It Takes Courage to Become Who You Really Are

It Takes Courage to Become Who You Really Are

Inside: Growth is messy and it takes courage to become who you really are. But doing this hard, stretching work leads to freedom and a sense of rootedness and calm. These three keys are essential to intentional, sustainable growth. As funny as it sounds, it can take decades for us to become who we really are. We’re called to sift through external and internal pressures and ideas about how we ought to be, push back against outdated messages about gender roles or familial patterns, accept the invitation to peel away […]

Maybe You Are Brave

Maybe You Are Brave

Inside: Choosing life when you don’t know how you’ll live and you feel alone and unheard. Choosing to love and who you are. Choosing not to quit. This is brave. Maybe you are brave. Brave. I never identified with this word. I knew it definitely did not describe me. I was afraid. I was overwhelmed. I hated who and how I was. I wanted to end my stay here. I felt inadequate and ill equipped for surviving in this world. I was clearly not brave. But choosing life when you […]

Are These Thoughts Keeping You From a Purposeful Life?

Are These Thoughts Keeping You From a Purposeful Life?

Inside: These 12 lies keep many people stuck and hold them back from building a happy and purposeful life. Don’t let them stop you. Most mornings I wake up drippy with gratitude and delight for this imperfect and beautiful life of mine. I can hardly believe how fortunate I am to connect with women around the world, have space to putter and read, a family to love, and opportunity to use my gifts to encourage and teach on a daily basis. But not that long ago I lived stuck. Afraid […]

On Feeling Small

On Feeling Small

Inside: There is so much more to life and this universe than I can make sense of. And it isn’t all my responsibility. The ocean scares and calms me. Both. The ocean makes me feel small. All the heaviness and grief I carry around with me feels lighter when I sit, feet buried in the sand, sun warming my body and all the broken places of my life, watching the crashing waves. When I close my eyes and listen to the ebb and flow of the water. I feel small. I remember […]

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 […]

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 […]

There is More Goodness and Beauty to Come My Way

There is More Goodness and Beauty to Come My Way

Inside: Letting go of what was to make space for what will be is one of the ways I practice trusting that there is yet more goodness and beauty to come. We are afraid to let go for different reasons. For one daughter of mine, her eclectic collection of books helps inform her identity. My husband, on the other hand, grew up in poverty and fear of lack can compel him to gather and save up. I find myself afraid to let go because I struggle to trust that there is […]

What Happens When You Decide You’re Good Enough

What Happens When You Decide You’re Good Enough

Inside: it’s time to start living like you’re already good enough. You don’t have to be smarter, prettier, or different from who you are. You can be a quiet world changer. There have been a few bleak seasons in my 46 years, starting at a young age, when I wanted to opt out of life. Disappear quietly. I knew I could never keep up or measure up and that I didn’t have what it takes. What I hadn’t learned yet or not fully was that I do not have to bend […]