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Exciting Changes Coming to microliving!

Exciting Changes Coming to microliving!

  Happy September 1! For me, that’s the official start of fall, even though according to the calendar I’m 22 days early. I’ve already started getting my fall decorations out and planning my fall wardrobe. And I’m feeling the back to school vibes just like […]

The Source and Summit of My Faith

The Source and Summit of My Faith

    As the wife of someone who has been vegan for 25 years, I thought I had seen it all. The chik’n nuggets, the “vegandelphia cheez steak,” the judgy stares. Now here we are in 2018 pretty close to the distant future & we […]

10 Ways to Get and Stay Motivated

10 Ways to Get and Stay Motivated

  A few weeks ago, I posted about how I’ve been working on simplifying my life lately. Everything I mentioned in that post was absolutely necessary to my sanity.   That being said… my motivation really tanked when I stopped being so accountable to people […]

Bread and Belief

Bread and Belief

    Last night, I got to go see the incredible Kim Walker-Smith lead a night of worship in Lancaster, PA. I’ve only seen her live one other time with her band Jesus Culture at the Outcry Tour in 2015. Because that was more of […]

Rediscovering My Roots

Rediscovering My Roots

    Last year, I bought my brother one of those DNA ancestry kits for his 40th birthday. My dad is big into genealogy and talks about our family history a lot. I thought it might be fun to see if our family DNA corroborated […]

How I’m Simplifying My Life Lately

How I’m Simplifying My Life Lately

  I was going to title this, “How I’m De-Complicating My Life Lately” but that seemed kind of complicated… It’s almost July now & it’s time for me to start thinking about a little mid-year review. I got this great idea from YouTuber muchelleb & […]

Reconnecting With God Along The Way

Reconnecting With God Along The Way

  It’s been a hot minute since I last posted about anything spiritual. To be honest, I haven’t been feeling very spiritual lately, so it’s been hard to write about it. Have you been there? There are all these expectations when we put our faith […]

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 […]

What Bible Journaling Looks Like for Me

What Bible Journaling Looks Like for Me

  For Christians, this week is Holy Week, the final week in Lent when we remember Jesus’ last week of humanity and all the good and bad that went with those seven days. When we think about Holy Week and Jesus’ journey, it’s sometimes hard […]

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 […]