Day #33, Strength Gained

This time last year I could never have imagined the transformation we were in for. A trip around the Sun later, and we have a new city, solid foundation and a settled home.  This year I gained the gift of patience and grace, and felt the joy of slowing down. I have found strength in [...]

Day #32, It’s Not a Let Down

The day after Christmas has always been one of two things in my life. Either it’s a day in the car heading back home from my grandparent’s house, or it’s a quiet, cozy day at home. Some of my friends (those beautiful tribe members I reflected on yesterday) have told me the day after the [...]

Day #25, Never Too Late to Say Thank You

They say hindsight is 20:20. Looking back on Christmases past, I can pick out just a few presents that still come to mind. The ones that come to mind surprised even me, and certainly weren't the ones that cost the most. I vividly remember a year where huge fancy sleds were lined up against one [...]

Day #23, For That Special Someone

Gift giving can make us go a little crazy. Admit it, there's at least one gift you scraped together (or are about to scrape together) last minute. You might not feel that great about it, but it happens. What about the other end of the spectrum? You probably have at least one gift you are [...]

Day #18, Keep Being You

I'm a yoga every day kind of person, but this month I have not been so consistent. In those hours after work when I often retreat to my mat for relief, I've been crafting and baking instead. Don't get me wrong, I love to craft and bake and I am choosing that this time of [...]

Day #17, A Gift for You

I don't know about you, but I have been pinching pennies to make this holiday meaningful. I'm making most of our gifts this year, but still trying to make them fun and festive. I've actually been bringing my lunch to work to make up for the extra spending. We all sacrifice a little this time [...]

Day #16, Say It Aloud

The practice of using mantras came to me when I got back into yoga after college. Almost two years ago, a yoga instructor in Atlanta told our class, "It's OK to sway in tree pose, branches sway in the wind too. Just don't believe that swaying means you will fall." Don't believe that swaying will [...]