You Are a Work in Progress

After navigating some unexpected hurdles this past week, I now find myself contending with a stronger than usual urge to “catch up” – on writing, on reading, on correspondence, on exercising, on movies – simply, on days seemingly lost. The urge is a familiar one that has grown more prominent as our traditional sense of…

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The Unclaimed Joy of Waiting

The batter hit the oil-lined pan and I waited, spatula in hand, for tiny bubbles to form. The thought of pancakes had lured me out of bed, tired and hungry. Hoping to hurry the process along, I raised the temperature on the stove eager to kick-start my day. “When did we become so impatient?” I…

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Starve the Monster, Quench Your Soul

Have you ever mistaken being productive for taking care of yourself? When you should be relaxing with a good read, getting out for a run, catching up with a friend, or hitting the farmers’ market, you find yourself doing anything (and everything) else instead? The bills need to be paid, dinner needs to be prepped,…

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A Case for Mondays

Mondays seem to get a bad rap. After weekend lie-ins and quality time with loved ones, it’s easy to see why we’re not exactly eager to rise and shine before the sun’s even up, by the time this dreaded first day of the week rolls around. And roll around it does, often all too quickly.…

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The Unhurried Alternative

These days, busyness is often worn as a badge of honor. Products that promise efficiency and encourage multitasking depend on it. As does the ladder toward contemporary notions of success and achievement. But there’s something to be said for the unhurried life, that leaves hours unfilled and minutes unstructured. Not having enough time is a…

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To Live

May you live every day of your life. Jonathan Swift I love after-breakfast time, when 3 hungry mouths have been fed, and I can crawl back into bed, tea in hand, sunlight beaming through the open blinds. For these quiet moments, I’m just living. My mind, free of wandering thoughts and worries, is consumed only…

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Morning Groceries

Don’t ask me when I became someone who goes grocery shopping before 8 a.m. On a Sunday. I couldn’t tell you. Maybe it was the extra hour, bestowed upon me by the heavenly sleep gods (or the end of daylight saving time), that filled me with a spark of ambition to conquer the world. Or…

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