Your Life in Progress: Wise Women

Your Life in Progress: Wise Women

Wise Women is a guest post in a series called “Your Life in Progress.” In this series we 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 pursuing beautiful, gentle lives of purpose, health & JOY. Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often. ~Susan Statham Right after I graduated from college, I lived in a college town in Colorado with my boyfriend in a great little apartment […]

Learn To Listen ~ To Yourself

Learn To Listen ~ To Yourself

One of the greatest gifts anyone can offer me is to make me feel truly heard. Like they care what I have to say and how I feel, no judgment or trying to fix me. The gift of a safe space to hash things out and express what is on my mind and heart so that I can heal and gain clarity and have the courage to move forward. I shared how this might have helped me when, as a teen, I wanted to die. I don’t need you to tell […]

The Way To Simplicity Can Be Messy

The Way To Simplicity Can Be Messy

She sorts her lego by color and style, hoping to pull together sets long ago pulled apart and dumped into the bins. Her heart is set on buying a laptop now that she is nearing 12 and this means letting go of the old to help usher in the new. But the basement floor is littered with lego as she works slowly, methodically, over a period of days. She has been in a decluttering stage with her bedroom, too. I watch and understand that there is an important shift taking place in […]

Lay Down Worry & Become More Clearly Yourself

Lay Down Worry & Become More Clearly Yourself

Hey, mamas, can we chat this morning? That little boy of yours who fills notebook after notebook of drawings of Garfield and Sonic the Hedgehog and Batman? He’s not wasting time; he is becoming the man he was knit together to be. The little girl breaking your budget as she devours math booklet after booklet from 4 years old on? The one who is messy and stubborn and mispronounces words and is a poor speller? Yup – she is going to study in mathematics and bring all her love of […]

How The Four Tendencies Personality Profile Made Me a Better Parent

How The Four Tendencies Personality Profile Made Me a Better Parent

I think it was the moment when she was three years old and she crossed her arms, widened her stance, and stared me dead on that I knew I was in trouble. This tiny person with chubby cheeks and chocolatey almond-shaped eyes was not impressed by my angry eyebrows, my threats of consequences or even my raised voice. None of the authoritarian parenting tactics that had worked with her big brother swayed her in the least. In fact, they made things significantly worse. I had backed her into a corner […]

5 Simple Health Shifts I Made That Will Serve You Too

5 Simple Health Shifts I Made That Will Serve You Too

I am regularly amazed by this simple truth: baby steps with consistency can lead to powerful results. We do not have to undertake a complete life overhaul to reap sustainable, life-changing benefits. No need to get overwhelmed. Release the all or nothing attitude. If you want to continually move towards greater mind-body health, as I do, consider just slowly adding in small shifts over time. Here are 5 Simple Health Shifts I made in 2016 that I think will serve you too. 1. I added in liquid minerals. Refined and processed foods, nutrient-poor soils, low […]

Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy

Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy

One of my favorite memories of raising my big kids is all the hours we spent watching Magic School Bus and gleaning life wisdom from the fabulous Ms. Frizzle. Not that we watched a lot of TV but the Magic School Bus videos counted as educational time! Ms. Frizzle taught us to take chances, make mistakes, get messy.   I don’t fancy myself all that much of a risk taker but when I spend time looking back over some of my life choices I see that I have never necessarily […]