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  • Winter Solstice // I Still Love So Hard

    Dena December 21, 2017

    “I’ve been hurt so bad and I still love so hard. I admire my heart for that.” –Alexandra Elle, Words from a Wanderer Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year–all of the days of darkness have been leading up to this…

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  • Beauty in Darkness // Winter

    Dena December 11, 2017

    “I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’” Over the weekend,…

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  • taking stock in autumn 2017 //

    Dena October 26, 2017

    It’s been a long while since I took stock, so here we go… making // plans for my Halloween party this weekend. yay! cooking // lots of spring rolls (me), rice & beans (marina), & granola bars (roman) on the menu these days. although, in…

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  • One Thing At a Time

    Dena September 18, 2017

    Recently I was standing in the shower, thoughts racing through my mind. I was anxious and overwhelmed, as had become my typical state this past year. Somewhere along the lines, in the craziness of this transitional time in my life, I completely forgot about mindfulness.…

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  • An Explained Absence & Some Business Rambles

    Dena August 24, 2017

    I can’t believe it’s been over a week since I’ve posted. Over the past few months I’ve made blogging a priority and achieved my goal to post three times each week. But these past two weeks have been different. I am always struggling to find…

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  • #ThrowBackThursday: That will be enough.

    Dena August 10, 2017

    I’ve been doing a bit of cleaning up here around the blog. For the first time since I created this blog eight years ago, I began sorting through my drafts folder. Most of them were many years old, half-started thoughts that I never got around…

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  • Oh, it’s just emotions.

    Dena July 25, 2017

    How are you, friends? I hope that you are having a great week. As for me, I am okay, but I’m in a little bit of a slump — more specifically, I’m overwhelmed. I know I’ve said it again and again, but the past couple…

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  • // cultivate joy

    Dena July 17, 2017

    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…

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  • // leaning into joy

    Dena July 11, 2017

    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…

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