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by Tiffany

Tiffany lives, plays and works in sunny Bend, Oregon with her husband and 2 kids. When she isn't outside playing or dreaming about her next vacation, you can find her writing here.

candles

The rhythm of the season

Our summer days are filled with swimming at the neighborhood pool, kayaking on the lake, riding bikes, camping, and late nights of neighborhood flashlight tag. We’re light on housekeeping and work, and heavy on play.

Our summers are epic. And by the end of August, I’m the good kind of exhausted from living well.

When evenings become crisp and night falls quickly, I join the rhythm of fall. Waking up while it’s still dark, pulling on slippers and boiling water for the first of many hot cups of coffee.

My kids go off to school and I work long hours to make up for my lack during the warm months. I weave in trips to the classroom, household chores, and after school activities.

I go into a hibernation of sorts, right along with the garden outside my window. We plan fewer activities away from the house and enjoy the warmth and coziness inside.

I work hard through the holidays and get caught back up on my exercise routine. Social events and travel fall to the wayside.

Once winter hits, I hang pictures on walls and organize my pantry. We play in the snow and then look forward to warmer days.

When the days last longer and we see signs of spring, I plan my garden and finish up indoor projects because I know once summer starts, much will be pushed to the wayside to enjoy what only summer brings.

By allowing myself to embrace the rhythm of the current season, I’ve found that my expectations of each day and the months ahead are more likely to be met.

As a person that likes to accomplish much, it has allowed me to be okay with the seasons where I exercise, work, organize, play or travel less than I would like.

Most importantly, all these needs don’t need to be met now. There will be a season ahead to fulfill them.

Tell me, how do you embrace each season?

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movingboxes

To keep or to purge, that is the question

I will fondly remember the summer of 2014 as a season of purging. Just off three moves in three years and finally settled into a more permanent home, I’m finally ready to sell, donate, and gift many of the possessions I’ve carefully stored. I am almost ashamed to admit that I have packed up 26 (read more…)

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kidscanoe

Living the life you dream for yourself

Tim Ferriss may be known as one of the first to write about lifestyle design but I think Ralph Waldo Emerson already had the corner on that market. As the story is told, Emerson was determined to build a life around the things he loved: creativity, community, nature, and friendship. He built his home with (read more…)

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hiking

Go play outside

Several years ago, my husband and I sat down to determine how to best prioritize our time and money. After identifying that we highly valued playing in God’s country, it was easy to spend money on a nice set of bikes for our family while choosing to drive 10 year old cars. This morning we (read more…)

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waste

Less waste in, less waste out

For some time, I thought that having half the garbage and twice the recycling as most of our neighbors meant we were somehow gentler on the planet. I’ve since come to find that having a full recycling bin actually meant our family was sending almost 2500 gallons of waste out of our home each year. (read more…)

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