Your Life in Progress: Self-Care Through Life’s Transitions

Your Life in Progress: Self-Care Through Life’s Transitions

Self Care Through Life’s Transitions is part of a series called “Your Life in Progress.” In this series we hear from other women like you and I – women who are learning to love and care for themselves well. They are taking risks, making mistakes, trying new things and letting others go, sometimes struggling, but ultimately pursuing beautiful, gentle lives of purpose, health & JOY. Ever since I was a young child, I have been a morning person. I am not sure if it was because my parents were night owls or if it was due […]

When Slow Living Feels Busy and Stressful

When Slow Living Feels Busy and Stressful

I aim for a slow and simple life. With time to ponder and putter. I love to feed my family simple, real food and spend time hanging out with them; it nourishes me deeply to do work that feels meaningful to me – to build my small community and encourage the women in my circle of impact. But sometimes my slow living feels busy and stressful.   Sometimes I start to feel anxiety bubble up in my chest because I am aware of my ever-expanding to do list. I feel guilt because […]

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, […]

Are You Lonely?

Are You Lonely?

As an introvert I seek out solitude and rarely spend time with people beyond my family. My brain only has so much bandwidth and I am generally busy filling it to the brim, drippy, with other people’s words from podcasts and books. I find myself laughing along with the banter, happily immersed in the dialogue, nodding my head in agreement, pausing now and again to consider. Until it’s over and then I find myself alone. And sometimes, most often during the wistful transition of spring or fall, keenly aware of a tender loneliness resting heavy in my gut. […]

Ready For Change: Just Take the First Step

Ready For Change: Just Take the First Step

I think we often know when it is time to step out into change or when change is coming, unbidden. When we need something different. A seismic shift. The details may be cloudy and we may feel afraid. But deep down we often know. When I was 20 years old and living in England, unhappy, needing a hip replacement, binge eating and treating myself with disdain, I knew I was ready for change. I couldn’t yet bear to think about what that might look like, to hope for better, I just knew I couldn’t stay as I was. […]

Your Life in Progress: The Art of BE-ing

Your Life in Progress: The Art of BE-ing

This is the third guest post in a series called “Your Life in Progress.” In this series we will hear from other women like you and I – women who are learning to love and care for themselves well. They are taking risks, making mistakes, trying new things and letting others go, sometimes struggling, but ultimately living beautiful, gentle lives. We’ve had the wooden letters B and E in our main floor bedroom-turned-yoga/dance studio for over 4 years now. Primed a flat white, B and E were hand selected from […]

Learning to Live the Questions in Times of Transition

Learning to Live the Questions in Times of Transition

It’s easy to become distracted or discouraged, forget truths we once knew, or begin doubting ourselves and the path we are on. But sometimes life (and I believe, God) uses events and people, a word fitly spoken, and even books that come at just the right moment, with a beautiful and awe-inspiring synchronicity, to help us return to a place of anchor and clear direction. To smooth the way in times of transition. Awhile back, I wrote this post and meant it. The response was amazing and humbling as so many people […]

Self Care for a New School Year

Self Care for a New School Year

Like many of you, I am sure, I adore the fall. The changing colors, promise of pumpkin-everything, perfect weather for wearing ‘cardis’, scarves AND flipflops.  As an ISFJ I also enjoy the return to more predictable routine and getting everyone and everything organized for a new school year. At the same time, anxiety and overwhelm can easily creep in during this season of transition as I shoulder responsibility for my family’s physical and emotional well-being. Self care can go out the window. I have one child in elementary (homeschooling), one in high-school, and one returning to […]