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How to Face the Question of “What’s Next?”

How to Face the Question of “What’s Next?”

Feeling 10x more anxious than usual? Check. Craving all the carbs? Check. Intensely cleaning & reorganizing? Check. Finding tiny moments of normal before remembering how crazy everything is right now? Check. This stressed-out checklist is me right now (because COVID) but also me whenever ANY […]

When Bad Things are Really Good Things

When Bad Things are Really Good Things

As Josh and I were driving home last night after a very full weekend, we ended up talking about owning guns. Josh was pondering whether he would like to look into licenses etc. to purchase one for hunting or target shooting. For him, this was […]

The Question of Happiness

The Question of Happiness

Sometimes I have an absolutely amazing day where everything is going right. And I still don’t feel over the moon the way I would want to. And some days are so completely ordinary, where nothing special happens, and I am the brightest ray of sunshine. […]

What Homeschooling for 12 Years Taught Me

What Homeschooling for 12 Years Taught Me

Yes! I homeschooled from age 5 to age 16! Yes! I had friends! Yes! I had a smooth transition into a high school! Yes! I went to University and got a degree! Yes! I am employed and happy – and HAVE FRIENDS! Phew. The facts […]

Creating Productive Thoughts and Recognizing Opportunities

Creating Productive Thoughts and Recognizing Opportunities

I was sweeping my floors after lunch, thinking about my past week and how out of character it was. I went to bed at 10pm (I have been known to crawl under the covers at 12:30am) and woke up at 6am, and ACTUALLY GOT OUT […]

What Self Help Books Have Really Taught Me

What Self Help Books Have Really Taught Me

I love the idea of becoming a better person every day. And when I say better, I mean kinder, more compassionate, happier, wealthier, more productive, and I know that not everyone defines their “better” the same way. But most people, no matter what their better […]

The 6 Podcast Episodes That Made My 2019

The 6 Podcast Episodes That Made My 2019

When I was a kid (I know, I know, not that long ago) my sisters and I listened to story tapes almost constantly. We listened to Robert Munsch while we drew pictures, and Jim Dale narrated Harry Potter while we fell asleep. Needless to say, […]

22 Things I am Still Figuring Out

22 Things I am Still Figuring Out

As of today, I have spent 22 years on this planet, circling the sun at approximately 30km per second and loving (almost) every second of it. I have noticed a popular trend lately where people take their birthday as a moment to reflect on all […]

4 Christmases: Remembering What Matters

4 Christmases: Remembering What Matters

Have you seen the movie, Four Christmases, starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn? The movie tells the story of a couple experiencing four different Christmas celebrations on one day, and through there experience, they discover what truly matters, at Christmas and in life. This blog […]

The Routes We Take

The Routes We Take

I kept looking around, trying to see if the path continued much further. I stopped for a moment and backtracked a few steps to see if I had missed a turn. The branches and bushes hung in my face and my foot hit a big […]