What Hard Work Can Teach Us

Do you ever people-watch? You know, sit at the mall, park, or coffee shop and just observe the human race? It’s fascinating. Every person has a story. And each story is unique and interesting. I’ve often thought how any life could be the subject of a book or movie; our ups and downs laid bare […]

Color Psychology: The Effect of Color on Your Mental Health

Do you love staring at the ocean and feel calm looking at blue water? When you walk into room with red walls, does a restlessness jab at your insides? How about when you see bright green grass — do you immediately feel relaxed? Colors produce innate reactions and your responses to certain hues will impact […]

Take Back Your Mornings!

Do you feel like your mornings have gotten away from you? Like the morning is happening to you rather than YOU happening to the morning? If so, you are not alone! I used to have a decent morning routine, but have let it slide lately. Without an intentional morning, I feel like I’m starting the day […]

The Need for Quiet

I’ve noticed a pattern unfold in my life over the past few years. . . Every few months, a swelling of overwhelm inside pushes me to retreat. I pull back from anything and everything and hibernate for a while. Doing as little as necessary in order to rejuvenate my mind and body. Doing as little […]

Essentialism

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less was my favorite book from last year. It is packed full with gem after gem after gem. Golden nuggets of inspiration and a-ha moments neatly placed within the pages of a book. This quote will give you a good idea of what the book is about:  Essentialism is not about doing […]

Sometimes you don’t know how far you’ve gone until you come back . . .

As you may remember, the past year and half have been difficult for me. Right before I discovered my thyroid condition and autoimmune disease, I hit the bottom of the pit. It was miserable. Not just for me. My family struggled as well. Mommy was not the same anymore. I wasn’t the woman my husband […]

How to REALLY Get Healthy

Note: The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle will only be on sale for 2 days only – from 12am EST on Monday, December 29 until 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, December 30. Details here.  How do we really get healthy? Over the past year I have examined this question closely. There was a time when I would have said getting […]

Simple Things Sunday: Peace

This week was full of simple things. A lovely three days spent with a few dear friends. Away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. And without cell service or internet connections. Time spent walking and talking was just what I needed to refresh. An early morning walk. A visit with John Bunyon. Where […]

On Kindness

What follows is a random collection of thoughts on kindness.  Kindness is an important quality to cultivate in ourselves and our children. Kindness can create bridges, mend hearts, and soothe angry souls. “Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” -Author unknown The above quote is one of my […]

The Guilt and Shame of Chronic Illness

Having a chronic illness is the pits. It just is. I want to tell you how I’m over-coming (and I am), but truly it is just plain hard. The most difficult aspect is the guilt and shame that washes over me. I feel guilty that I need to rest instead of playing outside with the […]