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How To Be Okay with Not Making Everybody Happy

It turns out that it is actually impossible to make everybody happy. I know because I’ve tried. In some primitive way humans are wired to depend on others. Being accepted by the pack can feel urgent and necessary, even when it’s totally irrational. At times, having everyone like me not only felt important, it felt […]

5 Things I No Longer Buy

In my quest to lighten my load, and my environmental footprint, I’ve discovered more than a few things I can swap out – or just happily live without. The five items I’ve stopped buying / bringing into my home straight ahead… Plastic Bags and Food Wraps Oh, how I used to love Saran Wrap and […]

7 Minimalist Packing Tips For Your Next Trip

I’m just wrapping up an incredible trip to Europe (stay tuned for Book Two!) where I packed for two weeks in a tiny carry-on. My packing list (linked here) was mainly successful, but I did pick up some useful tips and takeaways for next time. My top tips straight ahead… Hold Onto Your Hat While […]

Why You Should Do Less

It feels like everyone I know is overwhelmed almost all of the time. I speak with clients, friends, and even family members who are retired who consistently feel like they have more to do than they can successfully cram into a day. My neighbor bashfully confessed to missing the days of covid lockdown where she […]

Fewer Better: The Bathroom Edit

I’ve been feeling crummy about my tiny shared bathroom recently which is so silly because there are much bigger things to worry about – but here we are. The good news is our kids are happy, our public schools are wonderful and walkable, and we truly enjoy the rest of our home. But, back to […]

Getting Over Getting Older

For as long as I can remember, I’ve associated aging with physical and mental decline, depression, illness, and isolation. Not shockingly, I have amassed plenty of evidence to support this not-so-fabulous belief system. Most impactfully, when my father turned seventy he fell into a severe depression. He was one of the most robust, energetic, vital […]

Women Who Inspire: Cindy Ngo

Cindy Ngo is a multi-hyphenate creative who walked away from her full-time nursing career last year to pursue her passion for design. She took the leap and launched Ink + Porcelain, a one stop shop for elevated (but affordable) design inspiration and curation. Cindy loves the thrill of the hunt, and she offers personalized design […]

5 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Like a Fancy Hotel

Last weekend, Jordan and I left the kids and the dog with the grandparents for the first time in two years, and drove down the coast to Malibu. It was glorious. We stayed at a little hotel overlooking the beach, took walks, sipped overpriced smoothies, had dinner at my favorite restaurant, and returned home refreshed. […]

How to Feel Better

If you’ve been feeling distracted, emotional, or anxious lately, I can assure you you’re in good company. The world feels especially heavy right now. Between the seemingly never-ending global pandemic, the climate crisis, and the heartbreak of this war, it’s hard not to feel a sense of despair, even paralysis. I have been thinking a […]

5 Things I Realized I Could Live Without

Over the course of my career, I’ve learned that most people own things just because they were told somewhere along the way that they should own them. Today’s the day I break some great news: you don’t actually have to own anything you don’t want or need! And, if you slow down and question the […]

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