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Dear 2020…

Dear 2020,  

I’m sorry that people have been so cruel to you. You showed up last January, minding your own business, and then when our human-created issues blew up in our faces – we blamed you. You’re just a reflection of all of us. A mirror shining back to us all that we have avoided or did not want to see. You forced us to face the fact that so many of the things plaguing CONTINUE READING

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BE at Home

 

Tanya Davis’s words in How to Be at Home pierced right through my heart, as much as they did when I heard her poem How to Be Alone back in 2014. Davis’s words with Andrea Dorfman’s animation were just what I needed to see and hear after eight months of mostly, well, just staying at home. A reminder, as my reserves start to dwindle, and as I wonder how much longer I can … CONTINUE READING

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A Collective Deep Breath

We find ourselves in uncertain times.
Times that feel unfamiliar, frightening, and, perhaps, out of our control. 

And, although, we might not be able to completely control the spread of a pandemic virus, we can control how we respond to it. 
We can control how we show up for ourselves, our loved ones, our communities, and strangers. 

This means we: 

  1. Wash our hands.
  2. Stay home.
  3. Listen to medical and science professionals. 
  4. And, if we do
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TEDx Talk
Connecting On Our Humanity: First BE Then DO

Why “follow your passion” is not the right narrative to live by and
why we need to stop asking one another “what do you do?”…
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The Art of Intention Workshop

The Art of Intention Workshop was a collaboration between Chapter BE and Angela Craven Art that took place on January 15th at Globeville Riverfront Art Center (GRACe). We created the workshop based on the question: What if instead of resolutions, we kicked off the year with more personal clarity and creativity?

We wanted to give people the space to not judge themselves or list all the ways they wanted to change, but instead focus … CONTINUE READING

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TEDxCherryCreek – How do you want to Be?

 

This past Friday, November 30th, I had the amazing opportunity to be one of the speakers for TEDxCherryCreekWomen. The experience gave me the chance to share a bit of my own Chapter BE story, while also sharing some of the stories from The Being of a Nation road trip. In-between speaker sessions, we had an opportunity to meet some of the attendees and engage them in our work. For me this meant providing … CONTINUE READING

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The Next Chapter

The Being of a Nation road trip was an incredible experience for me, but it was one that I was starting to hold too preciously. In the late spring/early summer of this past year, I came to see that I was becoming overly worried about what to do with the stories, to the point that it was creating inaction. One day, while on a long walk, it hit me that these stories that I collected … CONTINUE READING

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Be Forty

Tomorrow is my birthday.
I am turning forty.
For some reason the number looks better to me written out as the word “forty,” versus “40.” A little subtler. A little softer.
I wish I could write that it has all been easy breezy, but I’ve had a few “moments” over the last few months in anticipation of the day.

I have very distinct memories of when both of my parents turned forty, and there were … CONTINUE READING

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We Need Love More Than One Day A Year

I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day for a multitude of reasons, not in the least that it commercializes and commodifies something that is innately human and free. And while I can appreciate the sentiment of designating a day to appreciating love, I have to question why we allow only ONE day out of the year to focus on something that we all need, desire, deserve – every day of the year. What would … CONTINUE READING

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2018 BE Intentions – #2018BEIntentions

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I know that some might be long over 2017 and ready to kiss it goodbye, as it was a challenging year across our country and globe, and for many people – personally difficult. Yet, it is actually our challenges that help us grow the most – and I feel that way about 2017. The hardships that we are facing as a nation are what are enacting change and movement. They are what … CONTINUE READING

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