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, […]

The Joy and Delight of an Unbalanced Life

The Joy and Delight of an Unbalanced Life

Inside: Living an unbalanced life means embracing ebb and flow and the delightful truth that building a joyful life does not require perfection. I didn’t know in my 20s that much of my pain and anxiety was rooted in perfectionism and never feeling good enough. I didn’t understand in my 30s that staying up too late and rarely resting as I tried to organize, plan, and balance my life perfectly was an attempt to feel safe in the world. Little did I know that one day in my 40s I’d […]

8 Affirming Books that Helped Me Love Life More

8 Affirming Books that Helped Me Love Life More

Inside: I’ve been changed by both fiction and non-fiction. I’m mesmerized by and so deeply grateful for writers who share their gifts with the world. Words often feel like breath to me – or maybe they teach me how to breathe. These 8 books have been kind companions over the past 7 years as I learned how to love myself and to love life more. This post contains referral links. My daughter laughs when she tells me she can always tell when I’m thoroughly enjoying a book. She finds me […]

3 Ways to Accept Yourself and Uncover the Masterpiece Within

3 Ways to Accept Yourself and Uncover the Masterpiece Within

Inside: When you’re feeling especially parched, summon up the courage to accept yourself and say, “I am a masterpiece.” This is a guest post by Anne McOmber of Simplicity Avenue. This post contains referral links. With a paint brush in one hand and a pale wooden vehicle in the other, his 6-year-old body sat hunched over in the corner of the kitchen, silent and focused. I’m not sure how long he sat like that, my little artist lost in his work. But when he emerged he proudly held a bright […]

How to Start Each Week With a Mindful & Happy Monday

How to Start Each Week With a Mindful & Happy Monday

Inside: Whether you love Monday mornings or they’re the bane of your existence, your happiness is likely to increase when you live mindful and seasonally. Here are 7 tips for a Happy Monday. This post contains referral links to my book or printables. I love Monday. Monday feels like Springtime to me. Or autumn. The transitional seasons. The spaces in which life feels fresh and full of joyful possibility. Every Monday is a fresh opportunity to choose who and how I want to be in the world. It offers a […]