Joyful Living in a Stressed Out World

Joyful Living in a Stressed Out World

On Monday (part 1) we took an introductory look at anxiety and how pervasive an issue it is in our society. Today, I would like to share an overarching framework that has helped move me from stress, anxiety, and depression to greater calm and mind-body-soul peace. This list can help with joyful living. I am struggling a lot with posting this, actually, for fear of 1) either being too vague and unhelpful or 2) perpetuating anxiety or overwhelm in some of you. Honestly, this is the benefit of working 1:1 or in a small group setting with a coach or […]

Be Still My Anxious Heart: living with chronic anxiety

Be Still My Anxious Heart: living with chronic anxiety

We can all experience a measure of anxiety at times in our lives – a sense of worry, unease, nervousness, or apprehension. Sometimes this is tied to a particular and definable circumstance – waiting on a medical diagnosis, experiencing loss of a job or loved one, or preparing for an important exam, as examples. But many people, young and old, live with chronic anxiety – an underlying sense of fear or concern for their safety, a sense of impending doom, persistent or excessive worry over daily situations. This anxiety can take over one’s life. Many people […]

The Tension Between Healthy & Frugal

The Tension Between Healthy & Frugal

I know I’m not the only one who struggles with the tension between health and frugality. We have always lived on a fairly snug budget and made material sacrifices to provide healthy food for our family. Canadian families spend about 9-14% of their income on groceries, depending on the source and family type (check out this interesting world map that looks at food costs and child malnutrition); living in a small town, in the North, or on a lower income can skew these percentages. We allocate about 24% of our net income to groceries alone and still run out of things and have had […]

A Journey to Freedom

A Journey to Freedom

My whole life I have pushed and fought for wholeness. For freedom: a sense that I am enough. Acceptable. Loveable as is. The belief that even if I am a little broken and fragile that I can still do this thing called life. I so clearly remember the day I realized I couldn’t try to kill myself again. I would have to find a way to live. But there have been many times since then that if someone had offered me a little blue pill to help me escape, I may just have taken them up on […]

Move Your Body in Nutritious Ways

Move Your Body in Nutritious Ways

Do you like to move your body? I have never been an athlete and used to rather skillfully avoid sweat at all costs (gym teachers loved the O’Reilly girls). I am still too sedentary, largely due to hibernating much of the winter and have some limitations on my movement due to a hip replacement. But regular, JOYFUL movement is absolutely essential for maintaining my emotional and physical wellbeing. In addition to using a standing desk and incorporating ‘joyful movement’ into my life five times/wk for at least 30 minutes (I sometimes miss the mark), I […]

Always Getting Ready to Live – or Joy in the Simple Things

Always Getting Ready to Live – or Joy in the Simple Things

When I was a teenager I dreamed of leaving home and beginning a career. In College, I wrote out 5 and 10-year plans and impatiently longed to meet a man who would treasure me and of the day I could own a home and begin a family. When my first-born arrived I fed my voracious appetite for parenting books, always so impatient for the next child-development milestone, constantly thinking ahead, pushing, dreaming and planning. These days I often find my thoughts drifting ahead to retirement and what life will be like in the season of empty nest. It […]

Your Life in Progress: Self Care

Your Life in Progress: Self Care

This is the first guest post in a series called “Your Life in Progress.” In this series we will 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 living beautiful, gentle lives. I’ve spent the past week delighted and honored that Krista asked me to write a guest post about self care on her wonderful blog. I’ve also spent the week wondering what to write! Self care […]

Beauty Comes in All Colors, Shapes & Sizes

Beauty Comes in All Colors, Shapes & Sizes

I come from a colorful family. Colorful in more ways than one! A big, sometimes boisterous, opinionated, stubborn, emotional family. I was gifted with not only 7 biological siblings but 4 adopted* ones. We are of varied ethnicity and as my siblings and I marry and grow families of our own, we have blossomed into an even greater mosaic of personalities and nationalities. It is beautiful. We discuss race and racial bias a fair bit in our household. We have experienced some ugliness and feel the undercurrent of fear and distrust as […]