that kept me confined to old habits; the ones that prevented me from devouring life at my usual ravenous pace.

As is true for many life embarkations, I had no idea what was ahead. (Can you relate? 😕) All I knew is that I was ready and willing to begin the journey by taking a single step toward uncertainty. I promised myself to act on all inspirations.

It all began with my awareness of increasing physical and mental exhaustion. I kept saying my soul and body were so tired, but succinctly this was the underlying basis:

Unbeknownst to my conscious awareness, at some point very early in life, I learned (and assimilated the belief in my being) that achieving was the result of hard work. So, work hard I did.

However, I looked at my results and they didn’t equate to the focused energy and effort I expended. I looked at this from every possible angle and realized that my assessment of the results didn’t mean I was necessarily unhappy or dissatisfied; that would be an over-simplification. It felt much more that something was simply misaligned.

There had to be another way, or I would undermine my well-being trying to be of service to this planet. And that made so sense. I KNEW there was something I could experience differently, but what? how? Was I not doing something right? Was I doing something wrong? Although that’s a natural wondering, it felt right to allow these thoughts to pass through me without further consideration. I don’t function from a perspective of right and wrong;for the most part, it just doesn’t resonate for me and I know it doesn’t support me.

So, on an impulse – and in the spirit of fun exploration – I decided to try something new:

I began doing everything the exact opposite of my usual habits.

opposite 2If my habit was to work at specific days or times, I went to the beach instead. If my habit was to focus on doing something a specific way for higher productivity, I did it in a way that was more fun. If my habit was to think harsh thoughts, I was sweet and patient and kind to myself. If my habit was to mentally link my hard work with results, I consciously reminded myself of the natural ease-of-life and that I had already decided life was full of ease.

I raised my awareness of every thought. My full attention was on the tiniest details that showed up. When I felt anything other than aligned and happy, I immediately switched my thinking, my words or my actions to something that felt better. At first it was a tedious practice. Time changed that to the point it became the norm.

Two months later, you want to know the results of this fun adventure?

  • much deeper enjoyment of every activity
  • subconscious beliefs permanently replaced with new, high-vibrance stories
  • manifestation of $6,000 in less than one week
  • new clients who value my services
  • a renewed passion for who I am and what I have to offer
  • birth of a project that was dormant for 5 years
  • clarity-of-purpose
  • delight in all aspects of myself

transformationSo, what is my recommendation for you if you’re feeling something isn’t quite right? If you’re feeling your efforts aren’t materializing in equal measure? Begin doing everything differently than you have in the past. Be genuinely interested in what you think you know about yourself. Now could be the perfect time to replace dead-weight habits with fresh, inspired ones that greater align to who you have – and continue to – become.



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ease, grace, adversity… all are allies


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transformationThere’s much talk – especially within spiritual communities – about ease and grace… as in, making major shifts and everyday life adaptations with ease and grace. Admittedly that is how most of us ultimately desire to experience grand change, but the historic collective reality is that adversity has informed and shaped personal transformation.

I see that shifting. We have options now; neutrality is one of them.

In the past, my way of thinking categorized life events in two ways: 1) good, or 2) bad.

When external outpicturing – events as a reflection of myself – was agreeable to my ego/perception/interpretation and I subsequently labeled these events “good” – landing a new, lucrative longterm contract, being newly-partnered romantically, seeing my niece being born, enjoying the benefits of a strong body, or tucking enough money into my mattress to sustain my lifestyle for a few years – I gave myself permission to breathe freely; to be fully engaged with life.

When external outpicturing – events as a reflection of myself – was disagreeable to my ego/perception/interpretation and I subsequently labeled these events “bad” – getting sick for so long that it ends in a job termination, witnessing a fatal car accident, losing a lawsuit, being evicted – I felt wobbly, uncertain or fragile.

Things had to be just so in my world.
The external needed to look, be and feel a certain way or I was unsettled.

Unintentionally, I was templating the idea of how things should be onto what-was based on something that wasn’t even conscious. It was operating and shaping my life without question or examination. (Oh, my! Let me tell you THAT was a brutal moment of realization! As humans, we crack me up. 😁)

How precarious was this!? The ever-changing landscape of life could put me into a spin at any moment with a mere change of circumstance, that was not in my ability to control, or maybe even influence. My ability to live fully desperately depended on something that was inevitably going to shift. How scary. Earth and Her seasons are the perfect example.

seasonsWith four seasons every year, in each moment one season is fading and another is emerging. Other examples include: ebb and flow (ocean tides); contraction and expansion (the cosmos, based on a new cosmological model), inhalation and exhalation (human lung function). They all show me that systems (just like circumstances) have their expression based on their true nature and their unique purpose-for-being.

I cannot envision a tree negotiating the terms of death with the Divine so as to avoid it. Neither can I envision a new planet bursting into creation as being happy. They simply “do their nature” until circumstances shift so that they no longer “do their nature” and that energy finds another form by which to express energy’s vitality. There is no good or bad inherent to the ocean, cosmos or human physiology. They just are. They are doing their nature. Circumstances seem to me to be the same.

There is a spectrum on which we collectively agree. One pole is “good” happenings. The opposite pole is “bad” happenings and in between are happenings that lean to one end or the other.

It occurred to me that I could choose not to engage in spectrum thinking; that maybe life events just are… and they can be without my need to intervene by labeling them good or bad. I could stand as an objective witness to what-is and allow its purpose to be fulfilled without any attachment throughout the process. I could stand and emanate genuine curiosity and wonder instead of judgement, which would open flow and accelerate the learning.

warm and welcome

As time passed, I was no longer suited to label events as good or bad. There was something more for me. Neutrality wanted to occupy a larger landscape within me. As a result, something beautiful shifted. A welcome and warm neutrality has replaced my personal yearning for grace and ease (and all the other ways I learned that life “should” be unfolding for me). What I experience now is a vastness beyond graceful (desired, good) or adverse (undesirable, bad). I call it Divine.


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I was at my chiropractor’s office when she shared something personal.

Within the context of what she sensed my body was revealing to her and our subsequent conversation, she said she experienced a moment as an adult in which she realized in childhood, she linked with the frequency of ‘prey.’

She became prey in life: men gawking and whistling, purse-stealing assault on a street, strangers smacking her on the ass while riding her bicycle, too many incidents to count of pinching, victimgroping, inappropriateness, sexual advances, etc.

Throughout her adult life, she was victimized and preyed upon by men even though verbally or physically she fought back during/after every incident. Interesting point, that: She wasn’t a frail, cowardly or powerless presence, yet she still experienced being PREY. Side-question: How in the hell does that seemingly paradoxical dynamic even exist? The energetics of prey were obviously alive and emitting.

shift happensAnyway, when – for whatever reason(s) – she assessed all the events that took place during her life, she energetically declared that in spite of an undeniable history, from that moment forward, she was no longer prey. Something shifted immediately and dramatically in HER BEING.


When she shared this with me during my treatment, my heart burst and I began SOBBING.

Something about being PREY was mine, too.
I’ve never considered myself a victim or weak,
but I KNEW some aspect of me created the prey scenario
in childhood as a coping mechanism/strategy
to get along in life; to survive.

In that moment, I declared that I was no longer willing to carry “the prey frequency.” It was not mine to carry any longer. That’s the language that was inspired in the moment and I fucking meant it.

divinityI cannot specify how that proclamation has changed me, but something unexplainable is different in me now simply because a word was gifted into my awareness (“prey”) that helped me see where I was still operating at a frequency that was neither mine nor Divine.

The Takeaway

Unintentionally carrying and emitting the prey energetic serves no one, least of all you.

There is an invisible yet tangible force behind declaring that something that has been, IS NO MORE because we now see differently and intentionally shift to something new, even if unknown or uncertain. Claiming (or reclaiming) the essence of the truest, purist selves is for now. The clarity/knowing/understanding will – or won’t – come later.




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Silence is Evolution


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In the swirling midst of a blazing meltdown, her inifinite wisdom emanated through her words: “To even talk about [the] details is just exposing my system to more toxicity.” And that was the basis for us not meeting to talk it out.

Whoa. I had to take a moment of silence and just sit with that bombshell.

How often do we desperately text, call or otherwise reach out to others when we’re in the midst of one of life’s shit storms? How often do we assume that talking about it will make us feel better? How often do we talk, talk, incessantly talk, instead of intentionally planting (just) ourselves amidst uncertainty, allowing the energies already in motion to do whatever they’re going to do (which is usually some flavor of transformation)?

Yeah, I know. You don’t sit in silence or solitude because it can suck – BIG TIME – especially when you’re practicing new ways of being. The first efforts are always awkward and feel so wrong (and maybe lonely), but that’s only because the behavior is unfamiliar. Sitting in silence and being in solitude are disciplines. Strict disciplines. They feel unnatural, so in the moment’s anguish we stay safe and do what we’ve always done: talk, talk, tickety-talk. But you know what? That will only ever get you what you already have.

What if talking is a colossal distraction from quickly moving through to the learning or opportunity presenting itself? You know, like a transformative tunnel of fire you know you must traverse to get to the goldmine at the other end; the information, gift, insight, wisdom, whatever.

What if talking about the details is just exposing our systems to more toxicity?

If so, it is our responsibility to do something different: to sit in silence, be in solitude, or even be in the presence of others and NOT talk about the details of our current tumult. It seems to me that adopting silence is a method of evolution because it upends unexamined habits and places them right in the forefront of our awareness so we can choose differently for a new outcome. The depth of circumstantial discomfort can be a catalyst for personal advancement and up-spiral-ment. (Ta-da… I just made up a new word to make the point.)

It’s human, habitual and easy to want the comfort of others when we’re in the midst of a storm. Too easy. That’s what makes me think that there may be something to learn by holding our power within and NOT talking about it.