Do Hard Things. These Thoughts Will Help.

Do Hard Things. These Thoughts Will Help.

Inside: Living awake and on purpose means embracing the dark and the light; owning that life doesn’t have to be perfect or easy to be beautiful. Giving ourselves permission to rest and taste pleasure and choosing to do hard things. We need to do hard things. This post contains referral links. Building a right-sized life requires doing hard things. Living aligned to our values and top priorities in every season involves doing hard things. Being a questioner, stubbornly carving out a path that feels joyful and sustainable, learning to rest, choosing […]

Light For The Journey (Offer Your Light)

Light For The Journey (Offer Your Light)

Light for the journey. When we offer the little bit of light we have to each other, we’re not speaking over each other or acting like we know what’s best. We are simply saying “me too” and here are some things I learned or that helped me along the path. Life is so d**n messy and complex at times it makes me want to scream. And then in the next heart beat I have the thought that we can make it simpler or a tiny bit kinder by offering the […]

You are Messy and Beautiful AND You are Enough

You are Messy and Beautiful AND You are Enough

Inside: The past seven years were crushingly hard and exceedingly beautiful. In the midst of it all I learned I am enough. You are enough too. I saw myself carrying sloppy buckets of joy, one in each hand. They splashed over onto my bare feet as I slowly walked up the grassy path. Moments before I saw in my mind’s eye a big gaping wound being stitched up and *heard* the clear, resounding thought: “this is no longer your story. You will write a new story.” I realized with a […]

9 “Bad Habits” I Think You Should Adopt for a Happy Life

9 “Bad Habits” I Think You Should Adopt for a Happy Life

Inside: For a happy life you might need to push back against many of the ideals you’ve clung to for years. You might even choose to joyfully disregard much of the wisdom du jour. Here are 9 “bad habits” that make me delightfully happy (and that I think you should adopt for a happy life). This post contains relevant referral links. I prefer to leave my bed unmade until bedtime and happily hang out braless and in pj’s much of the day. I think homemade pumpkin pie makes a delightful […]

11 Questions to End the Year On Purpose

11 Questions to End the Year On Purpose

Inside: Living on purpose doesn’t mean having light for the whole path or knowing all the answers. It simply means living an examined life, awake and intentional, shifting course as needed, understanding you get to choose who and how you want to be in the world. Here are 11 questions to help you end your year on purpose. Sometimes I wake up with thoughts or questions circling through my heart & mind. “What do you want?” I asked myself over and over one morning as I went through my morning routine. […]

7 Reasons Your Life is Cluttered & HOW to release the clutter

7 Reasons Your Life is Cluttered & HOW to release the clutter

Inside: clutter is any excess in life or emotional baggage we haul around that weighs us down, distracts from our purpose, or robs us of joy and mind-body-spirit health. 7 reasons your life is cluttered and what to do about it. My husband and I moved 9 times in the first 11 years that we were married. We became experts at taking apart our flat-pack IKEA furniture and often hauled load after load in laundry baskets rather than packing tidily in boxes. It was quicker this way. We were broke […]

Living Grateful for the Wisdom in Every Season

Living Grateful for the Wisdom in Every Season

Inside: Mindful living means choosing to live grateful for the gifts in every season. It means consciously and stubbornly mining for these gifts. This is a reflection about what mindful living taught me as I walked with grief through the seasons. It’s human to experience ebb and flow in life: seasons of transition and even uncertainty; tilting between self-confidence and self-doubt; shifting levels of energy or productivity; changes in what you need or want. Death and new life. Life is messy. And beautiful. Mindful living means choosing to live grateful […]

Opt out of the frenzy and Say Yes to a Simple Christmas

Opt out of the frenzy and Say Yes to a Simple Christmas

Inside: How might you slow down and make space for a joy-filled, simple Christmas that is, above all, about delighting in these people you share life with? It’s one of my favorite childhood memories. Each Christmas Eve after late mass, fun snacks, and opening one gift each, the little kids and my dad were tucked into bed and my mom and I would get to work. She pulled bag after bag out of her closet – she’d have to work quick and hard to find all the hidden treasures that had […]