Take Back Your Mornings!

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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

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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

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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 . . .

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Embracing Self-Care: Peace in the Home

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Peace in the home. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? What provides peace in the home will be different for every one, but I venture to say there are a few methods that are the same for most of us. For me, I’ve got three main areas that I’m working on to being more peace to my […]

Embracing Self Care: Health and Spirituality

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This is Week Two in the Embracing Self-Care Series. Find the introduction here and Week One here.  Our own health and spirituality are two of the largest factors determining the quality of life we enjoy and also that of our own family. Yet, these are the things that often slip by the wayside. I know […]