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. […]

This is the Key to Happiness

This is the Key to Happiness

Inside: I have found the key to happiness here in embracing imperfection and choosing to love myself, and I want to share it with you. You’re imperfect. Life is messy. Show up anyway. This is the key to happiness. Showing up anyway. Acknowledging the full truth of who we are and all the mistakes we’ve made; the ways we’ve struggled and wrestled and been let down. Telling the truth about how scared we are that we don’t have what it takes and how we’ve compared and fallen short time and […]

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 […]

Making Peace with Slow Progress

Making Peace with Slow Progress

Inside: This is a guest post from Jennifer of Simply + Fiercely. After years of struggling with my all or nothing personality, I finally began making peace with slow progress and this is what I’ve learned so far. Yesterday, I was tidying up my desk and I came across a to-do list that I’d written several months ago. The list detailed step-by-step all the things I wanted to do for an important project I was working on and there were at least twenty individual tasks to be completed. The list […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I’ve Spent My Whole Life Searching Desperately

I’ve Spent My Whole Life Searching Desperately

I didn’t want to leave when the weekend came to an end. I had been feeling unsettled, empty; all week long tears had simmered just under the surface but could not find release. I craved some time away to open my heart, quiet my mind and listen. Perfect timing as two months earlier I had booked a three-day retreat for that very weekend. My small, simple room with avocado-green Formica counters and shared bathroom down the hall made me feel like I was back in university. The simplicity was welcome and […]