Newsletter: The Good, The Grief, And The Space Between.

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I didn’t understand as a young girl what “living with gratitude” meant. Did any of us? As I reflect on the good, the grief, and space between, gratitude has been a constant. No wonder Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. (The food is also decadent, delish, and utterly divine.) For me, gratitude isn’t just a one day feast or buzz word. It’s a daily practice and perspective. And it’s been challenging this year in epic ways. I am sharing this photo today for a reason. It’s not a random selfie, but rather a snapshot of a recent moment in which … Read More

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Newsletter: Wrapped In My Grandma’s Shawl

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Does your body respond and react to what stirs within your soul? Sometimes when I process emotions – I was tweaking a few tough, tender scenes in my book – I get cold. Freezing. And it’s barely below 80 degrees here in Fort Lauderdale. I don’t know why that happens. So I had a nudge to grab something that I have never worn.  This was my grandmother’s – actually my husband’s grandmother – who was like a mother to me. (video below). I miss her every day. She lived to be 98, and I am so grateful she was in my … Read More

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Newsletter: I Reminisced, I Cried, I Remembered.

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Today’s SOUL STORY (below) is inspired by my visit to a place nestled in the woods. A space that shaped my life as a creative and human being. Musical. Memorable. Eight life-changing summers at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. To stroll amongst the pines, during a season I had never experienced here, was soul stirring. Nature’s wind section blew through a rainbow of fluttering fall leaves. I reminisced. I cried. I remembered. I walked these same steps behind the stage in which I’d performed in operettas, choir, and dance. And salty, liquid memories trickled down my chilly cheeks. Interlochen indelibly impacted who I am … Read More

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Mom’s Don’t Have Time To Write: I Needed to Get Back to Caring for Myself, but First I Needed to Get Out of My Pajamas

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Can you believe I hadn’t had a proper pedicure in eighteen months? No joke. I deemed manicures and pedicures a luxury that I couldn’t indulge right now. Who has time to sit, sip, schmooze, and soak when we are all just trying to survive? But as I have grown into motherhood and my late 40s, I’m realizing that pausing is self-care. It’s self-love. It’s self-nurturing. Don’t we need that now more than ever? Cracked, painful feet and jagged toenails didn’t fuel this revelation. My husband did. Before I share what he said, let me be clear that I live with … Read More

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