48 Happy Things

48 Happy Things

Inside: I’m turning 48 and each year as I approach my birthday I pause to reflect and redirect. This year I chose to craft a list of happy things that I want to acknowledge and express gratitude for. This post contains some referral links. I’m turning 48 tomorrow. Birthdays are a lovely time for self-reflection. A time to reflect and redirect. Three years ago during a visit to Montréal, I wrote this: 45 Important Things I’ve Learned In My 45 Years Two years ago as I neared my birthday I […]

7 Self-Care Practices for When Life Feels Painful

7 Self-Care Practices for When Life Feels Painful

Inside: Self-care is always important yet easily neglected. In painful seasons of life when it feels like we’re drowning it can feel incredibly hard to see our way forward. These 7 self-care practices help me show up when life is painful. The choice to keep living fully as we walk through painful or scary seasons of life, in which we feel like we’re drowning or having trouble seeing our way forward, requires tremendous courage. Fear often looms large in these seasons and it can require every ounce of strength and […]

I Like Myself and Why I Think This is Essential

I Like Myself and Why I Think This is Essential

Inside: I like myself. Liking who we are requires a one-time choice and daily practice. Here are some ways to practice. I like myself. The full, messy, truth of who I am. I’m boring. Ordinary. One might even say, mediocre. I love time alone and sometimes feel lonely. I long for deep connection but am not that great at friendship. A simple life makes me happy, I’m stubborn and crave order, I’m not ambitious but can be really hard on myself. I say what I mean, procrastinate and wrestle with […]

When You Don’t Know What To Do Just Do The Next Right Thing

When You Don’t Know What To Do Just Do The Next Right Thing

Inside: Sometimes life is so messy, so painful, or so scary and we don’t see our way forward. When you don’t know what to do, take one small step and just do the next right thing. When you’re hurting or in a dark and scary space, just do the next right thing. When you aren’t sure how you’ll recover or come up for air again, and you can’t see your way forward, just do the next right thing in front of you. Breathe. Hug your partner. Laugh with your child. […]

Maybe You Are Brave

Maybe You Are Brave

Inside: Choosing life when you don’t know how you’ll live and you feel alone and unheard. Choosing to love and who you are. Choosing not to quit. This is brave. Maybe you are brave. Brave. I never identified with this word. I knew it definitely did not describe me. I was afraid. I was overwhelmed. I hated who and how I was. I wanted to end my stay here. I felt inadequate and ill equipped for surviving in this world. I was clearly not brave. But choosing life when you […]

Why I (Joyfully) Eat Frozen Pizza on Friday Nights

Why I (Joyfully) Eat Frozen Pizza on Friday Nights

Inside: the thing that has made the biggest positive impact on my mental health – on my capacity to live with joy – is choosing to embrace imperfection and “good enough.” I choose to live imperfectly – On purpose. Why I (joyfully) eat frozen pizza on Friday nights… Because last spring as the apple trees began to bloom, I wanted to die. I had been living with heightened anxiety again for months and asked for help, unheard. And then the anxiety left suddenly and I plummeted into despair. I wept […]

Are These Thoughts Keeping You From a Purposeful Life?

Are These Thoughts Keeping You From a Purposeful Life?

Inside: These 12 lies keep many people stuck and hold them back from building a happy and purposeful life. Don’t let them stop you. Most mornings I wake up drippy with gratitude and delight for this imperfect and beautiful life of mine. I can hardly believe how fortunate I am to connect with women around the world, have space to putter and read, a family to love, and opportunity to use my gifts to encourage and teach on a daily basis. But not that long ago I lived stuck. Afraid […]

Wake up in the Morning and Laugh at Yourself

Wake up in the Morning and Laugh at Yourself

Inside: If you notice yourself often feeling angry or resentful, this simple practice can help. Wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and laugh at yourself. This is a guest post by Shona Lauzon of Raven Heart Healing.  I have often marveled at the intense emotions that are waiting for me immediately upon waking.  Over the winter, I would find myself waking up feeling angry or at least very irritated.  “You just woke up,” I would tell myself, “how on earth can you be angry already!?” Sometimes my […]