August 4th – St. Bernard Beauty

St. Bernard Beauty

I took a number of photos today of the beauty I saw on my morning walk. I chose this one because:

1) I was struck by the ironic beauty of the St. Bernard happily out and about during our San Diego heat wave.

2) For the intense joy that sprang up on the face of his owner when I asked her if I could take his picture…this joy she expressed ignited a powerful feeling of gratitude in my own heart.

August 3rd

Pancake Power!


The Window To My Soul

What are you wanting to see through a fresh new lens?

My name is Amy and I am a Revealer of hidden treasures!

photo by Jan Tik

Looking back as far as I can remember, I have always been captivated by a good treasure hunt.  As a child, some of my favorite memories are connected to birthday party scavenger hunts, endless hours of satisfaction completing entire word search books on long vacation car rides, and playing hide and go seek after school with the neighborhood kids.

I never thought much of this until recently.  And now, looking back, I can see that these were the childhood seeds of a talent that would continue to grow and develop throughout my life, even though I wasn’t really conscious of it.

Glancing back at my former career as a teacher, I can see kernels of how this skill popped up almost daily in my interactions with students both in our class discussions and through the feedback I provided on their work.  I was always on the lookout for those precious moments when students offered those “sparkling” insightful ideas, questions, or glimpses into the most authentic parts of themselves.

Some of my most moving memories came from reading the heart-felt poems and essays penned by seventh graders  just beginning to hone the power of their own unique voices.

Most recently, I have seen this skill deepening its roots even more in my work with coaching clients.  One of the most frequent compliments I receive from clients is how I am able to see things (gifts, strengths, talents) in them that they had previously been blind to themselves.  Often these “gems” appear to them as ugly inconvenient boulders that are “in their way.”  Yet with my offering of “just the right question” at “just the right moment”, it is like a curtain within them rises and they are finally able to see the gem that has been hidden within them all along.

For so long this skill was not something that I acknowledged as a gift.  Yet now I clearly see it not only for the gift that it is, but I also more fully appreciate the real joy that it brings me and others when I am willing to plug into it and follow the “treasure path” where it wants to lead me.

We all have these hidden treasures within us that can often be overlooked if we are not paying attention.  I’d love to read about the wisdom in YOUR hidden treasures!  Leave a comment below sharing one of your authentic skills/talents that may have been hidden from view until NOW!

Unfolding, Unraveling, Transforming and The August Break

Moving forward by taking an August Break

This has been a year of great change for me.  It has been a year of following the bread crumbs around hidden twists and turns.  It has been a journey of faith, of trust, of stretching, releasing, waking up, and reconnecting more fully to my body as well as a willingness to fully connect with my true emotions that have been buried for far too long.

Much of my growth and expansion this year has been primarily internal with only those closest to me being privy to the changes that have been created.  Yet now the seeds of these changes are starting to reveal their desire to show themselves in my outer world.  They are nudging at me to connect with forms of self-expression that I have previously judged as “off limits”.

Yet at the same time, this has been a year of tapping into the voice and wisdom of the Divine Feminine who has had much to say about the role of rest, rejuvenation, and the slowing down of the pace in my life.  The break-neck speed of the skin I am in the process of shedding doesn’t have a place on this current path I find myself strolling on.

So when I heard about The August Break via Bindu Wiles, I knew that this was something that was calling to me as a Big YES.  This “Break” involves posting one picture, everyday during the month of August, here on my blog.  When I think about the reality of following through on this challenge, I feel both the flutterings of excitement and tightening of dread.  The mixture of these two sensations is always an indicator that I am on the right path.  The fluttering indicates alignment to the essence of something that really gets my “fire” going and the dread hints at the fear that rises when I am pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone.

So I invite you to join me here and over on The August Break during the month of August.  I predict it will be quite a ride!  What are your initial reaction to the idea of taking an entire month “break” from the pace of your current life?  What is exciting or scary or both about the possibilities?  I’d love to hear your comments below.