Activating creativity after a dry spell

What do you do when you’re a creative that has hit a wall? How do you get back to creating? Do we hit a wall for a purpose?

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Your silence is louder than words

Yesterday, Tyson and I had our first talk with Holden (age 5) about racism, George Floyd, and the history of segregation and deep-rooted racism that still exists. I had him watch a video of black parents talking to their kids about what they should do if a cop approaches them. The parents were kind, and…

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This is 29: Sitting with my thoughts in quarantine

Wow, it has been a long time since I’ve written on here. I’m not sure what prompted me to want to jump on here today, (although it is my birthday and I have been reflecting a lot on things). But here I am.  And if you’re reading this – thank you. I really, really felt…

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Camping with Kids: A Master Checklist

  The biggest question I get when talking about camping with kids: But what do we pack?!  It can seem really daunting and stressful if you haven’t camped a lot with kids and have no idea where to start. That’s why I thought it would be a good idea to share our master list that we…

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Hiking with Kids: Our top 10 favorite family-friendly hikes within an hour of Portland

SO many of you have asked me for a list of family-friendly hikes that I’d recommend. This has taken me forever to do but I’ve finally gotten around to it! Typically during the week days, I do the quicker/easier hikes because it’s just the kids and I. We definitely have a few go-to spots that…

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Growing often and loving freely: Lessons from motherhood

A couple nights ago, when I was rocking Coven to bed, I noticed that he was clinging to me tighter than he ever has before. It was as if I could feel every part of his body pressing against me. For a busy 1 year old that never stops moving, this is new for him…

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Cove turns one: Remembering the day our boy joined us earth side

Tomorrow is Coven’s 1st Birthday. I’ve been in denial and really emotional about it. With the idea that Coven might be our last, my heart has been heavy thinking about all of the “firsts” and that they might also be the “lasts”. I’ve been busy prepping for his party tomorrow. The combination of having no…

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Doubt – a Friend to Faith: A Journey of Faith Deconstruction

I love this definition of the process of deconstruction: (Deconstruction is)…an academic term for the systematic pulling apart of the belief system you were raised in. It’s what happens when the questions you’ve pushed down your whole life finally bubble over the surface, and you’re forced to stare honestly at your doubts. The infallibility of…

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Take back your motherhood

Dear real-life mama: Not the pretend one. Not the one that hides behind a screen to make her life look like one out of a magazine. Not the one that is afraid of people’s opinions about who she is and what she really wants to say. Not the one that is desperate for anyone else…

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The Hike More in 2019 Challenge!

Want to get outside and hit the trails more this year? Join my family as we opt outside and challenge ourselves to hike as much as possible! I’m hoping that having this chart around will be even more motivation to get out there and hike 🙂 You can download and print the chart below. Put…

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