5 Tips to Start Living With Greater CALM Today

5 Tips to Start Living With Greater CALM Today

These past three weeks have been fairly calm for me – I have had time to rest more and putter and think. I could have been filling that time with work because, of course, I have a to-do list that waits for me. But I chose to ignore much of it and the world kept turning. I have read some delicious novels (admittedly staying up too late a few nights to keep reading) and taken Epsom salt baths and connected with my kids. But this is, I think, a bit […]

Can Money Buy Happiness? My Argument For Values Based Spending

Can Money Buy Happiness? My Argument For Values Based Spending

I have never been all that interested in wealth acquisition and desire a slow, simple (ideally debt-free) life. Don’t get me wrong; money is an amazing tool and plays a significant role in living a life of purpose, health, and joy. I love budgeting, goal setting and gleaning from books and podcasts about finances and simple living. I love living clear on my WHY – living fully conscious and purposeful about my mindsets, habits and the life I choose to create. Putting our (limited) money to work in a way that aligns with my/our core values. […]

Change Begins At Home

Change Begins At Home

Every girl deserves to live safe, nourished, loved. She deserves a quality education, a childhood free of sexual exploitation and abuse. She deserves to know the truth- that she is not less than, not a commodity, not simply a work horse. As women, are we clearly modelling and communicating this truth to the younger generation? Are we permitting abuse or bullying or shaming behavior in our own lives? Do we treat (and speak about) ourselves with dignity and respect? Do our daughters know that our worth is not in the […]

Who’s The Boss: Using the 5 W’s to Shift Your Thoughts as a Powerful Act of Self-Care

Who’s The Boss: Using the 5 W’s to Shift Your Thoughts as a Powerful Act of Self-Care

It was not until I was 40, I think, that I really understood that I can choose my thoughts. That I am powerful and strong and capable enough to shift my thoughts, to “take them captive,” to wrangle them into submission. That I am the boss of my thoughts. I love being the boss. I know I am not alone in this. Learning to be aware of our thoughts and to then to direct them to healthier places is foundational to living with purpose, health, and joy. There really is […]

Sometimes Life Sucks and You Choose Joy Anyway

Sometimes Life Sucks and You Choose Joy Anyway

Inside: We can decide, that whether life is easy breezy or downright horrible to choose joy and wear it like a garment. Here are 7 big and small ways to practice choosing joy. This is real life. Yet another sewer backup. Another friend in trouble. More financial stressors. A child going through a difficult time. Something’s up in your body and it hurts. Dealing with disingenuous people. Ugh. Sometimes life sucks and you choose joy anyway. Should we wait until life is calm and perfectly predictable to live with joy? Do […]

Permission to Be Less Than Great

Permission to Be Less Than Great

One of the all-time most significant, wonderful shifts in my life happened the moment I decided I was good enough. Less than great. Imperfect. A little broken even perhaps. But also beautiful, strong, courageous, compassionate and determined. I decided that I am less than great and I like myself. All of me.   The act of giving myself permission to simply show up and be less than great broke the chains that had bound me for years. Heavy, twisted, tightly woven ropes of misery that held me back from laughing freely, from […]

To The Woman Who Wants to Die Today: Joy Will Come

To The Woman Who Wants to Die Today: Joy Will Come

I was so young but wanted to leave. Already weary. No fight in me. Is that how you feel? Weary? So incredibly tired of the battle that is against you? I have hated myself. Wished I could be different. Compared myself to others, always lacking. Always. I knew that I was weak. That I didn’t have it in me to push through. Didn’t believe life would ever be better. Easier. Can you relate at all to that? I tried you know, to leave. And it didn’t work. So I decided […]