Listen {Five Minute Friday}

Listen. Listening involves being quiet. But beyond that it involves stilling our own inner dialogue where we prepare what we want to say next or decide what we think about what we're hearing. Listening is sitting in the space of someone else's words. Not just hearing. Not just taking in the auditory signals. It's observing … Continue reading Listen {Five Minute Friday}

Success {Five Minute Friday}

Is there any such thing as success? Is it about how big we get, how rich we get, or if we do what we set out to do? Will we ever arrive? I don't think so. Maybe if we're talking about money we might classify someone as a success or being successful. But not so … Continue reading Success {Five Minute Friday}

Hospitality {Five Minute Friday}

I like to think I'm good at hospitality. I don't invite people in too much. But I sometimes do. Good enough, yes? But then, I think the people I choose to invite tend to be easier to deal with then the people I don't or didn't quite choose. I'm wondering a bit: how would it … Continue reading Hospitality {Five Minute Friday}

Start Again (and again, and again). {Five Minute Friday}

I'm talking myself into it again. Every day I feel like I find new layers of doubt dusting off contentment of apparent productivity to scream their discouraging thoughts across my interior existence. "What are you even doing?" "Why try?" "Who are you to say anything at all and shouldn't you just put the kids in … Continue reading Start Again (and again, and again). {Five Minute Friday}

Helter-Skelter Goal Maker {Five Minute Friday}

I'm a helter-skelter goal-maker. If you are trying something interesting and a goal worth making you can bet I will want to jump right in with you. I make goals about everything. Especially the small action things that add up to more: books that become libraries, miles that become marathons, hikes that become a lifestyle. … Continue reading Helter-Skelter Goal Maker {Five Minute Friday}

Life in Practice {Five Minute Friday}

Is there such a thing as practice when you're all grown up or is it just jumping in with four limbs flailing seeing if it works? Because it seems like in these situations where the stakes are higher than soccer practice or piano practice or the practice SAT, we get thrown in with a good … Continue reading Life in Practice {Five Minute Friday}

Opportunity to laugh {Five Minute Friday}

We have a chance to decide how to look at things. Sometimes it's easier to be annoyed by the small stuff. Just irked at every possible turn. Mad at all the outcomes that didn't turn out quite how we imagined. Or just annoyed at all the ridiculous around you. I know a lot of stuff … Continue reading Opportunity to laugh {Five Minute Friday}

Touch {Five Minute Friday}

I love to crochet because the results are so tangible. I can turn a tangle (well hopefully not too tangled) mess of yarn into something that surprises eyes and fingers with a little bit of joy. I love finding yarn at thrift stores and using up the odds and ends of what I already have … Continue reading Touch {Five Minute Friday}