A few months ago, I read a fascinating post from Courtney over at Be More with Less. As she was reflecting on her life at that moment, she realized that the small changes she wanted to make tended to fall into one of three categories: none, less, and more. I love the idea of slow, small changes — I think these are sustainable and often snowball into the big changes we want to see in our lives. In the same way, I think bad habits have a way of snowballing out of control as well. The process of creating this list helped… Read More
It has been raining buckets here in Chicago this week, and it’s taken a serious toll on my attitude these last few days . . . even though I didn’t realize it until Thursday morning as I grumbled the whole way to work. I wrote this post during my Thursday lunch break, and it was definitely the boost I needed to get through the next day and half. Choosing gratitude always seems to pull me out of my whoa-there-negative-Nelly moments. I’m looking forward to a low-key weekend of catching up on lots of writing projects, possibly making the switch to WordPress.org, and spending… Read More
As someone who loves traveling and experiencing new things, I’ve done a lot of mental “filing” of my dream destinations. It’s not that I’ll never be content if I don’t see the places on this list; quite the opposite. My love for simple, contented living applies to travel, too. I don’t need bigger, newer, better in my travels. I just love to travel. But you better believe that when someone asks me where I’d most like to go, dozens of locations come to mind. This is my attempt to boil it down to my top 10, just for fun. I’m… Read More
I firmly believe that simple living has a far more benefits and a better payoff than the alternative, but I’ll admit that it’s not an easy lifestyle to pursue given our cultural climate. We live in a consumer-driven society, and it can feel like a battle to go against the grain every day. I’ve been on this journey to simple living and minimalism for about a year now, and I have definitely made some mistakes along the way. Most of those mistakes have stemmed from the moments when I’ve been overambitious about minimalism, taken things too fast, and taken myself… Read More
It has finally, finally been a gloriously slow week at work and at home. Dan and I have unpacked about 90% of our boxes, we’re back into normal cooking and Netflix-watching routines, and I turned in a huge project at work and picked up a much smaller one. But when a challenge ends, that means it’s time to pick up a new one, right? Or maybe two? When I started blogging, I committed to publishing two posts a week as I tried to find my blogging “groove” or whatever. I still don’t know that I’ve found it, but I’m excited to move… Read More
I’ve been dragging my heels on writing a few more Seattle posts, and I’m not totally sure why. Travel is one of my biggest passions, and this trip certainly fed my wanderlust. I got to spend the whole weekend catching up with one of my best friends, I was out in nature, I ate incredible food . . . it was perfect. Honestly, I think I’ve been trying too hard to come up with big life lessons from each activity we did, and I’m coming up a little dry. So instead of forcing it, I’m just going to let it be what… Read More
What does it take to turn a heartache into a hallelujah? We are broken people, walking around with gaping wounds that we try to cover, tender skin we don’t let others see. We live among other brokens who touch our wounds, not knowing where they place or misplace their words. And we break and we bleed all over again.
You know that old adage “The days are long, but the years are short”? I could not agree more. This feels like it’s been the theme for my life lately. As exciting and amazing as the past month has been (and the few months before this), the days have been long and hard and exhausting. But suddenly, we’re almost halfway through the year, and I have to look around and take a deep breath and reflect once again.