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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gratitude

It’s easy to become consumed by the things we don’t have. Perfect skin, a $1500 handbag, a series of 12 super-cute engagement photos on Instagram, another shade of red lipstick that will definitely make a girl holiday-photo ready. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of dishes you need to prepare for Thanksgiving in…

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