Finding Simplicity and Slowness Amid Change

The past few months have brought a great deal of change into my life. Where do I even start? Townhouse renovations. Job hunting. Getting a job offer. Starting an awesome new job at a local library, which I am loving so far. Dealing with a mystery illness for which doctors have yet to determine a […]

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Revisions, Remodels, and Retreats: July So Far…

July started off with a peaceful retreat in the nearby small town of Floyd, Virginia. Floyd is a small town that’s full of music and breweries. We didn’t partake in the breweries during our stay, but we did stay at Hotel Floyd and eat some good food at nearby restaurants, including far more ice cream […]

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Turning Plans into Action: (Lots of) Round 3 Goals

It’s time for Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days–the writing challenge that knows you have a life! If Round 2 was about cupping an ear and listening, about learning and intensive study, about thought and preparation, then Round 3 is the action stage. In Round 2 of A Round of Words […]

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Feeling “Scattered”: The Tricky Balancing Act of, Well, Balance

Those of you who practice yoga are likely familiar with tree pose. In it, you stand on one foot and slide your other foot up the inside of the opposing leg until it reaches your inner thigh. And here, you stand, rooted as firmly in your stance as an oak sinking its roots deep into […]

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Tackling Clutter Problem Areas: Our Whimsical Message Center

We all have at least one area in our home that is an ongoing problem area. Some parts of our homes, once organized, require only minimal and routine maintenance. But others seem to grow clutter like kudzu. For my husband and me, that area is our mail, receipts, and action items. “Action items” are any […]

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The Joy of a Grateful Heart

This afternoon, I drove home from my last session of physical therapy in the pouring rain, thunder rumbling overhead. Though I still have to keep up with my exercises and stretches to ensure the pain doesn’t return, I feel stronger than before, more grounded in my body. I am often too cerebral, and physical therapy […]

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Is there such a thing as ‘controlled busy?’

As life unfolds at an accelerated pace, I’m asking myself this question. Things have been racing along lately—home projects unfolding, decluttering efforts gaining momentum in the spring. Different parts of my life are opening up and blossoming now that I’ve made space for them. Writing is progressing steadily, with the latest draft of my novel […]

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Living in the Deep: What it means to live a slow, passionate, creative life

In the past few years, I have been trying to strike a careful balance between opening myself up to the world, fully living in it, and living slowly. There have been missteps along the way. Taking a part-time job quickly turned into an energy suck. But letting go of it made space for the opportunity […]

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Robins, Daffodils, and ROW80 Round 2 Goals

Isn’t spring the very essence of simplicity? The daffodils speak of simple happiness, and the breeze carries the merry tunes of birds. We’re called outdoors once more. One of my favorite aspects of living in a rather outdoorsy college town is how the entire town comes out of hibernation, as though winter were a spell […]

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