We have reached the end of our online bookclub and the question Elaine, Amanda and I have for this last post is: What have we learned about creativity from Big Magic? For me it can be summed up in two phrases: Take it seriously and hold it lightly. These two phrases seem to be contradictory, but … Continue reading on creativity, dedication and joy
We live in a culture of complaining. A culture where the answer to the standard greeting “how are you?”, is “busy” or “stressed”. Or we use it as a way to list all our problems as we detail just how complicated and hard and complex our life is. I was struck by a line in … Continue reading what do foxes have to do with joy anyway?
It has been a hard week. I am struggling with my daughters living life at a full on speed, with little or no thought for the rules, or volume, or the pause button. I have found myself impatiently requesting them to be more patient. Or yelling at them to be quieter. Or hustling them out … Continue reading just a little list
I have a friend who works with women at risk. Her job is important and valuable, she is literally at the front line with women in dangerous situations. I have a friend who is a teacher, she is educating the next generation, sowing into them and helping them grow into the men and women of … Continue reading the comparison trap
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on … Continue reading living lighter – surprised by joy
I met with some friends a few weeks ago and we all talked about our challenges for this Christmas season. From that discussion I wrote down three words ... home, presence, joy. Today was a standard Sunday, rush to get to church, wrestle to keep the kids occupied in church, finally sit down to listen … Continue reading finding the joy