Authenticity: The Right Blend of Imagination and Action

Thoreau goes on to say, “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.” I’ve talked a lot about simple living on this blog. I’ve talked about my decluttering efforts, my desire to live with less, and also the practices of slowness and stillness and being present. But I still don’t […]

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#IWSG: Magic Most Wild…

Funny thing. I never stopped believing in magic. That desire to taste mystery never left me. It lived inside me when, as a young child, I reenacted Little Red Riding Hood over and over in front of the fireplace in our living room, before a captive audience of parents who must’ve been very tired of […]

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The Practice of Stillness

“The Page of Cups is sentimental. She is a true romantic at heart, and in a world that is filled with so much noise and bustle, she longs for the time and space to simply breathe and to truly take in the pleasures that abound. She listens to the still voice from deep inside that […]

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Digging Deeper, in Life and Art

One of the most magical years of my life was spent living on a farm in rural Southwest Virginia. I’d rise in the morning and, before it was too hot, work in the large garden I tended. Afterward I’d sit on the porch, read poetry, work on my master’s thesis, write poetry—I even tried my […]

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Celebrating “Slow”

  2018 is off to a bumpy start, with various ailments keeping me under the weather off and on for the past few weeks. But what I’m learning is not just that slow is okay. Okay implies mediocre, acceptable, just getting by. I’m learning that, perhaps, instead of just accepting slow, we should celebrate it. […]

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Can you live a creative life without clutter?

This is the question I’ve been forced to ask as I drastically scale back my possessions. My most recent project has been decluttering the room that has been, in the two and a half years we’ve lived in our townhouse, a study, a library, and now, a guest room. It has housed, at various points, […]

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Simple living is…

Simple living is… …a cup of tea with honey …watching the sunrise …a homecooked meal shared with loved ones …a trip to the farmer’s market …hiking to the top of a mountain …(and pausing to enjoy the view) …stargazing …giggling with friends …snuggling with my husband while watching a movie …toast with almond butter …goat’s […]

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Seeking Magic and Whimsy in 2018

By now the glitz and glitter of the holiday season are behind us, a time of brightly colored packages tied up with ribbons—but also a time of harried running around for many of us. Perhaps, now, we can pause. We can catch our breath. And we can look forward to another year on the calendar. […]

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Bright Holiday Blessings!

It was a simple Christmas in the Young household. We opened gifts—simple things, like t-shirts, books, chocolates, and tea. We drank tea and coffee and ate a simple meal of chicken and quinoa chili with cornbread for dinner. And our big outing for the day was a trip to the dog park, which was unfortunately […]

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The Problem with Perfectionism

Confession time: I am a recovering perfectionist. I am striving to embrace my human imperfection because I have come to realize that is the only path to meaningful fulfillment in life. And I am recovering because I know my struggle with perfectionism is lifelong. The seeds of perfectionism will always be waiting to sprout inside […]

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