Recently my husband and I caught up with dear college friends, who are currently living a lifestyle very different from ours. After years of enjoying their suburban California life—with three kids and a pup in a darling house, tending chickens and a garden, and attending soccer practices and back-to-school nights—the Scotts embarked on a totally new adventure. Since the fall of 2016, Chris, Annie, their three boys (ages 9-13), and dog Opal all live on their sailboat, S.V. Secret Water, almost full-time.

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During this busy season. here are the things on My Good List bringing me some peace and unexpected joy.

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The start of a new school year came on real quick, and not gonna lie, it has been a rough transition these past few months. Suddenly sleeping in an extra twenty minutes really does matter, because no one wants to be the car stuck behind seven school buses. And we’re desperately running around from one practice to another. With all the change, I needed some easy wins. I found them.

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If you’ve flown commercially, you’re undoubtedly familiar with standard safety procedure. It goes something like this: In the event of a loss in cabin pressure, secure your own oxygen mask before helping your children or others. The reason is simple and practical; a deficiency in the amount of oxygen reaching your brain (hypoxia), will render you useless. It is critical to take care of ourselves first in order to be able to take care of others. Beyond flying, the principle has application in daily living.

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