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Some days the steps go backward, but we keep going. Some mornings we sit on the edge of the bed and wonder how any steps can be taken at all today. Some nights we cry ourselves to sleep—together, alone—wondering how something so hard can be done.

This list was born during one of my low points. Mark and I were talking at 4:30AM. Yes, sometimes that’s the only time for adults to talk with four kids in the house. He woke me up. (well, I wasn’t sleeping). And we finally talked. The reason for my pain, I realized, was that one […]


Aug 5, 2016

There’s no time like now. Let’s fill up with now living—not with already-happened living or with in-the-distance living, but with right-now living. The kind that puts our values square in front of us, and gets us acting on them now and not saving them for never. The excuse-free, no-waiting, right-in-the-storm-of-life kind of living, where we […]

Grow is the Word

Jul 1, 2016

g  r  o  w.   “Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders. | Thoreau | Plant seeds. Grow things. Cultivate you. Bloom every way. […]

See. Listen. Be.

May 15, 2016

Spring is a natural at renewing, growing, regrowing. Forgot that New Year’s Resolution? That’s all right. I forgot to make one at all. Oh well, it’s spring. Second chances. Restarts.   Renew. Grow. Regrow. I want to: see listen be this spring.   Let’s: Run less and see more. Talk less and listen more. Worry less […]

simplista:  noun 1. a feminine lover of simplicity, striving to uncomplicate food, family + fashion. 2. you, me. Color is everywhere right now. I’m a little obsessed. Warning: Lots of color-inspired pictures to follow. But first, complementary colors. Do you know what makes a picture or an outfit pop? Complementary colors kissing. Where opposites intersect, magic […]

“Let’s get minimal, minimal I wanna get minimal Let’s get into minimal   A decade before “minimal” and “capsule” were words we all knew, black, charcoal, white and navy were my uniform colors—complete with little stacks of clothes in a bare closet. I got bored. Certainly I’m glad this capsuling idea has so many people’s […]