Be known by your adjectives not your nouns!

When I was in college, one of my favorite professors uttered a line that still makes me laugh to this day: “There’s no such thing as a stupid question, but this room is sure filled with inquisitive idiots!” As a teacher, I will admit that this line has crossed my mind a handful of timesContinue reading “Be known by your adjectives not your nouns!”

Why a pandemic is the perfect time to explore your enneagram number!

Last summer I went down the enneagram rabbit hole, and when I finally came back up for air I both was 100% positive that an enneagram one pretty much explained everything about me that you needed to know, and that it would be very helpful if all the people in my life also figured outContinue reading “Why a pandemic is the perfect time to explore your enneagram number!”

A book for the moment

Every now and then, a book lands in my hands at precisely the right moment. Which is how it felt when Rebecca Solnit’s A Paradise Built in Hell became available at my local library just hours before they closed their doors to the public in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Subtitled: The Extraordinary Communities thatContinue reading “A book for the moment”

I started counting daily sugars, and holy moley!

Sometimes, I do things dietarily just for fun. Josh has a gluten allergy, so I’m gluten free myself 95% of the time, but other than that, we don’t have many other dietary restrictions in our house. We generally eat pretty healthily, vegetables, whole grains, and all that good stuff. But sometimes I get curious aboutContinue reading “I started counting daily sugars, and holy moley!”

My social media detox is over and…

It’s highly convenient that February 1st fell on a Saturday. That morning, the end of my 30 day social media detox, I imagined I’d get up, make my coffee, snuggle onto the couch with my laptop, and happily indulge in the digital world I’d missed the past month. I assumed there would be something ofContinue reading “My social media detox is over and…”

So… How’s your resolution going?

There is no date I hate going to the gym more than January 2nd. On January 2nd, the treadmills are packed, the locker rooms are filthy, and the weights are scattered haphazardly around the benches. On January 2nd, I can’t find a parking spot, and might even have to stand in line to swipe myContinue reading “So… How’s your resolution going?”

Half way through a social media blackout

On December 31st, I posted a New Year’s post on Facebook including a youtube video of ‘The Tenors’ singing Auld Lang Syne. It’s one of my favorite versions. Then I logged out of my account, took Facebook and Messenger off my phone, and haven’t touched them since. On December 31st, I systematically deleted over 200Continue reading “Half way through a social media blackout”

A social media hack for happiness!

There’s a lot that can be said about the effect of social media on mental health and overall happiness. Just take a look at some of these headlines: The more you use Facebook, the worse you feel! New study shows just how bad social media can be for mental health Is everyone happier than youContinue reading “A social media hack for happiness!”

Built to Last – Don’t buy your doors first!

When you buy a lot to build a house, you’re immediately faced with the imposing question of when you’re going to build it. We closed on our lot in late October of 2018, and, as the weather had already started to turn for the worse that fall, decided that we’d wait to dig our foundationContinue reading “Built to Last – Don’t buy your doors first!”

Built to Last – From our foundations

In April of 2014, just a few months before Josh and I were married, we attended a couples’ retreat day as part of our church’s marriage preparation requirements. The day was a bit of a mixed bag of church teachings about relationships, professional advice from financial advisors and family therapists about their various areas ofContinue reading “Built to Last – From our foundations”