I’ve certainly felt some of the effects of this retrograde, which have resulted in some very vivid dreams. But other than the normal retrograde shenanigans, I’ve had a stellar week.
1. My week started out with an amazing third anniversary. My darling husband Nate, went a bit bananas after we said we weren’t getting gifts and bought me not only a huge Larimar ring I’ve been coveting but also a bouquet that was nothing short of perfect. Larimar is a really special stone for me as it represents truth and communication. If you didn’t know, I took a vow of truthfulness (satya) years ago, and one of the things that made me fall for my husband was a giant tattoo of the word “TRUTH” on his shoulder. The stone is a good reminder of my vow.
Larimar has also shown up at very significant moments in my recent life including my first medical mission abroad, my wedding in St Thomas, and it was even the name of the house I stayed at with my Shakti Tribe in St Croix.
As if the ring wasn’t enough, we went to Boston for dinner and spent all day Saturday making block prints. A new medium for me - it went pretty well, but I have a ton to learn. It felt so good to get my hands dirty and to dust off the old art skills.
2. I know that I manifest better when I feel put together, and it’s been bothering me that for the last year I live in my pajamas at home. Recently, I read Andrea Isabelle Lucas’s draft of her new book (btw did you know she is writing a book, you should buy it the second it hits the shelves this fall - f*ing amazing, and I’m not just saying that as her friend. I would buy it even if I didn’t know her). Her book is filled with tidbits about how to manifest an amazing life and useful time savers. One of those is having a “uniform” for home, work, etc. This resulted in Andrea coming to my house a couple weeks ago to be my personal stylist over pizza and wine. We were up until almost midnight playing the “KEEP IT!” “TOSS IT!” game.
I discovered that my life couldn’t be complete without high waisted jeans which anchor my whole wardrobe (who knew?!).
I have found that changing out of my work clothes, brushing my hair and putting on lipstick at home has created a much-needed separation from my day-work-life as a hospice nurse and my night-work-life of Rasamaya.
My home uniform for spring has become leggings or jeans with neck-cut-out statement t-shirts and since it’s STILL cold out, Spanx arm tights (which I am obsessed with).
Organizing my wardrobe and taking the few extra minutes to pull myself together at home, has made a significant difference in my ability to think more clearly. I have found myself to be more organized and basically turned into manifesting machine. It’s amazing what a difference a simple change can make. Thanks, Andrea!!
4. Speaking of which, I’ve done a lot of things I'm proud of, but this may be my biggest honor to date. Last fall, I was invited to contribute to the new book from The March for Science "Science Not Silence: Voices of the March for Science Movement" published by MIT Press. The book is gorgeous. I am beyond words, humbled, and filled to the brim with gratitude to be included alongside some of the bravest and most brilliant minds of our time. You can pick up a copy of the book here: https://www.marchforscience.com/book
I will be marching in Cambridge, Ma at the March for Science on April 14th. There are hundreds of marches happening all over the world. Stand up. Be heard. Keep marching.
5. As if all that’s not enough - I passed my Holistic Nursing Boards. Hell yes! I’ve been slowly working on a therapeutic touch program for the dying, with a long-term goal of empowering families and staff in how to touch and connect with their loved one. There is so much unnecessary fear around touching the dying, and so much we can do easily and simply. Getting this certification puts a little wind in my sails that I am on the right path.
6. Viewed the new PBS special: Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death. It includes video portraits of nine individuals experience with mortality. The two-hour program is very good. It includes a pastor and his wife who lost two young adult children to sickle cell anemia, a brave counter-extremism campaigner who receives death threats, the CEO of a cryonics Institute, and Caitlin Doughty, author, mortician and founder of The Order of the Good Death, who runs a youtube show called, “Ask a Mortician.” I’m a huge fan of Caitlin’s work. In fact, we are reading her NY Times Bestseller, “From Here to Eternity” as our first book for our new Death Lit & Knit "death positive" book/knitting project
7. You know what makes success taste sweeter? A huge ass cupcake from Andyman Bakery in Amesbury. I couldn't decide if I wanted chocolate or vanilla, so I created this (which p.s. Andyman - this should be a thing).