Kissed by Wisdom: Thoughts on Joyful Aging

Kissed by Wisdom: Thoughts on Joyful Aging

Joyful aging is not about losing self or even becoming a better version of self. I think it is a journey of becoming more fully yourself.  Kissed by wisdom. I see my body in a photo like she is not me. She has gained weight this past year and grown some new sparkly hair. I thought she was taller. I have often wished she would bend to fit your pretty mold. But she is faithful and her scars and dimples reflect some of the messy journey I am on. In […]

Intentionally Choosing A Life of Less

Intentionally Choosing A Life of Less

This is a guest post from Evelyn Rennich of smallishblog.com The beautiful thing about a life in progress is that it is in motion, ever changing with each season. A life in progress means we can’t ever claim to have arrived or that we have it all figured out. Much freedom lies in admitting to being a work in progress. The best we can do is share what we’ve learned along the way. So here is the story of how our American dream progressed from bigger equals better to smaller […]

You Are Not a Failure: 7 Ways to Pick Yourself Back Up

You Are Not a Failure: 7 Ways to Pick Yourself Back Up

We all struggle and experience failure. All of us. No matter how good someone looks on the outside, how perfect their life appears, they carry around their own self-doubts, their secrets or pain. Your therapist struggles, your pastor struggles, the strong and beautiful woman you see each morning as you drop your kids off to school, she struggles. It is a simple truth of life. And maybe it is also true that some of us struggle more than others – or work harder just to show up and do this […]

The Road to HAPPY Begins With Improv

The Road to HAPPY Begins With Improv

I read somewhere that improv is the freedom and space to hear things. That stopped me in my tracks for a little bit. Isn’t that something we all want or at least need? Freedom and space to hear things? It got me reflecting on how much of my life has been all about controlling, managing, planning; doing my best to erect impenetrable walls of security around me and my family, believing that when I finally got things under control I would feel safe. Happy. I didn’t know that trying to […]

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers

The day was bright and clear. I sat in my little living room, chair pulled up close to the big picture window shaded by the Mountain Ash tree, heavy laden with orange berries. The sun flitted and sparkled as it pushed its way through the branches, spilling wavy patterns over my lap and onto the wooden floor. My mom sat across from me on the couch. She was dying. Except in that moment we still believed there was a chance. I’d always struggled with anxiety but when my mom was diagnosed […]

Pursuing Simplicity Isn’t Always Easy But It Is Worth It

Pursuing Simplicity Isn’t Always Easy But It Is Worth It

Experience tells me kids show us who they are from a very young age. I never woke up one day as an adult and decided that I wanted a slow and simple life; pursuing simplicity was a natural part of my hardwiring from childhood. I don’t think there’s one right way to do life and my pursuit of simplicity may very well look profoundly different from yours. This is part of the joy of crafting a purposeful life; you don’t have to wear any one else’s labels. And it is […]

What We Practice Grows Stronger

What We Practice Grows Stronger

Choosing a simpler or slower life, an intentional life, can feel like hard slogging at the start. It means going against the grain, forming new habits and mindsets, choosing to practice patience when the process takes time. Picking ourselves up over and over again when we fall off the proverbial wagon. I call myself a recovering perfectionist and live with a mighty opinionated inner critic. She likes to follow me around all day nagging and pointing out all the ways I fail to measure up – to both your standards […]

Your Life in Progress: Learning to Love Groups

Your Life in Progress: Learning to Love Groups

Learning (Slowly) to Love Groups is a guest post in a series called “Your Life in Progress.” In this series we hear from other women like you and I – women who are learning to love and care for themselves well. They are taking risks, making mistakes, trying new things and letting others go, sometimes struggling, but ultimately pursuing simple lives of purpose, health & JOY. When it comes to self-care and making my journey through life, I’ve done a decent job of finding mentors and carving out time for myself. What I’ve struggled with, though, […]