THOUGHTS TO THRIVE ON

Killing the constant need for more

Yesterday I was sitting on my deck eating lunch and as I looked around I couldn't help but smile.  In that moment, I was completely overcome with gratitude.  I was eating a vibrant, nutritious meal, the temperature was perfect, the view more beautiful than ever and my...

7 ways to simplify your life

Last month Mark & I were in Los Angeles visiting family when my cousin asked us “How do you live such a simple life?”.  I stirred on that question for a week and came to the conclusion that there’s no simple answer.  We all have the ability to simplify or...

Exchanging time for money

Mark asked me tonight if I would be interested in buying a house down the street as an investment property to rent out.  Hell no was my knee jerk reaction.  Then we discussed it for a bit and still, I stood at a firm hell no.  Not because it’s not a great idea.  It is...

The lie I tell myself daily

Everyday life is a whirlwind of tasks.  Work, cook, eat, clean, pay the bills, go to appointments, walk the dog, call mom, don’t forget to return that text, buy that gift, research that thing.  Sleep.  Wake.  Repeat.  Today, as I was deciding...

Overcoming Doubt

Doubt.  It’s often the one thing holding us back from reaching our fullest potential.  Me and Doubt, we know each other well.  I regularly doubt my knowledge, strength, abilities, worthiness, potential, talent and so on.  On a daily basis, doubt battles for control...

Why comparing ourselves is a direct threat on our happiness

In life, we have a natural tendency to compare.  Compare ourselves to others.  Compare our present to our past.  Compare our place in society to society as a whole.  Compare our bodies, ours spouses, our houses, our cars, our jobs, our happiness, our health and our...

Life in Idaho and how there’s no such thing as having it all

It’s November 5th and I’m sitting outside on my deck, in my pajamas…and I’m not cold.  I’m completely baffled by this reality.  After nearly a decade and a half in the Colorado Rockies I came to know November as the second month of an eight month long winter.  The ski...

Taking inventory of your input

I’ve been lost in a haze of negativity lately.  That’s not something I accept lightly.  Whenever I feel like crap, I want to know why and what I can do to fix it.  I believe our moods are largely related to the food and information we consume and the company we...

My quest for meaning

Last year my husband and I sold our house and most of our possessions to live and travel in our RV.  Life and all it’s many questions and complications had begun weighing me down in the years leading up to that point.  I’d never so desperately felt the need for change...

When nothing make sense

Fact:  Sometimes life is really fucking hard.  My life, from the outside looking in, looks pretty damn good.  I’m healthy, have a beautiful home, an incredible husband.  But if you were to crawl inside my head you’d find a cesspool of negative thoughts.  It’s not a...

The power of a smile

Relocating from one state to another is a great way to experience other lifestyles.  Moving from rural Colorado to rural Idaho doesn’t seem like it would be much of a change but mountain culture vs. farming culture is vastly different.  One of my favorite ways to get...

happiness equals reality minus expectations