The Weight of Life: Holding Space

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  I keep a tattered slip of paper in my wallet. It has the names of all the people whose opinions matter in my life etched  in my own handwriting. The list is short.  I’m old school. I know. I borrowed the idea from Brene Brown, she makes me feel safe. I like to take [...]


Every Transition has its Time: A Smudging Ritual for Year End Cleansing.


    That moment when everything that came before it is much different from all that comes after it.  You know, all those insignificant puny moments strung together that make up a life.  Every day we wake up a different person.  A different frame of mind, different energy, and biologically our body has changed, that's [...]

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Fear of the Dark: And other Benign Forms of Getting Lost.


What I thought was an end turned out to be middle. What I thought was a brick wall turned out to be a tunnel. What I thought was an injustice turned out to be a color of the sky.- T. Hoagland I was supposed to be writing, that means working on my book– except I was busy [...]

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Gratitude is a Prayer: Giving thanks for all that is broken.

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  The air turned today and the winds picked up.  Our sweet dogs are snuggled in a thrift store quilt with me, stretched out on the chaise where I often sit to write with a view of our back yard. I watch leaves twirl and dance with the gusts and the trees bow and bend to meet one [...]

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A Leap of Faith: My Big Ask is all about Giving.


This post is about a leap of faith, giving and asking. Thank you Amanda “Fucking” Palmer and Brene Brown for making ASK-ing and vulnerability less scary, even when we aren't asking [only] for ourselves. I'm not going to lie, ASK-ing is scary, that's one of the reasons I chose that word for 2015. This is [...]

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Learning how to save your own life: Side notes on how to be truly alive.


This post isn’t about c*ancer because quite frankly a lot of us living with c*ancer get really damn sick and tired of talking about it. Many of us refuse to give c*ancer any power, except when absolutely necessary on chemo days.  Sometimes, our lives change so fast that the change outpaces our minds and hearts. [...]

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How to show up naked in the world: It’s only hair.


Life has a way of picking us up and dropping us down at unknown destinations. That's what life feels like for me some days, like I've been dumped off in a strange place surrounded by nothing that I recognize. Although I have the navigation path to live with this c*ancer detour all mapped out, things happen [...]

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Love and Forgiveness: Writing your own truth because they should know better.


  “Trust me, I'm telling you stories. ... I can change the story. I am the story.” ? Jeanette Winterson My personal information, family and spirituality are very sacred to me.   Protecting my stories became ingrained childhood survival tools, and well, because I always knew the stories didn't just belong to me. This need has [...]

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Universal Myth: C*ancer is a gift meant to make us better people.


I've just finished reading Tom Brokaw’s book part memoir part cancer chronicle. We share similar attitudes toward living with c*ancer, and in the final chapter he says he doesn’t know if living with cancer made him a better person.  He believes that epiphany is for others to judge. He says he still feels lucky and blessed. [...]

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My Mother, Food and Love.


  The perfect Sunday morning arrived for me to share this. It whispered ..... Today. For my Mother. To honor her intimate relationship with food and love. She knew how to make a love affair out of every meal. Her love for people. My mother fed everyone. Literally and metaphorically. She doled out food and [...]


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