With the exception of tiny houses, most American homes built after the 1950s don’t seem to be built with an eye for efficient use of space. Layouts are choppy and weird, there are walls everywhere, nothing seems to flow. If you want a little bit of storage space, you end up with way more than you bargained for. Jumping from 3 bedrooms to 4 seems to get you all kinds of “bonus features”—a formal living room, dining room, and basement. To get a bathroom with a decent amount of counter space, you have to practically jump up to the next… Read More
I love, love, love blog posts that feature favorite reads. Sharing the blogger love is a joy and certainly helps make the blogging world go ’round. I’m still getting used to the flow of blogging and trying to keep my head on straight, so for now I’ll be doing these blogger-love linkups at the end of each month. I hope to be at a place very soon where I can do these weekly!
Dan and I recently started the search for our first house (YIKES). We’ve been living in an awesome apartment for the last two years, and to be honest, I really don’t want to let go of apartment living. I love being able to put in a maintenance request when the dishwasher breaks down and the exactly zero amount of landscaping work I have to do. Our apartment is cozy and perfect. It’s small enough that we use our space wisely and don’t accumulate too much stuff. But we do want to own, and the time is exactly right with pricing, interest rates,… Read More
Sometimes you just need to get away. Like most people, I love a good, long vacation. Airplanes, luggage, a whole week unplugged from email. But, also like most people, I don’t have the time or resources to take these kinds of vacations frequently.
Like I confessed to you in Monday’s post, I love formulas and rules and instructions. I constantly try to boil things down into steps and procedures. I dislike gray areas. I choke on ambiguity. (But clearly, not on hyperbole.) This is why I’m a full-time copyeditor who just happens to write, instead of a full-time writer. So please forgive me for trying to take a critical, creative process and simplify it into a finite number of steps and questions. My hope is not that this confines you, but that it helps to dispel some of the cloudiness surrounding what I… Read More
The timing of Lent is perfect. It usually begins sometime in February, not long after our New Year’s resolutions have failed and our motivation to reach new goals has fizzled out. The thing about Lent is that it’s only 40 days long—I can do almost anything for 40 days. And if I make a mistake, I haven’t failed and ruined what was finally going to be the year of PERFECTION. I know the Lord will forgive me and let me try again.
I recently took one of those quizzes that was trending on my Facebook feed. You know the ones I’m talking about: “Which Frozen Character Are You?” (Elsa), “Which Decade Should You Have Lived In?” (the 1950s), and “Which Color-Number Combination Best Represents Your Philosophy on Cooking?” (I may have made up that last one). This quiz was called “Which State Should You Live In?” (By the way, I was hoping for California.) According to my quiz results, I should really live in Hawaii. I’LL TAKE IT. Here’s the explanation that went with it: “The slower pace of island life is… Read More
In part 1 of this little series, I shared some initial thoughts about why many people don’t travel much, despite their desire to do so. I fully acknowledge that travel can be costly in terms of money and time (though it doesn’t have to be). But while many people say they can’t afford to travel, I believe traveling is possible when we shift our mindsets and our priorities. My theory (actually, “theory” is a generous term . . . let’s call it “speculation”) is that people assume they can’t travel because they have one or two big misconceptions: