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 […]

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 […]

How to Overcome Fear

How to Overcome Fear

Inside: You can embrace that you are strength and struggle and it is good. You can be afraid and messy and still show up fully to life. Here are some of the ways I overcome fear. This post contains referral links for books I recommend. My anxiety has been spiking lately again. I always need to be vigilant to protect my mental health over fall and winter but the last time I felt warning signs like this was two years ago. That time I asked for help unheard over and over […]

The Happiness Formula: Having the Courage to do More of What You Like and Less of What You Don’t

The Happiness Formula: Having the Courage to do More of What You Like and Less of What You Don’t

Inside: The happiness formula is pretty simple: Do more of what you like and less of what you don’t. Craft a life of purpose and intention around what really matters…to you. This is a guest post by Jay Harrington of Life and Whim. At a recent dinner party with friends, much of the conversation focused on an adventurous trip around the world taken by one of the couples. Historic temples, exotic dining, beautiful beaches, different cultures…it sounded amazing. But it was definitely not for me. I get stressed out and […]

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 […]

There are Many Paths to Finding Joy in Life: This is the One I Took

There are Many Paths to Finding Joy in Life: This is the One I Took

Inside: We were overwhelmed and so far from living our ideal life when we happened upon Marie Kondo. I had no idea that her book would be the path to finding joy in life again. This guest post by Helen of helenyoun.com contains affiliate links. Before I became a parent I had all these big plans. I was going to take care of myself and not lose my own identity so I can be a better parent to my child. I was going to eat healthy and cook all my […]

Just Like Me Sometimes You’ll Fall : 8 Ways to Get Back Up

Just Like Me Sometimes You’ll Fall : 8 Ways to Get Back Up

Inside: This is a guest post from newmoonhakomi.com. In it, Ketriellah shares 8 wisdom-filled tools to help you get up again when you fall – because you will inevitably fall or feel down sometimes, just like me. This post contains some amazon referral links. We’ve all heard some version of this over and over again. From biblical proverbs, to football coaches and fortune 500 executives:  Fall down seven times, get up eight. (That one happens to be a Japanese Proverb.) While we can’t avoid falling down, here are 8 tools […]