Joy is daffodils on the kitchen table

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Happiness is acceptance

We all know that person, or--if you're lucky--those many people who make you breathe a little easier. Who, when you're with them, you can feel your shoulders relax a little because it's alright. We know what it's like to be with those people who let you know that it's fully okay to be fully you, who … Continue reading Happiness is acceptance

April love: Inspiring quote

In my little world, it's both spring break and Eastern Orthodox holy week. It also feels like February at my parent's house in Wisconsin, following a full-day snowstorm that left a fresh eight inches of fluff. What a snowy Pascha it will be. As I mentioned in my last post, it's become hard to find … Continue reading April love: Inspiring quote

Winter, illness, and positivity

It's been a long winter. Our first snowfall came just in time for Halloween, and has stuck around until spring. Throw in some -40 windchills around Christmas and a few 8-foot blizzards in February and we had ourselves a good old-fashioned winter, the kind I remember as a little girl, with no 50 degree weeks … Continue reading Winter, illness, and positivity

Life in grayscale

I open my eyes to the light of a new day, blinking at the aspens and background of sky outside my window. Gray. I stand on the shore at the edge of Superior’s waters, eyes blurring at the miles and miles of steely waves. Gray. I drive home in a sort of absence, mind numbed … Continue reading Life in grayscale

You

Hey readers!
Please take the time to read this amazing piece of writing by my husband, Stephen. Living deliberately and authentically is a mission we set out on while backpacking Europe a year and a half ago, and I hope these words will inspire and encourage you in your own life journey. ❤

Not With Haste

You.

Yes, I mean you, and I want you to just think about you. It’s an uncomfortable topic, I know. We aren’t supposed to think about ourselves. There are so many other people and other problems in the world to think about. Wouldn’t it be selfish to focus on the topic of: you?

No.

Let me back up a bit. I was sitting on a picnic table by the boat docks of Grand Marais, taking a break from volunteer painting at a folk craft school. It was sunny, and warm for a Lake Superior April day, and very beautiful. I could see why some young people come up here for a summer or even 10 months at a time as interns, for the chance to live and work with so many amazing people and ancient crafts. Interesting life choice.

And then it hit me: Why are the lives of many…

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Early March Thoughts

Hey everyone, Here’s a little window into the random things I’ve been thinking about lately, accompanied by pieces of art from our local gallery that rocks my world whenever I need a place to drink tea and get lost in art. First, I thought I’d start off by mentioning that my lovely and thoughtful husband … Continue reading Early March Thoughts