A Life in Progress is Having a Birthday!

A Life in Progress is Having a Birthday!

Inside: As I celebrate the 5th birthday of A Life in Progress I reflect on the journey and on all the people who have come alongside and helped me keep going. I witness my strength and look forward with curiosity and hope. Five years ago, A Life in Progress officially came to life as I took a deep breath, stepped out upon the water, and published my first blog post. A Life in Progress: The First Five Years That first year I was a homeschooling mama with one kid heading […]

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 […]

What Surrender Sounds & Feels Like 9 Months after Child Loss

What Surrender Sounds & Feels Like 9 Months after Child Loss

Inside: Child loss is excruciating. Letting go feels like creating a safe and special corner of my mind and heart in which to gather and house my memories and love for my son so that I have some room left for hope and joyful possibility. TW: Suicide, grief, child loss The agony was intense but I knew that something important was happening inside of me. Several times I wondered if I was losing my mind but even in my pain and wrestling it didn’t matter if I was having a […]

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 […]

5 Habits to Help You Show Up Strong When You Must Begin Again

5 Habits to Help You Show Up Strong When You Must Begin Again

Inside: Forced or willingly there come times in life when we familiar ground falls away and we are thrust into turbulence or transition. These 5 habits can help you show up strong if you must begin again. In times of turbulence or transition, the structure and flow of our daily life shifts, familiar ground falls away, and we are ushered into a new beginning. This past fall, after a long horrific battle to keep my son alive, after he left this world, I was forced to begin again. From crisis […]

The Best Way to Ditch Self-Doubt and Walk in Confidence

The Best Way to Ditch Self-Doubt and Walk in Confidence

Inside: Practicing self-compassion will lower self-judgment and depressive symptoms, decrease stress, increase resilience and feelings of self-worth. The best way to ditch self-doubt and walk in confidence is to practice self-compassion. Self-compassion is fundamental to living with purpose, health, and joy, and for sustainable and meaningful growth. Self-compassion is also a key tool in learning to quiet the noise of comparison, perfectionism, and fear. Let me tell you how. According to Kristin Neff, associate professor in the University of Texas at Austin’s department of educational psychology and Creator of the […]