The Bracelet Slinger Blog

  • Out of the Woods

    There’s this dark forest that I didn’t realize I was in. I didn’t know there was anything else. I’ve been in it my whole life. But I always felt so...
  • Out of the Woods

    There’s this dark forest that I didn’t realize I was in. I didn’t know there was anything else. I’ve been in it my whole life. But I always felt so...
  • Portland ❤️

    The first day I came through Portland, I met a group of Couchsurfers who opened their house up to any and all travelers - offering them a couch, a shower, a kitchen, and lifelong friends. It was the most fearless and open hearted way of life I had ever witnessed or experienced, and never had I felt more welcome in my life. A group of us ran around the city exploring, saying “yes” to everything…
  • The Ledge

    It is the walk along the ledge of my mind when I’m faced with the question, If you only had a little time left with your life, what would you want to be doing with it? I’ve walked this ledge a lot. It’s an excruciating place to be. But it’s at this ledge - the same one I’d leap from to end all the pain - that the leap is made toward something radically new. It’s at this ledge that I’ve jumped off of in order to make bracelets...
  • Lessons of a Little Bird

    I was watching a little bird land on the one shrub out in this beautiful field, and I thought to myself, what makes a bird decide to move? Why bother? What made it come to that bush and what is going to make it leave? And one thought lead to another and I thought about what makes us keep moving on? It’s the energy between good and bad...
  • Lessons of the Desert

    In the most challenging environments, the strongest thrive. When resources are limited and conditions are harsh, everything in the desert becomes efficient with its energy and creates strength, balance, and harmony within itself and the environment - every animal, plant, and even the dirt works together and relies on one another to survive - and together...
  • Unplugged

    My mind is quiet lately, other than a few bursts of pure joy and silliness as I romp around the red dirt of Moab unplugged and free...free from everyone including myself.  I feel fulfilled knowing I have a small group of friends in my corner that understand me and I them, and that has made learning how to trust easy and manageable.  And right...
  • Freedom

    I think about what’s the most stressful thing out here and right now the one thing that comes to mind is the wind. It makes work a bit tedious - strings flying everywhere and the possibility of the table flipping over. But then I think about the stress of society and suddenly the wind seems wonderful to be stressed about. There’s not a damn luxury that society has that is worth the stress and trauma...
  • Society

    Society is one hell of a drug. It feels impossible to have one foot in and one foot out. One drag leads to another drag...and another...and another...and before I know it, I’m worried that I’ll never have enough or be enough...and all of a sudden I’m worried about money and need more of it and contemplating getting a job and stressing myself out about the meaning of life and then morbidly relieved...
  • Ruby

    Ruby’s senses are incredibly sharp. In a split second she knows the facial expressions of everyone on sight, jumps into action as a dog lunges at us, spies a man kneeling in the bushes with a camera, all while maintaining a friendly demeanor and observing the tiniest flowers coming out to bloom. She notices the things that most people are blind...
  • Keep Going

    The healing feels like whiplash between freeze, fight, and flight mode, and clarity.  Coming out of the house of mirrors is like walking into a world with brand new eyes, a new voice, and mind.  Yet, the world is not the same at all as I knew it before.  It’s almost impossible to trust anything and everything touched by society.  Right now it truly feels like I’ve stepped into the zombie apocalypse, and I can’t tell...
  • Fear

    People talk about fear like it’s the antithesis to love. Love’s arch nemesis. Therefore a sign of weakness and something to shame. Everything love is not. But the more I open up these closed doors to my true self, the more I appreciate the fear that powered my amygdala to go into autopilot when my world was crashing and burning around me and...