Listen to/watch some recent interviews:
Ruth is the featured speaker at Open Heart Spiritual Center in Memphis, TN, inspiring folks to decide.
Ruth talks with Erica Harey-Butcher about getting un-stuck and taking action on Catch Good health blogtalkradio.
Ruth joins Janice Plado Dalager and Kim Pottle Hancock on the Middle of Nowhere podcast.
Read an interview with Vicky White of The Spacious Life about life on the road.
For years I coasted through my life. I enjoyed a successful computer training business, went on great beach vacations, sold my mixed media art in galleries. And I engaged in some pretty addictive behaviors to avoid dealing with any real emotions.
Then, in 2007 I underwent emergency open heart surgery to remove a benign tumor in my left atrium. Like any major surgery, it forced me to slow down. Really slow down. I had to let go of what I wished I could be doing and began focusing on what I COULD do: breathing, sitting still, saying thank you. And it forced me to take a close look at my life and ask myself what really mattered.
As I regained my physical strength I was also taking inventory of what was working in my life and what was no longer serving me. I started saying NO to invitations that felt more like obligations. I let go of relationships that drained me. I became acutely aware of the love and support in my life. And, a year later, I let go of those addictive activities.
That first year after the surgery, nothing was the same. I stopped making art. I didn’t even do much writing. I remember sitting a lot, just feeling like I was in a wide open void. While this is typical of heart patients, my biggest fear was that I wasn’t ever going to be creative again.
I had to find new ways to tap into my creative self and discover how I wanted to express myself authentically. And I wanted to do more of my “real work,” even though I didn’t really know what that was. Many of the tools I share with my clients are things that worked for me in those long, empty months as I searched for myself.
Now, ten years later, I am healthy, strong and genuinely happy. I am more grounded in the present moment, not bemoaning the past or living in the future. I show up 100% authentically in my life, with such clarity and presence that I never imagined possible.
I am learning to lean into my vulnerability and actually embrace the gifts of my emotions. And I am bravely following the callings of who I really want to be and how I can best do my life’s work.
Most recently, I have stepped to the edge of everything I know and said yes to a dream I’ve had for more than 20 years: living full-time on the road in a motorhome with my beloved.
You can follow the journey on the Heart Sparks blog.
If you’d like to have me come and engage with your community, club or organization, please email or call me.
If you’re ready to open your heart and claim your biggest dreams (even if you don’t know what they are), I’d love to work with you!
From my heart to yours,