Quiet amid the fireworks 

We’ve had a quiet weekend with a short trip to a farmer’s market and a walk to the field where we let the dogs chase balls and catch frisbees. Lots of laundry, ridding the garden of June bugs, and watching movies has happened. We’ve heard fireworks but have not seen them. And I am content. …

Embracing Shadows

We are not made for the mountains, for sunrises, or for the other beautiful attractions in life- those are simply intended to be moments of inspiration. We are made for the valley and the ordinary things of life, and that is where we have to prove our stamina and strength. Oswald Chambers In case you…

Hello Spring

Flowers, sunshine, and cleaning aren’t exactly the kind of things you may be thinking of this week. But Spring is like a great big Monday for me, meaning lots of new beginnings are available! Since a clean house makes me feel better, I decided to create a spring cleaning list that reminds me what I…

Shakeology No-Bake Cookies

Sometimes even when I’m following a clean eating plan, I still crave sweets and I need healthier options. Usually that means fruit, but this time these cookies did the trick! Ok, so they may not actually be considered a clean food item, but they make me feel better than going to buy store bought cookies 🙂…

3 Tips to Sharpen Your Axe

Every now and then, I need some hard words that speak truth down deep and cause me to really think about where I am and where I’m moving to. So if you’re not one of those people who can take hard words, you might want to skip this post 😉 There’s a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln…

Grace, Gift, or Joy?

As I read One Thousand Gifts, I’ve noticed the author uses grace, joy, and gift interchangeably. It’s a bit curious, but after reading the quote at the bottom of the post, I think you’ll understand how these three words are so closely knit. By the way, I love how Ann looks deep into the Greek meanings of…

The Step You Don’t Want to Take

I’ve heard it a lot. I’ve repeated it back to myself. When things get hard, I remind myself of it. The things worth doing are hard.  It’s easy to do the easy things. They take very little willpower and very little worry. Very little courage. Very little vulnerability is required of me. But the things…

YOU ARE ENOUGH

This week, I wanted to write something to teach you something important. I searched articles about sleep and health related topics. But I think what is really needed right now is me to share an important lesson I didn’t learn from any news source. Something that’s a little more personal. I didn’t grow up in a super negative household or…

“Sometimes you gotta jump”

Are you feeling stretched to your limits? Is your to-do list for the week still growing as you read this post? Are you feeling like you can’t handle one more thing added to your week? As I prepared for a trip a few days ago, I could already feel the stress affecting me as I…

Healthy Eating Cheat Sheet

One of the things I thought was crazy and hard was eating well. I had friends and family who were into gluten free, organic everything, whole 30, and a ton of other random diets. I thought diets were crazy. I grew up thinking diets were a negative thing for someone who had gained too much weight….