The Specifically Particular Guide to a Wild and Wondrous Life was born out of a difficult season of loss and grief. The dissolution of so many elements that had formed my identity revealed the most meaningful and authentic pieces of my life. I learned to sit with my pain. I learned to live more presently. I learned to heal. Most importantly, I learned to recognize and trust my own voice.
As I moved out of that season, I began to ask myself what mattered most in my life. How did I most want to spend the precious remaining hours, days, and years of it? And how could I cultivate the same wonder and awe that had marked my youth, a time when I was so fully present without consciously trying?
These are some of the questions I explore here. It is a space to learn, grow, and collectively cultivate wonder and awe! Thank you for joining me on this journey!
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My brother used to say, “if you’re going to be particular, you’d better be specific.” I had forgotten how much I loved the phrase until I heard it repeated at his eulogy. I’m not sure it’s meant to be, but I think it’s a profoundly beautiful statement. It grants permission to be particular in your…Keep reading
Dana is a former English teacher, current doctoral student, sometimes writer, and always mother in Charlottesville, VA. Her PhD concentration is Education Policy and Justice, with a focus on the use of mindfulness and trauma-informed interventions to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. Her memoir (un)tethered will be published sometime before she dies.