Maybe You Are Brave

Maybe You Are Brave

Inside: Choosing life when you don’t know how you’ll live and you feel alone and unheard. Choosing to love and who you are. Choosing not to quit. This is brave. Maybe you are brave. Brave. I never identified with this word. I knew it definitely did not describe me. I was afraid. I was overwhelmed. I hated who and how I was. I wanted to end my stay here. I felt inadequate and ill equipped for surviving in this world. I was clearly not brave. But choosing life when you […]

Why I (Joyfully) Eat Frozen Pizza on Friday Nights

Why I (Joyfully) Eat Frozen Pizza on Friday Nights

Inside: the thing that has made the biggest positive impact on my mental health – on my capacity to live with joy – is choosing to embrace imperfection and “good enough.” I choose to live imperfectly – On purpose. Why I (joyfully) eat frozen pizza on Friday nights… Because last spring as the apple trees began to bloom, I wanted to die. I had been living with heightened anxiety again for months and asked for help, unheard. And then the anxiety left suddenly and I plummeted into despair. I wept […]

Are These Thoughts Keeping You From a Purposeful Life?

Are These Thoughts Keeping You From a Purposeful Life?

Inside: These 12 lies keep many people stuck and hold them back from building a happy and purposeful life. Don’t let them stop you. Most mornings I wake up drippy with gratitude and delight for this imperfect and beautiful life of mine. I can hardly believe how fortunate I am to connect with women around the world, have space to putter and read, a family to love, and opportunity to use my gifts to encourage and teach on a daily basis. But not that long ago I lived stuck. Afraid […]

Wake up in the Morning and Laugh at Yourself

Wake up in the Morning and Laugh at Yourself

Inside: If you notice yourself often feeling angry or resentful, this simple practice can help. Wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and laugh at yourself. This is a guest post by Shona Lauzon of Raven Heart Healing.  I have often marveled at the intense emotions that are waiting for me immediately upon waking.  Over the winter, I would find myself waking up feeling angry or at least very irritated.  “You just woke up,” I would tell myself, “how on earth can you be angry already!?” Sometimes my […]

The Kind of Person I Want to Be

The Kind of Person I Want to Be

Inside: In a world that can feel scary and harsh I want to be the kind of person who keeps believing in better. Who doesn’t give up and who keeps on fighting, who isn’t too busy to lift up others. I often feel weak or afraid and like I have little to offer, but I want to be the kind of person who shows up anyway. I want to be the kind of person who listens well. I want to listen far more than I speak. And when I don’t […]

It’s Not Too Late to Shift Course and Build a Life You Actually Want

It’s Not Too Late to Shift Course and Build a Life You Actually Want

Inside: It is so easy to get caught up in what others are doing or who we think we ought to be. It’s easy to feel caught in the tension of competing desires. This is a great way to live a life of quiet desperation. You need to know what you want MOST of all if you’re to get off the hamster wheel and stay off. He has built up a life of comfort and ease: college funds, a big house, money in the bank. And he is so unhappy. […]

On Feeling Small

On Feeling Small

Inside: There is so much more to life and this universe than I can make sense of. And it isn’t all my responsibility. The ocean scares and calms me. Both. The ocean makes me feel small. All the heaviness and grief I carry around with me feels lighter when I sit, feet buried in the sand, sun warming my body and all the broken places of my life, watching the crashing waves. When I close my eyes and listen to the ebb and flow of the water. I feel small. I remember […]

Living a Life of Purpose on the Mountaintop or in the Valley

Living a Life of Purpose on the Mountaintop or in the Valley

Inside: Whether on the mountaintop or in a valley, we can live a life of purpose. One moment at a time. Here are 5 tenets for living a life of purpose. I put in a great deal of energy thinking through my direction and primary goals for the new year. I spent many hours in honest reflection, life management binder and worksheets strewn about me, working to identify where I could cull and simplify and work smarter not harder. I felt purposeful and excited about what lay ahead. And then, […]