Newsletter: In Silence There Is Time For Reflection.

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Soul Story (noun / sohl sto•ry) A feeling or thought that inspires me. Please keep reading and listen to a recent Soul Story, a moment from a few weeks ago. It felt fitting to share it today. My intention was to go for a walk, and that didn’t happen. (Does just wearing workout clothes count?). I felt a bit blah–physically, emotionally, mentally. Can you relate? It’s almost like a holiday high while my house was full with family, food, fun, and connection. Now it’s quiet. Our dogs even seem mellow. And in that silent space is time for reflection. I love the month of December. … Read More

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Newsletter: How Do You Grieve If You Don’t Love?

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Gratitude seems to be a buzz word. It’s one of the most frequently used adjectives across platforms and in daily conversations. I’ve noticed it especially during Thanksgiving and other holidays. My hope is that with increased use of the word there will be a greater, collective awareness. That it won’t only be used to express joy for the good things in our lives, but for the tough and tender parts as well. For expectations that have or have not been met. For love that’s been lost. For people in our lives that we let go of and choose to love from afar.  Can we experience and live with gratitude without … Read More

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Newsletter: A Magical Memory

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I hope you had a meaningful Thanksgiving. This can be a tough time as we enter the holiday season. A time of paradoxical emotions. Gratitude and grief. Joy and pain. Celebration and contemplation. All the feels. As we begin the last month of 2021 (someone tell me how this is possible?!), I’ve been reminiscing and reflecting. A few months ago, I had an opportunity to meander around the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts. Eight amazing, musical summers in which I sang, danced, wrote, and most of all, connected with other young souls.  I walked by this grassy space I hadn’t thought about in … Read More

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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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Newsletter: Real Talk In Real Time

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I’m grateful to those who have trusted me to share their stories. It’s been an honor and privilege to do so. Each person, each story, each time is sprinkled with surprises. When I was a journalist years ago and now during the podcasts I host.  Speaking our truth not only sets us free. But it fosters connection and compassion. And it affirms that no matter what our trials, triumphs, and moments in between, we are not alone.  The latest Every Soul Has a Story podcast episodes, infused with positivity, humor, and depth, have lingered with me long after the conversations ended. And … Read More

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Newsletter: Where Do You Seek Solace?

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Dara Levan Vermont Recreation Path 2021

Revise. Edit. Tweak. Overthink. Write. Excavate. Repeat. I love being in the flow. It’s tough to step away. Yet when I do, much becomes clear.  How was your week? I couldn’t center myself after hours of writing. Weird, too, because I write to process, connect, and sift through emotions. When I get into a creative flow, I go somewhere else. Like a different dimension in which I let go. But this time, it wasn’t that sort of floaty feeling. It was something different that I couldn’t quite identify. Rather than a release or a whoosh of inspiration, I felt jumpy … Read More

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Newsletter: Sensing A Presence.

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Rocky Dog by Dara Levan

I thought I was doing well. I walked into the laundry room and didn’t have a meltdown. I drove past the vet’s office, instead of choosing intentional detours.  No more suffering. No more meds. No more middle of the night trips to the animal hospital. I felt a sense of peace when we said goodbye to Rocky in August. Then Thursday night barreled over me. A sudden sorrow that triggered a trail of tears. What the actual fill in the expletive! My husband and I snuggled on the couch, watching “The Morning Show.” I don’t even think there’s a dog, heck, any … Read More

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