Healthy Mind

Moving and Mourning

I had a really hard time with the decision to sell our house. Like most major decisions, I dug my heels in and wondered why the heck my husband wanted to move things along so quickly. And then I made a list. The usual pro/con list, but also a list of all my fears. It […]

Things that Save Me

This time of year in North Idaho is hard. Winter is long, days are short, and this year we’ve had non stop snow and ice. Last year my husband and I planned ahead and booked a Caribbean cruise so we would have something to look forward to after the holidays. Obviously with a new baby […]

What Went Well in 2016

It’s convenient that my birthday is the last day of the year, because those reflections on the past year and dreams for the year ahead line up perfectly with the start of the new calendar. There are all sorts of ways to have these conversations, and I’ve used many different methods in the past. Jenny […]

Becoming Almost Amish: Nature

Today we continue my Becoming Almost Amish series, where we look at 10 Amish principles to live by and I share how I have applied or plan to apply them in my own life to work towards a more simple, sustainable lifestyle. Each of these principles and strategies were inspired by Nancy Sleeth’s book Almost Amish. Amish […]

Becoming Almost Amish: Finances

Today we continue my Becoming Almost Amish series, where we look at 10 Amish principles to live by and I share how I have applied or plan to apply them in my own life to work towards a more simple, sustainable lifestyle. Each of these principles and strategies were inspired by Nancy Sleeth’s book Almost Amish. Amish […]

Becoming Almost Amish: Home

Today starts the beginning of my Becoming Almost Amish series, where we look at 10 Amish principles to live by and I share how I have applied or plan to apply them in my own life to work towards a more simple, sustainable lifestyle. Each of these principles and strategies were inspired by Nancy Sleeth’s […]

Becoming “Almost Amish”

I’ve learned in the last few years that I do better with less. Less possessions, less commitments, less expectations of myself (which is ironically the exact opposite of what culture tells us). I think I first realized it when we downsized from a 1,400 sq ft apartment to a 1,000 sq ft house (going from […]

Storms over Detroit

Two years ago, I sat in a Chili’s inside the Detroit Airport, waiting for an update from my sister, who was at the hospital in Yakima, while my mom was having her second brain surgery. The plan was to go in and remove the metastatic tumor they had spotted on the ultrasound/MRI, with the expectation […]

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