Category: mindful living

Phone Calls From My College Student are More Than Just Phone Calls

On any given day the phone rings and based on the ringtone, I know it’s Girl, calling from college. When at all possible, I drop everything I’m doing and answer the phone with a happy, sing-song “Hellooooo!”  After hellos and how are yous, the phone call flows with tiny inklings into each other’s day. To... Read more »

The smart phone detox one year later

Last year at this time, Jessica Gardner of Little Merry Sunshine wrote a blog post about taking a smartphone detox. The seven day cleanse originally posted by Popsugar, is the one Jessica, Beth (writer of Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom,) Megan (writer of Stable Mable) and I followed. While the original detox provided detailed and insightful... Read more »

Five Things That Help Me With Hygge

Living in Chicago in February takes a nasty toll on me. I become more sluggish, a bit lazy and need an extra nudge or four to be social. To get through the cold months, I try not to fight it so much and hunker down. It’s my own version of Hygge (pronounced hue-ugh.) According to Hygge... Read more »
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A Short and Light Gratitude List In No Particular Order

This blog series, #30DaysofGratitude, hopes to share bits of gratitude and create an awareness of how gratitude can change our mindset. Every day this month, I, along with other writers, teachers and friends, will post about all things gratitude. Come along for the ride and let me know what you are most grateful for every day –... Read more »

Gratitude for a Dill Pickle

Written by: Laurie Doherty I never would’ve guessed the simple gratitude I could have for a dill pickle.  Although, upon reflection, the writing was on the wall.  A framed quote hangs in my mudroom, a gift from my oldest son, peacefully stating “Keep Calm and Eat a Pickle”.    Pickles are my passion. In addition... Read more »

Living Gratefully When Mom Has Cancer

Written by: Nina Vallone “Being grateful at all times no matter what happens.” I typed the words of Brother David Steindl-Rast on November 1st, the first day of this #30DaysofGratitude series. I wrote about the belief that we can feel the joy of gratefulness even in the midst of suffering. I quoted Steindl-Rast who suggests... Read more »
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Music Makes Me Feel Alive

This blog series, #30DaysofGratitude, hopes to share bits of gratitude and create an awareness of how gratitude can change our mindset. Every day this month, I, along with other writers, teachers and friends, will post about all things gratitude. Come along for the ride and let me know what you are most grateful for every day –... Read more »

Ten Random Things I Am Grateful For. 

This blog series, #30DaysofGratitude, hopes to share bits of gratitude and create an awareness of how gratitude can change our mindset. Every day this month, I, along with other writers, teachers and friends, will post about all things gratitude. Come along for the ride and let me know what you are most grateful for every day –... Read more »

Looking at Life Through a Positive Lense

This blog series, #30DaysofGratitude, hopes to share bits of gratitude and create an awareness of how gratitude can change our mindset. Every day this month, I, along with other writers, teachers and friends, will post about all things gratitude. Come along for the ride and let me know what you are most grateful for every day –... Read more »
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Three Things To Help You Live an Optimistic Life

Written by: Melisa Wells For many of us, the end of 2016 couldn’t come fast enough…and then 2017 began. Oy vey. Be careful what you wish for.  Less-than-satisfactory times in America notwithstanding, I remain an optimist. I really do believe that everything is going to—eventually—be okay. Things always work out, don’t they? In my opinion,... Read more »