I Joyfully Decluttered These 5 Things to Boost Happiness

I Joyfully Decluttered These 5 Things to Boost Happiness

Inside: We’re wired differently on purpose, with different gifts to build this world. We can boost happiness by listening in and offering our unique perspective. We have two lives: the one we learn with and the life we live after that. —Bernard Malamud My 40’s have undoubtedly been the hardest and best years of my life so far. I have grieved, walked through pain, moved kids to college, learned to rest. I’ve learned to love myself in earnest and show up through fear, I’ve healed and done hard things, put […]

Simplicity is a Light, Inviting You Back to Your Soul

Simplicity is a Light, Inviting You Back to Your Soul

Inside: This is a guest post by Lisa Avellan of Simple & Soul. It wasn’t about my stuff, it was only ever about my soul. All simplicity wants is to shine a light on my soul so my soul can shine too. I wasn’t a hoarder, but my home overflowed with “just in case stuff” and “someday stuff” and “when/if stuff”.  I didn’t rack up credit card debt on shopping sprees, but I relied on new clothes and accessories and Pinterest-ifying my home for a temporal sense of confidence.  I […]

Show up Real and Afraid and Honest and Vulnerable

Show up Real and Afraid and Honest and Vulnerable

Inside: I’m pretty sure we’re all afraid – at least some of the time. And more often than not. Show up afraid. Afraid and vulnerable. Show up real and honest with yourself above all. I show up every day afraid. I work with beautiful, competent women doing lovely things in the world – and they are afraid too. At least some of the time. And more often than not. I often reassure them that they are not, in fact, alone. It helps. Show up afraid and vulnerable time and time […]

This is KEY to Crafting the Life You Want

This is KEY to Crafting the Life You Want

Inside: If you truly want something you must show up and do the work. Small step by step. This is key to crafting the life you want. Do the work. Keep trying. Get your hands dirty. Do all or something. Take imperfect action. Build a growth mindset. Ask for help if you need it. Learn to sit with discomfort. Take two steps forward, one step back. Do it scared and aware there is much you don’t know. Pick yourself up should you fall. Stay out of comparison. But do the work. […]

Keep Life Simple in a Noisy World

Keep Life Simple in a Noisy World

Inside: One of the clearest signs that life has gotten off track a bit is the feeling that I’m wearing someone else’s shoes or trying to walk in their path. 10 ways I plan to keep life simple moving forward. It’s easy to complicate life despite our best intentions. We live with competing tensions and desires and, let’s face it,  we’re messy people. I want to learn all the things and be the expert at everything. But I also need lots of sleep and time to putter and think; I […]

How to Live Like Every Day is Your Favorite

How to Live Like Every Day is Your Favorite

Inside: What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Stop waiting for tomorrow or until life is perfect. This is how you can choose to live like every day is your favorite. This day is my favorite. Yesterday was my favorite. And tomorrow, if it comes for me, I’ll embrace that day fully too. As I inch my way toward the age at which my mom died, I am ever conscious of how life is fleeting. This motivates me to cut through the noise […]

I Find CALM In The Space of In-Between

I Find CALM In The Space of In-Between

Inside: I am no longer afraid of being imperfect or less-than and more afraid of missing my life because I am constantly wishing it away. When I embrace my mediocrity I find calm, here in the space of in-between. I am mediocre and choose to be at peace with that. People have argued vehemently against this idea – they don’t agree, they don’t believe this to be true about me, they feel like it is a disparaging comment. But I get to define who I am and I am the […]