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40 By 40 | the final update

I turned 40 last week. You may remember that on my birthday last year I shared a list I created for myself: 40 things to do before I turned 40. I called it my #40by40 list. I got the idea from my childhood best friend who wrote her list and shared it on Instagram. Her […]

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Life Lately | What I learned in September

I read earlier this week that it takes about six weeks to get into the rhythm of back to school. We’re wrapping up week 5 and this gives me great hope because if whoever said that six week bit is correct, then by next week I’ll be feeling like I’m in my groove! The month […]

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Q + A day – let’s chat!

For many years, I’ve done a once a year Q+A day. Well, today’s the day! Here’s how this works: Since I chat at you post after post, sometimes it’s fun to switch things up and find out what you want to talk about. For the next few days, I’ll be hanging out on comments answering […]

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What I learned in May, June + July

So the idea behind this series of posts was to take a few minutes at the close of each month this year to reflect on what I learned. It will act as a snapshot, of sorts, of the year and a way to mark and remember the big and little things I’ve discovered about me […]

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pale skin, I might not love you quite yet

I posted on Instagram yesterday something that’s going on in my heart. It seemed to strike a chord with my ladies over there so I thought I would share it here, too. You’re thing might not be fair skin, but whatever it is, be encouraged today. And may we collectively be kinder to ourselves. When […]

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About Last week

Last week I didn’t publish a single blog post. I can only think of maybe two other times in the last nine years where that has happened. It felt very strange. And also, very necessary. As you probably well know, this end-of-the-school-year stretch gets pretty packed. While most of the country has already started summer […]

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What I learned in April

I decided that this year I’m going to practice slowing down at the start of each new month and reflect on what I learned over the last 30-ish days. This is now my fourth month of doing this and I am loving the discipline of it. It’s easy to focus in on the big things […]

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Spring Breaking in San Diego

Each year we vow that we’ll go somewhere sunny and warm for spring break. For one reason or another, we never do. Until this year. Months ago we booked tickets to San Diego, California to visit my cousin and his family and to get some much needed vitamin D. We did not have much of […]

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let’s have a heart to heart about instagram

So far this year I’ve unfollowed just about 700 accounts on Instagram. You read that right: SEVEN HUNDRED. I now follow 391 which means that at the start of 2018, I was following over 1,000. I shouldn’t tell you this because it might encourage you to go unfollow a bunch of accounts and that might […]

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What I learned in February

As I get older, I am trying to reflect more and more on my life, and especially, my soul. What things do I love? What gives me life? What makes me sad or tired or like I want to check out? By paying attention to my life, I’m hoping it helps me make good choices […]

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serve one another in love (free printable)

As I was thinking about different quotes and song lyrics, phrases and thoughts about love, my mind remembered a verse that truly is the embodiment of how I want love to look for me and my family. To serve one another in love for our family means being kind and generous with our time, our […]

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five things I learned in January

As I get older, I am trying to reflect more and more on my life, and especially, my soul. What things do I love? What gives me life? What makes me sad or tired or like I want to check out? By paying attention to my life, I’m hoping it helps me make good choices […]

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behind the scenes-ish

Fall is in full swing in the Pacific Northwest and I’m enjoying it this year more than ever. Here’s a peek at life this past month as seen on my Instagram feed. (sweatshirt from here) Last year at about this time we were moving into our new house and getting our old one ready to […]

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40 by 40

I turn 39 this week. My best friend growing up (who turned 39 in August) posted a picture on instagram earlier this summer about creating a list of 50 things she wanted to do before she turned 40. I loved the idea so much that I decided to follow her lead (but change it to […]

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