Change Your Diet, Change Your Life

You all may remember that I revamped my diet on the advice of the book WomanCode by Alissa Vitti. To help heal my PCOS, which is causing infertility, I cut out simple carbs and cut down on sugars. I’m still doing it, four months later, keeping both a low-carb AND mostly vegan diet. It can be done! So is it working? Yes, it definitely is! It’s astounding to see how much of an effect diet really does have on your… Read more

What I Know About Myself {Happiness Project}

Having observed myself now for 33 years there are some things I do know about what makes me happier and unhappier… Things That Make Me Happy A clear, bright, clutter-free space Being free to pursue spontaneous trips, visits, and activities Learning new things Getting out of the house at least once a day Helping people (even if it’s as simple as showing them where something is in the grocery store) Bhajan group Feeling productive Things That Make Me Unhappy Feeling… Read more

Happiness Plateau

I think I can safely say that we all want to be happy. What we pursue in life, whether a career or God or a hobby or other passion all comes down to an attempt to feel content, fulfilled, and happy. America was founded on the principal of every individual person’s right to pursue happiness and I don’t think that meant in a selfish way at all. Pursuing happiness doesn’t have to mean doing things to please yourself and focusing… Read more

Panel: Honoring or Appropriation?

My friend Andrea is often my consultant when it comes to issues of cultural mis-appropriation. She and my husband were the first to teach me about these issues. I have learned so much from both of them about racism and how what I do could be seen as inappropriate or stealing. I am so grateful for their input! Andrea found this wonderful podcast and sent it to me. It is a panel discussion among Pagans of various traditions (and a white… Read more

Faith, Doubt, and Guru-Bhakti

As excited as I was to get a baby blessing from my Guru, as positive and energized and hopeful as it made me feel, it’s difficult to avoid glimmers of fear and doubt. Just like how “faith healers” operate, if your wish doesn’t come true then you get the blame for it. You doubted. You weren’t totally confident the Guru could do it. Your faith wasn’t strong enough. I don’t want to have doubts. I want to have perfect Guru-bhakti… Read more

Lakshmi Likes A Clean Home

I’ve always had a vision of myself as a homemaker. I dreamed of creating a beautiful cozy little nest of a house. I pictured myself baking biscuits surrounded by lots of children. I saw a garden and a basket of knitting. I read lots of Christian housewife blogs (why are they all Christian? I don’t know!) Despite all this, I’ve never been very good about housework. I have no one to blame but myself for this. Some people understand that… Read more

The Desire to Possess

When I was a kid I knew how to just appreciate beauty. I could admire something and enjoy it without the following need to posses it. Now that I’m adult and I have the means to buy things my ability to enjoy the beauty around me is being eroded. When I see a beautiful woman wearing a really cool outfit I can’t just admire and enjoy how nice it all looks. Immediately my brain starts trying to figure out how… Read more

I’d Like To Not Exist For A Little While

A new pregnancy test this morning came out negative. There’s not supposed to be any such thing as a false positive except through user error, but I followed the directions on that test very, very carefully. I’ll be joining the group of people who don’t trust and don’t use the blue dye tests. A pink one has revealed an unambiguous no. I got to have one wonderful day of believing I was pregnant. It was glorious. Now it would be… Read more

Big News

UPDATE: The work I’ve been doing on acceptance seems to be paying off. Yesterday morning I got a positive pregnancy test for the first time in my life. I’m so thrilled that I hardly know what to say! It’s early days yet. I tested about five days before you are supposed to test so the result is very faint. The body hasn’t had much time to produce pregnancy hormones measured by the tests. The fact that I got a positive… Read more

Being in Limbo

I’m sure I’m not alone in this, but I absolutely hate transitional periods in life. It’s natural in a journey like life to spend a lot of time transitioning from one stage to another, yet there is a strong instinct in me (and I suspect in many humans) to feel settled. To arrive at a place. The most difficult times in my life have been when I feel caught in-between life stages. When I haven’t had a consistent home (college… Read more

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