Today Is Enough

Today Is Enough

I barely slept last night. My youngest had a horrible stomach ache and squished in with my husband and me. We tossed and turned, as much as three people are able in a creaky double bed, and then all efforts at rest ended when she began throwing up around 7 am. We are on a work-holiday in beautiful Banff but instead of eating at the vegan restaurant I scoped out yesterday and taking my girls to the climbing wall, we are camped out in a smelly hotel room while my husband attends his work conference. Fortunately, we are able […]

7 Strategies to Help You Step Into Fall Joyfully.

7 Strategies to Help You Step Into Fall Joyfully.

You’re not done with your summer bucket list yet. I get it. I am heading to Banff next week to bask in the glory of the sunshine and stunning beauty of the mountains for the last hurrah. But pretending that the routine and temperature shift and pull to busyness of fall (and winter on its heels) isn’t coming will not help us step into the season joyfully. For those of you in the Southern hemisphere, just humor me (and also I’m jealous):) A little preparation goes a long way in helping me live with calm and clear […]

7 Reasons I’m Breaking Up With Wine

7 Reasons I’m Breaking Up With Wine

I am breaking up with wine again. At least for 6 months, possibly forever. I can’t commit right now. I awoke early this morning knowing this is the day. But the truth is, over the past 5 years that I have been drinking any alcohol again, I have known many times that it was a bad idea for me. Though I have journeyed far toward health and wholeness, my old addictive personality is still there, lurking, delighted that I opened this door again.   At 40 my husband and I began the practice of dating each […]

Just Let It Go

Just Let It Go

If you want to live an unshackled life of purpose, health & joy, you must decide at some point to just let some things go. Adding in shiny new habits and aspirations, supportive friends and healthy foods to crowd out the junk works for a time. But at some point you risk becoming stuffed to over capacity, weighed down, stagnant. Letting go frees up physical and emotional space and breathing room in our lives for the gifts of today and tomorrow. What do you need and want to let go of so that you […]

We Are All Terminal

We Are All Terminal

We are all dying. I rant and grow impatient, succumb to moments of frustration or fear and sometimes let my tongue flow a little too readily with sarcasm or criticism. And if I am hungry and tired at the same time – well, I am not always the nicest person. But my desire is to slow down, to breathe, to notice and receive with gratitude the gifts of today. To smile at the stranger and make eye contact with the grocery clerk, to listen and learn, to laugh heartily and appreciate each and every person in my […]

45 Important Things I’ve Learned In My 45 Years

45 Important Things I’ve Learned In My 45 Years

I turned 45 today. Feels weird writing that. I actually like getting older, though; I am a far more contented person now than even five years ago. Through a lovely turn of events, I was offered the opportunity to housesit for a friend in Montréal this week which feels like an amazing way to mark the transition from the first half of my life to the next. Or at least that is how I think of it… the midway mark. Neither of my parents made it even close to 90 but […]

Learning To Trust. Again.

Learning To Trust. Again.

I almost finish rebuilding my emergency fund and then the two-year-old dishwasher stops cleaning. So I hand wash and choose to appreciate how this happened at a slower time of year. And I realize I sort of like the calm, slow, hand washing process. It is easy enough to trust through this. Two big backyard trees, shade and privacy trees, trees that draw flocks of birds in the fall and winter to my delight, must come down as they are rotting and dangerous. The fee must be pulled from our emergency fund, almost […]