me with a big smile and arms wide looking up at the sky with a frozen lake in the background
Decluttering, Productivity, Wisdom

The Joy of Joy for Joy’s Sake

Of all the freedoms that come with age, embracing who I am by doing what I love is the most fun. Not giving f*cks about what others think is right up there, entwined with the self-actualization, but the core of this particular joy is joy itself. I didn't even know I was on this journey… Continue reading The Joy of Joy for Joy’s Sake

dramatic clouds reflected in still water by a dock
Decluttering, Productivity, Wisdom

Ritual of Reflection

My mind can be so easily fooled, I rely on its gullibility. My brain shifted from stress to comfort with the change of a single word. My old list of monthly tasks = chores. Weight on my shoulders. Adulting. Responsibility. Burdens. My monthly ritual = soothing. Calm, comforting self-care. Aaaaaaah. I look forward to the… Continue reading Ritual of Reflection

cat looking out window intently
Decluttering, Wisdom, Writing / Editing

Focus

I’ve spent years advising people to declutter their life because it will enhance their ability to focus. Clear away the nonsense and you’re left with what really matters, right? I started out this pandemic with heartbreak about a writing and yoga retreat I’d looked forward to for months. As I realized it would need to… Continue reading Focus

frozen lake
Decluttering, Productivity, Wisdom

Resolutions and Setbacks

Blue Monday!? There's a tradition at my workplace for Blue Monday, where people wear their brightest, clashing-est clothing to fight off the darkness and cold of winter in Canada. I'm not sure the science behind it is solid, but it does mean I get to wear purple polka dot pajama pants all day so I… Continue reading Resolutions and Setbacks

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Climate, Decluttering, Travel, Wisdom

A Simple “Winter” Getaway

So still and grey, it could’ve been the sky, but the lake's small waves lapping on the shore whispered hello. I always feel at home by the water. The campground was full of people and my yurt had little privacy, but I had miles of shoreline to myself. I was confused by the solitude. While… Continue reading A Simple “Winter” Getaway

peaceful picture of sky and lake with a rocky shore
Decluttering, Productivity, Wisdom

Radical Decluttering

A funny thing happened as I cleared my house of excess stuff: The invisibility cloak lifted off my furniture. I'd taken it for granted, it was part of the scenery. I hadn't considered living without my lovely living room wall unit, for example, until there was almost nothing left in it and the starkness of… Continue reading Radical Decluttering

Waves
Decluttering, Wisdom

Letting Go

Resetting My Life I wrote before about the start of my radical decluttering journey (Powerful Books) - it was (officially) in 2015, after years of chaos and trauma in my personal life, when I'd found hope and excitement about the future. (Unofficially, I can trace my first step to a moment of sparkling lights glistening… Continue reading Letting Go