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 […]

Soul Sisters or Coming Home

Soul Sisters or Coming Home

I was visiting the local library of my small town one summer day, seven years ago. Nothing out of the ordinary. But inside I spotted an unfamiliar woman and her family. She was bald. Later I told my husband that I bet she was a homeschooler. There was just something about her and her bald head and men’s khaki shorts and Birkenstocks. I liked her. I didn’t know her but I liked her. But I was too shy to say much (these days I’d go straight up to her and ask for her life story). I […]

Get Clear On Your Game Plan

Get Clear On Your Game Plan

You can’t actually have or do it all. At least not in the same season of life. Every time you say yes to one thing you are saying no to another thing. Or another someone. Too many people push uphill through life this way, no clear game plan, head in the sand, tossed to and fro. Unhappy. Each and every class I teach begins with the foundation of getting clear on WHO you want to be and HOW you want to feel. Otherwise, how do you set meaningful goals or know when you arrive? How do you know what […]

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 […]