Inspired By Today: Angela Stokes Monarch and Matt Monarch — Lotus Birth

I’m in awe. It’s so inspiring when people take their lives into their own hands and do what they know is best for them and their families. We had Dougie in the “normal” way–at the hospital. I asked my doctor about a water birth, because that’s what I really wanted. But, I hadn’t done enough research at the time to know there were other ways to have a baby than at a hospital.  Now this all seems natural and normal to me and I’m grateful that there are people like Matt and Angela out there, showing us what it’s like to embrace nature.

Babies have been being born healthy and happy since the beginning of time without intervention style birthing, I’m so thrilled for Baby Oria, who chose to come into this world through the absolutely gorgeous way her parents  and Mother Nature designed for her. It seems so peaceful and welcoming,

Every person deserves such a beautiful welcome!

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Inspired By Today: Jennifer Carr, “Today You are You”

In case you didn’t know, I’ve got rockin friends. I’m a complete amalgamation of the inspirations bestowed upon me by the amazing people I know.  I love that I’ve called these relationships and experience into my life. A blog by my  friend Tricia Huffman, the one and only “Joyologist” inspired me to create a category here where I share  just who inspires me, and how they do it. So that you too can feel the BLISS.

Today, I am inspired by someone who has taken parent activism and home grown love and acceptance to new levels. Jennifer Carr is raising to beauties in the big city, and she somehow makes time to write books, speak in public, yoga it up and, write one of the best blogs I’ve ever read. 

Jen has a gender diverse child, and blogs about the great awakenings gifted to her as part of understanding, advocating for  and loving her child. She is a real mom who digs yoga and sometimes get stressed or confused and she shares that. I can so relate to the perfectionist in her who wants to help and get it all right all the time.

Like Jen, I have a child  whose uniqueness turned me into an activist for children’s health. I think we are all blessed with the perfect families and children who will teach us the life lessons we need to learn. Often, when I was searching for how to handle my  “problems” whole healing Dougie from autism, I steered away from “autism” websites.  I wanted something more inspiring. Something that told me everything will truly be okay.  Jennifer Carr’s site is like that.

“Today You are You ” is the name of her site, and a quote from one of my favorite authors, Dr. Suess.  Being YOU is all you really can be. So, when you really embrace that and decide that you are amazing, you will discover the many gifts you have. These are gifts that the world needs.

I believe that the world is in dire need of gender acceptance, and Love and Bliss for all of those who decide to be who they feel they truly are instead of who society pre-determines them to be. The energy of the world is shifting. Old systems are dying. These children are our future and they are creating quite a bright future. It’s parents like Jen, who actively clear the way for our children who are making that future possible.

I don’t have a gender diverse child. I don’t deal with exactly the same things that Jen does. But, I am constantly finding myself inspired by her posts and even using them to help me in my life and parenting.  We truly are all ONE.WE all want love and acceptance. We all want to be ourselves.

Today You are You, for real. What can you do today to be the youest you? What do you need to do to sigh that beautiful breath of relief that comes with being true to yourself. Do it! I’m here with you.

It’s important to note here that Jennifer Carr’s website is not only inspirational, but informational as well. If you know someone who needs help with raising and advocating for their gender diverse child , please send them to Jen’s site.

Much Love,




Inspired By Today: Tricia Huffman “Your Joyologist”


I  have these friends. These certain people whose names and voices and faces tug at my heart strings and get me all giddy-style hyper like a child. Sometimes I wonder why… when they’re on the other side of the planet…. do I feel such a surge of joy for their experiences? Sometimes I miss them. Often, I still wish they were here for a hug or a laugh. But, life wouldn’t be nearly as exciting if they weren’t out there shakin it up.

Tricia Huffman is one of those friends. We went to college together and saw each other through landlords, boyfriends, house parties and such delish food. Tricia always had this way of being truthful no matter what. It’s a characteristic I hoped I radiated too. There’s something so easy about being friends with someone you know will always tell it like it is.  And, now when I look at where that led Tricia, and how she is bringing her truth into helping the world in such a beautiful way — I couldn’t be more inspired or BLISSED!

Tricia’s Blog “Your Joyologist” is a crazy, love-filled, BLISS fest of honesty and life lessons. Her Life Lessons. She openly shares with us so that we too can feel the joy of the moment and of being our truest selves.

Being true to our truest selves is a game that we get better at the more we practice, I mean, it’s everything that I’m about. I just don’t always know EXACTLY what I need or who I am  in a moment. Tricia’s words constantly catapult me back into the now and help me realize that this is not only okay — but, it’s just as it should be.

It’s clear to me that we teach what we need to learn, and us teachers have got some pretty big lessons to learn. My best teachers are my friends. When I’m stuck in a creative rut, when I’m butting heads with reality, when I’m coming down on myself — I look to these women and how they live their lives. And, they inspire me to embrace myself even more.

I read Tricia’s Blog and watch her vids not just to connect with an old friend… but to literally get the coaching I need to soar through or cry through my day. Usually, there are tears first because her words just hit me where I need to work the most.

Today it was all about my skin. Or wait — Tricia’s skin. Her post. I am Being Blessed With Imperfect Skin” is so outrageously awesome  that you just have to read it for yourself. I can so easily find the blessings in my life. But, when it comes to my skin, I’m often at a loss. I think I might finally have it in a soft and glowy state. But it’s true– I think too hard about it. I have very sensitive acne prone skin ( that has healed profoundly since embracing the healthy life), but it’s not the skin I thought a healer/health coach should have.  But, I must admit that those self-destructive thoughts are a fadin.’ And, today I am grateful for my skin. And, today I am beauty.

Tricia — Thank you for your constant inspiration and joyous work. You rock my world.

The rest of you — You will be so joy-struck by Tricia Huffman’s Blog. She’s even got some donation-based webinars you can get here!

Tricia has a category on her blog called” Inspired By today,”and that has inspired me to pay tribute to those friends and lovers around the globe who  help keep me going.  So, there’ll be more of these posts to come.