Your priorities express your values. Why “more of what matters” was more than my 2017 mantra and how it became the life-changing shift I needed.

I started the year with a mantra: More of what matters (and less of what doesn’t). As 2016 transitioned into 2017, I not only changed my blog name and domain to reinforce this intention, but I began to live with these exact words in mind. This mantra became the guiding force behind my life choices, the priorities I set, how I spent my money, how I […]

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Stay present, friends. Because when you do, magic can happen.

Instagram just rocked my world about 25 minutes ago. Image after image, I was led deeper and deeper into a message that spilled one post into the next. They were from different authors, they showed different images, they consisted of different words, but the messages all aligned. They spoke to me. And just now, I retrace my steps to recapture some of that amazing inspiration and it […]

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I’m alive. I’m here. I’m growing a tiny human. And life is just damn good.

I’ve started several blog posts since I last published. That 30 days of blogging was big for me. It was a huge undertaking, but it felt magical and freeing and like I could accomplish anything my heart would ever desire. That feeling has not been lost. I have been flying high through September and October – living intentionally each day. Enjoying each day. Doing things […]

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A reflection on my 30 day writing challenge.

A few days before August began, I felt a nudge. You need to write. Get serious about this passion of yours and simply show up. I decided to go for it without really thinking much about it a la Cheryl Strayed on her solo Pacific Crest Trail adventure chronicled in the book, Wild. Okay, well it was like that, but without the divorce, loss of […]

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It’s possible to feel wonder at every turn.

When we find ourselves in a familiar place – slouched into our desk chairs, walking down the same street you see every day, leaning over the kitchen sink with dishes in hand, waking to our second alarm – it can be difficult to be present. We’re experiencing a routine that we have grown accustomed to and it all comes easy (or at least it all […]

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7 Ways to Stop Fear in its Tracks

When worry strikes, it can feel like it’s already too late to stop yourself from unraveling. But it’s not. When preparing to leave our house for this trip, I ran around wildly putting away clean clothes and shoving bags in the car and watering the plants I had forgotten about and shining the counter tops. I don’t like leaving things left undone, especially when I know […]

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2 Things I Know for Sure

1. There’s no fear in losing connection (with your phone and the outside world). Be glad, in fact. It’s a reminder we need that our phones don’t have what we’re looking for. What we’re looking for is out there in the world. Beautiful mountain scenery, the starry night’s sky, a good book. It feels good to disconnect. Give it a try! 2. Exploring new places […]

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5 Steps to Living a Bigger Life

Play small, and you risk never actually living. When you feel passionately compelled to live out your dreams, don’t do so in a way that prevents failure. Fail. Fail hard. Fail a thousand times. Do not fear suffering, and do not suffer due to fear. Make the decisions that feel good to your heart. Trust that your soul knows the way – because it truly […]

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Hiking is my happy place.

When the wind is whispering through the trees and the views stretch for miles and the mountains reach up toward the sky – then I know I am but a small human in this beautiful world. When the path twists and turns and offers more than it could ever take away and brings me to unexpected places – then I know I am where I […]

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8 Lessons to Remember When Traveling

Today I’m leaving on a trip to Glacier National Park in Montana. And with any travel, whether a weekend roadtrip or travel by plane, there are feelings of a whole lot of excitement mixed with a little anxiety. Rather than focus on the details of plane tickets and quart sized bags and gate numbers and whether we closed the refrigerator door – I choose to […]

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