dandelion

Expectations that were never yours to meet

As you start this week, may you know yourself well enough to be at peace when the naysayers come. May you rest easy when people claim you different than what they thought you to be, or when you didn’t provide what was expected because, well—what they expected was never yours to give. Last week I (read more…)

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wildflower

Weekend links

The secret to not being overwhelmed :: Conversion Diary Freedom in 704 square feet :: NY Times Want to make better decisions? Here’s a mental trick :: Storyline On pitching tents, stillness, and stitching :: Jerusalem Greer on Sorta Crunchy 7 ways the lives of the poor differ from yours—and 3 ways they don’t :: (read more…)

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olives

Eat ethically, straight from your doorstep

Back when we lived in Turkey, it was a lot easier to eat well. And by “well,” I mean purchase, prepare, and consume food that was ethically-made and in season. Don’t get me wrong; there was still your standard packaged food and German-borne imports, but on the whole, food was well-made and trustworthy. After we (read more…)

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brownstones

Because everyone loves a good story

I‘m happy to report from the recent reader survey that almost 60% of you think we need to add more cowbell to the blog. SUCH A RELIEF. Its lack has been bothering me for some time. But I was also giddy to see that so many of you love the idea of featuring readers and (read more…)

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red berries

Saying no (to yourself)

As you start this week, may you be willing to give something up. And may you be willing to give it up with no expectation of return, other than maturity, wisdom, and a heightened sense of who you are. (If you can’t tell, I’m pretty much writing this to myself.) Some of you reading this (read more…)

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