Do You Have a Place to Pause?

My daily Chip and JoAnna email came through to my inbox last week. On the email, it showed a beautiful, Magnolia-perfected entryway. The caption read, “A Place to Pause.” 

My usual quick-to-delete hand was immediately slowed as my brain registered the email tagline. I sat for several minutes pondering whether my home was a place for me to pause. 

It is a place for many things.

It offers safety and warmth from extreme Minnesota temperatures. Soft beds provide comfort for...

Continue Reading...

Slowing Down 101

The month of December is all about giving yourself permission to slow down and then following through on this permission - even during the most chaotic time of the year.

The last post talked about granting yourself permission to slow down. This post will focus on putting this permission into action. 

Allowing yourself the time to slow down is not just a nice gesture - it is absolutely the most essential part of this holiday season. 

Not giving yourself the time to slow...

Continue Reading...

Giving Yourself Permission to Slow Down

 It is that time of year again.

The four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas is arguable the most hectic time of the year. 

Not only do you have your regular responsibilities of life to fulfill, but you now have the added holiday tasks to complete. 

Gift buying, decorating, baking, holiday parties, children concerts.... The list is endless, isn’t it? 

One glance at the month of December can elicit panic, overwhelm, and stress in even the most organized. 


Continue Reading...

Rest Is More Than A Luxury

Rest - we all know we need rest and that we should rest.

But…moving our brains from intellectually knowing we need to rest to actually resting, is where many of us falter.

Like you, I’m guilty of spending many of my days going from one task to another without taking time to rest - to silent myself and the environment around me to simply be.

There are so many reasons why rest is so hard to achieve. We need not go any further than the never ending to-do-list! There is always a...

Continue Reading...

2 Ways Others Are Teaching Me to Slow Down

When was the last time you were not busy or distracted...or both?

In our 2018 living, busy is not just something we do, but an honorary badge we proudly wear. 

And if that badge is not worn, then we begin conjuring up thoughts that assume the worse of that person.

"I wonder what she does all day?"

"I always see her relaxed and carefree. She must not work."

"She doesn't answer emails on the weekend. She must not care." 

Can you relate? I know I can.

For years I believed...

Continue Reading...

4 Ways to Slow Down Even When the Calendar Says Otherwise

Well, hello there, friend!

Today, I'm coming before you getting really real.

You know how I talk a lot about simplifying your life so that you can happily find margin in your days to slow down and rest? And how you should embrace self-care and personal boundaries?

Well, I have an announcement to make (you might want to sit down for this...).

Life doesn't always work the way you want it to! I know this comes to a shock to many of you! :)

There simply are going to be days (or months, or...

Continue Reading...

50% Complete


When you sign up to join my community, you will receive 12 ways other women - who are just like you - are finding easy and practical ways to find time for themselves despite the busyness of life. Their ideas are amazing! 

In addition you will also receive a monthly newsletter where you will find blog posts written from me and other authors I deeply respect. You will also find book reviews, and other goodies that fill your soul.