Simplify For a Slow & Purposeful Life

Simplify For a Slow & Purposeful Life

Time to pause and think and chat with a stranger in the grocery line. Breathing room to linger over books or watch movies with my kids cuddled under the well-used rag quilt. White space to putter around, preferably in my PJ’s, to prepare simple, real food for my family without rushing out the door, or to enjoy long walks with my husband. Holding hands. A daily rhythm with chunks of time earmarked for creating, connecting, moving my body and sleeping. Plenty of sleeping, please. An orderly, peaceful home environment. Living within our means, free of consumer debt, but with […]

Your Life in Progress: The Art of BE-ing

Your Life in Progress: The Art of BE-ing

This is the third guest post in a series called “Your Life in Progress.” In this series we will 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 living beautiful, gentle lives. We’ve had the wooden letters B and E in our main floor bedroom-turned-yoga/dance studio for over 4 years now. Primed a flat white, B and E were hand selected from […]

Learning to Live the Questions in Times of Transition

Learning to Live the Questions in Times of Transition

It’s easy to become distracted or discouraged, forget truths we once knew, or begin doubting ourselves and the path we are on. But sometimes life (and I believe, God) uses events and people, a word fitly spoken, and even books that come at just the right moment, with a beautiful and awe-inspiring synchronicity, to help us return to a place of anchor and clear direction. To smooth the way in times of transition. Awhile back, I wrote this post and meant it. The response was amazing and humbling as so many people […]

Supplementing For Anxiety: When Food Isn’t quite Enough

Supplementing For Anxiety: When Food Isn’t quite Enough

Supplements are not magic pills. They are ideally taken to support oneself alongside a generally healthy lifestyle and not as a Band-Aid to mask anxiety symptoms while we carry on with our unhealthy nutrition and lifestyle habits. But supplementing for anxiety can be important. We live in a toxic, high-stress world with soils that are deficient in certain nutrients (ex. selenium in various parts of North America). Because of this, some in the health realm advocate handfuls of supplements every day. I totally understand why. *there are affiliate links in this post Yet for various reasons I prefer to limit […]

Joyful Living in a Stressed Out World

Joyful Living in a Stressed Out World

On Monday (part 1) we took an introductory look at anxiety and how pervasive an issue it is in our society. Today, I would like to share an overarching framework that has helped move me from stress, anxiety, and depression to greater calm and mind-body-soul peace. This list can help with joyful living. I am struggling a lot with posting this, actually, for fear of 1) either being too vague and unhelpful or 2) perpetuating anxiety or overwhelm in some of you. Honestly, this is the benefit of working 1:1 or in a small group setting with a coach or […]

Be Still My Anxious Heart: living with chronic anxiety

Be Still My Anxious Heart: living with chronic anxiety

We can all experience a measure of anxiety at times in our lives – a sense of worry, unease, nervousness, or apprehension. Sometimes this is tied to a particular and definable circumstance – waiting on a medical diagnosis, experiencing loss of a job or loved one, or preparing for an important exam, as examples. But many people, young and old, live with chronic anxiety – an underlying sense of fear or concern for their safety, a sense of impending doom, persistent or excessive worry over daily situations. This anxiety can take over one’s life. Many people […]

The Tension Between Healthy & Frugal

The Tension Between Healthy & Frugal

I know I’m not the only one who struggles with the tension between health and frugality. We have always lived on a fairly snug budget and made material sacrifices to provide healthy food for our family. Canadian families spend about 9-14% of their income on groceries, depending on the source and family type (check out this interesting world map that looks at food costs and child malnutrition); living in a small town, in the North, or on a lower income can skew these percentages. We allocate about 24% of our net income to groceries alone and still run out of things and have had […]