Ordinary Magic

Ordinary Magic

Inside: I think magic comes in the ordinary – for those willing to see. Do you want more space or permission to pause and notice the ordinary magic of your life? The streets are black apart from the meager light cast by the streetlamps. But this is more than enough light to illuminate the sparkle of the snowflakes as they begin to fall. You sense magic in the air. You throw on a tuque and warm mitts, lace up fuzzy boots, and head out for an impromptu night-time stroll. You […]

Living a Life of Purpose on the Mountaintop or in the Valley

Living a Life of Purpose on the Mountaintop or in the Valley

Inside: Whether on the mountaintop or in a valley, we can live a life of purpose. One moment at a time. Here are 5 tenets for living a life of purpose. I put in a great deal of energy thinking through my direction and primary goals for the new year. I spent many hours in honest reflection, life management binder and worksheets strewn about me, working to identify where I could cull and simplify and work smarter not harder. I felt purposeful and excited about what lay ahead. And then, […]

How to Start Each Week With a Mindful & Happy Monday

How to Start Each Week With a Mindful & Happy Monday

Inside: Whether you love Monday mornings or they’re the bane of your existence, your happiness is likely to increase when you live mindful and seasonally. Here are 7 tips for a Happy Monday. This post contains referral links to my book or printables. I love Monday. Monday feels like Springtime to me. Or autumn. The transitional seasons. The spaces in which life feels fresh and full of joyful possibility. Every Monday is a fresh opportunity to choose who and how I want to be in the world. It offers a […]

Do Hard Things. These Thoughts Will Help.

Do Hard Things. These Thoughts Will Help.

Inside: Living awake and on purpose means embracing the dark and the light; owning that life doesn’t have to be perfect or easy to be beautiful. Giving ourselves permission to rest and taste pleasure and choosing to do hard things. We need to do hard things. This post contains referral links. Building a right-sized life requires doing hard things. Living aligned to our values and top priorities in every season involves doing hard things. Being a questioner, stubbornly carving out a path that feels joyful and sustainable, learning to rest, choosing […]

Living Grateful for the Wisdom in Every Season

Living Grateful for the Wisdom in Every Season

Inside: Mindful living means choosing to live grateful for the gifts in every season. It means consciously and stubbornly mining for these gifts. This is a reflection about what mindful living taught me as I walked with grief through the seasons. It’s human to experience ebb and flow in life: seasons of transition and even uncertainty; tilting between self-confidence and self-doubt; shifting levels of energy or productivity; changes in what you need or want. Death and new life. Life is messy. And beautiful. Mindful living means choosing to live grateful […]

There is More Goodness and Beauty to Come My Way

There is More Goodness and Beauty to Come My Way

Inside: Letting go of what was to make space for what will be is one of the ways I practice trusting that there is yet more goodness and beauty to come. We are afraid to let go for different reasons. For one daughter of mine, her eclectic collection of books helps inform her identity. My husband, on the other hand, grew up in poverty and fear of lack can compel him to gather and save up. I find myself afraid to let go because I struggle to trust that there is […]

What Getting Back into the Swimming Pool is Teaching Me About Slow Living & Self Compassion

What Getting Back into the Swimming Pool is Teaching Me About Slow Living & Self Compassion

Inside: I have found that living a life in progress means an ebb and flow of stepping out into the unknown – of progress and adventure, of becoming and stretching – and then finding my way home again. What getting back into the swimming pool is teaching me about slow-living and self-compassion. I have recently started swimming again after years of longing. Getting back into the pool feels a little like coming home. Yesterday as I drove, alone, to the city with ample time and space to think, I reflected […]

Why Feeling Stuck Might Actually Be a Happy Thing

Why Feeling Stuck Might Actually Be a Happy Thing

Inside: Feeling stuck is as beautiful a part of life as the times of flow and productivity. It’s a happy thing. It’s a call to do the work to get honest about what you want and need so you can get unstuck and move into alignment and purposeful action once again. I’ve provided 10 action steps and a load of practical resources to help you get unstuck. This post contains referral links. I launched excitedly into chatting about and writing this post. And then I got stuck. There are moments […]