Four Things I've Learned: Spring & Summer 2019

Four Things I've Learned: Spring & Summer 2019

Why, hello there, friends! It’s been a bit. Thank you to those of you who have reached out and asked if I’m still alive. I am, but it’s been a very full past few months. I had a sudden influx of editing work, and I had to set down a few things in order to keep up.

I have, however, been keeping notes about what I’ve been learning along the way. Here are my top four from the past two seasons:

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My Word of 2018: A Look Back

My Word of 2018: A Look Back

Nearly a year ago, I sensed “brave” should be my word for 2018. It felt like a daunting choice then, and truth be told, admitting it to you here still feels a bit scary, a little too vulnerable.

I certainly haven’t mastered bravery.

But when I take off my self-critical glasses, I see that I have grown in bravery this year. I took some important steps forward. I sidled up to decisions that made me uncomfortable, even fearful, and chose to do them anyway.

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Six Things I’ve Learned: Fall 2018

Six Things I’ve Learned: Fall 2018

Autumn is nearly over. The air outside is damp with the smell of the leaves beginning their return to the soil.

Just a few days ago, these bright orange leaves stopped me in my tracks. I didn't have long to pause, but I didn't want to miss this part of fall's slow finale.

I found myself returning to this snapshot yesterday as I pondered my next right thing. If you’ve been paying attention here, you might not be surprised to learn this happened while I listened to Emily P. Freeman’s latest podcast episode, Look Back – How Reflection Can Help You Make Better Decisions.

Although, I'm getting better at setting goals and working toward them, I'm still not great about regularly and intentionally pausing to consider where I've been and what I've learned there.

I want to change that.

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The Best Hike That Never Was, or It's Still Progress

The Best Hike That Never Was, or It's Still Progress

Spring is here in force, and my boys and I have been spending as much time outside as possible. Because we live in a downtown apartment, going outside is a little more involved. I always have to go with them. Plus, because we'll be blocks rather than steps away from home, we have to find socks and shoes and hats and water cups and on and on and on.

It’s not really that big of a deal, but, on days when I’m trying desperately to accomplish as much as possible, it can feel like it.

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