My Kitchen: the healing, beckoning heart of our home

My Kitchen: the healing, beckoning heart of our home

For the past two decades I have chopped, sautéed and soaked my way around cultural food preferences, food allergies, and food anxiety. I have negotiated with teens sometimes frustrated by my real-food standards. Non-compliant food budgets have been wrangled into submission and I have relaxed at table, organic coffee in hand, delightedly crafting menu plans. Yet the time and energy poured out in my Whole Food Kitchen have been about far more than simply nourishing bodies. It is here that I have learned about soul care; about grieving and playing […]

My Red Tent

My Red Tent

Inside: My Red Tent is the fourth guest post in a series called “Your Life in Progress.” In this series, we will hear from other women like you and me – 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. There was a time in ancient cultures that gave birth to a meeting, or gathering place for women known as the “red tent.”   In some cultures, this was […]

Parenting Lessons From My Mom

Parenting Lessons From My Mom

As a child, I would awaken sometimes in the middle of the night to the hum of the sewing machine. I don’t know if my mom couldn’t sleep or if she was driven, out of necessity, to complete a project for one of us kids. The night before my brother, Jesse, was due she must have stayed up super late to complete my 13th birthday gift. I awoke in the morning, my mom already gone to the hospital, to find a colorful button-down shirt and matching flouncy skirt on a hanger, neatly […]

Are You Lonely?

Are You Lonely?

As an introvert I seek out solitude and rarely spend time with people beyond my family. My brain only has so much bandwidth and I am generally busy filling it to the brim, drippy, with other people’s words from podcasts and books. I find myself laughing along with the banter, happily immersed in the dialogue, nodding my head in agreement, pausing now and again to consider. Until it’s over and then I find myself alone. And sometimes, most often during the wistful transition of spring or fall, keenly aware of a tender loneliness resting heavy in my gut. […]

Ready For Change: Just Take the First Step

Ready For Change: Just Take the First Step

I think we often know when it is time to step out into change or when change is coming, unbidden. When we need something different. A seismic shift. The details may be cloudy and we may feel afraid. But deep down we often know. When I was 20 years old and living in England, unhappy, needing a hip replacement, binge eating and treating myself with disdain, I knew I was ready for change. I couldn’t yet bear to think about what that might look like, to hope for better, I just knew I couldn’t stay as I was. […]

Simplify For a Slow & Purposeful Life

Simplify For a Slow & Purposeful Life

Time to pause and think and chat with a stranger in the grocery line. Breathing room to linger over books or watch movies with my kids cuddled under the well-used rag quilt. White space to putter around, preferably in my PJ’s, to prepare simple, real food for my family without rushing out the door, or to enjoy long walks with my husband. Holding hands. A daily rhythm with chunks of time earmarked for creating, connecting, moving my body and sleeping. Plenty of sleeping, please. An orderly, peaceful home environment. Living within our means, free of consumer debt, but with […]

Your Life in Progress: The Art of BE-ing

Your Life in Progress: The Art of BE-ing

This is the third 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. We’ve had the wooden letters B and E in our main floor bedroom-turned-yoga/dance studio for over 4 years now. Primed a flat white, B and E were hand selected from […]

Learning to Live the Questions in Times of Transition

Learning to Live the Questions in Times of Transition

It’s easy to become distracted or discouraged, forget truths we once knew, or begin doubting ourselves and the path we are on. But sometimes life (and I believe, God) uses events and people, a word fitly spoken, and even books that come at just the right moment, with a beautiful and awe-inspiring synchronicity, to help us return to a place of anchor and clear direction. To smooth the way in times of transition. Awhile back, I wrote this post and meant it. The response was amazing and humbling as so many people […]