Contentment, aka “stuff”

On Monday of the first week of Ideal Life Exercises, I think about Contentment. When I started this series about the Ideal Life Exercises, I was on week two…it just worked out that way. I will publish separately the printables which accompanied the different weeks when we first started talking about the Ideal Life Exercises,Continue reading “Contentment, aka “stuff””

Craft and Creativity

When I said that there is overlap in my Ideal Life Themes, I was not kidding. I have found that, for example, as way to channel my hormonal rage, the sound of the sewing machine and the act of tearing something apart and sewing it back together again are therapeutic. At the same time, inContinue reading “Craft and Creativity”

Environment and Ecology

Thank goodness I don’t have only themes that force me to come face-to-face with myself and my shortcomings! Being a good steward of the space and resources that has been accorded to me is one of the areas I like to consider every few weeks in my Ideal Life Exercise. This has a broad meaningContinue reading “Environment and Ecology”

Listen to me, Lily

To: Mme L.F. Indulgent-ScalawagsAlsace, France From: Miss Lily FieldsWoods of the Lake, Northeastern Ohio Dear Mme Indulgent-Scalawags, You didn’t mention anything about my cute blond hair, and honestly, I’m almost offended. Well, I decided not to continue studying with that voice teacher. We had a few…differences of opinion, but you seemed to know that wouldContinue reading “Listen to me, Lily”

Miss Fields Writes Back

To: Mme L.F. Indulgent-ScalawagsAlsace, France From: Miss Lily FieldsWoods by the Lake, Northeastern Ohio Dear Mme Indulgent-Scalawags, I received your letter last week when I visited my mother in The Village. I just moved into my own apartment in the Woods by the Lake, a cute little place which is all mine to decorate howeverContinue reading “Miss Fields Writes Back”

What’s in a name?

I want to double down on something I said yesterday: There is a place in this world for your brand of quirky. – Lily Fields, modern day wise woman You are special. You are unique. You bring something to the table that no one else does. No one in all human history ever possessed theContinue reading “What’s in a name?”

My Bags of Gold

Full Disclosure: I am an expert in nothing other than knowing what I am supposed to do right in this very instant. As a corollary to that first disclaimer: I am very good at knowing what I should do. Not so great at always actually doing it. I spent a year in France after highContinue reading “My Bags of Gold”

The Shame of Plenty

If you are reading this, it’s because you either know me and love me, therefore cannot judge me for what I am going to say, or because you found my writing through a channel in which we have plenty of things in common. If the first one is true, “Hi mom!” If the second isContinue reading “The Shame of Plenty”

Origin of the Lily Fields Challenge

The Lily Fields Challenge really started in 2004, although I didn’t start taking it seriously until 2020. In 2004, it was a quiet little idea. A question. A thought that flitted through my mind. In 2004 it was my first handknit project. My mother-in-law worked most of her life as a supervisor at a shelteredContinue reading “Origin of the Lily Fields Challenge”

Decision Reduction: A gift you give yourself

TL; DR: By giving designated homes to objects, you reduce the number of decisions you need to make. Fewer decisions means more time and more freedom! The Perfect Gift: A thought experiment In my house, we talk a lot about gifts. My boys, at four and five years old, are quite passionate about the receivingContinue reading “Decision Reduction: A gift you give yourself”