This quote sums up my mood this summer — happily putting off projects in favor of a nap in the grass, reading a novel aloud with my husband, or a game of tug with our dogs. There are moments I feel guilty spending my time this way… but then there are times I think, my priorities are exactly where they should be. We spend so much of our time working, pushing, striving for the things that will make us happy... when sometimes our determination causes us to miss the little joys right in front of us…Read More
“I’m beginning to recognize that real happiness isn’t something large and looming on the horizon ahead but something small, numerous, and already here. The smile of someone you love. A decent breakfast. The warm sunset. Your little everyday joys all lined up in a row.” - Beau Taplin
It took me years to understand that journaling could be more than a place to vent my frustrations. To let out all the pent up feelings that, as a teenager..Read More
Self care vs. self soothing. I’ve been thinking about these terms recently and am finding that for me, there’s some nuance to them.
The term ‘self care’ is used so much lately, and most often in the context of setting aside a chunk of time in which to take care of your own needs. Time to relax, time to pamper yourself, time to meditate or do yoga or go for a walk. Whereas ‘self soothing’ I hear most often in the context of…Read More
You walk into a local cafe, order your coffee or tea or sandwiches, and make your way to an empty table near the back of the room. As you sit down you notice an envelope, inconspicuously left behind on the seat. It's addressed simply "To Whoever Finds This." First you aren't sure if you should open it, but after taking a few cautious looks around the room, curiosity gets the better of you..Read More
Sometimes I think dreams are just dreams. Other times, I think dreams speak to us. Some part of ourselves whispering into our ear in the night, a voice so small we rarely hear it when we're awake.
Last night I had a dream like that. I remember it vividly, strong and clear.Read More
An introduction page is a simple exercise I like to do at the beginning of my journals, as a way to get my thoughts flowing and break past the seemingly inevitable writers block that comes from opening a new journal to a blank page.
The intro page is a simple way to set my intention for this new journal, and to know that if I pick it up five years from now, I can easily see exactly where and who I was when I began it.Read More