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Stop Trying to Live a Balanced Life – Why Balance is Bullshit

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Balance is Bullshit


I’m not the first one to declare such a thing. Others have said it before me. But if you’re like me, you probably ignore them thinking, Well, that’s fine for everyone else. But I can totally live a balanced life. Watch me!

And then you go about running yourself down to threads saying yes to every exciting new project, scrubbing your home lemon fresh, preparing wholesome meals (from organic local farms only, of course), keeping your resolution to treadmill your way to glory, while celebrating each and every birthday, job promotion, engagement, and new baby.

We all think we can do it. I want you to know that you can’t. (more…)

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Thirties are the New Thirties

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Happy Birthday to Me!


Happy birthday to me!

Today, I’m 29 years old. Wow, where has the time gone?

Oh wait. That’s not right. Let me try this again.

Today, I’m 39 years old. Yes, that’s better. Thirty-nine.

You can understand why I’d be confused though. Because, 30s are the new 20s. And 40s are the new 30s. And 50s are the new… Yeah, you’ve heard this before. I recently caught myself telling my 81-year-old grandmother that 80s are the new 70s. (more…)


A Lesson on What’s Important

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People Not Things


If someone offered you a thousand dollars, what would you do with it?

Yeah, yeah. Charity, student debt, buy Mom a Fendi purse.

Now tell me what you’d really do with it. I guess a better question would be, what would you want to do with it?

I’ll tell you what I’d do. If someone gave me a thousand dollars, (more…)


Looking Back & Moving Forward

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Looking Back & Moving Forward


Two weeks ago my family took a trip to Lake Tahoe. As we were heading out the door, I snatched up my list of intentions (New Year’s resolutions) from 2015 and stuffed it in my bag. I had hoped to spend a bit of time reflecting on the past year and planning for the year ahead, while sipping something warm by the fire.

While traveling, that bag was stolen. Along with many other important things, my list of intentions for 2015 was gone. Forever. (more…)


When You Don’t Know What to Do With Your Life

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When You Don't Know What to Do with Your Life


“I don’t really know what I want to do with my life yet…”


“I’m figuring it out…”


“I mean, I don’t want to be a (fill in the blank) forever. But this is fine for now…”

These are some of the things I’ve heard from young people. And it really gets me down. It’s a trend I wish I could break; they feel like they should wait until they know exactly what they want to do before they take a step in any direction. Years go by and they still haven’t figured out what they really want to do with their lives. Lost time. Lost potential. (more…)


How I Turned Fear Into Fuel

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Fear Image

I’ve always been full of ideas. I’ve dreamt up too many Etsy shops, coffee houses, magazines, crafts, and stories to count. 

But if you know me, you know that I do not have an Etsy shop. Nor do I run a coffee house or a magazine. Despite being a multi-passionate idea machine, allowing those ideas to have wings of their own and live outside of my head has been my greatest creative challenge. 

I’m a little embarrassed to admit why this happens. But, I have a feeling I’m not alone in this struggle, so here goes. (more…)


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