Category: Life as we know it

September: On being a beginner

September: On being a beginner

For many–myself included–September is the most wonderful time of the year, no matter what Christmas-lovers may tell you. Like the New Year, September is full of the promise of fresh starts and new beginnings. If only that didn’t mean being a beginner within those new opportunities. We all like new things, but there are not many who relish the steep learning curve that often come with them. Perhaps it’s time to just give yourself permission to be a beginner? In our home this year, September is looking a little different from our typical routine and opportunities to be a beginner abound. If you want to know more, I invite you to read on…

Happy Birthday to Me: Two things, 365 days, a life lived outward

Happy Birthday to Me: Two things, 365 days, a life lived outward

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how I want to celebrate my 50th birthday! It’s a milestone and I want to mark it properly! I’ve come up with two things for the next 365 days that I hope will turn each day of my life into a “hilarious, whimsical, meaningful chance to make faith simple and real.” This is your invitation to come along for the ride, no matter how old you are. Let’s celebrate together! Read on…

Monday Morning Musings… on catching up

Monday Morning Musings… on catching up

I stepped off the treadmill for a while, but the nature of life is that it continues to turn regardless. Though it’s been quiet here, things are happening–both the good and the bad. Most of all though, I can feel the changing of the seasons–slowly–and it looks like hope. I finally feel like I’m catching up a little bit. If the winter knocked you a bit flat, maybe there’s a little something here to encourage you? Read on…

I’m taking a mulligan on January… a.k.a. fresh start, take two

I’m taking a mulligan on January… a.k.a. fresh start, take two

It’s been a quiet month here. I didn’t start the year intending to take pretty much all of January off. But, to be honest, it began a little bumpy and instead of persevering, I crawled back under the proverbial covers. Have you had a hide-under-the-covers kind of month? Maybe you need to follow my lead and take a mulligan on the month? New mercies, fresh starts… these are ours for the taking every moment of every day. Read on…

Happy New Year! And now for something completely different…

Happy New Year! And now for something completely different…

In a few hours, people in my little corner of the world will be bidding 2017 adieu and ringing in the new year with hope and optimism. I will always remember 2017 as the year I shrank my life. Contrary to society’s norms and expectations, I walked away from almost everything I used to define my identity for the past decade and came away with some surprising insights about myself in the process. If you’re thinking you need to re-evaluate your priorities and make some sustainable changes in 2018, there might be something here for you. Read on…

Advent: taking a breath in a season that tends to leave us breathless

Advent: taking a breath in a season that tends to leave us breathless

It’s December, which means we tend to start racing the clock and the calendar to the finish line. Christmas Day. What if we simply paused each day of Advent to take a deep breath?
What would it look like to focus on preparing our hearts instead of our homes, and anticipating the Gift, instead of the gifts? Read on…

In search of contentment: moving towards good. and enough.

In search of contentment: moving towards good. and enough.

Blaise Pascal wrote, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which can’t be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator.” A recent trip to Target shone a glaring spotlight on my heart, and I didn’t like what I saw. Do you struggle with discontent? Read on…