Manifesting in the New Year – the Day of Epiphany

I sat – slouched a bit – in a plastic chair with metal arms. We were in a room in a semi-destroyed building that US troops now used as office space for various units in Al Asad, Iraq. It was cold. (Yes, it gets cold in Iraq). I had a brownish green polar fleece mock [...]

By | January 6th, 2017|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments

Balance is Bullsh*t – Logotherapy part 3

Wrestling with it is good.   Tension is necessary.   If we believe there is value in the conflict (often perceived as “darkness” when we’re in it), be it internal or external, it not only is bearable, the struggle will have meaning.   We are meaning-making beings after all. And my goodness, doesn’t this show [...]

By | January 4th, 2017|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments

Explore more; immediately gratify less – A call for challenge, opportunity, and being present – Logotherapy Part 2

Et Lux in tenebris lucet ~ and the light shineth in the darkness ~   Explore (aka: challenge, struggle, face obstacles, experience discomfort and resistance, etc) more; seek immediate gratification (aka: pleasure, boredom, lack of lasting satisfaction when getting something easily and immediately without any investment in the process, etc). A maxim I’m hearing a [...]

By | January 3rd, 2017|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments

People Do Have Choice – Logotherapy part1

Tonight in my regular Monday yoga class, I shared some excerpts from Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning to set the tone.   I did so because I often find myself saying to my classes that one of the things I most appreciate about yoga is that it’s a place where we get to choose, [...]

By | January 2nd, 2017|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments

We do not take a trip; a trip takes us – Where are you going in 2017?

I finished reading Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck a couple weeks ago, and there are a couple key passages from it still bouncing around within me. Although this little excerpt – we don’t take a trip; a trip takes us – was at the very start of the book (page [...]

By | January 1st, 2017|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments

“Domain Expiring” – Letting Go for the New Year

An email arrived in my inbox with the subject line: Domain Expiring.   I opened it, and was reminded that I’d declined the auto-renew of a very special domain, my first domain, the one, the only…. MarineChick.com.   (This pic to the left was one of my main feature photos on MarineChick.com for awhile).   [...]

By | December 31st, 2016|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments

The Carrot or the Stick? Service Human In-Training, Part 2

"Once you start making the effort to 'wake yourself up' - that is, be more mindful in your activities - you suddenly start appreciating life a lot more." ~Robert Biswas-Diener A new technique one of the dog trainers I work with suggested using an old wooden cooking spoon, putting a dollop of peanut butter on [...]

By | December 29th, 2016|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments

Social Justice or Jesus?

I had a friend post something on Facebook today saying (and keep in mind, per usual, I’m paraphrasing here) that she had people questioning how her Christian faith and her liberally-oriented political stances could rightly coexist. Liberal equaling progressive, feminist, etc. Her initial post answered the query and followed up with a question of her [...]

By | December 27th, 2016|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments

Show Up Anyway

“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.” ~Brené Brown I awoke this morning with no voice, a hacking cough, sleep deprived, sore throat/neck/back/etc…My [...]

By | December 26th, 2016|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments

Home For the Holidays?

One of my favorite Christmas stories is not my own, but one of my dear friend's. "Our family might have been a little more intense than normal because my father was a career Marine. He was dedicated to the Marine Corps in the true believer way that a career officer must be. An infantry officer, [...]

By | December 25th, 2016|Sarah's Blog, Semper Sarah|0 Comments