Trail of Myths: Finding Our Way to Enough

Trail of Myths: Finding Our Way to Enough

Inside: Questioning our unhelpful stories – the myths that present in the form of false notions or mistaken beliefs – helps us find our way to “enough”. This is a guest post from Heidi Barr. Here the forest floor has a carpet of hepatica, trillium, bloodroot, dutchman’s breeches, and bellwort, a tangle of white, purple, yellow and green as spring blooms open with the season. Adolescent skunk cabbage and uncurling ferns cast a tint of green as far as the eye can see, everything reaching toward the sun’s nourishment. Walking […]

You Can Find Your Way to Brave

You Can Find Your Way to Brave

Inside: I say yes to all of life and this includes saying yes to the soul-stretching and messy, get-your-hands-dirty kind of work required for showing up fully to life in every season, and in process I learn that I am brave. When I keep my eyes on my own path and give myself permission to play, try, explore, say yes to things that draw me without attachment to outcome, I am happy. When I hold space for others to be messy and imperfect and doing their best, and I hold […]

48 Happy Things

48 Happy Things

Inside: I’m turning 48 and each year as I approach my birthday I pause to reflect and redirect. This year I chose to craft a list of happy things that I want to acknowledge and express gratitude for. This post contains some referral links. I’m turning 48 tomorrow. Birthdays are a lovely time for self-reflection. A time to reflect and redirect. Three years ago during a visit to Montréal, I wrote this: 45 Important Things I’ve Learned In My 45 Years Two years ago as I neared my birthday I […]

I Like Myself and Why I Think This is Essential

I Like Myself and Why I Think This is Essential

Inside: I like myself. Liking who we are requires a one-time choice and daily practice. Here are some ways to practice. I like myself. The full, messy, truth of who I am. I’m boring. Ordinary. One might even say, mediocre. I love time alone and sometimes feel lonely. I long for deep connection but am not that great at friendship. A simple life makes me happy, I’m stubborn and crave order, I’m not ambitious but can be really hard on myself. I say what I mean, procrastinate and wrestle with […]

It’s Not Too Late to Shift Course and Build a Life You Actually Want

It’s Not Too Late to Shift Course and Build a Life You Actually Want

Inside: It is so easy to get caught up in what others are doing or who we think we ought to be. It’s easy to feel caught in the tension of competing desires. This is a great way to live a life of quiet desperation. You need to know what you want MOST of all if you’re to get off the hamster wheel and stay off. He has built up a life of comfort and ease: college funds, a big house, money in the bank. And he is so unhappy. […]

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 […]

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; As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. I prefer to leave my bed unmade until bedtime and happily hang out braless and in pj’s much of the […]

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 […]