Held

When my daughter was born, I used to wrap her tightly to my body using a long strip of fabric. Wearing her helped me get things done throughout the day – whether household or work outside the home. I would wear her while doing laundry. I would wear her while washing dishes. I would wear […]

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Taking up Space

I’ve spent the last several years of my life purging closets and emptying drawers. Minimizing. Trying to use less water, less energy, less resources. Produce less garbage, and compost and recycle more. Just this past weekend, a bookshelf and two full bags of random old things were evicted from my home. Smaller impact. A simpler […]

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Riding in on a donkey

“It just all seems so…divided.” The descant rolls on and on from so many of my friends and peers; believers from all walks of life. The words are paced with shocking consistency. They are set to a meter like a metronome, the rise and fall undifferentiated. And it’s true, I can’t remember a time in […]

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That Time I Gave Away Half of My Clothes (and other ideas on how to practice simplicity during Lent)

It was over a year ago now (but it seems like just last week) when I noticed it.  Piles everywhere. Clean clothes, dirty clothes, outfits tried on and off and discarded for a more preferable option before leaving for a morning meeting. Piles and piles and piles. And at once, I was over it. Enough […]

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Choosing

My word for 2014 is Joy. On December 31st though, as Ben and I were out and about eating poutine and visiting friends, a steady, silvery snow fell downy over the city. I hate snow. It freaks me out. I hate driving in it, I hate walking in it, I hate the fact that it’s […]

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An Intention for 2014: Joy

I explained last year why I’m a bit averse to making traditional resolutions. But at the same time, there’s so much value in pausing to look at life, to reflect, analyze, evaluate, plan and project. It’s so easy to find yourself in a rut, slamming up against the same old walls, falling into the same […]

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