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Healing Cycles

A familiar cycle has appeared in my life since cancer: weeks come where life is exciting, body feels energetic and the future looks so sweet. I’m so happy in these times and can see all the gifts that cancer has brought to my life; new outlook on life, new friends and a deep respect for […]

A Safe Place

Last (month) was the last in a series of four Expressive Writing for Healing classes at Wellness Within in Roseville. It is an amazing healing place that I have immersed myself in over the past few weeks. Taking advantage of this time, after most of my active treatment is past and my body engages in the […]

Redifining My Life

It all started six years ago, my optometrist found a spot on my eye after I started seeing flashes or flickers of light. He sent me to an ophthalmologist who told me it could be one of three things – a bundle of blood vessels, a freckle/birthmark or melanoma. He emphasized the later but also […]

Humble Holiday

Short days, cold wet weather, lots to do and heaps of added responsibilities … as if there wasn’t enough on your plate already! December and the run up to the holidays is crazy time, let’s face it. All the more important to keep your calm, find your breath, and laugh at the world going nuts […]

Music & Motion

Ready? Set. Dance! My heart speeds up whenever I hear music. Whether it’s a popular song on the radio, an acoustic guitar player at a café, or the raucous made-up songs my husband belts our while cooking dinner…the beat, the rhythms, and the melodies instantly makes my heart lighten up and my soul come alive! […]

Following Happiness

First comes love…then comes marriage…then comes a baby in a carriage! That phrase loops in my head as I look at my work calendar. Engagement session here, wedding there, newborn session later. It really is a continuous cycle of excitement! As a photographer I have the wondrous opportunity to capture the story of families. I […]

The best horrible thing to happen to me.

March is my Cancer Anniversary month.  March puts me in a funk.  I was diagnosed with breast cancer thirteen years ago.  It may seem ridiculous that it took me that long to realize why I hate March. Most of the year I don’t spend much time thinking about it.  I have moved on. I am […]

Sandy Burgner, Yoga Instructor

Yoga has been an active part of Sandy’s life for the past 13 years.  In years past, as a stay at home mom, she initially found yoga on PBS with “Lilias, Yoga and You” programs.  Currently, she is a certified, registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. She received specialized yoga instruction from Exclusive Yoga in […]

The Side Effect Tango

“I have attended a few events at Wellness Within and I admire the work you do. I’m currently getting chemotherapy, and the side effects are tough to take, as I’m sure you know… I’m experiencing some recovery (especially from the cancer). One area of recovery has been in my creativity.” The Side Effect Tango Sometimes […]

Jaymie ‘Pyxie’ Smith

We can’t stop squirming in our chairs with excitement; Jaymie ‘Pyxie’ Smith has joined our staff in the Expressive Arts department! Pxyie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and has kicked cancer in the tush with the same gusto that she puts into her work. Always looking for the positive side in everything, she […]