no choice but to say “no”

Today was a hard day. I went to bed excited, knowing that work had already been called off due to the impending ice storm. Monday – a day typically associated with early mornings and busy agendas – was going to be a day of rest. Of sitting inside and keeping warm and doing the things…

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navigating fear, embracing simplicity: my notes on COVID-19

It’s pretty safe to say there’s really nothing good about this whole Coronavirus scare. Toilet paper is flying off the shelves, long-anticipated travel plans are being cancelled, and there’s significant fear in the fact that – while we probably won’t die from it – we might pass it on to someone who could. Personally, I’ve…

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have yourself a mindful little christmas

As our Christmas morning festivities drew to a close sometime around 3:30 PM on December 25th, I felt that familiar sensation of post-yuletide sadness beginning to set in. Many of our extended family celebrations just aren’t what they used to be (or cease to exist), the holiday gifting/decorating inspirations that gave me hope a week…

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the important difference between simplicity & complacency

….and why worrying too much about either one only gives you anxiety. When I entered my first serious relationship, everything was exciting. There was the first date, the first kiss, the first “I Love You,” the first too-late night, the first anniversary, and the moving-in. There were the first discussions about where things would go…

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