• How to Cultivate an Eternal Perspective on Stuff

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    Stuff is tricky. It sneaks into your home and car and (cough) Amazon cart seemingly undetected. Then before you know it, you're the not-so-proud owner of a pile of junk which you know you probably don't need. Yet now that you own it you value it (hello, Endowment Effect!). When dealing with a topic as difficult as ...

  • Abundance in Minimalism

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    At first glance the concepts of minimalism and abundance seem opposite. Contradictory. Mutually exclusive. A discussion about an olive tree revealed to me how abundance and minimalism are actually connected—partners, even—in the forming of a truly meaningful life. Minimalism is the gateway to abundance of the most important sort. Let me back up a minute. Lately ...

  • Why it Takes Courage to Intentionally Live Small

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    Last December I visited the dentist. The dental hygienist was making conversation and casually asked me if I had my Christmas shopping done. It was, of course, a harmless question that I'm sure she asked every patient in December, but I found my mind racing. Suddenly the lamp above my head felt like an interrogation light. What ...

  • Take It {Self Care for the Best You}

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    Yesterday during nap time I sat outside alone. I deeply inhaled fresh air. The strengthening spring sun's rays warmed my back while I read. It was a much needed break which rejuvenated my heart, mind and body to make it through the rest of the day. My heart overflowed with gratitude, my senses feeding it morsels over ...

  • How to Find Peace in Thanksgiving

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    Hello and HAPPY THANKSGIVING, friends! If you're like me, you might find giving thanks for the good things in your life easy. Today is when Americans gather around the table and share what our hearts are grateful for—an abundance for many of us. Much of the time it's a breeze to feel thankful for a supportive ...

  • Embracing Weakness

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    Colorado saw a cold front last week for the first time this year. A really cold snap that nearly snapped me. Between ridiculously early kid wake-ups and mostly being confined indoors, it made for marathon-long days. The Shoebox felt even smaller than usual. The kids, even crazier than usual. Me, weaker than usual. I'm usually not ...

  • The Balance of Contentment in Imperfect Now

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    "I hate this house!" Red's Arctic-blue eyes intensely searched mine for a reaction. On his forehead a red bump glared. The wall hadn't moved when he somersaulted into it, and this was the apparent reason for the passionate declaration. It was a test, of course. He was merely parroting an outburst I made a few weeks ...