Category Archive: Life Lessons

The Bible and The Church Never Taught Me Unconditional Love

I started going to church with my family at 5 years old. For 30 years, I attended church every week. I read my Bible every day. My life was Christianity, the church and… Continue reading

“Jill, We Need to Talk.” Norm Willis

You can get to where you want to be from wherever you are—but you must stop spending so much time noticing and talking about what you do not like about where you are. … Continue reading

Dear Alcohol, What Are You Here For?

Push it down, it comes out sideways Push it down, it comes back up    ~ Travis Meadows, Sideways There was a time I didn’t understand why people had addictions to drugs and… Continue reading

Adios You Toxic People

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust The older I get, the more I recognize what a true… Continue reading

Close Your Bible. Open Your Mind.

To all the Christians who think people who commit certain “sins” are going to hell, well, I must tell you, I would rather be in “hell” with all the loving, accepting, free-thinking people… Continue reading

God Made Me Gay

It is easy for some of us to be told what to think and how to think and not spend the time finding our own individual values and ethical principles. This was me, for… Continue reading

Oh, by the way Dad, Norm Willis says it’s all your fault!

At the young age of 22, I entered into a youth program through Christ Church Kirkland (CCK), called Master’s Commission. This was an intense one year course, that focused on discipleship & leadership… Continue reading

At Christ Church Kirkland I learned, “I’ll love you as long as…”

  For years at Christ Church Kirkland, my life decisions were heavily influenced by my mentors. Mentors or as we called them, “discipler’s”, were those more spiritual than me that I was mandated to… Continue reading

The Infallible Word of Jill

Since I was 5 years old, I was going to church and reading the bible or having the bible read to me. When I was around 6 years old, my family and I went… Continue reading

I don’t believe in Jesus. I believe in LOVE.

Do you know what a polemicist is without looking it up in the dictionary? I didn’t when I read in my astrological Gemini traits of a potential career. That word popped out at… Continue reading

Conscious Living Requires Courage

Worry and fear are thieves that rob us from the ability to change. Never Broken by Jewel   Why do we wait to create the life we want? Do we really know ourselves?… Continue reading

Riding the Waves of Pain

…to give up all limited thinking, to take each moment into your heart, and to abandon all urges to call anything good or bad, “black” or “white”, right or wrong, enough or not… Continue reading

I Called Bullshit on the System!

If you attend to yourself and seek to come into your presence, you will find exactly the right rhythm for your own life. John O’Donohue ~ Anam Cara   From my last blog… Continue reading

Rebuilding myself at 40

 We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be.    – Anne Lamott I am… Continue reading

5 Benefits of Listening

Why not start this post off with a little humor we all can relate to about listening? Hearing is not the same as listening. Hearing is a passive activity. It’s one of the moving… Continue reading

From Bogus to Authentic: My Awakening Moment

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice… An excerpt from The Journey by Mary Oliver I realized I wasn’t living the life… Continue reading

Refusing To Live A Predictable Life

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone else likes you except yourself.  Rita Mae Brown The last few years of being a full-time member of a church, I kept coming back… Continue reading

Life Without Labels

What would life be like if we never labeled another person? She’s fat. He’s handsome. Why is she so depressed? He’s feminine. You’re aggressive. I’m shy. My dad has ADD. My wife is… Continue reading

Christians, let me ruffle your feathers!

WARNING: If you are sensitive about your Christian faith, and don’t want to hear anything negative about Christians, then I suggest reading something lighter. Here are a few blogs you might enjoy to feel comforted… Continue reading

The unpracticed art of “being”

I think people easily forget that we are human-BEINGS. With the pace of people’s lives I see all-around me, I would naturally think we are human-DOINGS. The other day I was getting my hair… Continue reading

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    I'm a writer, deep thinker and on a quest to BE PRESENT and BE LOVE. I'm an ex-churchgoer. I've lived in 27 different places in my life. I was once an island dweller and I've been a pioneer in a handful of start-up organizations in the USA, Switzerland, and Honduras. Oh and I should add that I am a recovering people-pleaser. I hope to bring humor and thought-provoking ideas to my readers.
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