My Beautiful Son Has Ended His Life

My Beautiful Son Has Ended His Life

Trigger Warning: Suicide, depression My beautiful son has ended his life after a long, ferocious battle with severe depression and persistent suicidal ideation. He wanted to live. Wanting to live and knowing how are two different things. And mental illness, just like cancer, is not something we choose. It is not shameful or a reflection of character. And it is not the fullness of who we are. Jairus was a deep thinker and challenged me to consider and see differently. He was playful, loved to tease, and loved when I’d play […]

On Holding Space for Ourselves

On Holding Space for Ourselves

I was in a bad car accident yesterday and by all accounts should not have walked away spirit and body bruised but whole and very much alive. It’s hard to type. Both wrists and arms hurt when I use them. But I process in writing so I think this is the kindest thing I can do for myself this morning. One person’s choice almost left my children parentless in the span of one heartbeat. Just one. That’s all it takes. But here I am. Very much awake. I feel. I […]

On Building a Right-Sized Life: I Choose Simple over Easy

On Building a Right-Sized Life: I Choose Simple over Easy

Inside: Building a right-sized life means a made from scratch, handcrafted, customized life that is honest, authentic, and helps us walk out each day on purpose. My right-sized life includes soulful simplicity. Yours can too. This post contains relevant referral links. I’m not convinced life has to be as complicated as we make it. We don’t control every circumstance but most of us still have a lot of room to choose. I choose simple and sustainable. Conscious or soulful simplicity allows me to live with purpose, health, and joy. It […]

Why It’s Time to Stop Waiting for Everything to be Okay

Why It’s Time to Stop Waiting for Everything to be Okay

Inside: Stop waiting for easy or perfect – life is messy but you are strong and brave enough to walk through each challenge or obstacle you face. This a guest post by Angie Schultz of The Becoming Place. Is everything going to be okay? How often have you said those words? Most of us have repeated some version of them many times, whether to ourselves or others. The predictable response: Everything will be okay, is meant to provide reassurance and hope. But those words can ring empty, even as you […]

You Can Find Your Way to Brave

You Can Find Your Way to Brave

Inside: I say yes to all of life and this includes saying yes to the soul-stretching and messy, get-your-hands-dirty kind of work required for showing up fully to life in every season, and in process I learn that I am brave. When I keep my eyes on my own path and give myself permission to play, try, explore, say yes to things that draw me without attachment to outcome, I am happy. When I hold space for others to be messy and imperfect and doing their best, and I hold […]

How I Simplify and Leverage the Strengths of Social Media

How I Simplify and Leverage the Strengths of Social Media

Inside: Social media is a tool with both perks and potential risks – but it is what we make of it. We can learn to leverage its strengths and let go of the rest. Inside, I share 5 benefits of social media to my life and the 5 primary ways I simplify its use to keep it in it’s place. This post contains some referral links. I’m grateful for social media. As a strong introvert and HSP, who loves solitude and working from home, chewing on and discussing ideas, and […]

Here’s to the late bloomers. Find your way in your time.

Here’s to the late bloomers. Find your way in your time.

Inside: You haven’t missed the boat. If you’re one of the many late bloomers, it’s not too late. You can reinvent yourself and build a life you love. This post contains referral links. This a guest post by Emma Scheib of Simple Slow Lovely. I have always been a late bloomer. Not in the physical sense, but in almost every other facet of life. I didn’t start university until I was 23, and I didn’t start my love affair with running until I was 25. I’ve spent my thirties raising […]