Getting out of my own way

Taking notes

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! Ours was great – happy, joyful and relatively relaxed. My sister Holly is here visiting from the states and we spent the holidays eating delicious meals with lovely friends. I couldn’t help thinking the whole time how lucky I am to have such a wonderful community of people here in Playa del Carmen to celebrate my first Mexican Christmas with. Christmas is always a time of reflection for me, a chance to … Keep reading…

Feliz Navidad!

Feliz Navidad!

FELIZ NAVIDAD FROM MEXICO! Thank you so much for all your support, love and encouragement in 2013. I am truly blessed to invade your in-boxes every week and share my journey with you. WISHING YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY, SAFE AND LOVE-FILLED CHRISTMAS, WHEREVER YOU ARE! I LOVE YOU, I do. To express our appreciation, Tyrhone and I worked tirelessly on a choreographic spectacular, just for you. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! MERRY CHRISTMAS! httpv://youtu.be/6akad1U8YGE … Keep reading…

Write your heart out

Write your heart out

You’re out there, I know you are. You feel something inside, an uncomfortable urging you’ve suppressed for some time. You want to write, to express yourself, to connect with people and share your stories but you’re scared, unqualified and coming up with every excuse why now is not the right time. I know, because I’m you. Yes, I write, now. But for many years my inner urge to connect via the written word lay dormant inside me, withered from being … Keep reading…

The beauty of recovery

birds

“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” – Rumi. Addiction, grief, loss, rejection, abuse, neglect, depression, divorce, illness – we are all recovering from something. As you know, I am recovering from alcoholism, one word which sums up a lot of things. I no longer drink, but the emotional hangover from years of hiding and repressing myself under a wide range of behaviours will take a lifetime to shed. The funny thing is, just for today, I … Keep reading…

On staying and going

Lake Atitlan

In less than two months, our visas are up, as is the lease on our apartment. It feels weird to have a deadline. They’ve been few and far between on this journey of no fixed plans, so I oscillate between dread and excitement as it approaches. It’s not so much a case of how we feel about heading off to Guatemala in early February, it’s a question of how we feel about it today. Our feelings change from minute to … Keep reading…

Might as well face it I’m addicted to carbs (and Twitter)

chocolate donut

The last week has been wonderful; it has felt almost lazy to have so much personal time, even though I’ve exercised more than I have in a while and eaten better than I have in longer while. So, we cut out SIMPLE CARBS, and it’s been enlightening. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, because I did it once before for two weeks and donuts invaded my dreams. And my waking hours, forming into an obsession I simply couldn’t shake. ‘Twas … Keep reading…

Taking time for me and for him

Tyrhone-glamour-shot

Holy crap, it’s December already! When did that happen? It’s been a big year. We came to Playa del Carmen to write books and eat tacos and swim in the sea, but so much more has happened. It has all been good, even the difficult stuff, and I am coming to understand that those challenges have softened and shaped me and deepened my experience of life more than just writing books and swimming in the sea and eating tacos would … Keep reading…