Embrace Imperfection or Real Life Will Never Be Enough

Embrace Imperfection or Real Life Will Never Be Enough

Inside: Our real, messy lives will be “never enough” until we embrace imperfection and accept that we are not in control of it all. I opened up my inbox as I often do in the morning to sift through interesting articles and ideas, share some online, and save a seed or two of thought for a later date. This morning it struck me as funny – in a sort of unfriendly, depressing way – that my intentionally curated inbox, brimming with interesting stats, science, and personal opinion for how to […]

7 Self-Care Practices for When Life Feels Painful

7 Self-Care Practices for When Life Feels Painful

Inside: Self-care is always important yet easily neglected. In painful seasons of life when it feels like we’re drowning it can feel incredibly hard to see our way forward. These 7 self-care practices help me show up when life is painful. The choice to keep living fully as we walk through painful or scary seasons of life, in which we feel like we’re drowning or having trouble seeing our way forward, requires tremendous courage. Fear often looms large in these seasons and it can require every ounce of strength and […]

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 […]

This is What it Looks Like to Become Real

This is What it Looks Like to Become Real

Inside: to become real hurts and once you’re real you can’t be ugly. But not everyone understands this yet. Naked in her room or tub, she’d let us come in. I suppose it was hard to find time alone when mothering so many. I learned what I would look like by watching her but I have no point of reference past 53. I find it curious that she found it easier to bare skin than soul. The last time we went out together when she was still able – we sat, […]

This is the Key to Happiness

This is the Key to Happiness

Inside: I have found the key to happiness here in embracing imperfection and choosing to love myself, and I want to share it with you. You’re imperfect. Life is messy. Show up anyway. This is the key to happiness. Showing up anyway. Acknowledging the full truth of who we are and all the mistakes we’ve made; the ways we’ve struggled and wrestled and been let down. Telling the truth about how scared we are that we don’t have what it takes and how we’ve compared and fallen short time and […]

This is My Beautiful, Real Life

This is My Beautiful, Real Life

Inside: Seasons come and go and I am continually called to stretch and grow – and open up to the gifts of each amazing day of my beautiful, real life. I wake up and immediately feel a wee bit grouchy about the crumbs on the counters and on the floor, the dishes multiplied in the sink like every day before. My daughter teases me as I make her a smoothie to send her off to work and I remember – this is my real life. What I really want is […]

How to Parent With More JOY as an Introverted Mom

How to Parent With More JOY as an Introverted Mom

Inside: We learn to parent with more joy as introverted moms when we wake up to our unique wiring and strengths and decide to honor who we are. I’ve provided a handful of articles and a course for introverted moms to support you on your journey. I know you’re not all parents (or moms) but many of you are so I occasionally share summits, posts or courses that might be of interest. Thank you for your patience if these do not serve you directly. Parenting is an integral part of my life […]

What If You Approach Growth From the Perspective That You’re OK?

What If You Approach Growth From the Perspective That You’re OK?

Inside: There’s a world of difference between seeking growth from a place of feeling broken or messed up vs. stepping into growth from the perspective that you’re imperfect and you’re OK. What if you approach growth or a desire to find deeper healing or freedom from the perspective that you’re already enough? That wanting to learn and grow and become more fully yourself is great – but not a prerequisite for treating yourself like you matter or behaving like you love yourself. What if you show up curious each day, open to […]