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In 2022, your fairy godmother, Lily Fields, takes you under her wing to help you dust off your dreams, uncover what used to make you sparkle and make practical, compassionate, down-to-earth magic as you pursue your Ideal Life.

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Episode 62: Memory

In this week’s episode, Lily digs into the topic of post-partum depression, just in time for Mother’s Day. As it turns out, even once the fog lifts, there is still work to be done. Your Homework this week is to look at the 19 Ideal Life Themes (click here, or see below) and prioritize them.…

More about novelty

This week on Sing With Your Feet, we are talking about Novelty. Now, don’t get bored reading this first section while I talk about clothes again for a second. If that happens, skip to the second part. I shared in the episode that after completing my seasonal changeover, ie, getting out my summer clothes and…

Episode 61: Novelty

Talking points: Our relationship with our stuff; making something new again; falling in love with what we already own; turnabout is fairplay when it comes to the Golden Rule. Here are a few links to those things Lily was talking about this episode: Links: ⁠The Great 2021 Bathrobe Refashion⁠ ⁠Snow White Goes to the Circus⁠…

Episode 60: How to Have Great Sex

We’re celebrating 60 episodes with a Top Five countdown of listener voted favorite ideas from the podcast. Find LiElla Kelly on social media, or follow her podcast, “Death Becomes Her” on all podcast platforms. For more about the Ideal Life Themes, click here. In this episode, I refer to this visual, the “Virtue Wheel”. A…

Episode 59: I Have A Theory

This week, I explain how I came to be interested in the dry and boring topic of virtue. And although I am going to do everything in my power to make that interesting, I will balance it out he story of how I met Charming Fields, the Philosopher Prince. Also, I will try to convince…

Episode 58: Unspiritual

Why do we always end up doing what we don’t want to do? It’s like an endless cycle of distraction from the things we want to be doing. This week, I expose a foolproof way to improve our self-esteem: start framing our actions in terms of virtue. It really helps. Here is that list of…

Episode 56: The Philosopher Princess

This week, we have a special guest! Charming Fields is back to talk about one of his favorite topics: Etymology. Specifically, the etymology of virtue. We’ll also break down our reactions to the list of 101 virtues we’ve been grading ourselves on. No, good grades don’t mean we’re super virtuous, and bad grades don’t mean…

Episode 55: What Will They Say?

Talking Points: Let’s be a fly on the wall at your funeral; Why talking about values is perilous; What do color and virtue have in common? Here is the link to that document I promised in the episode: A great big thank you to Seven production here in Mulhouse France for the use of the…

Episode 54: Shopping Hiatus

Show Notes Talking points: Breaking the cycle of shopping addiction; contentment hunting; being a good steward; the Dopamine Loop; finding motivation to stop shopping. This episode part of a series about how understanding our relationship to clothes and our closet can lead to a more enjoyment and less stress. A great big thank you to…

Episode 53: Curbing Our Impulses

Talking Points: Can happiness be found at the bottom of a shopping bag? Avoiding impulse buys; escaping temptation; it takes a village to stop shopping. This episode part of a series about how understanding our relationship to clothes and our closet can lead to a more enjoyment and less stress. A great big thank you…

Episode 52: What Should I Wear?

Talking Points: The Seasonal Wardrobe changeover; methods for choosing what to wear; the benefits of falling in love with your wardrobe; a plea to stop shopping. Here is Jennifer L. Scott’s TED Talk about the Ten-Item Wardrobe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3CLRL32Mcw This episode part of a series about how understanding our relationship to clothes and our closet can…

Serve them with joy

About this time last year, I started a little project to write a blog in French. I didn’t know where that was going to lead (still don’t, to be honest!) but it did give me a few pivotal moments. The blog was a written history of how my husband and I ended up back in…

Episode 51: Wardrobe Choices

Talking Points: Decluttering guilt; Closet swaps, donation boxes and the landfill. Plus, the first step to loving your wardrobe is not to start shopping. This episode part of a series about how understanding our relationship to clothes and our closet can lead to a more enjoyment and less stress. A great big thank you to…

After the break…

Wow. I took a bit of a break there. Out of necessity, definitely, because there was a school vacation mixed in there. But can I tell you the real reason why I have been absent from the blog? Well, let’s hop into the way-back machine for a bit. When I started our blog in 2021,…

Episode 50: Decluttering Your Closet

Talking points: Decluttering-a way to grieve a life you don’t have anymore. Also…why in the world is this in my closet at all? And I love this, but…Plus a primer on refashioning. A very special Valentine’s Day thank you to Seven Productions here in Mulhouse, France, for the use of the song La Joie as…

Episode 49: 525,600 Somethings

Talking Points: Valentine’s Day–it’s for you; Can love be measured? Being your own special guest. The work of Steve Biddulph, author of “Raising Boys”, can be found here. A very special Valentine’s Day thank you to Seven Productions here in Mulhouse, France, for the use of the song La Joie as the intro and outtro…

Episode 48: Closet Nitty Gritty

Talking Points: What is actually in your closet? How knowing what is in your closet can help put a brake on out-of-control spending. Here is the link to the Closet Inventory Download. This episode part of a series about how understanding our relationship to clothes and our closet can lead to a more enjoyment and…

Episode 47: Dressing for Your Ideal Life

Talking Points: Heartspace and Headspace; the recursive shapes of our life; Mise en Place and decisions. When we know what we want for our life, it makes all of our decisions easier–including what we wear. This episode part of a series about how understanding our relationship to clothes and our closet can lead to a…

Episode 46: Closet Inventory

Talking Points: Antiquities, Costumes and Sentimental Items. The contents of our closets are not just things we wear, but we insist on treating them as such. It is useful to start viewing some of the things in our closets as souvenirs or artifacts. This episode part of a series about how understanding our relationship to…

Week 3: Being Still

According to the rules of my New Year’s Resolution, I’m meant to be doing for others what I would want done for me. This *should* be easy, right? Surprise surprise, this has become an increasingly mindbending endeavor. This requires a clarity of thought that I don’t often have in abundance. “What would I want done…

Closet Inventory Download

As promised in Episode 45: Wardrobe Therapy, here is a downloadable Excel spreadsheet that will help you kickstart your closet inventory: Don’t worry, the formulae are already there for you, and there are more than 1000 lines ready. (I really hope you won’t need 1000 lines. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!) I even put in…

Episode 45: Wardrobe Therapy

Talking Points: Why do you wear what you wear?; Living off the land (AKA stop shopping!); doing a closet inventory. This episode is the first in a series about how understanding our relationship to clothes and our closet can lead to a more enjoyment and less stress. A great big thank you to Seven Production…

Week 2: A Golden Rule Conundrum

I had just spent a good thirty minutes folding clothes. They were not mine, because my clothes get the royal treatment. I usually hang mine up as they leave the washer, so that they dry nicely. I know. It’s selfish. But whatever. Call it self care. “Okay, everybody! Come get your laundry and put it…

The “Golden Rule Rules” Rules

You know me by now, right? I like rules. I like to make rules and I like holding myself accountable to rules. So obviously, when Lily Fields makes a New Year’s Resolution, it comes with rules. I find that this helps break down a resolution into smaller chunks, making it hard to fail entirely, which,…

Week 1: The Golden Rule Rules

This is my first roundup of the highlights from my Golden Rule resolution….that is…my resolution to live out the Golden Rule in as many ways as possible in 2023. First up, whereas this, pre-scalawags had been something we always used to do, but had stopped doing it in the last few years. It is so…

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I’m on an adventure.

Contentment is the treasure I seek.
To conquer the dragons of dissatisfaction, I am armed with hopefulness, determination and a big dose of craftiness. My journey finds me accompanied by two little scalawags, their indulgent father and our faithful alley cats.
We live in France in a tiny fourth floor apartment. (There’s an elevator. I’m adventurous, but not that adventurous.)

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