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Heartbreaking Endings and Exciting Beginnings

by Liz Jansen I didn’t expect to start the first days of the year spending the last days with a dear friend. Deb and I met in fifth grade and became instant best friends. We’ve cherished that closeness our whole lives.

Posted in Liz's Stories

Year End Motorcycle Road Song and Tribute to Dad

by LIz Jansen While driving my car down a popular motorcycle pine-tree-lined road a few years ago, Jim Croce’s I’ve Got a Name came over the radio. The lyrics sang a custom fit to my time and place in life. Now

Posted in Adventure, Personal Growth

Celebrate the Return of Light with Peace

by Liz Jansen Today we celebrate the return of the light in the northern hemisphere. For tens of thousands of years, people around the world have celebrated this sacred and auspicious time. Tonight I’ll celebrate with a contemplative lantern walk

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How to Find Your Voice — and What to Do When You Hear It

by Liz Jansen Two weeks ago inexplicable phone glitches interrupted a regular session with my spiritual teacher. During our time, the line went silent five or six times. I’d notice when my words didn’t elicit a response. She’d try calling

Posted in Personal Growth

How to Make the Most of Every Day — and Why

by Liz Jansen Every morning I start the day with a prayer and intention to make the most of every day. I’ve done it for years. In the evening when I look back at the day, the results are always

Posted in Personal Growth

Power and Resistance: Moving Beyond Fear to Action

by Liz Jansen I debated on whether or not I should publish this post. On the one hand, I felt drawn to write it as a follow up to a previous post. On the other hand, I felt resistance. Seriously!

Posted in Personal Growth

Learning to Express Gratitude in the Everyday

by Liz Jansen Expressing gratitude was an engrained practice in my family. Every day, my grandfather gave thanks to God for being able to live in a land of freedom and peace. Even during years of poverty and hardship, prayers

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Managing the Friction Zone — Life Lessons from Motorcycles

by Liz Jansen Owning our power is one of life’s biggest challenges. Learning to use our energy without wasting it takes practice, persistence, and self-compassion. Like riding a motorcycle, we all have a friction zone. It’s recognizable as that area

Posted in Life Lessons from Motorcycles

The First Motorcycle Trip of the Season That Wasn’t

by Liz Jansen It was meant to be my first motorcycle trip of the season. Instead I’m doing it in a Nissan Note. The more successful outcome is that wisdom and pragmatism prevailed in an emotional situation. Eight years ago,

Posted in Adventure

Changing the Story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

by Liz Jansen Imagine my surprise when I walked into the back yard recently and discovered new denizens had taken positions around the gardens. Snow White and five of the seven dwarfs must have entered through the opening in the

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