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 […]

Captivated With Purpose

Captivated With Purpose

Last night my 12 year old, in her fabulous unicorn onesie, and I went to an outdoor showing of Jurassic Park. We arrived a little too early and waited patiently as the giant screen was slowly blown up and more and more families excitedly gathered. An hour and a half later, with a knowing glance and quick exchange of words, we agreed that we were already peopling out. We gathered up the well-worn blanket, drove back home and I climbed into my PJ’s. We made our own stove top popcorn, […]

Tame the Chaos: Shift From Surviving to Thriving

Tame the Chaos: Shift From Surviving to Thriving

Do you live in a regular state of overwhelm or anxiety? Do you wrestle hard with procrastination or perfectionism? If so, you are definitely not alone. Budgeting, planning, decluttering, maintaining decent order – these have never been a problem for me. What I have struggled with was a sense of chronic overwhelm that would tip into OCD-like habits, procrastination, perfectionism, and horrible anxiety. I needed to keep my world perfectly ordered to feel safe. But no matter how hard I worked or how much sleep I sacrificed to maintain a well-managed […]

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 […]