The Instrument Carousel

Where I grew up, we had the opportunity to start playing a stringed instrument in fourth grade. Anyone who wanted to play a band instrument had to wait until fifth grade. When I think about it, the fact that in fourth grade, in a public school, we had the opportunity to learn an instrument…it bogglesContinue reading “The Instrument Carousel”

You can’t fake joy

So…day 2 of trying to serve my family with joy was not so great. Firstly, my youngest is in a phase where he is waking up again at 5:00AM. Now that the two boys are sharing a room, this means my eldest is also waking up at 5:00AM. Only yesterday morning, my eldest was theContinue reading “You can’t fake joy”

What is “serving”, anyway?

Hah! Yesterday, I wrote about how I was told, in that quiet little secret place in my heart reserved for the words that definitely are not my idea, that if I wanted to start living miracles and amazing situations again, that I needed to start serving my family with joy. Already, my first afternoon, Sunday,Continue reading “What is “serving”, anyway?”

Week 2: Connecting and Becoming Royalty

As I have been saying all week, my resolutions this year are myriad. Well, twenty-two to be exact. Although I can’t update progress on the whole lot of them the way I did with my five little rules last year, I can give you a few highlights. Progress Point: #1 Connect better with the scalawagsContinue reading “Week 2: Connecting and Becoming Royalty”

22 in 22: Artefacts, Geekery and Flawed Humanity

Here I go! Gotta keep talking through the progress I hope to see this year and imagining how I am going to make it happen, or else this year is just going to slither on by and I won’t have seen it happen! Gretchen Rubin, the author who got me thinking that there might beContinue reading “22 in 22: Artefacts, Geekery and Flawed Humanity”

22 in 22: Star Wars, Hankies and Kitty Litter

Yup yup yup. It’s one thing to come up with a massive list of goals for the year. Another one entirely to cut those goals up into bite-sized pieces with just the right motivation chaser. I do love me a little cocktail of progress, hopefulness and expectancy. It’s enough to make me lose sleep fromContinue reading “22 in 22: Star Wars, Hankies and Kitty Litter”

A Zebra For All Seasons

At the risk of imagining myself one of those people who unboxes new toys for their millions of YouTube fans (about which I have zero delusions), or TikToks themselves showing off their latest thrift store haul, I do still want to tell you about how I came to possess not one but two zebra dresses.Continue reading “A Zebra For All Seasons”

Week 1: Meet the 22 for 22

One of the very most beneficial things I did for my Buy-No-Clothes-in-2021 Challenge was to do a weekly check-in. Each Saturday, I sat down with the list of rules and goals I had set for myself, and I considered how I may or may not have made progress towards them. Naturally, knowing me, I can’tContinue reading “Week 1: Meet the 22 for 22”

So now what?

No, really? So now what? I asked myself. What am I supposed to do now? Just waltz into a thrift store, or a sock store with the wad of cash burning a hole in my pocket? (–Umh, Lily? Umh, hunny, to what cash are you referring?) After a year of being hypervigilant about my shoppingContinue reading “So now what?”

The Ideal Life Round-Up: Personal Style

I am thankful that you, my reader, knows me well enough to not judge my flightiness of character. That there would be a theme in my Ideal Life called “personal style” seems so insignificant amid all the other things to be worrying about these days. And yet…and yet. This is why I got started inContinue reading “The Ideal Life Round-Up: Personal Style”