Simply Shine!

Celebrating the simple everyday wonders of life.
Find Your Holiday Sparkle

Find Your Holiday Sparkle

Some might scowl when I say how much I love winter...but, I do! I love the chill of frost, the sparkle of freshly fallen snow, the crunch of boots on snow-packed paths, twinkling lights against a dark night sky, sitting with a cup of cocoa near a crackling fire. I even love the hustle and bustle of the winter holidays...the music, the treats, the joy of sharing, and the magic that shines out during this season of giving. OK, admittedly I don’t love the over-commercialization as stores begin...

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Simply Grateful

Simply Grateful

It’s the little things that melt my heart the most— an unexpected gift, baby laughter, a well-timed glance outside to see the sun casting glittering diamonds upon my favorite tree, the sound of your smile as it whispers my name across a crowded room. I know you’ll...

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Harvest Your Blessings

Harvest Your Blessings

Grapes have been called the fruit of the Gods, and as I turn clusters of this divine fruit into dozens of quarts of happy pink nectar, I might agree. But as I’ve cared for our 80 yards and 10 varieties of grapes over the past few years, I’ve discovered this God-fruit...

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Choose Amazement.

Choose Amazement.

Spaciousness can often appear as emptiness, and it's easy to mistake that for a lack of importance. Until we sit in the empty space for long enough to hear what is really going on beneath the surface of life...like in the ocean, where layers and whole ecosystems live...

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Savor the Beautiful

"Once there was a woman who wanted to change the world & at first, she thought it'd be easy, because if everyone could see how beautiful it'd be, it'd take about a minute...but all the people she talked to were too busy to stop & listen. So, she went off &...

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Can clearing clutter change the world?

(excerpt from my upcoming book, Simple Enough: Create Space for What Matters.) Can clearing clutter change the world? Maybe. You’ve probably noticed simplicity is a hot topic that appears to be reaching a tipping point. Here are a couple reasons why. We are drowning...

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I hold you in my heart.

I hold you in my heart. I carry you in my heart. The Mother in me wants to wrap you in arms, as I see you sitting there so very still, with sadness all around. But I stay over here, giving you room to breathe, loving you across the space, because it's all I can do for...

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The Miracle of Mothering

Today is a good day to say: Thank You, Mom. You gave me life, and more. You protected me when I was small, giving roots & nourishment for growing wings. I didn't fully appreciate the miracle until I became a mother too. Now I see the sacrifices you made, the...

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Flowers & Spring Showers

April showers. Spring flowers. Clear the old. Plant some new. Watch as the seeds of last season patiently push through the ground to announce the start of spring. It takes sun and rain to make a rainbow, and lots of love to help a garden grow. Every little flower...

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What makes a perfect day?

Today was beyond words. From sunrise to sunset, it was pure WOW. Celebrating birth. Honoring death. Connecting with friends. Being a catalyst for clean water. Basking in LOVE all day through. A perfect kind of day. ______________________ I wrote this simple note on...

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Let Go…and find True Love

There is a treasure in you... a deep quiet that surrounds all the shiny objects stored in the crevices of your life. Here, in this still center is where the adventure begins: a hunt for the Diamond that is the essence of You. Open your heart wide in wonder; let...

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One Life. Many Choices.

One Life. Many Choices. And every choice you've made thus far has lead you to this place called "Here." So what will you choose to do now with this single present moment that holds all the unfulfilled potential in this seed of tomorrow? It may seem impossible to...

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Lost Your Holiday Twinkle?

Winter Stillness. Snowflakes falling, white on white. Twinkling lights, brightening the night. Fires burning to keep us warm. Hearts opening, friends linking arms. The space between notes, a silent sigh. Smiles between neighbors, stars up high. A memory of childhood,...

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