Having more, when others have less…

We are on an amazing trip to Barbados this week. It’s pretty spectacular. It’s a breathtaking island, we are surrounded by beautiful water, a lush green landscape and I should be relaxing and enjoying a pretty well deserved week off. But part of me feels guilty. How can I enjoy this amazing trip when there are so many other people who are dealing with tragedies, or struggling somehow? Those of us who are empathic are extra sensitive to things around us. It can be an extraordinary way to be in the world. You connect to other people and the things…

Hope chests, hoarding, planning for the future, living in the present.

I really love the idea of hope chests. I love the idea of collecting beautiful treasures that you’ll use someday, for your wedding, or your home, etc. When I was a wee-teenager I remember asking my parents for new bedroom linens for Christmas. When they came I didn’t even open them, I saved them for when I had my own bedroom. Sadly we never finished the extra bedroom and I never used the bed linens. Then at some point it had been so long that they weren’t even ‘me’ anymore and that was that… I was never able to really…

Everything is an investment, invest wisely

I’ve really been thinking about this topic a lot lately. I’m not sure we think of much outside of money as investments in our lives, but really ~ everything is an investment of one sort or another. What we spend or save money on is the obvious one. And the bigger the amount of money in one purchase, the more we think about it, and get stressed, etc. But outside of actually ‘investing’ money in the stock market do you think of anything else as an investment? Do you think of your car as an investment? Do you think of…

Finding your style, so that you can bring it to life.

Before we moved I did a serious closet purge and got rid of most of my clothes. {honestly, I could still get rid of more} I would literally stand in front of the closet every morning and, feeling defeated and uninspired, I would literally say out loud with a sigh ~ I don’t know what to wear. Every day. Did I love anything in my closet? Do I even have a style? Probably not. It’s so easy in our closets and our houses to just amass a random collection of things over time that we often unintentionally end up living in…

An Ode to all the ‘Bad Girls’ and Rebels

Sunday was the 98th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. Can you believe that? It’s hard to imagine not being able to vote… the more I think about it it’s hard to imagine not being able to do many things that women haven’t always been allowed to do. Work Own property Have my own bank account Wear pants That’s just a tiny few. It can really be such a big deal for us to have more of anything, ever. Sometimes just doing what you love is a supremely rebellious act. {Susan B. Anthony, a primary leader in the…

What potty training my dog is teaching me about reaching my goals and bringing my dreams to life

If you didn’t know already, back in November we got literally the cutest dog ever named Penny. Since we got her from a rescue, even though she was a year old, we had to potty train her from scratch, and boy has it been a deal. She’s a pretty nervous dog overall, and when we took her to obedience school the teacher told us that everything she learned would just take a lot longer than other dogs because of this, so to just be patient and keep at it ~ for everything. When it came to potty training we made…

Vacation, healing, recharging, and diving in

Last weekend we took a quick short-notice trip out to Michigan. We stayed in a farmhouse on a bunch of land, to get away and have some peace and quiet and a little escape from our crazy work lives for a weekend before the fall season is in full swing. It was perfection. And when I say perfection I don’t mean some flawless picture of a ‘perfect’ farm or luxury inn, in a perfectly restored house with big fluffy beds and perfectly manicured lawn or anything like that. But it was perfect for what we were looking for, and what…

Shifting energy, making room for more magic, and having more…

The other day a friend of mine posted something on Instagram that totally resonated with me and got me thinking. As she’s getting ready to move back to Chicago from another city, she was talking about magic, and how it took her a long time to find that for herself in her life… and once you do, it’s a completely transformative experience and you can’t help but attract more. We have that in common… for most of my life, even well into my adulthood, I wouldn’t say that I ever felt like things were magical in my life. I felt…

At the end of the day, it’s not ‘ours’… and what that feels like

I’m talking about our apartment. Lately we’ve been in a wee bit of a rut my manfriend and I… one of us, I won’t say who {totally him} is a bit way more messy than the other, and it’s caused some friction, to say the least. While we might only be in this space for a shorter time, I still want to make it nice and have it feel as much like ‘home’ as we can. My manfriend is more of the mindset that it’s just a temporary space so what does it matter if it’s messy? And as we’ve trudged…

Things I’m doing to help Mother Earth

Lately I’ve been feeling a little discouraged about the state of things in the world, especially with the environment and planet… I feel like every day I read a new article about melting arctic ice and another animal that’s on the brink of extinction. It’s so heartbreaking and discouraging… I feel helpless and like there’s nothing I can do as a one tiny human on this big Earth to make even the smallest difference to help the environment and our planet. But we all know that’s not true… and while I might not be able to single-handedly reverse global warming,…