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Tether-ball Champ

Probably not what you thought you’d see after reading the title of this post, but this furry soul has skills and remains one of my most favorite neighbors. Check it out.

A few years ago a tiny bear cub was found near Lake Tahoe. Half frozen to death there was no sight of Mom and one can only speculate of what happened. The Animal Ark, a non profit wildlife sanctuary was notified and the little cub was taken in. It received the name of L.G. which stands for little girl and little girl was nursed back to health. Growing bigger, oh my….little girl turned out that she was actually a little boy and was renamed to Eli. The initials L.G. still stand but instead they were changed to little guy who has grown into a full sized healthy bear over the years. Today the only reminder of his traumatic time alone in the freezing cold is that he lost the cartilage of his ears. Severe frostbite took its toll, but luckily it has not affected Eli’s ability to hear. He is healthy, beautiful and strong and has been given another chance at life thanks to the Animal Ark.

I visit every year and at his enclosure is usually where you will find me. I could watch him for hours, wishing each time that I could go inside and well yeah give him a great big bear hug. One of his favorite things to do is to play tether-ball and he is self taught. I think he has become quiet good at it, wouldn’t you say?



We are the co-creators of our life and the time is now. More than ever are we needed to support Mother Earth and each other. Together we discover and explore our unique gifts in times of strengths, in times we lean on each other, and in times when we learn from each other. This blog started as an outlet and what I ultimately called my “Warriors Journey.” It was a way to document the ups and downs of my life, sharing my hardships as well as my successes. It showcased the struggles, but more important the ways of how to overcome them. Although we are warriors each and every day, I realized that having to be a warrior, comes from a place of pain. I decided to rename this blog, and “Phoenix Rising” now stands for the story of overcoming such a painful place. My motivation for this blog hasn’t changed and I hope to share inspiration and hope, to create a sense of belonging, a space of being heard, and connecting with like minded beings who instill a sense of oneness. We are never alone, and we are unstoppable in the pursuit of what sets our soul on fire. Who I am in a nutshell... 
I am an energy healer and Reiki Master. I am surviving a chronic disease that I’ve sent into remission three times since my initial bout, 15 years ago. I continuously challenge the status quo and by doing so I change my stars. I am a believer that anything is possible. I am a hopeless romantic and I believe that true love exists on various levels. I am an optimist that will always see the glass as half full. I am a dreamer, believing in endless possibilities. Not even the sky is the limit. I have jumped off of the hamster wheel, and I am writing a new chapter. I am chasing my Nirvana to support my most authentic self. This is my story, I am that Phoenix and I am rising from the ashes. Namaste 🙏🏼💙🦋

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