two little words: shift & celebrate

As we head into a holiday week, I’ve got One Little Word on my mind. We’re traveling to Halifax to celebrate American Thanksgiving with Hope. We haven’t done a “traditional” Thanksgiving in a few years, so it doesn’t seem odd that we’ll likely be going out for sushi on what will be a “normal” Thursday in Canada. I guess that’s…

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#celebrating 6 months

Today is our 6 month wedding anniversary. At times, it seems like a lifetime ago that we said our vows with waves crashing behind us. Other times, the newness makes me stumble when trying to say my last name, and gets my attention when Dan refers to me as his wife. I’m so grateful to be creating this life with…

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when in doubt, give thanks.

Photo by Takahiro Sakamoto on Unsplash I have Thanksgiving on my mind. The Bigs are both up north, so they’re celebrating Canadian Thanksgiving today. Maybe that’s why I’ve had gratitude on my mind. Maybe it’s simply that I’ve been returning to tried-and-true practices to help to ease the stress of transition. Regardless of the reason, gratitude has a certain magic. A few things…

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commitments : october 2017

Photo by Yulia Chinato on Unsplash September shook us to the core. We’ve been reflecting, replaying, and trying to make sense of it. It was just so much. I spent many, many minutes on my knees, sobbing, begging the universe/God/angels to please protect my family, and to please…for the love of it all…make the pain stop. We are just starting to catch our…

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parc safari : september 2017

On Saturday, we ventured across the border to check off one last item on our Summer Bucket List. It’s the first time that I’ve been back to Parc Safari since the Bigs were little! These two were very excited to see animals up close & personal. To be fair, Wilder was also really excited that we rented a minivan. He’s…

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our wedding vows

When we first agreed to write our own ceremony, I thought “how hard can it be?“…turns out, it’s harder than it looks. After many months, a shared Google doc, multiple visits to offbeatbride.com, and (more than) a few bottles of wine, we drafted a ceremony that was, in a word (technically 1615 words), perfect. It captured the lightness & love…

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that time we got hitched in Hawaii…

Have I mentioned that we got married in Hawaii? 🙂 I wanted to do the whole “first look” thing, b/c why not?? I’m sure that some people have opinions about what you should or shouldn’t do in 3rd-for-me/2nd-for-him wedding…and fortunately, those people are not in our world. We did what we wanted…and that included me keeping my dress a secret…

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lake life.

In between raindrops, we’re spending as much time near the water as possible this summer. We’re fortunate to have beach access in our neighborhood, and Littles who are always ready to head to the water. Wilder has been in charge of photography while we are out on the lake. He’s getting pretty good at composition! And he’s already embraced the…

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summer vibes.

Photo by Michał Grosicki on Unsplash It seems like we waited forever for the weather to warm up this year…and now we are frequently waiting for it to stop raining. But. We are making the most of our summer, even when Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate. I shared our Summer Bucket List on Instagram a few weeks ago. We’ve been steadily working through it,…

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commitments : july 2017

Kristopher Roller And….I’m back! Took a longer-than-planned break to get my blog moved from Typepad to WordPress (b/c it’s 2017, y’all). I’ll fill y’all in on what’s been happening, but first…commitments! Completing Our Landmark Money Seminar – not my favorite so far. Translation has been sketchy, and the distinctions haven’t resonated. So, ready to complete & move on. The “biz…

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our weekend in b&w

Really digging b&w lately, and the way that it soothes the chaos of life… We kicked off the weekend with Friday night bingo at the kids’ school. After many, many rounds, we finally won…twice! Saturday mornings start on the reading rug. We’ve also been reading & practicing Peaceful Piggy Meditation. Our new kitchen island is a fave breakfast spot these days.…

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commitments : may 2017

It’s MAY!!! Such an exciting month around here!! Let’s kick it off with some commitments… Completing 2016 Project Life is DONE!! Woooo hoooo! The process of making scrapbooks on every damn month (ROFLMAO) is still one of my most favorite things. I’ll post the results, and thoughts on the catch-up process, soon. And YES, I’m doing Project Life for 2017…but going…

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this pedestrian life.

“But this is what I’m finding, in glimpses and flashes: this is it. This is it, in the best possible way. That thing I’m waiting for, for that adventure, that movie-score-worthy experience unfolding gracefully. This is it. Normal, daily life ticking by on our streets and sidewalks, in our houses and apartments, in our beds and at our dinner tables,…

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in the arena.

Also Brene… "if you aren't in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I'm not interested in your feedback." and a long-time favorite…"don't try to win over the haters. you are not the jackass whisperer."

start here : The Premium Starter Kit

Hands down, the BEST way to get started with Young Living® is to purchase the Premium Starter Kit. Are there other starter kits? Yep? And IMHO, this one is the way to go… You’re getting a $300 value for $160 (plus tax & shipping). The Premium Starter Kit comes with a fabulous diffuser (either the Home or DewDrop), 11 Essential…

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thoughts on completing & creating…

Dan & I attended a Special Evening About the Landmark Forum last night in Montreal, mostly b/c it was led by our forum leader, Barry Grieder, who we were eager to see again. There's something undeniably special about all Forum Leaders, and there's something super-special about the connection with the person who leads your Forum. Listening to Barry speak was…

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this Christmas…

Wishing you all the merry this Christmas. Dan & I are spending Christmas Eve in San Juan, and will travel back to VT in the morning to join the Bigs for Christmas Day. The Littles will join us early in the week, and we'll celebrate Hanukkah & Christmas with them. The entire month has been a bit untraditional for us…unexpected…

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British Columbia : part two (the unexpected story)

This is a story that I didn't expect to tell, about a trip that I didn't expect to take, about something happening that I didn't expect to happen… Dan & I had spent American Thanksgiving weekend in British Columbia, visiting with Austin. We stayed at a beautiful AirBnB and spent some time in Vancouver & Whistler Village. We headed to…

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