Choosing Joy Over Fear


Choose Small and Slow Solutions, Consumerism, Create Vision and Respond to Change, Inner Permaculture, Maximize the Edges, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed.” -Albert Einstein There is a difference […]

June 6, 2016

Inner Buoyancy


Consumerism, Create Vision and Respond to Change, From Pattern to Details, Inner Permaculture, Maximize the Edges, Obtain a Yield, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

I have found myself indulging many of my deepest fears lately.  As we make the conscious choice to step out of our conventional life and into the murkiness of something completely uncertain.  Selling our home without a new one to inhabit has been pushing my edges with intensity.  Most days I feel convicted.  But lately, […]

June 3, 2016

Red Lights


Choose Small and Slow Solutions, Create Vision and Respond to Change, Cultivate Diversity, Inner Permaculture, Life Choices, Make No Waste, Maximize the Edges, Obtain a Yield, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

Last night as I was coming home from a primordial movement class I was stopped by a red light.  I sat there daydreaming through a song that had come on the radio, reflecting on the nourishing experience of the evening.  Then I clued into how long I had been waiting there for the light to […]

April 6, 2016

Cutting the Tethers


Create Vision and Respond to Change, From Pattern to Details, Inner Permaculture, Life Choices, Maximize the Edges, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback, Unschooling, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

Making the descent into the unknown is a scary ride.  We are currently working our way out of this wonderful home that has been our comfort for over 8 years.  I love this house.  It makes me feel good.  But it has become clear that it no longer serves us.  We were different people than […]

February 29, 2016

Harvest Season


Catch and Store Energy, Food, From Pattern to Details, Inner Permaculture, Integrate, Make No Waste, Maximize the Edges, Obtain a Yield, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

At this time of year, harvest is abundant!  Processing food for the winter months is all consuming and the incoming volume of produce seems relentless.  We have been working our way through bushels of tomatoes, peppers, apples and cucumbers that have blessed our counters.  It’s hard to see that volume of perishable food as a […]

September 28, 2015

The Sound of Crying


Create Vision and Respond to Change, Cultivate Diversity, From Pattern to Details, Inner Permaculture, Integrate, Parenting, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

Our culture has a very low tolerance for crying.  I know this because I feel it in my gut every time one of my children begins.  I think that our mammalian instinct to run to the aid of our child has been misplaced.  Instead of a genuine care for the well being of our child, […]

September 16, 2015

Sunshine through the Rain


Earth Care, Fair Share, Food, Make No Waste, Obtain a Yield, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

I sat down at my machine intending to finish off a blog post I started last week.  I was about two thirds of the way through it, when I heard raindrops begin to hit my window and a rumble of thunder rolled though the room.  My mood dropped.  After putting the children to bed, I […]

August 4, 2015

First Steps


Catch and Store Energy, Choose Small and Slow Solutions, Create Vision and Respond to Change, Inner Permaculture, Integrate, Maximize the Edges, Observe and Interact, Obtain a Yield, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture for Children, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

My littlest has started walking.  Gone are the days where she must be carried, but then again, gone are the days that she must be carried!  Change always means I am leaving something behind.  Sometimes I am happy to move on and release what no longer serves me.  But at other times, change leaves me […]

July 30, 2015

Creating a Homestead


Choose Small and Slow Solutions, Create Vision and Respond to Change, Earth Care, Fair Share, Inner Permaculture, Integrate, Don't Segregate, Make No Waste, Obtain a Yield, People Care, Permaculture Ethics, Permaculture Principles, Self-Regulate and Accept Feedback, Use and Value Gifts from Nature

I have started back into looking at real estate sites.  Wondering what life could be like if we were to move to a farm and homestead on a larger scale.  I have dreams of living somewhere off grid with a woodlot and a stream.  Enough room for pastured chickens and perhaps even a jersey cow.  […]

July 23, 2015