Of course, I’m not truly homeless, but that’s certainly the feeling I’ve had of late. Check out Karen Bishop’s latest update to get more in-depth information on this, especially if you’re also feeling this way.

It’s a new moon today (pacific time, that means yesterday as I write this) – which often means new energy and bringing new, great stuff in. In fact, the angel card I pulled this morning was “New Opportunity” – so all signs definitely point in that direction.

But, back to the homelessness, or at least the feeling of such. Kauai is beautiful and in just 4 short months I accomplished what I came here to do. I have a solid feeling that this isn’t my spot, but no place else feels right either. I love the Oregon Coast (I’ve had a “condo on the Oregon Coast” on my intention list for about 7 years now!) and moving there would certainly put me close to my family (my sister is having a baby!) and within close proximity to my small, yet powerful group of soul friends. However, it doesn’t feel right to step into that just yet either.

So, here I wait. For a sign. For a nudge, for the knowing. Karen Bishop says it’s coming, my intuition says it is as well, but my mind and ego are in a hurry. They would really like me to make a decision NOW. They want to know what my plan is and where I am going.

The trouble is, I simply don’t know. And my ego/mind HATES not knowing! But, during my meditation today I surfaced with the resolve that I will not make a move of any kind until I do know. This is, of course, totally counter to how I had been living my life – following my head and going at a break-neck pace. I love the slower pace of my life, the warmth, the ocean and my tan. 🙂 But Kauai is odd and simply a place of growth for me. I’ve started a deep healing journey here and finished my first poetry book (out this summer – turning final edits into my publisher this week!). In addition, I’m writing more poetry than ever before – it flows out of me effortlessly. I feel more connected and centered than I have – ever – in my entire life.

At the same time, I feel a shift coming soon. My dreams are vivid and often leave me clues. During a recent healing session, I received guidance to bring greater transparency to a couple of my relationships – the next night I had a detailed dream as to how that transparency should come about. I’m journaling, meditating, walking, stretching, processing, asking, crying, getting angry and then writing some more and doing the whole process over again. I’m cleaning things up, shining light on areas within myself I had avoided or simply hadn’t the time for. It is a fascinating process, and when I look at it like this – from a detached, objective point of view – it seems rather beautiful. At times, I’m deeply connected to this beauty, other times I’m so irritated with the slowness of things, I can barely stand it. 🙂

And so, I continue to write, while I wait.
Below is a poem I wrote (And I really shouldn’t say “I” wrote it – the words just start tumbling out of me and I have to scramble to get pen to paper to capture it. I can’t even tell you if what I write is true poetry – it simply comes out and I write it down.) the other night – at Brennecke beach while the sun went down:

Island

On an island
in the middle of
the Pacific

I am alone.

The beach stretches for miles
The ocean lays out as far as the eye can see

Yet, there is only me here.

Darkness has fallen
The couples, kids and families
are safely tucked
away

Only I remain
to write
to feel
to ask
and to receive.

I thought myself an island
But then, I came here
and realized that no one person
can ever be an island,
no one person can ever sustain
all alone in the darkness.

So, I pack up my journal, pen and books
Blow a kiss to the butterflies and palm trees
And I head home
to an ocean that is not an island
to a place where I no longer have to
pretend to be one.

It is time
Time to heal what
has not been lost
Open myself up –
wide and free,
Just like the mainland.

© 2009 Heather Strang
All rights reserved.

Happy Writing and Much Love to YOU!
xo

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Sorry for the delay folks – I had company in town last weekend.

Here is a great chocolate recipe – it’s a rich, decadent fix for chocolate cravings and with the agave nectar – won’t spike your blood sugar. Also, I often double this recipe for a thicker chocolate bar. Enjoy!

1/2 c coconut oil
1/2 c agave nectar
1/2 c organic cacao powder (carob powder would work too)
1 t vanilla extract
1/4 c chopped almonds (walnuts, pecans – or any nut you prefer) – optional
1/4 c shredded coconut (unsweetened) – optional

Blend all ingredients in food processor or blender until mixture is smooth, except for almond chunks. Pour into an 8×8 pan or round cake pan. Put in freezer for 1.5 hours or until set. Keep in freezer and cut bars out as needed.

Happy Eating!
Heather 🙂

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I’m a cookie girl.
If I bake a batch, I have to immediately give them all away or I’ll eat them. All.

Nana’s cookies are no exception. Their chocolate cookie is ginormous and is pretty heavy on calories and carbs…regardless of the gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free goods. And so, Nana’s cookie bites give me the best of both worlds – lower calories and no gluten/dairy/sugar.

Check out the ginger spice flavor – A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
The Fudge isn’t too bad either.

For 130 calories, and all of my food requirements, Nana’s cookie bites are a great treat.
Just don’t eat all of them. 🙂

Happy Eating!
-Heather

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I’m going to the Kauai Vegetarian Society’s monthly potluck tomorrow and in honor, made this vegan and raw apple pie. I’m adapted the recipe from one found online by John Kohler. Feel free to adapt and make it work for you!

Crust:
1 1/2 c sunflower seeds
3/4 c raisins
1 T raw cocoa powder

Process until finely ground and sticks together. Press into 9″ pie pan until smooth and flat.

Filling:
3 medium sized Granny Smith apples, cored and chopped into small pieces
3/4 c raw agave nectar
1 T cinnamon
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
shredded coconut (for topping)

Mix all filling ingredients together in a bowl. Pour filling onto crust and smooth with a spoon.

Sprinkle shredded coconut all over top of pie. You can also sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top of coconut as well.

Place in the freezer or fridge for an hour before eating.
Enjoy!

Happy Eating!

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I tried to get this to publish all day yesterday and today. Sorry folks! But here’s the anti-climatic last poem for National Poetry Month. xo

Sleep No More

4:30am on a
Thursday morning.
Sound asleep
Until
A scratch on
My arm.
A nightmare
flits through my
head.
I fling it across the room
Suddenly awake,
screaming.
COCKROACH!

ON MY ARM!

IN BED!

No more sleep
for me.
Tossing,
turning
planning my return to
Oregon.
Where there are no
COCKROACHES.

© 2009 Heather Strang
All rights reserved.


Today marks the end of NaPoWriMo. 🙁
I can’t believe I wrote a poem, almost every day of the month. Almost.
It was fun, although challenging and I think I actually wrote some good ones.

I’m going back to my regular one week blog schedule to write about my journey in the tropics (which as you can see from above, took a dramatic turn for the worse), my writing and anything else that is on my mind.

I’m such an Oregon girl. Damn!

Much love,
Heather 🙂

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Friends Among Strangers

Peace
Washed over me
Gently, gracefully
As your story unfolded
It was sad, but rang so true
I felt the comfort of friends
Even among strangers
Here, in this strange place
I discovered my truth
The truth I had searched for
My entire life
Right before my very eyes
In the eyes of strangers
Who are now friends
Every ache, ounce of pain
And misery was confirmed,
Understood and acknowledged
My entire life made sense
And peace,
Peace was my
only emotion.

© 2009 Heather Strang
All rights reserved.

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Words

It escapes me
mid-thought
I ask it to wait
just give me time
to find a pen
or something to write on.
But, it doesn’t care
I can be driving
In a meeting
Or in the midst of dispensing advice
and there it will be.
The words, the sweet words
for this blog, for a book
for an article.
There’s no stopping this flood
of words.
They do not have any particular
concern about my whereabouts
or the location of a writing utensil,
they simply bust out and,
I am lucky to catch any of them
at all.
I will recite the first line over and
over hoping to cement it into my
memory.
Sometimes it works,
Sometimes it doesn’t.
And then I am left with a feeling
a feeling that something beautiful
passed through me
something of note.
It’s on the tip of my tongue.
I lay my head in my hands
and beg it
to come back.

© 2009 Heather Strang
All rights reserved.

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Some Days

Some days are meant for this
For snuggling on the couch
For forgetting there’s any work to be done

Some days are meant for lounging
Quietly by the pool
Sun caressing the plants, trees and skin

Some days are meant for creating
All alone, in the zone
Cookies, poems and news articles

Some days are meant for love
With a stranger, a good friend or a partner
Smiling, laughing and lingering on

Some days are simply meant to be.

© 2009 Heather Strang
All rights reserved.

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Gratitude

And the winner is…

Me.
Figure eights
Oranges
Ocean healing
Meditation on red rocks
Green smoothies
120 lbs
And ginger snaps
For days
Jessie who drives like
a dream
Brown boys who send
shivers up my spine
Sexy dances
Books that inspire
Best friends
Chakra clearing
Garden walks
Sunsets
Organic
For real.
Reality TV
People mag
Endless poetry
Writing from my heart
Fresh avocados
Pineapple
Chickens
Bright, bright sunshine
80 degrees
Rumi
12-steps
Kathy Freston
And
Cooking, cooking, cooking.
Waterfalls
Bed & breakfasts
Sleeping in
Naps
Photographs
New, new, new, new.

I am so grateful.

© 2009 Heather Strang
All rights reserved.

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