A Note on Gratitude

As a perfectionist and a dreamer, it’s far too easy for me to become entangled in the failures and mistakes of the past, or to be distracted by the possibilities—both good and bad—of the future.

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Goodbye Clutter, Hello Calm: How a Wardrobe Makeover Changed My Life


I can hardly believe it’s been eight months since my last post. All of last summer, I kept telling myself that I’d get back to blogging–so many hiking excursions and road trips to share–but fall came and went and still nothing. Here in the middle of winter, I’ve decided it’s high time I pop back in to say hello. Hello.

It’s not that nothing’s been happening in my life; in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Life has been HAPPENING and moving forward in so many ways. While I’ve been absent from blogging, I’ve been keeping busy achieving a couple of goals from my personal strategic plan (yes, I have one), expanding my education to advance my career, and indulging in travel both at home and away.

But even more important than that, I’ve been decluttering. Continue reading “Goodbye Clutter, Hello Calm: How a Wardrobe Makeover Changed My Life”

On Moving Forward

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Not too long ago–about 12 months back, to be precise–I wrote about the importance of moving forward. At the time, I’d finally settled into an apartment of my own here in the Pacific Northwest and I’d just begun the process of building a life for myself. The word “forward” is, for me, a directive–a one-word command that continues to motivate me, driving me toward the life I envision. Continue reading “On Moving Forward”

Sunset in Pacific Grove, California

The 14 Most Important Lessons I Learned in 2014

Sunset in Pacific Grove, CaliforniaThe end of the year is always a natural time for reflection on the past 12 months and looking forward to the year ahead. 2014 represented, for me, a leap forward in my understanding of myself and my place in the world so at the end of November, I started documenting all of the most important lessons I’d learned during the year. Here they are, in no particular order: Continue reading “The 14 Most Important Lessons I Learned in 2014”