11 Questions to End the Year On Purpose

11 Questions to End the Year On Purpose

Inside: Living on purpose doesn’t mean having light for the whole path or knowing all the answers. It simply means living an examined life, awake and intentional, shifting course as needed, understanding you get to choose who and how you want to be in the world. Here are 11 questions to help you end your year on purpose. Sometimes I wake up with thoughts or questions circling through my heart & mind. “What do you want?” I asked myself over and over one morning as I went through my morning routine. […]

Living Grateful for the Wisdom in Every Season

Living Grateful for the Wisdom in Every Season

Inside: Mindful living means choosing to live grateful for the gifts in every season. It means consciously and stubbornly mining for these gifts. This is a reflection about what mindful living taught me as I walked with grief through the seasons. It’s human to experience ebb and flow in life: seasons of transition and even uncertainty; tilting between self-confidence and self-doubt; shifting levels of energy or productivity; changes in what you need or want. Death and new life. Life is messy. And beautiful. Mindful living means choosing to live grateful […]

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 […]

Now is a Perfect Time to Be Happy

Now is a Perfect Time to Be Happy

Inside: Happiness is a choice for most of us, much of the time. I don’t have to wait until I lose weight, resolve all struggle in my life, or gather up 3 degrees to my name. I don’t have to wait till I’m married or divorced or until I find my dream job. I don’t need more stuff, better weather, a bigger budget or a smaller body, or to be any different from who I already am. Now is a perfect time to be happy. While I generally think of […]

Simple Living Tips for the Stressed Out or Recovering Perfectionist

Simple Living Tips for the Stressed Out or Recovering Perfectionist

Inside: Simple living tips for the stressed out, worn down, or recovering perfectionist so you can live with fewer “shoulds” and more freedom; less hustle, more curiosity; less jumping through hoops and more putting your feet up to read; reduced stress, more purposeful action; no trying to measure up so you can just do you and offer the work you love imperfectly and joyfully. For years I sought out kindred spirits or wisdom-filled guides for how to live an intentional but simple lifestyle in books and later the internet. If they […]

Change Comes Softly

Change Comes Softly

Change comes softly. We gathered in the hospital room, taking our turns at his side. Whispering goodbyes that were wholly insufficient. And then he was gone. But it had been a year and a half of prognosis and treatment, of driving back and forth never knowing if this time would be the last I got to sit with him, hoping and needing to somehow absorb every last bit of life wisdom he had to spare. Before he left. There was not enough time and more than we were initially given. […]

What Does It Mean to Decide to Live Each Day?

What Does It Mean to Decide to Live Each Day?

Inside: At 18 I decided to live. At 33 I decided to love myself. At 46 I decided to enjoy the journey. Deciding to live isn’t just about no more suicide attempts. It’s not just about getting free of addictive or numbing behavior. Deciding to live is also about showing up each day awake and aware, willing to taste what comes your way: the joy, the anxiety, the exasperation, the delight; the wins, the struggle, the sunshine, and long nights. It means slowing down and noticing the gifts of each ordinary […]

Living Slow and Simple On a Meandering Path

Living Slow and Simple On a Meandering Path

I’m hard-wired for slow and simple. Partly by nature, partly for self-protection – this is how I’ve known to survive with a highly sensitive spirit and a tendency toward anxiety – I’ve made conscious decisions from childhood to guard white space in my life and keep things simple. I’ve chosen a slow path. This is not to say that I’ve never fallen into the trap of perfectionism, performance or people-pleasing, nor that my life has been without seasons of struggle where I felt so far beyond overwhelmed that I couldn’t […]