Thrive Global: From the Womb to the World

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From the Womb to the World by Dara Levan

The wind whipped dust and deposited it on my massive mini-van. I wondered for the umpteenth time why I chose white. The seatbelt seemed tighter today, squeezing me as I approached my destination. I shifted gears, put the car in park, and reached for my purple purse. Then I heard an urgent, unfamiliar voice interrupt the music. It was 9:02 a.m. My stomach tightened. I gripped the wheel. My breathing became shallow and rapid. And I seriously thought I may go into early labor. My clammy, trembling hand dialed his number. “Have you heard the news?” I wailed. “This. Can’t. … Read More

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Peaceful Progress

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We’re only eleven days into the month, and it feels like a decade! During Wednesday Wisdom Live last week, the topic was WE CAN ____. Thank you to all who joined me to fill in the blank. I appreciate each of you. We can love, learn, grow, change, and unite. But how can we coexist and accept until we first listen to each other?  Click here to watch Wednesday Wisdom Live from June 3rd I shared that. as Nelson Mandela expressed, hate is learned. So why can’t we teach our children, friends, neighbors, and others to love? We also talked about the importance … Read More

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Judgment: From Corona Shaming to Compassion

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May 21, 2020 It is mind-bending how one word has intense, widespread meaning. Words have always mattered to me. Whether written or spoken, the words we choose can heal, harm, or hurt. Living and just existing lately has been a wacky, unpredictable ride. It is exhausting and nerve-wracking to navigate this “new normal.” Well, speaking of language, what on earth IS normal anyway? If you have the answer, kindly let me know! The word that’s flitting around my head incessantly is judgment. It’s like a pesky, persistent gnat on a humid Florida afternoon. It will not quit. It will not … Read More

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Mother. A Complete Sentence.

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A light, brief, and unfamiliar twinge tickled my belly. The first few times, I thought I’d imagined this fluttering sensation. As the months passed, I understood this was the movement of life growing inside of me. What once felt like the flapping of butterfly wings morphed to kicks and pokes. I couldn’t wait to be a mother. My firstborn, Todd, arrived in early April. When I became pregnant with Zoe, I eagerly awaited that first sign of her existence. Even as a young girl, when I imagined being an adult, it always included children. I had hoped to have four. … Read More

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The Quarantine Cut

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April 18, 2020 A few days ago, I took photos of the orchids blooming in my backyard. Whenever I look at these artful flowers, it brings me back to an unforgettable weekend. The purple and white orchids have hugged my trees since 2015; we intentionally planted them a month before Alec’s bar mitzvah. And today marks five years since that meaningful milestone in Alec’s life. I awoke this morning feeling deeply reflective and grateful. As I whisked eggs, I gazed up at Alec, noting the drastic difference in the boy who’s morphed to a young man. I again thought to myself how … Read More

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Peace or Panic: What Will You Choose?

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None of us know what tomorrow will bring. We are living in an unsettling, unprecedented time. And it is triggering intense feelings for all of us. We are facing a collective, global crisis. Yet each emotion and experience is unique. Every day, every hour, every minute we can choose how to adapt and respond.  Is it easy? No. Is it possible? Yes. And what about those of us who had physical or emotional challenges before this unexpected pandemic? I have deep compassion. People who struggle with anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, type-A personalities. Parents who have children with special needs. Those who are staying … Read More

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Baking Soda and A Birthday

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 It started with baking soda. I was a momma on a mission. And I couldn’t find it. Anywhere. After searching for days (and in the middle of the night), I succumbed and accepted that I wouldn’t be able to make a cake from scratch. I felt dejected, disappointed, and downright depressed. Who the heck cares about a creative birthday celebration with the Coronavirus crisis? Aren’t there more dire things that demand our attention? Well apparently I do. I kept refocusing my feelings toward gratitude. But I couldn’t fully shift my somber mood. And this is extremely unusual for me; I’ve … Read More

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Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Total Isolation

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You have been on my mind and in my heart. It’s been a tough few weeks, and I realize it is just the beginning of a new normal for all of us.  We are all dealing with adapting and adjusting in our own ways. I wrote numerous blog posts and messages for today. We’ve had to shift how we live. It felt timely to also change the way in which I communicate with you. I’ve heard from many people that the bombardment of news, articles, and updates is emotionally overwhelming. And I totally relate. I’ve rapidly realized that panic can be nearly … Read More

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What Does Twenty Years Mean?

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What does twenty years mean? I’ve been pondering this question for the last few weeks. My twenty year anniversary was on February 20th. I am beyond grateful for my husband and the life we’ve created together. Last week, I published “The Beauty of Broken Glass.” If you didn’t read it, please click on this link ==> https://daralevan.com/what-is-love-%f0%9f%92%9c/ . As I wrote, I realized that the topic of twenty years deserved its own piece. Our lives shift and transform every day. But have you ever consciously contemplated how much changes in a year, a decade, or even two? For some reason, the number … Read More

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The Beauty of Broken Glass

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Last week I wrote about what love is and is not. If you didn’t read it, please click on this link ==>https://daralevan.com/what-is-love-%f0%9f%92%9c/ While I cleaned my kitchen on Tuesday, I thought about the meaning of twenty years. Unbeknownst to me, a wine glass quietly graced the countertop, and my hand sent it airborne. A sudden sound snapped me from my romantic reverie. Shocked and stunned, I stood still as my eyes surveyed the shattered pieces.  I immediately put my dogs, Rocky and Izzy, in a safe place. As I walked toward the laundry room to grab a broom, it struck … Read More

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