Just Choose All or Something

Just Choose All or Something

I’ve come to the conclusion that my message can be summed up in three simple phrases: You’re imperfect; Life is messy; Show up anyway. (I want to help you figure out how!) I love the clarity and simplicity of this. I care about each of us deciding to fight or crawl or question our way to freedom. Making peace with the messy truth that we are imperfect and gifted. That we struggle but we are not a failure. We bumble our way through life but we are worthy of compassion. Life […]

Fear Is Not The Enemy

Fear Is Not The Enemy

Inside: Fear can be a bully but she is not my real enemy. The real enemy is my failure to acknowledge that I always get to choose my response. I woke up crying again last night. I dreamed that I was pregnant with my fourth child at the same time that I learned my mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I would have to let her go – again. In the 15 years since she left, I’ve dreamed of saying a heart-wrenching goodbye to her countless times. No matter how many […]

10 Truths To Help You Live Like You Love Yourself

10 Truths To Help You Live Like You Love Yourself

One day, shortly after the birth of my third child, I made the decision to love myself. I was done trying to mold my body or beautiful, quirky self into a tiny, ill-fitting mold. I’ve been showing up and practicing this decision every single day for the past 12 years. Living like we love ourselves, speaking to ourselves with kindness, laying down judgment, nourishing ourselves like we deserve good things, none of this happens without deliberate, conscious choice. We walk it out, day by day. We struggle, we hide, we step […]

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 […]

5 Simple Health Shifts I Made That Will Serve You Too

5 Simple Health Shifts I Made That Will Serve You Too

I am regularly amazed by this simple truth: baby steps with consistency can lead to powerful results. We do not have to undertake a complete life overhaul to reap sustainable, life-changing benefits. No need to get overwhelmed. Release the all or nothing attitude. If you want to continually move towards greater mind-body health, as I do, consider just slowly adding in small shifts over time. Here are 5 Simple Health Shifts I made in 2016 that I think will serve you too. 1. I added in liquid minerals. Refined and processed foods, nutrient-poor soils, low […]

Living Eyes and Heart Wide Open

Living Eyes and Heart Wide Open

Inside: Everything changes when we practice living eyes and heart wide open. We shift from fear to curiosity, from wanting everything to work out just right into joyful possibility. What might change in your life if you began living eyes and heart wide open? Just as my leg began to feel somewhat better after a year of difficulty I awoke one morning with pain and swelling in my foot; I walked on it two weeks before seeing my doc and getting an x-ray. Then in a rush to get to physiotherapy, […]

Come Aside and Rest a While: Learning to Practice Rest to Combat Stress

Come Aside and Rest a While: Learning to Practice Rest to Combat Stress

I am still learning how to rest. From trying to be “good enough” or the need to somehow be better or different from who I am. I’m still learning to quiet the noise that tells me there is never enough time or that I am perpetually behind on my task list. Still negotiating healthy work-family-rest boundaries in this season of life. When I am reading or writing I can rarely sit completely still; my body rocks back and forth. Somehow this movement permits my mind to focus on more contemplative tasks. Rest can be hard. […]

Sometimes Life Sucks and You Choose Joy Anyway

Sometimes Life Sucks and You Choose Joy Anyway

Inside: We can decide, that whether life is easy breezy or downright horrible to choose joy and wear it like a garment. Here are 7 big and small ways to practice choosing joy. This is real life. Yet another sewer backup. Another friend in trouble. More financial stressors. A child going through a difficult time. Something’s up in your body and it hurts. Dealing with disingenuous people. Ugh. Sometimes life sucks and you choose joy anyway. Should we wait until life is calm and perfectly predictable to live with joy? Do […]