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This Is YOUR Independence Day

THIS Saturday, those of us living in the United States will celebrate Independence Day, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring independence from Great Britain. It's a day of barbecues, fireworks, and pride-filled celebrations. I like the idea of celebrating independence, and not just my country's. Imagine if we created such ...

Can Accepting Help Be an Act of Kindness?

I can remember the conversation clearly, even though it happened 20 years ago. I'm talking with my friend, Maggie, who often turned to me as her sounding board. I'm listening, empathizing, and offering advice when requested. I give a lot in this relationship. And she takes a lot. She sure sounds like an energy drain, ...

Are You Focusing on the Right Life?

I belong to a tiny house Facebook group, and recently read a post by someone who was essentially demonizing a family on a TV show because they didn't fit the member's definition of "living tiny". She berated them for having a large budget, for building a "tiny" vacation home while still ...

Top 5 Ways To Be an Energy Vampire

You've likely heard the idea that you are the average of the five people closest to you. As you consider who those people are, are you satisfied with how they're representing you? Conversely, how might they think of you as one of their five? If you can't be bothered with high-functioning, good ...

When It Comes To Your Life, Be a Mad Scientist

Melissa and I have been going back and forth for almost a year now on what we want the next chapter of our lives to look like, and more specifically, where we want it to happen. We've been driving ourselves crazy as we jump from one idea to the next. In talking with ...

Get Off the Hamster Wheel

As I write this post, I see a sticky note on my computer in my peripheral vision. It reads, "Miracles don't happen unless you do something." It's my reminder to consistently take action toward what I say I want in my life. It's a lovely intention, but not one I always ...

Three Tips To Help You Be Here Now

“Most humans are never fully present in the now, because unconsciously they believe that the next moment must be more important than this one. But then you miss your whole life, which is never not now.” -- Eckhart Tolle The passage of time is a fascinating thing. As a child, we want to ...

A 5-Step Life Evaluation To Do Right Now

Why does it often take some sort of tragedy for us to stop and reflect on how we're living our lives? It's so easy to go about our routine, practically sleepwalking through life, and before you know it, 10 years have passed. Melissa and I just received some heartbreaking news about her ...

Clutter’s Secret Messages

Here in the northeast USA, the sun is finally shining and the temperatures have risen above 60 degrees. I've got my windows open to air out the stale winter-ness that has been hanging around for far too long. I love feeling the breeze come in and the movement it creates in my house. ...

The Road to Peace Is Lined with Gratitude

Gratitude is a powerful thing. The more you're in touch with all there is to be grateful for in your life, the more likely you are to experience joy on a regular basis. You've probably heard the idea of keeping a gratitude journal, where you write three or five things you're grateful ...