• 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 ...

  • The Gift Of Presence {Guest Post on Becoming Minimalist}

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    Minimalism, at its heart, is focusing time, energy and resources towards more important aspects of life. For most people, this intentional fixation results in a widespread clearing of clutter. “Life clutter” may take on many forms: physical belongings, technological fillers (such as alarms or apps), non-life-giving calendar items, even unhealthy relationships. The beauty and allure of minimalism ...

  • How to Write a Mommy-friendly To-Do List

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    I'm a list-lover. As someone who highly values productivity, the sight of a crossed-off list can be quite the rush for me. My daddy is the same way. Many of my early memories include him jotting tasks on a crinkled paper and pausing throughout the day to gleefully strike through an item. Writing lists is a ...

  • A Goodbye Tribute to the Shoebox

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    Howdy friend! We are settling deeper and better into our new home each day, but in all the hullabaloo I haven't posted an official goodbye tribute to that special basement apartment of ours, The Shoebox. Here it is. I knew The Shoebox was the right place for us the moment I stepped through the rusted door. ...

  • 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 ...

  • “One Prayer” Update: Wisdom

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    Wisdom hit me like the sharp smart of a stubbed toe at 2 a.m. It didn't feel like I would imagine wisdom to feel—all enlightened and luminous and grateful. Instead it felt a little more like a punch in the gut, and it took me awhile to get back to sleep. So I'm mulling over ...