broken, more beautiful {story of kintsugi}

Have you ever heard of kintsugi? Also known as kintsukuroi, kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with gold, silver, or platinum, thus making the broken piece of art worth more than it was before.   The idea of taking a broken piece of art and loving the […]

life is beautiful

September 1st.  I won’t lie, it’s the first day of my very favorite part of the year.   Even now I am sipping a warm mug of Pumpkin Spice flavored coffee and enjoying the scent and warm glow of Yankee Candle’s Harvest. I smile as I anticipate the impending beginning of autumn, and it’s subsequent […]

when your heart is sore {broken chariot wheels}

We all have those mornings, those days.  When your heart is overwhelmed, overtired, hurting–downright sore.  Feels like it’s all you can do to hold it together. When life continues to rub wrong until it carves out painful, tender scars on your weary heart.   You long for the day that life stops hurting.  When it’s no […]

when I just want to do big things

What is the purpose of life? What do I want to be known for? What will people say about me when I die? The profound, philosophical questions of life.  The ones that stop us in our tracks.  They cause us to second guess our next steps.  To look behind to find wisdom for what is […]

the real meaning of ‘carpe diem’

I write lists. I make check boxes. I schedule. I watch the clock. I squeeze every moment. I fill the day. And I look up at the end.  What have I done?  I am tired and dry.  My brain hurts.  My mind in knots.  I am useless by the time the sun sets.  I’ve filled […]

a life that is worthy

The books stack high. The to do list runs long. The sticky notes accumulate. The places to go add up. I find myself wanting to take a nap against the gentle hum of the car…as I drive. Wake up!  Feels like the only time I slow down–as I’m being hurtled 70 mph on the highway. Make […]

when life doesn’t go as planned

I love schedules. I love efficiency. I love planning. Sometimes, the things I write–learning them are pure torture for me. Grace?  Slow?  Quiet? Yeah, most of the time, I forget…I lose focus…I don’t get it. I want everything planned. Well, especially when it feels like everybody else’s got it figured out.  I want to have […]

when you’re tired of just surviving

Survival mode. Everybody has experienced it at one point or another. For some, it’s a season that comes and goes. For some, it’s every day. Lately, it’s felt like every day for me.  It’s like I’m trying to fit everything in.  I wake up, and the rush begins.  Every moment spent just trying to get […]