Small Things

Small Things

We know that to accomplish a goal it must be broken down into small intentional steps. To build a home you first dig and lay a foundation. To live on purpose you have to get up each day and do all or something. All or something. All or some small thing. Because small thing after small thing builds a full and meaningful life. Small Things I like to read by the light of the salt lamp Louise Penny, Laurie Frankl, stories that make me laugh and cry. I like to give thanks […]

Tell the Truth

Tell the Truth

Inside: Yesterday marked nine months since his death. Nine months can feel like a lifetime or the blink of an eye. Enough time to help create and birth new life but not enough time for my heart, mind, or spirit to figure out how to say goodbye. TW: grief, child loss, suicide I took my son’s leftover medications to the drug store today for safe disposal. This probably sounds like a very minor accomplishment, an inconsequential baby step, but it felt like an important act of letting go. The thought […]

Why I Choose to Slow Down and Lay on the Couch all Weekend

Why I Choose to Slow Down and Lay on the Couch all Weekend

Inside: For happiness and a full beautiful life, it’s essential that we slow down and make space for purposeful rest. We can’t pour out what we don’t first pour in. For years I repeated a cycle of ignoring my body and brain’s call to rest and then inevitably falling ill and being forced to cancel all plans to lay on the couch reading for a weekend. I loved it. It dawned on me finally that perhaps I could arrange my life in such a way that I could choose to […]

Simplify Life – Imperfectly

Simplify Life – Imperfectly

Inside: There is no perfect way to simplify life or home so embrace your own beautifully unique journey and find freedom in the letting go. This is a guest post from Julianna Poplin of The Simplicity Habit. Six years ago, I started reading books about simplifying and decluttering. It came at a key time in life as I was beginning to pack up our family of four to move from California to Washington. As I began putting all of our things into boxes, I started questioning why there were so […]

On Building a Right-Sized Life: I Choose Simple over Easy

On Building a Right-Sized Life: I Choose Simple over Easy

Inside: Building a right-sized life means a made from scratch, handcrafted, customized life that is honest, authentic, and helps us walk out each day on purpose. My right-sized life includes soulful simplicity. Yours can too. This post contains relevant referral links. I’m not convinced life has to be as complicated as we make it. We don’t control every circumstance but most of us still have a lot of room to choose. I choose simple and sustainable. Conscious or soulful simplicity allows me to live with purpose, health, and joy. It […]

Keep Life Simple in a Noisy World

Keep Life Simple in a Noisy World

Inside: One of the clearest signs that life has gotten off track a bit is the feeling that I’m wearing someone else’s shoes or trying to walk in their path. 10 ways I plan to keep life simple moving forward. It’s easy to complicate life despite our best intentions. We live with competing tensions and desires and, let’s face it,  we’re messy people. I want to learn all the things and be the expert at everything. But I also need lots of sleep and time to putter and think; I […]

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 […]