Contradictions of a Grieving Heart

Originally written in 2015 for Still Standing Magazine:   Our son Aiden would have turned five years old this month. It was a hard birthday for me this year. Not only is five years a big milestone, but I also felt a lot of emotional turmoil this year. I know that grieving is not a linear process and “grief bursts” are a normal part of the process. So I shouldn’t be surprised by the fact that this birthday was harder than some have been. But there was something different this year that took some time and reflection to come to […]

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Time Doesn’t Heal…But it Helps

Originally written in 2013 for Still Standing Magazine:   Early after losing our son Aiden at 19 days old, I remember feeling very angry when I would hear ‘time heals all wounds’ or similar sentiments. I remember thinking, no amount of time will ever heal my broken heart. My child has died, his short life was filled with pain, suffering, surgery and hospitals. There was nothing I could do to make any of it better, nothing I could do to save him from it, nothing I could do to change the fact that he died. No amount of time will ever […]

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Why I Became a Minimalist: My Story of Life with Less

Growing up I loved stuff. All kinds of stuff. I even had a box in my childhood room full of junk mail I collected from the post office recycling bin! I always had collections and special things I was saving. In the last few years, I have completely changed directions. Now I find too much stuff stresses me out and makes me feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Over this time I’ve discovered there are many benefits to a simpler, more minimalist life. But before I realized all the benefits a more minimalist lifestyle could offer, two specific events in my […]

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What is Simple Living? My Vision for a Simpler Life

As my interest in simplifying our life grew, I read many blogs and articles about simple living. The thing that stuck out to me is that there is no single definition of what simple living means. It means different things to different people. Each person defining it differently based on their intentions and values. None of these definitions are right or wrong, it’s just one of those terms that can mean a lot of different things to different people. As I became more serious about simplifying our home and life, I realized I needed to clearly define what simple living […]

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