What Getting Back into the Swimming Pool is Teaching Me About Slow Living & Self Compassion

What Getting Back into the Swimming Pool is Teaching Me About Slow Living & Self Compassion

Inside: I have found that living a life in progress means an ebb and flow of stepping out into the unknown – of progress and adventure, of becoming and stretching – and then finding my way home again. What getting back into the swimming pool is teaching me about slow-living and self-compassion. I have recently started swimming again after years of longing. Getting back into the pool feels a little like coming home. Yesterday as I drove, alone, to the city with ample time and space to think, I reflected […]

How To Be Still When The World is Spinning Wildly

How To Be Still When The World is Spinning Wildly

Before my eyes fully open, I feel the call to hurry. The whisper of not enough time, too far behind, how will I ever keep up. I hide under the covers a while longer, procrastinating, ruminating, unwilling to spend another day spinning wildly like the frenetic, unhappy, world around me. I want to be still. Lying in bed, I remind myself of the truth that I can choose my own thoughts and how to move through the world. I take responsibility for what I can and sometimes this means ignoring […]

Life is Messy: Stop Looking For Perfect and Embrace What Is

Life is Messy: Stop Looking For Perfect and Embrace What Is

Life is messy. We create weekly rhythms and chore charts, financial goal sheets and healthy menus that take into account everyone’s preferences. We do date nights and declutter and determinedly decline 80% of the invitations that come our way. All in the hopes of creating orderly, simple, tidy lives. And still, it’s all messy. We tip into discouragement, especially when we compare our lives to the celebrity blogger or simple living guru. We wonder what we’ve done wrong, what else we can let go of. Maybe if we move into a […]

Always Getting Ready to Live – or Joy in the Simple Things

Always Getting Ready to Live – or Joy in the Simple Things

When I was a teenager I dreamed of leaving home and beginning a career. In College, I wrote out 5 and 10-year plans and impatiently longed to meet a man who would treasure me and of the day I could own a home and begin a family. When my first-born arrived I fed my voracious appetite for parenting books, always so impatient for the next child-development milestone, constantly thinking ahead, pushing, dreaming and planning. These days I often find my thoughts drifting ahead to retirement and what life will be like in the season of empty nest. It […]

Just Breathe

Just Breathe

When the world is spinning quickly and you’re doing your best to keep up but always feel that little bit behind. Just breathe. Expand your belly. Pause. Exhale. When your muscles are tight and you feel frustrated, wound up, ready to snap. Unfurl your body, widen your stance and stretch your arms out behind you to open up your chest. And breathe. Pause. Exhale. When you have witnessed the suffering of someone you love and helped bury them deep in the soil. And your soul feels like it is being rent in […]