Hope Is The Thing With Feathers

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers

Inside: We think life is all or nothing. Straight up happiness or abject misery. The truth falls somewhere messy in-between. 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 […]

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 anyone else’s labels. And it is so […]

Fake It Till You Make It: Your Life Matters

Fake It Till You Make It: Your Life Matters

It’s easy to look around and tell ourselves the story that everyone else is happy, thriving, confident. But no matter our age or stage in life, we carry insecurities and walk through seasons of pain. We learn as we go. We come up to crossroads where we must make the decision to live again. Or try again. Or reach out again. We fake it till we make it. Adventure awaits, but what if I don’t have what it takes? The world is brimming with interesting possibility, but what if I’m […]

Don’t Try So Hard; Just Enjoy Yourself

Don’t Try So Hard; Just Enjoy Yourself

My husband doesn’t actually like movies but sometimes I convince him to watch with me, snuggled together in bed or on the couch. He likes the snuggling part. I try to choose movies that might pique his interest; this generally involves a story related to sports. And while I don’t actually like sports, I do love watching the evolution of a character. A good character-driven plot. My husband grew up in West Africa without toys or books or craft supplies – all the things we deem necessary to raising healthy, […]

We Can Run But We Can’t Hide

We Can Run But We Can’t Hide

Inside: Whenever I’m on the cusp of change, resistance shows up and I have the urge to run again. But we can’t outrun ourselves. This post contains affiliate links. The winding drive back into the Peace valley is beautiful. I have to keep my eyes on the lane ahead of me and the construction that takes up part of the narrow winding road, though, so I am unable to fully take in the view or look over, across the river that cuts through the town, to try and spot the […]

If You Find Yourself Back in the Valley Again

If You Find Yourself Back in the Valley Again

I have been crying a lot these past days. I haven’t been quite feeling myself all year. It started with me giving up one of my last crutches. Wine took the edge off my anxiety and allowed me to feel more at ease in social situations, including family gatherings. After giving up wine, my weight started creeping up consistently. My anxiety started amping up months ago and then rose to a place it hadn’t been in years. A very uncomfortable place. I persisted with all the quality mood-supporting nutrition and supplements and the mindset […]

Finding Space for my Soul to Rest

Finding Space for my Soul to Rest

She reaches her hand out to me several times as we watch together, needing a touch of comfort. The film is based on the true story of young Ugandan girl who becomes a chess champion in the middle of poverty and struggle. “It hurts so much,” my 11-year-old says and I understand. She is not seeing the one who overcame but the many still mired in pain, poverty, hopelessness. I suspect my youngest daughter might be a highly sensitive soul just like her mama. According to Heather Dominick*, 20% of […]