Time.

What is the number one thing that everyone wants more of? Is it money? Love? Another chance? More friends? A different house? A better job?  It turns out, nearly everything can be distilled into one thing: Time. We want more of it. We want more time to find love. More time to foster friendships. We…

Lights out.

We lost power last night following a snowy windstorm on a freezing day.  We built a roaring fire, cooked a pile of pasta and fresh veggies and sausage, and the kids whittled by candlelight. There is a beauty to these long moments of pause. No music, no phones, no computers, no movies. Just the sound…

Lucky shoes & Smurfette pants.

Folks who know me well know that I’m pretty no-nonsense about clothes and style. I like thrift stores. Nordstrom Rack. Old Navy. Ross. Small local shops. Anywhere with very few crowds. I used to only shop at Banana Republic when I was a working professional, and it was only because the store was small and…

Buckets. Of. LIFE.

We’re coming up on 14 years of marriage on February 14th. It’s been 22 years since our first date. 15 years since my husband asked me to marry him on a sunny Valentine’s Day off the California coast. There has been a lot of life in between then and now. A lot of buckets. A…

A Good Man.

I met Brian when I was 18. We were both freshmen in college. We’ve been together 22 years, coming up on February 14th, our first date in 1996. He is my first love. My best friend. An amazing father. My fairy tale prince. When we first kissed I saw our lifetime flash forward–us, our kids,…

Make Your Bed, Change Your Life

Make your bed, start your day, live your life. That’s a mantra supported by a good deal of captivating data around some of the principles of living a successful life. Of course, there are plenty of variables, but starting your day by launching out of your bed and taking the time to pull up the…

Collecting seeds and planting dreams.

At the end of last year, I went to our local library and bought a huge stack of castaway magazines from their donation section for 25 cents apiece. I sat down with my husband, a couple of pairs of scissors, and a glass of wine, and snipped out all the images and words that called…

A brighter light.

The days are getting longer–morning coffee is still imbibed piping hot in the dark, but the sun has made its appearance by the time the kids are off to school. Brian missed the early ferry to work today so we had a rare morning together at the marina with extra cups of fancy caffeine from…

Legacy.

What will we leave behind? What characteristics, trinkets, furniture, work, or pieces of land will define us? What knowledge will we bestow? What work ethics or heart will pass through us to future generations? I am making yogurt out of semi-expired milk and cooking hiziki seaweed on the stove while thinking about these things. This is…