"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated." - Maya Angelo
Happy New Year,
If you’re reading this, I trust that you’ve made a safe landing here in 2018 and hope that you were kept from any harm caused by the fires.
That was some roller coaster ride! I was fortunate, having experienced only mild inconveniences of the Thomas Fire-- the power going on and off, on and off, evacuation alerts sounding the phone throughout the night (some that were false), the eerie blockage of the sun for days, and ash falling to Santa Barbara’s beachy landscape like snow. I came away with a low-grade version of PTSD where when subjected to a phone ring, I’d jump or shriek. I can’t imagine what someone who has lost their home might be feeling. I truly hope I can be of service and to help with any Thomas induced stresses, big or small. With sharing that, the offer still stands (from last month’s newsletter (link here): For anyone that has been displaced, there is a complimentary session waiting here for you on Tuesdays until February 15th.
Meanwhile, 5 decades ushers in my new age! I don’t know where the time went and how I got here so fast? Wasn’t it just yesterday that was a skateboarder, listening to The Smiths, Cocteau Twins, Depechmode and in art college?
Along the way I’ve spent some incredible landmark years. For instance, the day after turning 30, my world changed entirely. At that time, I was a seamstress for an interior designer, and after two people that met me for the first time shook my hand, both thought I was a massage therapist. I took heed to their perception of me and researched local massage schools in San Francisco where I was living at that time. The rest is history!
My forties gave me the gift of movement and utilizing the movement arts such as hula hooping, poi spinning, ecstatic/conscious/free spirit dancing. These are moving meditations, medicine, and prayer for me. I still practice some form of dancing with consistency.
And now at the big Five O! When I had turned 10 and adults asked, “What’s it feel like to be 10?”, I couldn't really say. Maybe I felt a little different in my body and that I knew a bit more than the year before, but I really couldn’t tell a difference. Well, now at 50, I would say that's still the case: that I feel a little different in my body, (some days more than others. I won't lie, I suppose it's accrued overtime ;)) and that thankfully, I'm still learning, still drawn to knowledge!
To celebrate, I’ll offer for the month of January, $50 off of the 50-minute session (offer will end 1/31). Come and join me, we’ll celebrate my fifth decade together!
To conclude, I like to thank so many of you who opened your loving arms to me during the peak of the fire. Thank you for letting me stay in your homes and for the many rides that were offered because I don't have a car. I now know how supported I am. I was very cared for and my gratitude spills over. For many, this event may have caused emotional stress that sometimes goes undetected. It may have shown up as stress on relationship dynamics with friends, family or partners or even toward self as an overwhelming level of bewilderment. You are not alone. I hope I can be of service in any way I can.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
I'm on a mission to finding my true self. Letting go of the old identity I've created to find the new. I would love to have you there to witness and to share the experience.