Love Comes Packaged in Many Shapes and Sizes

Love Comes Packaged in Many Shapes and Sizes

This is a guest post by Sophia Apostal of sophiaapostol.com 8 years, 7 moves, and 2 divorces, and she’s always by my side. Trips to countless beaches, hikes on sun-dappled trails, canoeing in provincial parks, and road-tripping all over Ontario. Each morning we wake up together, she curled in a ball beside me and me on my side with one hand on her back. She sits patiently for me to brush & floss but comes running into the bedroom when I start to get dressed. As her nose sniffs the pants […]

Living Slow and Simple On a Meandering Path

Living Slow and Simple On a Meandering Path

I’m hard-wired for slow and simple. Partly by nature, partly for self-protection – this is how I’ve known to survive with a highly sensitive spirit and a tendency toward anxiety – I’ve made conscious decisions from childhood to guard white space in my life and keep things simple. I’ve chosen a slow path. This is not to say that I’ve never fallen into the trap of perfectionism, performance or people-pleasing, nor that my life has been without seasons of struggle where I felt so far beyond overwhelmed that I couldn’t […]

How To Be Still When The World is Spinning Wildly

How To Be Still When The World is Spinning Wildly

Before my eyes fully open, I feel the call to hurry. The whisper of not enough time, too far behind, how will I ever keep up. I hide under the covers a while longer, procrastinating, ruminating, unwilling to spend another day spinning wildly like the frenetic, unhappy, world around me. I want to be still. Lying in bed, I remind myself of the truth that I can choose my own thoughts and how to move through the world. I take responsibility for what I can and sometimes this means ignoring […]

10 Truths To Help You Live Like You Love Yourself

10 Truths To Help You Live Like You Love Yourself

One day, shortly after the birth of my third child, I made the decision to love myself. I was done trying to mold my body or beautiful, quirky self into a tiny, ill-fitting mold. I’ve been showing up and practicing this decision every single day for the past 12 years. Living like we love ourselves, speaking to ourselves with kindness, laying down judgment, nourishing ourselves like we deserve good things, none of this happens without deliberate, conscious choice. We walk it out, day by day. We struggle, we hide, we step […]

I’ve Spent My Whole Life Searching Desperately

I’ve Spent My Whole Life Searching Desperately

I didn’t want to leave when the weekend came to an end. I had been feeling unsettled, empty; all week long tears had simmered just under the surface but could not find release. I craved some time away to open my heart, quiet my mind and listen. Perfect timing as two months earlier I had booked a three-day retreat for that very weekend. My small, simple room with avocado-green Formica counters and shared bathroom down the hall made me feel like I was back in university. The simplicity was welcome and […]

Life is Messy: Stop Looking For Perfect and Embrace What Is

Life is Messy: Stop Looking For Perfect and Embrace What Is

Life is messy. We create weekly rhythms and chore charts, financial goal sheets and healthy menus that take into account everyone’s preferences. We do date nights and declutter and determinedly decline 80% of the invitations that come our way. All in the hopes of creating orderly, simple, tidy lives. And still, it’s all messy. We tip into discouragement, especially when we compare our lives to the celebrity blogger or simple living guru. We wonder what we’ve done wrong, what else we can let go of. Maybe if we move into a […]

Confessions of a Self-Help Junkie

Confessions of a Self-Help Junkie

This is a guest post from Emma Scheib of simpleslowlovely.com Hello, my name is Emma, and I am a self-help junkie. I am always searching for ways to improve myself. It’s a thread that’s run through my life since I can remember. But this thread has become a tangled mess over the last 38 years. In my innermost core, where logic mixes beautifully with my heart and soul, I know that self-improvement isn’t a bad thing. And yet I’ve grown up believing that it is. I’ve grown up believing that […]

All Your Jagged Edges

All Your Jagged Edges

We brush up against each other and it hurts. It’s far easier to isolate. Run and hide or segregate. But I want to learn and hear your stories; check my judgments and preconceived beliefs and see you – a person just like me. With all your jagged edges. I’m bad at conflict and really just want peace. But peace is not the fruit of pretending all is well or refusing to acknowledge pain in you or myself. We are different, you and I. Yet so very much the same. We walk in different circles and […]