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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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 Gravel Road: Abandoning Societal Definitions of Success for the Self-Determined Path

Lately I’ve been struggling with the notion of success—what it means, how we define it, how we unconsciously internalize cultural definitions of success and make them our own. And, ultimately, what it truly means to lead a successful, meaningful, purposeful life. This year, I’ve struggled with my writing. I’m approaching four years of writing full […]

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Simple Summer Pleasures

Summer is in full swing here in Virginia’s New River Valley. As I type, birds are singing in the twilight. The grass beneath my feet is soft and lush; the trees are bright green and filled with scampering squirrels and countless types of birds. Leo and I have been enjoying long walks in the park […]

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Simple Living: What to Keep?

As many of you know, one of my missions for 2017 is to drastically simplify my life. I’ve packed up boxes of stuff—extra dishes, knickknacks and picture frames, even books, and am working toward having a more streamlined home. I’ve been reading a lot about minimalism, and I’ve read enough to know that I am […]

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Lessons in Minimalism

Saturday was a day filled with snow and biting cold wind, and so after a few excursions into the snowy hills with puppy Leo and an adventure out to do some shopping (okay, mostly to get away from the house, because I work from home and sometimes I need a change of scenery), hubby and […]

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Why I’m Simplifying

As many of you know, I’ve been on a mission to declutter my home. I moved (twice, technically) earlier this year. Once we put all everything in storage and lived with my in-laws for several weeks until our townhouse was ready. And then we pulled all of those boxes out of our storage units and […]

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