Entries by Danielle

What Went Down at Shambhala Training: Level 1

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”  — Shunryu Suzuki I’d like to share my thoughts on Shambhala Buddhism and their Level I training course: This weekend I attended a three-day meditation training, hosted by my local Shambhala Meditation Center. Before getting into this specific course, I’d […]

Funeral Heart

FUNERAL HEART ~ there’s a funeral in my heart i hold it for you candle light flickers and flowers in my room a life’s worth of grief comes rushing through from the belly of the body i’ve used for a tomb ~ i couldn’t accept this stillborn death so i’d charge myself up like a […]


Learning to Live with a Broken Heart.

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen It’s easy to aspire to strength. It’s easy to offer a solid shoulder to someone we love when they’re suffering. It’s natural, we are empathetic beings after all. We conjure thoughtful quotes, or recommend a good book, or wrap them in […]


Finding the Freedom to Fail

One would think by now, what with all my professional experience, that I would be a seasoned and savvy fucker-upper. But, alas, whenever I drop the ball, struggle, or straight-up bomb, I feel like a failure. A failure at said task, but also a failure at failing. Such is the plight of the chronic perfectionist, […]


Breaking-Up With California

~ It’s hard to write this. It’s even harder to publish. There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to admit I’m moving on. Will they think I’m a failure? Do I think I’m a failure? Am I letting the people who love me down by not coming back? The river of insecurity rushes by me faster than […]

Neil Gaiman’s New Year’s Wish

I stumbled upon this post by the fantastic author, Neil Gaiman, at a time when I needed to hear it most. I was about to graduate from college and his words inspired me to take a chance on leaving behind my comfy life in Chicago for a new one in California. “Make glorious, amazing mistakes.” […]