A psychotherapist, music fiend and aspiring world traveler with penchants for learning and laughter. A daydreamer extraordinaire and survivor of six Chicago winters. I am from San Francisco, spent a six year hiatus in the windy city and recently transplanted back to San Diego, which will always feel like home. A complex character and Rare Bird who hopes to inspire others to be so.

This blog is a gathering of tidbits on psychology, music, art, science, food and fashion. It is intended to inform, inspire, illuminate and to keep me from fidgeting.




I believe in listening, learning and growing. I believe that each of us has something exceptional to offer and that we are more alike than we are different. I believe in creativity and curiosity. I believe in science. I believe in culture and experience. I believe in the absurd. I believe that you mustn’t take yourself too seriously. I believe in the resilience of the human spirit. I believe in laughing until you cry and crying until you laugh. I believe in being a Rare Bird.


"It's time to walk about it"

This was the slogan for the 3rd annual walk for Eating Disorder Awareness in Seattle, put on by NEDA, the National Eating Disorder Association.

On behalf of Timberline Knolls, I was able to sponsor this walk for the second year in a row. It is always such an inspiring and beautiful experience. Having worked with clients suffering from eating disorders, I know too well how dangerous and painful the disease can be and it feels so wonderful to be surrounded by people fighting to raise awareness and funding for a disorder so poorly recognized by our federal government.

In the United States, as many as 10 million females and 1 million males are fighting a life and death battle with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia. Millions more are struggling with binge eating, a disorder yet to be recognized in the DSM-IV, the so-called 'bible' for mental disorders.

Word on the street is that it will be recognized in the next revision.

Chances are, either you or someone close to you has had issues surrounding food and/or body image, at least on a sub-clinical level. As the alternate NEDA slogan goes, "It's time to talk about it".

In spite of the unprecedented growth of eating disorders in the past two decades, eating disorders research continues to be under-funded, insurance coverage for treatment is inadequate, and societal pressures to be thin remain rampant.

I am so proud to be able to partner with NEDA and grateful for their mission. If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder or issues related to body image, please utilize the treatment resource tabs on the side bar and seek help.

I caught a shot of a ladybug resting on my Luna bar. Kinda magical.

Feel free to email me directly as well! There is no need to live inside of the cage of an eating disorder.

Help and hope is out there for the taking.

If you'd like to help support the mission along with NEDA, take a peek at their website and locate a walk in your area!

 I feel like I should be giving them the thank you card!


Oh My Oh Land.

"My goal is to sound like I'm from 2050 but still feel really classic, like the music is an old friend".

-Oh Land, via I Listen to Everything

Love this woman.

Nanna Oland Fabricius, aka 'Oh Land', hails from Copenhagen and is currently dominating my playlist(s).

If you are a fan of Florence and the Machine and Lykke Li, then you shall love her as well.

Think pretty electro-pop.


S.A.D. in Seattle

I travel to Seattle a bit for work and, well, it rains here. A lot. A lot a lot.

Such a gorgeous part of the country despite this fact.

I need to track down this happy-making umbrella for my next trip!!

Perhaps it will help with my  very sad case of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a condition characterized by recurrent episodes of depression (related to both weather and time of year) with normal or elevated moods throughout the rest of the year. Cases are generally reported in the late fall and winter months and present with characteristics such as daytime fatigue, oversleeping, carbohydrate craving (PIZZA for every meal please!!) and social withdrawal.

Both light therapy and antidepressants are common treatment approaches for S.A.D.

I think I'd rather just try this outrageously oversized floral umbrella...and some more pizza.

I think I could pull it off. 

And of course the day I leave Chicago it hits 75 and the sun is shining!

Damn weather.

Me need sunshine!


My latest obsession.

I've been super into fashion ilustration for a while now and I have discovered the best of the best.

Kelly Smith is a freelance fashion illustrator working out of Tasmania, Australia.

Her work has appeared in countless international publications.

She. Is. So. Incredibly. Talented!!




Amazing stuff, right?

She's offering 20% off all work in her Etsy store throughout the month of May!

All images via Kelly Smith, birdy and me







For when you're feeling frisky:

Loving this jam.

Makes me wanna strap on some shiny leggings, kitten heels and get my shimmy on!

Sister's got some moves..


Fireplaces as Bookcases

Because why on earth not?

My home actually feels a bit like a library. I have so many books lying around that I may actually need to utilize this idea solely for the conservation of space. 

So clever.

images via decor pad

"We read to know that we are not alone."

-C.S. Lewis



An almost too Sweet Disposition.

This is too pretty.

I love Ellie Goulding. I have had her album 'Lights' on repeat for months now and figure it needs a rest (if you don't yet own this album, purchase immediately).

Now I can't stop listening to this Temper Trap cover. Her voice is like honey.

A self-confessed loner, Goulding has stated that she was prone to anxiety and  suffered panic attacks in her teens. 

She believes that her insecurities have helped her to stay grounded while also providing song-writing inspiration.

"I try to avoid negative thoughts to prevent myself from getting anxious. At the same time, I have to put myself in a dark, negative place to write songs.

It's a contradiction I've learned to live with."

Goulding has sold over a half a million copies of 'Lights' since its release in March 2010.

She also earned the title of bestselling debut artist of the year in the U.K. while also landing the Critics’ Choice Award at the 2010 Brit Awards.

Whichever dark and negative mental spaces she is entering when writing her lyrics, I hope she stays in them.

This lovely lady is doing something very, very right.


Currently Reading:

“To be an artist is to see what others can not”-Patti Smith

 A story of love and self-exploration amid the 1960's New York art subculture. The stuff of legends.

I'm finding nearly every sentence both intimate and awe inspiring.

Sharpen your No. 2's as there is lots to be underlined in here.

"The thrill of the battle between good and evil attracted him, perhaps because it mirrored his interior conflict, and revealed a line that he might yet need to cross."

  -Patti on celebrated photographer and lover, Robert Mapelthorpe.


This woman is oh so talented.



Three cheers for color blocking!

I have always been a purposeful mis-matcher and recipient of the seemingly backwards compliment, "I would never have put that together, but it looks good on you!"

These 'compliments' are often following perplexed stares and totally uncomfortable once-overs so I have never quite known how to take them.

It excites me to see that mis-match-iness now has its very own fancy design term and the respect it deserves.



I like Bob best when he's moody.


An interesting Canadian study measured lyrics for Bob Dylan's songs between 1962 and 2001 (close to 100,000 words) scoring with the help of the Dictionary of Affect in Language (Whissell, 2006). The study measured means for Pleasantness, Activation, and Imagery.

Emotional fluctuations included in Bob Dylan's lyrics accompanied events and phases in his life.

Nothing groundbreaking but a cool look at the important role of emotions and moods in lyrics.

And, um, how does one land a gig rocking out to painstakingly examining Dylan lyrics for countless hours on end in the name of psych research?

I think I could handle that.

Full research article here: