Out of everything there is to fear,
why fear your true self?
Ever feel like there’s a happier, truer version of you? One that’s energized, grateful, and living in harmony with absolutely everything?
You know it’s in there. You’ve felt it.
That little idea. The curiosity. That warm feeling you get when you’re in the present.
There’s a gentleness there. A kindness.
You willingly let go of the past, release your fears, and applaud yourself for the progress you’ve made on your path.
It’s liberating. Only, you don’t know how to hold onto it.
Listen closely, Dear One.
Right now, you have access to an unlimited supply of peace.
The kind of joyful, steady peace you can dip your toes into on a hot summer day.
In this moment, you can have the fresh air of freedom, like opening all the windows and letting the light pour in.
Whenever you want, you can summon the strength that rolls through the sky like thunder.
And helping sensitive spirits find it is exactly what I do.
Here’s how I did it.
Hi, I’m Leslie, and compassion is my passion. Over the last 15 years, I’ve immersed myself in all things healing – from positive psychology to spiritual growth, and everything in between. In my work as a psychologist, my writing, and my art, I help sensitive spirits fill their hearts with peace and love themselves for life.
My writing has been featured in major sites like Tiny Buddha, Positively Positive, and Mind Body Green. I’m also the author of There, I Might Find Peace, poetry and meditations for peace, love, and strength.
When I started this journey of healing, I just wanted to fix myself. I was always too much of one thing, too little of another. (Why couldn’t I just be normal?)
I spent so much energy on being good enough before. But try as I might, all I did was make me disappear. I couldn’t have told you what I liked much less who I was. I didn’t feel whole or happy.
I was “fine,” but I wasn’t free.
Over the years, I’ve practiced journaling, yoga, and meditation (and mindfulness and gratitude and optimism and self-compassion). I’ve read every kind of self-help book I could find, from attachment theory to vibrational alignment. I’ve visualized my best possible self, taken a picture a day to finally see the beauty around me, and looked for signs that the universe is listening.
I’ve learned a lot along the way, but the single most important thing I discovered was this:
Today, I know without a doubt there’s something in me worth nurturing. Just like I know there’s something in you (without a doubt).
It’s the spark of hope when you fail, that steady conviction when no one gets what you’re doing, the reliable breath that anchors you to the truth of who you are.
Through trial and error, I’ve learned that when you find a little spark like that, you have to let it grow, and that takes intention. Attention. S p a c e. It means loving the part of me that’s scared, even when I’ve lost trust in myself and offering whatever I have to feed that little idea, even when it feels like I’m so far from where I want to be.
This is my wish for us all:
That we all come back to the part that sees, the part that knows, the part that radiates love.
That we can nurture the feeling of hope and belief in ourselves and then share that with the world. My wish is that we all come back home, thoughtful, intentional, and overflowing with all that we’ve been seeking.
Welcome to my little corner of the universe.
May this space be a sanctuary from the things that bring you down, down, down. And may it fill your heart with peace.
Simply must know more? Here are a few fun facts:
When I’m not writing or drawing, you can find me devising kitchen table science experiments, taking magical family photos, and getting lost in my favorite tv soundtracks.
The clarinet was my first true love. I majored in clarinet performance at Vanderbilt University. Back then, the opera pit was easily my favorite place to be.
When I was little, I wanted to be a professional figure skater. Debbie Thomas = my hero. (And when I wasn’t pretending to be her, I was practicing my Tiffany, Martika, and Debbie Gibson routines – on roller skates! It was most excellent.)
I guess there’s always been a spark in me – I just had to give myself permission to find it. Isn’t it time you found yours?
YES! I WANT TO FIND THE PEACE INSIDE ME.
Give me the Ritual for Receiving.