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 […]

You Are Not Your Anxiety

You Are Not Your Anxiety

This is a guest post from Amy Brinton of amymbrinton.com The colors, the feelings, the sounds—everything about my first anxiety attack is still so real. It was Spring Break, and everyone else was at the beach, (or so it felt—social media was a regrettable source of envy for me at the time), and I was loading my four girls up for a trip to the library. All four heads of hair were done in simple, yet *still*, somehow, difficult pony tails; everyone had been offered a snack to fill in […]

10 Science-Based Self Care Tips for Fall

10 Science-Based Self Care Tips for Fall

The rain comes down, steady. I open my windows wide – breathing in deep the dregs of summer and anticipating, slightly anxious, the cold, dark months ahead. The changes come, slow and subtle, but my body feels them all the same. A little less light, a daub more grey. My right hand aches with cold some days though the temperature shift is slight. Since its replacement, my hip no longer plays the barometer as it has since childhood but my body feels cold to the bone and shivers in anticipation. […]

You Are Enough

You Are Enough

You are enough.  I see your scars, Rough and thick with scar tissue, Others weeping still.  I hear your pain.  The way you abused others, Your neglect.  I smell your fear.  Haunted by your own insufficiency, Terrorized with what if.  I come close and touch your beauty.  Jagged edges brushed with gold, Cracked so that the light gets in.  You are enough ♥️ Krista xo   You may also like: What if all I Want is a Mediocre Life? You Are Not the Only One Who Struggles Just Show Up […]

Even Nobodies Have Gifts to Offer the World

Even Nobodies Have Gifts to Offer the World

The other morning I woke up afraid. Before I had really even begun my day, I opened my eyes and there she was. Catching in my throat, preventing me from pulling in a deep breath. I reluctantly said hello to Fear; she is a guest who likes to sneak in unbidden and overstay her welcome. Then I asked her what was up. “You’re starting to believe in yourself,” she replied. “And that never leads anywhere good. When you fall it will just hurt more.” I reminded her that I’d been […]

7 Reasons Your Life is Cluttered

7 Reasons Your Life is Cluttered

My husband and I moved 9 times in the first 11 years that we were married. We became expert at taking apart our flat-pack IKEA furniture and often hauled load after load in laundry baskets rather than packing tidily in boxes. It was quicker this way. We were broke students or repaying student loans in this season of life which, along with the frequent moves, and living in small spaces, prevented us from cluttering our lives with too much stuff. Since then, despite my husband’s struggle to get rid of […]