new hair, new body, just me….

Ten months of intentional physical change gives me cause to pause for some self-reflection.

On December 28, 2012, I joined weight Watchers and began an 8 month journey of conscious and aware eating.  The end result was a 34 pound loss.

Last week Friday, I screwed up my courage to restyle and recolor my hair.

I looked in the mirror at this drastically altered physique and smiled.

“I know who you are!  You are the body I used to inhabit; the face–other than droopier jowls–the one I greeted every morning so many years ago.”

“Ah…(that woman replied)…you may think I am the same, but I have grown so much wiser, sassier, smarter, bolder.”

“You’re right! (I smiled back).  You are a person come full spiral.  Girl, you’ve finally bloomed…”

There is no going home you know.  And that is perfectly fine. And good. And right.

I am not so naive as to believe that the change stops here.

There are many more journeys ahead.

But just this moment, to be in a place of soul, mind, and body connect is rare, beautiful, joyous.

I feel empowered.

I feel emboldened.

I feel real.

I feel like me.




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I am a fabric artist and a professional minister in the Catholic Church. I am married for 40+ years to a most fabulous man. We have 4 adult children, 2 daughter-in-laws ( who we also consider to our children!) and 4 grandbabies. I love to weave, paint silk, sew and design garments for myself; bead, read, write and color. I am also a spiritual Companion/Director and have a special place in my soul for women who are healing and in need of healing from trauma and abuse. I love coffee, quiet reflective prayer time at my kitchen table and long walks to breathe in the Holy Spirit. I would like to learn how to spin yarn and will someday create a spun, hand dyed/painted, beaded, woven fabulous garment of peace!

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