Hope, Personal Development, Virtues

The Light That Never Ends: The Gift From Some Dark Times { Guest Post }

{ This guest post was written by a dear friend of mine, Lorraine. } To paint a brief picture of my life prior to 25 May 2017, I was a young professional spending her free time supporting community building efforts and generally too busy or naïve (from my perspective now) to consider having to deal… Read More The Light That Never Ends: The Gift From Some Dark Times { Guest Post }

Community Building, Media, Personal Development

Portrait Photography: Stroking The Ego or Immortalising Memories?

At a recent playdate, the conversation turned towards portrait photography.  Many of the babies at the playdate were turning one within the next few months, and their mothers were eager to capture this milestone by booking a family portrait session with their preferred local photographer. Portrait Photography: Immortalising the Evolution of a Family Who doesn’t… Read More Portrait Photography: Stroking The Ego or Immortalising Memories?

Personal Development, Planners and Planning, Tools

New Year’s Resolutions: Printables for Easier and Less Wasteful Planning

Planner systems are meant to change a lot to adapt to your needs, to follow the changes in your style, and to absorb any changes either internal (new phase of your life) or external (new stuff on the market!)  My personal planning system didn’t involve washi tape until only a few years ago, but has… Read More New Year’s Resolutions: Printables for Easier and Less Wasteful Planning

Personal Development, Tools

Five Techniques To Make a Big Change Less Daunting

{ This guest post was written by fellow joy-seeking blogger, Jennifer. } Last month, my sister Meredith and her husband went through a big change: they moved their 6 and 8-year-old sons across the globe to China, where they will live for the next two years. Her husband was offered a great job, and so… Read More Five Techniques To Make a Big Change Less Daunting

Faith, Family, Personal Development, Religion, Virtues

The Powerful Experience of Death: Guest Post by Katie Danner

In the last few years, I have experienced four deaths that were very close to me. It has not been easy, but I have learned so much about this very sensitive yet private and delicate topic. I decided I would write out some of my thoughts about death, and maybe it might even help some… Read More The Powerful Experience of Death: Guest Post by Katie Danner

Bullet Journaling, Personal Development, Tools

Back To Basics: Getting Over the Unnecessary Burden Placed on Bullet Journaling

It’s halfway through January—how are your resolutions holding up?  The previous two posts discussed the use of mantras in helping you stick to your resolutions; this post is focused on the second of two amazing tools for personal development that I use all the time: journaling. While journaling in general is a fantastic tool, one… Read More Back To Basics: Getting Over the Unnecessary Burden Placed on Bullet Journaling

Mantras, Personal Development, Tools

Refreshing Your Mantras: Some Print Suggestions

So, how are your New Year’s resolutions going?  I sometimes feel like the battered and bruised trees, bushes, and grass around this time of the year: after a grueling winter, I am not quite sure if my resolutions are ever going to spring back into a vibrant part of my life again, however many mantras… Read More Refreshing Your Mantras: Some Print Suggestions

Mantras, Personal Development, Tools

Achieving New Year’s Resolutions With The Help of Mantras

Happy New Year! I hope you rang it in with more degrees in your weather—we are freezing cold, here!  My newest mantra: “It’s worse on Hoth.” Then again, it could mean that a larger part of us are staying home these days, which is perfect, since it’s the time of the year when resolutions are… Read More Achieving New Year’s Resolutions With The Help of Mantras

Community Building, Personal Development

Taking Advantage of the Many Benefits of Gardening

Community and personal development go hand in hand.  While we can feel powerless to make a significant contribution to our communities, we thankfully always have the power to make a change in our personal lives. Gardening’s Powerful Effect on Personal Development Personal development can be, to say the least, pretty intense.  Thankfully, it does not… Read More Taking Advantage of the Many Benefits of Gardening

Personal Development

The Balance of Being Kind to Yourself Without Being Lenient

The process of refining one’s character is a highly exciting one, but isn’t always easy.  While there are a lot of great tools that help us along, there are also many pitfalls we can get stuck behind, such as being lenient. The Challenge with “Self-Empowerment” There seem to be a lot of self-empowering messages in… Read More The Balance of Being Kind to Yourself Without Being Lenient