Small Step No. 13: Saying “Yes, But…”

Last weekend, my friend Shannan and I shared our respective stories with the beautiful community of Flourish, and during the Q&A portion, the conversation naturally veered toward boundaries. How do you set them? What are your own? Where do you draw the line? Shannan’s answer was flawless, and it was simply this: we do not

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DIY Diaries: How to Hang Art All By Yourself

Head’s up: Sponsored by High & Mighty. — Here, then, is how it goes in our house. There is a photo, a shelf, a hook to be hung. Sometimes out of necessity, mostly not. And because Ken is the official Hangman in the home (he, being the only one with both the patience and precision

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The Longest Night

2am, the alarm rings. When you’ve got yourself a baby with boundless energy and a little girl with endless questions, 2am is sometimes your magic hour of silence, of writing, of work. While the two littles are tucked safely in their beds, I pad into the dining room for cinnamon tea and words. It is,

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Try This: A Resource Party

You know that thing you’ve been wanting to do? Climb Mt. Everest? Clean out your attic? Tailor those pants? Launch that project? Volunteer at the food shelter? I think you should do it this summer. (I know, I know. The kids are home. You’ve got that road trip planned. Work’s insane right now. The calendar’s

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The Good List

A fair amount of you have asked about #TheGoodList daily posts over here, and if there are any rules? Can you repost, share the fun, join along in the hashtag? And to that, I’ll say as I generally do: Yes, yes, yes of course. #TheGoodList is not a new concept, hardly original, as there are

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The Speed of Thought

The following essay is sponsored by Dropbox – a favorite standby for file organizing (and file remembering). As always, opinions and text are all mine!   Why yes, it does feel wildly ironic to hop a flight that catapults you 2,000 miles away from your living room in less than 6 hours, to rush around

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Hummus & Stories

A brief history of my involvement in book clubs: Host a playdate with your girlfriend and let the conversation meander from life and schedules to big dreams and good books. Get interrupted by the superhero toddler who got his cape stuck in the doggy door, forget conversation entirely. Respond to your girlfriend’s text three days

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Blogging Tips

A disclaimer, then. I’m often wary of tips. I believe the best lessons can be learned by failing and flailing, and I believe those are the lessons that settle in deepest, right in the spot where it matters. There is wisdom in just going for it, and so much beauty in the path, no matter

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