Author: lizjansen
Healer, author, and motorcycle aficionado Liz Jansen combines her artistic mediums to create stories that inspire readers to embark on their own journey of self-discovery. No helmet or jacket required.

Celebrate Life and Party Like It’s 1999!

I’m not a party animal but Prince’s Party Like It’s 1999 keeps playing through my mind. Why now? Written in 1982 it impelled listeners to let go and revel because why not? The world was ending in 2000. There were

Porcupine Wisdom and Speeding Through Life

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The irony of last week’s blog title, Caught Speeding, only dawned on me yesterday. It’s not the first time I’ve been caught this year. But it was an unexpected encounter with porcupine wisdom that made the lesson stick. In January,

Caught Speeding: Traveling Through Life at 65

As of yesterday, I’ve walked this earth sixty-five years! Without question, it’s the most significant milestone ever. It beats turning fifty, a year into my new life as a self-employed single person. Half a lifetime of trying to adapt to

Dancing on the Edge of Comfort—Without Crashing

Sunshine, blue skies, and mid-70s-breezes embraced me as I set off for home from the Horizons Unlimited Travellers meeting in Virginia last Sunday. Perfect riding weather belied that I’d be dancing on the edge of comfort before long. I’d taken

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What’s in A Name? Five Women Called Elizabeth Jansen

A recent social event included a few people I hadn’t met. “This is Liz Jansen,” said the host, introducing me to a woman sitting at the end of a sofa. “Ah, Jansen,” she said. “Danish!” “Right.” Names tell us much

How We Can Learn About Joyful Living from the Dying

joyful living

Death has been on my mind a lot lately. Not because I sense mine is imminent, but it’s all around. And it’s teaching me about joyful living. Last week I attended a celebration of life for friends’ thirty-five-year-old daughter. Earlier

10 Spring Motorcycle Hazards and What to Do About Them

spring motorcycle hazards

Updated from: March 12, 2013 As eager as we are to get out for the first ride of the season, it’s important to prepare for unique spring motorcycle hazards. Trudy and I went for our first ride last week. It

Signs of Spring Bring Out Signs of Dad

Signs of Spring

Dad always farmed, his life revolving around the seasons. Only in winter, when nature hibernated, did the frenzy ease. That’s when he pruned his orchards, removing what was necessary to keep fruit trees strong and bearing as much as possible.

Bookkeeping, Spring, and Signs of Awakening

signs of awakening

My journey described in Crash Landing did not end with the last chapter. It continues to unfold and if anything, the pace has picked up. Always, there are lessons, reminders, and events that initiate reorganization, rework, and refining of life

Building a Better World: Gender Equality is a Start

A balanced world is a better world. That’s the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day being commemorated today. The organizers ask us to celebrate women’s achievement, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality to “forge a more