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 […]

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 […]