All in.

May 2nd, 2013


This morning I walked down to meet the Pacific Ocean, accompanied by four women from my creative tribe: Asha, Barbara, Meagan and Jessica. The intention was to dip my toes in–a symbolic baptism, a polite how-dee-do, a tidy check mark on the life list. Except I don’t do things that way. In my excitement I ran out into the surf, and the Pacific Ocean grabbed me by the knees and pulled me all the way in. Full immersion.

It was a much-needed reminder that life has always rushed out to meet me whenever I step–even timidly–in the direction of my dreams. Sweeps me right off my feet.

I’m in Southern California to talk about the power of family stories, at the kind invitation of  Mom 2.0 Summit, with wardrobe help from The Red Sari, who is sponsoring me for some of my travel costs. I hope you’ll enjoy a few days of virtual postcards from this beautiful place.


6 Responses to “All in.”

  1. Alison says:

    I remember my first toe-dip in the Pacific when Handsome Husband and I reached the West Coast in our first year of Happily Homeless travels. I’m here again now, on my own. Last Sunday I was at Coronado Island for a farewell ritual for him right on the ocean, with the breezes to uplift him. My husband died not two weeks ago, in a hospice in Rancho Mirage. We’ve been on the road together for almost 4 years, and at the end of May, I plan on continuing traveling on my own. Very nervous about it, which is why I know I need to do it. I love that you’re here in southern CA-the warmth and the sun are beautiful.

    • Alison, thank you for this beautiful, generous reminder to cherish the good times. My deepest sympathy for your loss and my warmest appreciation for your kind wish.

  2. Kat says:

    Alison: I can’t post without acknowledging your loss. My deepest sympathies.

    Kyran, it’s so true, isn’t it? When we’re clear about what we want opportunity is rarely the problem. One of my lessons in the last few years has been to be thoughtful, even pragmatic, about which dream I want to realize first.

    Enjoy our beautiful west coast. You look so happy and alive in that photo!

  3. Ann McFarland says:

    I met you at the Erma Bombeck conference in April of 2012. I loved you then, and I love you now. Wishing you joy, and thanking you for your generous heart. So glad you are in your element. Your gift is great, your readers are grateful. With friendship and love, Ann.

  4. I so loved getting to share this moment with you, Kyran. You have such an open heart and adventurous soul.

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