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5 Reasons I Love Living in a Small House

7:00 am PDT, September 23, 2019

Yes, there are benefits to living in a larger space, and I think families need to do what's best for them; living in a small house doesn't make me a better person. But perhaps this is an encouragement if you find yourself wishing you had more square footage: there's a silver lining to having less space than what's considered "normal."

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5 Ways I’m Choosing to Embrace Fall (In Spite of Myself)

3:40 pm PDT, September 18, 2019

Fall is a season I often delay as long as possible. Without kids (and a school calendar to follow), it's easy for me to keep a summer mindset deep into September. I go out for ice cream every warm Saturday. I wear insufficient ballet flats with ankle-length pants while other people break out their fall boots and scarves. I coax the summer-weary plants on my balcony to hang on just a bit longer, sheltering them with old towels during an overnight frost.

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In Praise of Making Things No One Will Ever See

2:58 pm PDT, September 11, 2019

Years after I graduated, I was working full time with a job title of “Creative Director” but all that creativity happened between screens and not fingers. Once I realized how much I missed the physical act of creating and making, I still struggled to make space and time for it, especially because it felt wasteful to use art supplies if it was “just for fun.” I was believing the lie that creativity was only valuable if the end result was shared with an audience.

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My Top 20 Work Tools

7:34 am PDT, September 9, 2019

I like to pack light — in life and work. The longer I'm in this game, the more I know what I care about getting done and doing well. Here are my top go-to tools that help me do that.

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Finding Community In An Unexpected Place

4:00 am PDT, September 4, 2019

When our family left Dallas to move to middle Tennessee a few years ago, we left our urban neighborhood in Oak Cliff, historic home of nine years, and all our favorite walking routes on sidewalks that weaved in and out of tree-lined streets. We also said a bittersweet goodbye to our dear group of friends who had keys to that home and had worn steps into the wooden threshold as we welcomed them through our door so many times to share a meal, celebrate a birthday, or just hang out on a Sunday evening.

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My Daily Bookends

10:01 pm PDT, September 1, 2019

These bookends are my sanity, crazy day or not. They're the routines that have helped me be the boss of my own day, even if the middle was entirely commandeered by other people.

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