Gem Adventures Part 1

 Yesterday was a gorgeous day to go gem-hunting in North Carolina! For mid-November, 70 degrees and sunshine is only in a dream, for this Ohio native.Since I have been really interested in the healing benefits of gemstones and minerals, I wanted to go find some out in nature.Fun Fact:Did you know that North Carolina is the only location in North America that you can find emeralds?! NC is the proud supplier of 300+ gemstones and minerals!...more

Pain and healing

Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you — all of the expectations, all of the beliefs — and becoming who you are.~ Rachel Naomi Remen“What are you going to be like when you grow old like me?” my grandmother asked me one day when I said I was too tired to go outside and play.“Why, I’ll be turning cartwheels, Grandma!  I’m not going to get old,” I replied with the surety of youth. ...more

From my book, Enfolded in Silence/A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in Childhood

 "The road to healing is a difficult and arduous one. It takes time. But on the other side, there is life"f  from Enfolded in Silence by Barbara Hughes...more

God Says "Duh" To Me

Half a year after Richard died, I visited San Francisco for the first time with my sister, Gay, and our sister-in-law, Beth.  Gay was there for a conference.  Beth and I were there to stay at the Palace Hotel on someone else's expense account.  Man, they have plush robes at that hotel. Nicest robe I ever almost stole.  Also a sauna, town cars at your disposal, a brunch buffet with everything from sushi to crepes, a concierge every 20 feet.  We were living high on the hog that week....more

New book released about healing from child sexual abuse using art

Barbara HughesNEW BOOK RELEASED TODAYBarbara Hughes' book,  Enfolded in Silence/ A Story in Art of Healing from Sexual Trauma in Childhood is a book of paintings. poetry and narrative that tells the story of healing from child sexual abuse. It contains also a manual of things that helped me heal.Praise for Enfolded in Silence:...more

Leap of Faith

When this 17 year- old of mine was born, I was expecting a healthy bundle of joy. No one mentions the possibility  that the bundle of joy you are about to bring into this world may bring you unspeakable sadness. And certainly no one tells you that the healthy baby you have carried for 9 months will not be breathing when she is born.  I can’t begin to describe the helplessness of listening for that first cry, and hearing – nothing. watching your newborn being whisked away to some unknown part of the hospital to be hooked up to machines that would breathe for her....more
Thanks for your kind thoughts. This strong young woman surprises me daily, and I look forward to ...more

Fire Wife Life Series - I Have Anticipatory Grief

I have anticipatory grief....more

How Clean Eating Changed My Life

Over the years, I have tried different diets and eating lifestyles. However, so far, clean eating has been the most beneficial lifestyle. I was a vegetarian for two years after graduating college, which may have seemed healthy. But, when I was a vegetarian, I was still eating some processed and refined foods minus meat and fish....more

How Leaning Into Joy Can Save Your Life

Recently, I was blessed to be able to spend an hour on the phone with my shero and mentor Brené Brown, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Daring Greatly. We had so much giddy fun on our teleclass about the intersection of vulnerability and health, how shame is lethal, and how daring greatly and practicing mind over medicine helps you heal....more

Solve the Problem In Your Own Time

It is terrific to learn that life will get better even though the it may take time. The modern world in which we live often moves quickly from one event to the next. However, some of the most important things in life have to be lived, dealt with and handled slowly, carefully and cannot be rushed. I have learned over the course of time that when a big problem or bad situation happens there are several steps that I go through:...more