Creating a Vision in the Midst of a Quiet Season

Last month, I stepped outside of my comfort zone to attend a vision board party. The day before the event, I went to Target to get a cute board of some sort - maybe a hexagonal corkboard like our hostess used as an example. Or maybe a foam board so I could write phrases in … Continue reading Creating a Vision in the Midst of a Quiet Season

How to Be Idle and Blessed

I remember the first time I heard the line from Mary Oliver's poem, "The Summer Day." After contemplating the world of a grasshopper on a summer day, Oliver asks her reader if they know how to really pay attention, how to be still and quiet. The poem ends with an oft-quoted question: Tell me, what … Continue reading How to Be Idle and Blessed

One Word: Threshold

Maybe it was early last year when the word threshold first came across my radar. My brother and I were chatting about life and that feeling that, when looking back on this particular season there will be a sense of, Oh! That's when it all happened! You don't see it at the moment, only in hindsight. Months later, a friend … Continue reading One Word: Threshold

You’re Doing It Right

For the first time in my life, I've started attending a weekly workout class. My friend, Erin was recently certified as a Revelation Wellness instructor and leads classes that focus on moving our bodies in joy. Of course, they're really much more structured than that, with kickboxing, dancing, yoga, and strength exercises. I come away … Continue reading You’re Doing It Right

The Importance of Reading Genesis

Last Friday, after we took Bea out for her celebratory last day of school lunch, I packed five books, two journals, two packs of pens, my computer, and my sneakers and drove up to the Abbey of St. Walberga close to the Wyoming border. I was two hours into the drive when I realized I … Continue reading The Importance of Reading Genesis

Almost-Summer is For New Goals

In January, a friend invited me to her home for a writers gathering. Five of us were all linked through our writing and our friend. I had just finished reading one woman's book; another woman and I connected over facilitating online book clubs; another has kids about the same age as mine. We drank coffee, … Continue reading Almost-Summer is For New Goals

What Works for Me Might Not Work for You

One of the things I love most about our house is the semi-open concept. Each space is clearly defined but without doors. So, our formal dining room-turned playroom is open to the living room and dining area. I can see and hear the girls playing while I'm in the kitchen. It's great. Until the clutter … Continue reading What Works for Me Might Not Work for You

Leaning Into Ideas Rather Than Details

I just finished reading This is Not a Border: Reportage and Reflection from the Palestinian Festival of Literature, one of the most stunning collections of essays I've ever read. I spent over a month slowly reading the words, letting them sink in. Some days, I'd take a break. Often, I would only read one or two essays a … Continue reading Leaning Into Ideas Rather Than Details

Setting Goals as an Act of Hope

A new year means new motivation for projects and goals, right? Ringing in the new year in the dead of winter seems a bit counterintuitive. We've put most of the Christmas decorations away - we'll save the lights for after Epiphany tomorrow. We're still on Winter Break from school so our schedule is wonderfully relaxed … Continue reading Setting Goals as an Act of Hope