It Takes Courage to Become Who You Really Are

It Takes Courage to Become Who You Really Are

Inside: Growth is messy and it takes courage to become who you really are. But doing this hard, stretching work leads to freedom and a sense of rootedness and calm. These three keys are essential to intentional, sustainable growth. As funny as it sounds, it can take decades for us to become who we really are. We’re called to sift through external and internal pressures and ideas about how we ought to be, push back against outdated messages about gender roles or familial patterns, accept the invitation to peel away […]

Why I (Joyfully) Eat Frozen Pizza on Friday Nights

Why I (Joyfully) Eat Frozen Pizza on Friday Nights

Inside: the thing that has made the biggest positive impact on my mental health – on my capacity to live with joy – is choosing to embrace imperfection and “good enough.” I choose to live imperfectly – On purpose. Why I (joyfully) eat frozen pizza on Friday nights… Because last spring as the apple trees began to bloom, I wanted to die. I had been living with heightened anxiety again for months and asked for help, unheard. And then the anxiety left suddenly and I plummeted into despair. I wept […]

Are These Thoughts Keeping You From a Purposeful Life?

Are These Thoughts Keeping You From a Purposeful Life?

Inside: These 12 lies keep many people stuck and hold them back from building a happy and purposeful life. Don’t let them stop you. Most mornings I wake up drippy with gratitude and delight for this imperfect and beautiful life of mine. I can hardly believe how fortunate I am to connect with women around the world, have space to putter and read, a family to love, and opportunity to use my gifts to encourage and teach on a daily basis. But not that long ago I lived stuck. Afraid […]

8 Affirming Books that Helped Me Love Life More

8 Affirming Books that Helped Me Love Life More

Inside: I’ve been changed by both fiction and non-fiction. I’m mesmerized by and so deeply grateful for writers who share their gifts with the world. Words often feel like breath to me – or maybe they teach me how to breathe. These 8 books have been kind companions over the past 7 years as I learned how to love myself and to love life more. This post contains referral links. My daughter laughs when she tells me she can always tell when I’m thoroughly enjoying a book. She finds me […]

What Happens When You Decide You’re Good Enough

What Happens When You Decide You’re Good Enough

Inside: it’s time to start living like you’re already good enough. You don’t have to be smarter, prettier, or different from who you are. You can be a quiet world changer. There have been a few bleak seasons in my 46 years, starting at a young age, when I wanted to opt out of life. Disappear quietly. I knew I could never keep up or measure up and that I didn’t have what it takes. What I hadn’t learned yet or not fully was that I do not have to bend […]

What if You Simply Offer Who You (Really) Are?

What if You Simply Offer Who You (Really) Are?

Inside: The crazy, ridiculous, unhealthy truth about comparison is that it strips us of color, demolishes creativity, and lulls us into a false sense of security. But we can push back against comparison and model deeply rooted self-awareness and self-compassion and delight in each other without needing to BE each other. Comparison is a masterful storyteller. Supremely skilled at his craft. The stories he spins are fanciful and ridiculous because we never know the full truth of someone else’s life and, therefore, measure ourselves against an illusion. Comparison is the […]

Show up Real and Afraid and Honest and Vulnerable

Show up Real and Afraid and Honest and Vulnerable

Inside: I’m pretty sure we’re all afraid – at least some of the time. And more often than not. Show up afraid. Afraid and vulnerable. Show up real and honest with yourself above all. I show up every day afraid. I work with beautiful, competent women doing lovely things in the world – and they are afraid too. At least some of the time. And more often than not. I often reassure them that they are not, in fact, alone. It helps. Show up afraid and vulnerable time and time […]

This is KEY to Crafting the Life You Want

This is KEY to Crafting the Life You Want

Inside: If you truly want something you must show up and do the work. Small step by step. This is key to crafting the life you want. Do the work. Keep trying. Get your hands dirty. Do all or something. Take imperfect action. Build a growth mindset. Ask for help if you need it. Learn to sit with discomfort. Take two steps forward, one step back. Do it scared and aware there is much you don’t know. Pick yourself up should you fall. Stay out of comparison. But do the work. […]