Shawna| At Home

finding peace in the imperfect & cultivating a radically authentic life

A much needed break…

As I sit back and reflect on the last year I’m so completely and utterly humbled and so full of gratitude. I’ve been a bit quieter around here over the last few weeks. No particular reason (honestly), other than life happening (as usual). But if I’m honest, I’ve been feeling the call to step back on purpose from the online world for a little while. I haven’t been so good in the past.. Read More

It is time…

There’s a place for tools, for inspiration, for support, but these things can also be used as a crutch, for procrastination or distraction. You are a miracle, your body is a temple for the divine, you have the power within you to do great and mighty things. Do not be ashamed of the light, be only filled, cleansed, made new. Be a vessel of miracles – receive to overflowing and then pour into.. Read More

Here’s to 4 years… and many more!

Today, 11/19/14, marks my 4 year wedding anniversary to the greatest and most divine miracle in my life – my husband.  Just 4 short years ago we walked down the aisle and committed ourselves to each other in front of an intimate group of our friends and family at the fairy-tale location of Castle McCulloch in Jamestown, NC. Our time together seems to have flown, and yet it also seems that we’ve never.. Read More

Atrophy of the soul…

My soul seizes up, atrophied from lack of use. I’ve been up and down these last few days and I’m anxious for all the setting aside of the quiet time for reflection that I deeply long for. It feels like it was just moments ago that it was Friday and at last I was turning off my computer from work and finally exhaling after a long feeling short work week wrought with the.. Read More

Radical Authenticity: A Revolution

I’m not exactly sure when or how I discovered Emelie Pickett (aka Foxy) of A Forbidden Life, but from that first moment I fell in love with her bold and free personality. She’s so full of life, completely unbridled in her enthusiasm, energy, love, and fully celebrates her animalistic nature. I’ve been working my way back through her archives, ever so slowly, and it’s most certainly encouraging to me to see that she.. Read More

A story is born…

The moon is crisp, clear, energizing as I ride in the car, my music is blaring loud – currently stuck on this thanks to Divergent… I can feel every beat, hear every nuance of the song. This is grounding me full-on in the present moment, and at the same time it releases so much emotion from within. Music does this to me, with it’s induction of soul-purging and so much feeling and emotion,.. Read More

An imperfect vessel…

I feel like sometimes I’m waiting, waiting for someone to come along and gently pull me aside and say “Hey babe, you look a little lost – let me point you in the right direction.” And though there’s an endless supply of talking heads attempting to do just that, it’s all for naught if we don’t realize that the answers were never ‘out there’, they are within. No one can effectively set us on.. Read More

On addiction and juicing…

I feel the caffeine and sugar pumping through me, buzzing under the surface, and I feel as though I have insight into what it’s like to be an addict… what it’s like? As if I’m not somehow because it’s not from a pill bottle or shot up through your veins. Isn’t it still a drug, an addiction? Quitting my lifelong habit of drinking soda was such a sudden thing, but somehow I felt accomplished.. Read More

On winter and what’s to come…

The halls of this sacred space seem quiet today – after 31 days of continuous writing I wasn’t sure how I’d feel coming back here, I wasn’t sure what I’d have left to pour out. All at once I’m bursting with ideas and possibility, and longing for quiet retreat… its so fitting that the weather is crisp and cool, the sun shining bright, as I write today. The smell of wood burning in.. Read More

Reflections…

I can hardly believe that as I type these words I am closing out this challenge of writing 31 days straight on the subject of Cultivating a Radically Authentic Life. At the same time, I feel as though this theme goes far beyond what any single month can contain – it is SO MUCH MORE. This series almost died before it really even began. It nearly fizzled out half-way through. And now at.. Read More