// cultivate joy

Last week I took the kids to the park. While they were playing on the playground — running around, climbing, jumping, going up and down the slides — I sat down on the swing. I started swinging back-and-forth. Pumping my legs, going higher and then higher still. Suddenly I was flying through the air. I…

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// leaning into joy

There are three ways to deal with a problem, I think. Lean into it. Lean away from it. Run away. You lean into a problem, especially a long-term or difficult one, by sitting with it, reveling in it, embracing it and breathing it in. The problem becomes part of you, at least until you solve…

summer pool daze

Summer Daze // Splish Splash

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” –Henry James Summer hasn’t officially arrived yet, but we are already into our second heatwave of the year. Temperatures during the day are soaring up to 100° F (38 °C). Although it feels more like August than…

Golden Hour // June

Golden Hour // June

This afternoon I was out walking with my babies and my nephew. There was a constant soft warm breeze. Suddenly we walked into a cloud of dandelion fuzz. It was everywhere, a cloud of soft white puffs, floating through the air. My nephew looked at me and asked in all seriousness, “Is it snowing?” My…