At this moment, I have 7,562 photos stored on my phone. This fact raises a number of questions for me. How many photos do I take in a day? How long has it been since I last cleared photos off my phone? What did I do today? I don’t know, … [Read more...] about Where to Find Your YES
You guys, I turned in the manuscript for my book last month. (!!!) For weeks, I spent all day, every day with the words, and then one afternoon I attached them to an email, hit SEND, and it was out of my hands. “It’s like your own personal … [Read more...] about When You Need to Believe in Your Own Belonging
This last week was a lot. I know you know. We started off with Valentine’s Day (which could be a high or a low, depending on how it went down), we celebrated athletes coming together from around the world to inspire us all, and we witnessed a … [Read more...] about We Need to Talk
I want to start off the year (every year) with books that give me new insight into my own self and new ways of seeing the world around me. Perspective shifting, creativity boosting, and wholeness seeking are my jam, especially as we fire up a new … [Read more...] about 5 Books for More Insight in 2018
Dear Melissa, I have this situation in my life right now that I don’t like AT ALL. It’s all a big mess and I feel stuck. I know we can do hard things, but how do I know if the hard thing I should do is change the mess, or if the hard thing I … [Read more...] about How Do You Decide What to Change?
Dear Melissa, I know you don’t “do it all” but… HOW DO YOU DO IT ALL? How do you manage being a wife and a mom and homeschooling six kids (six?? I have TWO and I have no time!) and doing everything else, like having friends, or getting work … [Read more...] about How Do You Do It All? Four Tricks That Help
Some days I look at the world—or I look at MYSELF—and I think: What the heck? We have been here before. We’ve ALREADY BEEN HERE. Why are we doing this again? Why are we going BACKWARD? Because I want to think we’ll always move in one direction: … [Read more...] about When it Feels Like You’re Going Backward
Dear Melissa, I hear all this talk about doing the things that make me come alive, but… isn’t that selfish? I mean, those things are just for ME. They don’t help anyone else. Shouldn’t I be spending that time feeding the hungry? Or maybe just … [Read more...] about How Do I Know If It’s Selfish?
Over the summer, a friend invited me to come along to a writing workshop. This sounds like a good plan, right? They were a group of writers, and I write things. Matchy-matchy. … [Read more...] about This is What it Means to Belong
You know what’s weird? Life asks us to be brave every single day, even though approximately zero percent of us ever FEEL brave. But you still do the brave things. You have the hard conversations. You teach your kids things you kind of … [Read more...] about When You’re Looking For Everyday Bravery
When I hear people talk about rest, the first thing I think of is not, like, a vacation or a quiet cup of tea. The first thing I think of is sleep. Probably the first sixteen things I think of are sleep. How wrong would it REALLY be to sleep at … [Read more...] about Where Do You Find Rest?
When my daughter Evelyn was smaller, she would go to bed every night for months smelling like summer: like outdoors and sunshine, with a hint of dried peach juice. She was only two, so it wasn’t weird if I buried my nose in her hair as she fell … [Read more...] about If You Want More Wilderness, Just With Less Dirt