Wild Women

Walking isn’t a lost art —

one must, by some means,

get to the garage. 

Evan Esar


It’s a merry time for women from behind, as well as in front of, the camera this holiday season with top grossing movies featuring two female directors and a slew of powerful actresses. I am personally intrigued by Cheryl Strayed’s book turned movie, Wild, because it is not about a woman finding love in another.  It is about a woman finding her Self after great domestic upheaval through a 1,100 mile solitary hike in the woods.

Reese Witherspoon produced and stars in Wild, braving unshaved legs and no makeup. I like that as a mother of teens, she aspires to teach them to be brave and live life fully, with curiosity and love.  That all the things we spend time worrying about are not important.  That we will meet amazing and helpful people in our journey who will love us regardless of the parents we have.  That we will do better than ok if we choose to spend less time tearing ourselves apart and admit that we’re good enough.

As she approaches 40, she admits that in her 20s, she didn’t realize that no one else can make her whole–no relationship, no child, no nothing can make her a happy person.  I admire a woman who mans up to the reality that her happiness is up to her.  That’s wild!

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share what’s wild to you.






© Sharon Birke

201 697 1947



Glamour Portraits of the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother

Holiday Ole!

Some of God’s greatest gifts

are unanswered prayers.

Garth Brooks

Red Rose and Lace by Sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.com

Looking back on 2012, what do you count among your best gifts?  My favorite is the freedom to choose what to put my attention on:  the highs, the lows, the blessings, the lack, the closed doors and the ones I have yet to knock on.  After the unbearable loss of innocents last week, what might be the purpose in the seemingly senseless pain we suffer?  The indomitable human spirit grows even stronger when we ponder: How might we spin pain into gold, transform wounds into wisdom, find courage for forgiveness and compassionate action?

Big questions can overwhelm and healing takes time so for now, thank Goddess for community that helps us embrace our emotions, pick up the pieces and begin to remember that there might be a gift in every experience. To keep our attention on the present and the good we can do in the face of helplessness, a Powerful Goddess recommends the “Elfing” tradition of spreading holiday cheer. Leave a surprise package of goodies at the front door of your friends and family (with a note suggesting they do the same to to others.)  Make the tradition your own by doing someone a kindness unbeknownst to the recipient.

May we see the gifts of 2012 with gratitude no matter what.  May they move us closer to a place of peace, of seeing the wisdom at every turn, of expanding our ability to be gentle with ourselves and present to the people who matter.

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share:

How will I remember 2012 best?

What/Whom did I welcome (back) into my life?

How far did I travel–in miles, in accepting myself and in creating possibilities?

Have the most meaningful of holidays!



Woman in Balcony by Sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.com

Goddess and Roses by Sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.com

Laughing Goddess by Sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.com

Smile and Lace by Sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.com

© Sharon Birke


201 697 1947


Portraits of the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother

Red Dress and Roses by Sharon Birke www.PowerfulGoddess.com


Being Thankful

Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.

Gladys Browyn Stern

For those who don’t care for turkey, how about a more unique fine feathered friend?

While cozying with my daughter in bed this evening, she mused, “I must have done something good in my past life to have the family that I have today.”  How did she get so wise, so young?   I tell her everyday how lucky I am to have her and my thoughts meander to how richly blessed I am by the women who generously share their beauty and stories here, by blog readers who add sunshine to my days with happy comments, by family, friends and clients who support and inspire me in countless ways.    Your praise and appreciation for my art feeds my soul and warms my heart!   THANK YOU deeply, truly, sweetly!



Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share whom you are thankful for.

p.s.  Extra special thanks to a most thoughtful blog fan, Mountain, who shared this poem of gratitude.  They say when you see “Anonymous” or “Author Unknown,” it usually means a woman wrote it.   (And as my daughter likes to add with the drama of suspense learned from mystery theater, “OR IS IT?!”)

Be thankful you don’t already have all that you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

Author Unknown

© Sharon Birke

201 697 1947



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