have yourself a mindful little christmas

As our Christmas morning festivities drew to a close sometime around 3:30 PM on December 25th, I felt that familiar sensation of post-yuletide sadness beginning to set in. Many of our extended family celebrations just aren’t what they used to be (or cease to exist), the holiday gifting/decorating inspirations that gave me hope a week…

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and what did i find? a reflection on 30 days without instagram

I left to find peace. I left to find quiet. I left to stop comparing, to stop obsessing, to stop wishing, and to just be. And what did I find? Well, I’ll admit the first couple days were hard. I’d be sitting on the couch, watching a movie, and find some insatiable “need” to be…

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the important difference between simplicity & complacency

….and why worrying too much about either one only gives you anxiety. When I entered my first serious relationship, everything was exciting. There was the first date, the first kiss, the first “I Love You,” the first too-late night, the first anniversary, and the moving-in. There were the first discussions about where things would go…

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maybe it’s time for something new : tips for simplicity

Driving through parts of the Tennessee countryside I’ve never seen before, I am always struck by one thing: the simplicity of it all. I mean, when I first moved out to College Grove, it certainly felt like I was in the “middle of nowhere,” but I quickly became familiar with the fastest routes to the…

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