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FBA Tshirts – Book Tour 2014!

Oh, look! It’s new Flawed but Authentic Tshirts, available for a limited time only, just in time for Heal Something Good‘s debut. Look how cute and how many varieties there are! You can buy them directly from RedBubble. Pre-Orders will get a Tshirt for *FREE!* (Choice of Floral or Plain design. See Details below.) We purchased some of Joe‘s design of the surfing bear California flag last Christmas and I can tell you that the Tshirts from RedBubble are well made and the screen-printing is stellar. Details: The free Tshirts will be done in one bulk order, most likely in…

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Pre-Order Heal Something Good

You guys. I’m oh-so-close to being done with Heal Something Good, the book I’ve been working on for the past three years. This has been a labor of love. My last book, Not Otherwise Specified, was such a deep journey of mental discovery that I would never call it “Light” or “Nurturing.” I mean, the subject matter includes suicide attempts and graphic material. It’s an important book for what it is and I continue to get letters of appreciation from people who have found it helpful on their own journeys, which is why I leave it up and available. But.…

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What I Am

“But, what do you have? What are you?” Oh, right. This is the part where I’m supposed to list all the illnesses and diseases and disorders I’ve collected over my lifetime and use their proper medical terms. This is how we measure each other up, to find out where we fall in the Diagnosis Scale. Are we the same? Are we different? If I told you, would you have an immediate recognition of how I feel right now because you’ve got “IT,” too? Using this shorthand is not meant to be insulting or belittling. It’s meant to cut to the…

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Wedding Shower Couple

Wedding next month. Stay tuned.

I See You

I see you. You’re at that place where you’re realizing that the people around you, those people that maybe love you more than anyone else in the world, those people, they are telling you those things about yourself and it isn’t really you. Maybe it once was. Maybe it was a shadow of you. More likely it was their perception of who you were, their version of you after they took the pieces and assembled them so they fit inside them easily, in their own system. But maybe, to be fair, it’s a completely accurate image of you then. Then.…

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Alta Vista Gardens

Today I went to Alta Vista Gardens with my friend, Debbie Friedrich. I brought an In-n-Out cheeseburger, protein-style, for my picnic lunch because that’s how I picnic. And then Debbie showed me the gardens. You guys. They are lovely. You should go. Somewhere in the images below there is a self portrait. A frillion dollars if you can spot it. (Debbie took the nice photo of me below. She takes really great photos in general.)

Creatively, Mentally, Fabulous

We’ve heard many times that it’s the crazy ones that are creative and there are studies that may seem to prove such findings. A post came up a few months ago by Scott Barry Kaufman about the link between creativity and Mental Illness. He has a book out called Ungifted, which may tell you without reading the post above what he thinks is true about said link. Here’s a main takeaway: “There are many eminent people without mental illness or harsh early life experiences, and there is very little evidence suggesting that clinical, debilitating mental illness is conducive to productivity…

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3WayDeathMatch – Hello Again

My friends Kelly Wickham and Elan Morgan got on Skype with me the other day. Oh, 3WayDeathMatch, how I’ve missed you. Topics – xojane, philip seymour hoffman and genetics. 3WayDeathMatch Feb_4_2014 from Leah Peterson on Vimeo.

Quick Trip to Seattle

I flew to Seattle over the weekend. It was frosty and cold but the sun was shining and I didn’t take my sunglasses because I didn’t think I’d need them. It was Seattle. But there was the sun waiting for me when I got off the plane, saying hello, welcome, hope you have a good weekend. In the morning, the leaves and grass were tipped in ice and crunched underfoot. My sister was busy scraping ice off the windshield with her credit card and I bent low to take photos of the groundcover. Not helpful in the grand scheme of…

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Birthday Blue Orchids

Turning 43 has just helped reinforce what I felt when I turned 42 – I’m so happy in my 40s. I love it here! My brain works well, my physical body has never been healthier and I no longer worry so much about what other people think about me. That has been a long time coming. For my birthday this year, my daughter, her fiance, my son and my husband all put on a game night in my building’s rec center. Some of my friends and extended family showed up and we hung out and played games. It was completely…

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I’m Bloggin’ in 2014

I’m over at You’re Doing So Great! this year posting about Health and Wellness and doTERRA Essential Oils. The past few years have brought incredible change for me and I’m sharing that journey over there. I hope you come over and hang out with me. I’m leading a journaling group because keeping track of my foods, activities and gratitude made such an impact, I want to help facilitate that change for others. Join us!

Speaking near Salt Lake City on Dec. 19, 2013

I’ll be speaking on healing our bodies and minds holistically in Orem, Utah next week. I’m really excited to share what I’ve learned these past three years. When I started this journey, I had no idea how intricately our mind and bodies were connected and how healing our guts and changing our lifestyles could change how our minds worked and felt. Healing from a chronic illness is no joke and I know many of you struggle with it. If you can make it, I’d love to meet you face to face. Email me for details. xo Photo by Karen Walrond…

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Dogwoods

You guys. Here we have – weird orange cloud cover, flowering Dogwoods, early(EARLY) Spring in San Diego, and date night with my husband. It’s pretty much as good as when you peel an orange and you get those little baby slices in there and you’re all hey! Baby orange slices!

Bus

I took this while on Christmas vacation at our son’s home in San Francisco on my iPhone w/olloclip. Why do the buses and the houses look cooler up there?