the TRUTH comes out …

Mindful hike #5. Take 2. I’m glad to have postponed last weekend’s hike to yesterday as my own body needed rest (something I don’t do for myself often enough, if at all) and more beautiful ladies were able to make it this time – win win! As always, I was honored to guide them and to relate to them and to support them and to learn from them …

We shared stories, old and new. Stories of life and ones that we want to change. Shared what it feels like in our minds, hearts and bodies when we live in our truth, or when we don’t. Meditated on our ideal selves and our ideal lives; values, who we are, and what we want. It was deep. It was healing. It was powerful. It was truth.

So much thanks to these ladies for allowing me to guide them and for their love and support as I live my truth XOXO

One more Phoenix workshop left on Gratitude. Holy cow, where have the 3 months gone!?

(Dreamcatchers made by yours truly. I seriously love making them.)


amazing women UNITE …


Another amazing workshop with amazing women, check aaaand CHECK. Everything about it was magical and perfect. It started with a coyote siting on our drive into the park. Then, we found a jackrabbit hanging out in our meeting spot, keeping it warm and extra natury until we arrived. Then, at the tail end of our hike, we came over this little hill to a man playing guitar in the desert. And I haven’t even gotten to everything in between and after!!! So let me do that …

Jordan led us through a powerful body awareness walking meditation halfway through the hike. Afterward, we all paused for a moment and reflected on our physical and mental sensations. We all talked and caught up and got to know each other throughout the rest of the hike. Upon returning to our meeting place, we worked on a self love handout created by Jordan and I to dig a bit deeper into how we love ourselves. I was so grateful for everyone’s willingness to be open and to share bits of themselves, and to witness these bad ass ladies support each other. We all held space for one another. They created a safe space for me to guide them and not be scared doing so ;) And everyone created a safe judgement-free space to speak our truths, to be our authentic selves, to connect to something bigger than this physical world …

Jordan and I were so incredibly honored to guide these 4 beautiful, empowered and confident ladies. Wow. Just WOW.

BREATH feels better in nature …

The workshop on Breath actually happened over a week ago, however, I left town for a primal skills gathering (blog post to come soon, cause that was AWESOME as well) the following day and didn’t get a chance to post about this workshop.

We had a longer than expected desert adventure at Piestewa Peak, as we got sucked into some sort of mountain vortex. A small part of me was freaking out as I had led these ladies astray. But they were unphased and quite content with being together and catching up on life and soaking in the sunshine and breathing in nature. Yay!!

It truly was a beautiful hike as we found ourselves in the center of the mountains. It is rare to hike in the middle of Phoenix and not be looking out across the urban sprawl as you climb. Here, for a pretty lengthy stretch, it was different. No city in sight, no traffic sounds (probably planes flying overhead but I was too focused on getting us back to our cars safely to even notice!). It was pretty freaking gorgeous and a lovely retreat from the busyness. Just don’t ask me how we got in there ;)

We all worked together to balance and support each other through breath and love. It was so amazing to facilitate this workshop and to be a part of it as well. These ladies help me to learn and grow and remember to BREATHE. Thank you.

[chain] link HEARTS …

I’ve been here in Phoenix for almost one month already. I KNOOOOOW, I can’t believe it eitheeeeer!

I’m opening up here. I take yoga regularly, and it feels different. It’s emotionally more challenging. In class today, the teacher had us holding poses longer, which helps to open the body and to feel what’s happening in there. And I had to come out of some of them sooner than the teacher guided us to. It was like my heart needed a break. I felt like I couldn’t keep going “there” … this was a beautifully interesting realization. My heart is more open here and therefore, yoga is proving more intense for me. I wanted to embrace this newfound openness, and so I came home and asked my friend, Jordan, for a hug. She’s a great warm and fuzzy hugger with lots of loving energy, so not surprisingly, tears started to well up in my eye balls. As us humans do, she asked what was wrong. “Nothing really.” I just needed some love and support cause being opened up is a tough place to be without love and support. As our hearts linked in that warm and fuzzy embrace, we could feel our hearts beating together (mine overpowering both 😉). Man, hugs are important. They literally link our heart energy and spread loads of love. I need to remember this more …

workshop03 | BREATH


  • Interested in reducing stress and finding balance in your life?
  • Connecting with yourself and others?
  • Getting a great morning workout in nature?

Please join us as we focus our attention on our BREATH … our connection between the conscious and the subconscious. Our life force. Yet so many of us forget that we are even doing it and how very important it is to our existence. So, let’s breathe deep together!!!

Comment with any questions and/or check out First Light Wellness for all the details!

And remember to breathe ;)

from a higher PERSPECTIVE …

“What you choose to focus on becomes your reality.”

My first desert mindfulness hike was a wonderful success … I mean, look at these smiles :) The day was perfect. The people were perfect. I am so grateful to Jordan and Cathie and the universe and the earth and the sunshine and … OK, I could go on forever as there is a lot that got me to this place …

There are a few more workshops left on my snow-birding adventure here in Arizona. Visit First Light Wellness for all the fun details!

XO Dawn

(more) lettering LOVE …



I have officially confirmed that this gift was received by the lovebirds displayed on this artwork, so now I can share it ;)

Once again, I was given the freedom to come up with an idea for a lettering art piece. I found this amazing quote by Rumi and did a quick sketch to fit it all into a heart shape that looked cool. And it worked! I sent off the sketch for approval and BAM!, here’s the end result.

Congratulations to Brian and Megan and may you forever grow and change as individuals and as a couple … in LOVE.

Your love made this art come to life, and I truly THANK YOU for that :)


catch the GOOD DREAMS …

I’m catching myself some good dreams with this bad boy! Made it at a dreamcatcher workshop last Friday and it was So. Much. FUN. Seriously. I’m kind of – ok, completely – hooked and want to make a million more. Like I haven’t stopped thinking about making my next one.

Dreamcatchers, as you may guess, should be hung where you sleep. They will catch all of your dreams, trapping the nightmares in the “web” and letting the pleasant ones through and down the feathers to the dreamer. Doesn’t that sound lovely?!

I have found another creative love … us creative types always need to mix it up ;)

changin’ PERSPECTIVE …

Was sharing with a dear friend one night a way to change perspective on life. Remember that negative thoughts and words are purely a perception of the person having those negative thoughts and saying those negative words. Change your perspective. Change your life.

So many of us are quick to say that something doesn’t work or it’s wrong or bad. Let’s say you’re outside in the cold with a big ol’ winter coat on and you’re still freezing and you think “this coat isn’t keeping me warm at all.” Really? This big down coat isn’t doing anything? So if you were standing outside in a T-shirt, you’d be just as cold? That’s a ridiculous thought when you put it that way, right? Yet we all have ’em. We’ve trained our brains to think like this. And it makes our lives soooo much less enjoyable. (And I’d bet a million dollars – although betting on this would make no sense, as there is no proof I’ve ever said this – I’ve said this exact thing at least 5 times in my past, because I am NOT a fan of cold weather. Plus, I used to think like this.)

Another example: I am sick and I’m taking my immune-boosting herbs and essential oils, yet I still feel sick. I could look at it as the herbs and oils are not working ORRR, I could look at it as thank goodness I’m taking these herbs and oils, because I feel so much better than if I were taking nothing. Which of these choices sounds more pleasant?

You can think this change in mindset is BS, or you can be like, fuck yeah, this sounds amazing and totally makes sense and I’m going to work on changing my perspective on things that happen in my life so I can be happier and more fulfilled! Again I ask, which of these options sounds better?!?! ;)  Plus, you can totally trust me as I have done the work (over and over and over again) to change my mindset and have seen changes in all aspects of my perception of life events and experiences. So there’s that.

If you’re more positive in general, it will absolutely translate to everything else. How you do one thing is how you do everything. So change your perspective and witness ALL THE AWESOME that comes!

lines of LOVE …

Today’s creation: heart art (heART, bahaha).  So fun to make and pretty dang cool! Funny that when I was younger, I did NOT like hearts. Heart jewelry – eww. Hearts on stuff – bleh. Heart-shaped anything – ick. Now, I’m spending an hour drawing hearts with the word LOVE in them, and with a freakin’ heart pencil no less. Yeah, times have changed. I have changed. So, if you keep working on loving yourself, don’t be surprised if you start drawing hearts everywhere. All the time. Embrace that open heart, even in those scary vulnerable times (yeah, this is a reminder to myself as well). Love it. Love you. Love all. Love hearts and heart-shaped things ;)

XO <3