personal development

Spring Cleaning: Detox Your Mind

Spring Cleaning: Detox Your Mind

  This week I had one of those days. You know the kind. Whether you’re a parent, spouse, single person, student, teacher, whoever, sometimes you just get sucked into a totally unhelpful loop in your head. These are the days that I really need to […]

The No. 1 Thing Everyone Gets Wrong About The KonMari Method

The No. 1 Thing Everyone Gets Wrong About The KonMari Method

Long time no see! I decided to take last week off from blogging to celebrate the Easter season with my family and enjoy my son’s first birthday. It was time well spent and nice to take a step back from all the ordinary things in […]

Taking Pride in Everything You Do

Taking Pride in Everything You Do

  There’s something special about Japan. I taught English in very rural Japan years ago, but something has always stuck with me about the lifestyle of the Japanese that is really special. Anyone who pays attention to the Japanese for any length of time sees […]

A New Understanding of Repentance

A New Understanding of Repentance

  When’s the last time you apologized? When’s the last you repented? Was it in a formal way like the 12 step program or the sacrament of confession or a meeting with an elder? Was it in an informal way, “gosh, I’m so sorry”? Was […]

February Favorites

February Favorites

  February, you’ve had a good run, but I am ready for spring! I recently changed my nail color from Valentine red to robin’s egg blue after enjoying a week full of 50 and 60 degree weather. I can’t believe on the last day of […]

Don’t Get Mad, Get Involved!

Don’t Get Mad, Get Involved!

    It seems that every week we’re hit with another national or global crisis. It’s enough to make you stop keeping up with the news at all. I know lots of people who have just opted out of the news lately because it’s hard […]

Who Are You? 10 Ways of Knowing Yourself

Who Are You? 10 Ways of Knowing Yourself

Happy Wednesday! I really try to post on Tuesdays and Thursdays but not every week goes according to plan. Here’s to a good Wednesday!   When I was in high school my best friend loaned me her copy of Who Are You: 101 Ways to […]

Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Do you suffer from perfectionism? Bitterness? Self-criticism? Low self-esteem? Anger? Anxiety? If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, you might be the perfect candidate for a new treatment called essential oils! Side effects may include: smelling delicious, craving green juices and homemade granola, […]

How to Find Your Voice in Writing

How to Find Your Voice in Writing

In the past year, I’ve learned a lot of things for the first time. And, honestly, I sucked at a lot of them. Changing diapers well came with time, but calming a screeching newborn? Who even knows how to do that! Again and again my […]

Find Your Thing: My Tone It Up Journey

Find Your Thing: My Tone It Up Journey

    If you spend time with me in my daily life, you’ve heard me mention Tone It Up a million and one times. I like to call it a fitness cult, but it’s really a lifestyle brand by Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn that […]