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 […]

Tame the Chaos: Shift From Surviving to Thriving

Tame the Chaos: Shift From Surviving to Thriving

Do you live in a regular state of overwhelm or anxiety? Do you wrestle hard with procrastination or perfectionism? If so, you are definitely not alone. Budgeting, planning, decluttering, maintaining decent order – these have never been a problem for me. What I have struggled with was a sense of chronic overwhelm that would tip into OCD-like habits, procrastination, perfectionism, and horrible anxiety. I needed to keep my world perfectly ordered to feel safe. But no matter how hard I worked or how much sleep I sacrificed to maintain a well-managed […]

Intentionally Choosing A Life of Less

Intentionally Choosing A Life of Less

This is a guest post from Evelyn Rennich of smallishblog.com The beautiful thing about a life in progress is that it is in motion, ever changing with each season. A life in progress means we can’t ever claim to have arrived or that we have it all figured out. Much freedom lies in admitting to being a work in progress. The best we can do is share what we’ve learned along the way. So here is the story of how our American dream progressed from bigger equals better to smaller […]

Pursuing Simplicity Isn’t Always Easy But It Is Worth It

Pursuing Simplicity Isn’t Always Easy But It Is Worth It

Experience tells me kids show us who they are from a very young age. I never woke up one day as an adult and decided that I wanted a slow and simple life; pursuing simplicity was a natural part of my hardwiring from childhood. I don’t think there’s one right way to do life and my pursuit of simplicity may very well look profoundly different from yours. This is part of the joy of crafting a purposeful life; you don’t have to wear anyone else’s labels. And it is so […]

Can Money Buy Happiness? My Argument For Values Based Spending

Can Money Buy Happiness? My Argument For Values Based Spending

I have never been all that interested in wealth acquisition and desire a slow, simple (ideally debt-free) life. Don’t get me wrong; money is an amazing tool and plays a significant role in living a life of purpose, health, and joy. I love budgeting, goal setting and gleaning from books and podcasts about finances and simple living. I love living clear on my WHY – living fully conscious and purposeful about my mindsets, habits and the life I choose to create. Putting our (limited) money to work in a way that aligns with my/our core values. […]

We Are All Terminal

We Are All Terminal

We are all dying. I rant and grow impatient, succumb to moments of frustration or fear and sometimes let my tongue flow a little too readily with sarcasm or criticism. And if I am hungry and tired at the same time – well, I am not always the nicest person. But my desire is to slow down, to breathe, to notice and receive with gratitude the gifts of today. To smile at the stranger and make eye contact with the grocery clerk, to listen and learn, to laugh heartily and appreciate each and every person in my […]

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 […]