Here’s The Thing about asking for favors

If I had one wish, I think this might be it. (At least, for now.)

In today’s blog post, I make a bold thesis: Selfishness can be the same as selflessness.  I can feel your confusion: Michelle, you ask, are you taking us to la la land, where the unicorns play and opposites mean the same thing and ice cream is the healthiest thing you can eat for dinner? No, […]

What if you could get off the hedonistic treadmill?

You’ve heard of the hedonistic treadmill, no? It’s the idea that once you get something new, you feel a temporary rush—endorphins, happiness, satisfaction, pleasure, what have you—but then . . . it wears off. You return to the original level of happiness you had before the purchase. As you become accustomed to the new car, […]

3 life lessons learned at Pioneer Camp

3 life lessons I learned at Pioneer Camp

When I was a little girl, I devoured the Little House on the Prairie books. I was a prairie girl for Halloween. I went to Pioneer Camp* (which rocked). I wanted to be just like Laura Ingalls, living off the land and running barefoot through the prairie in the sunshine with my bonnet hanging down […]

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What do I want? Everything. Except the things I don’t want.


Recently I re-wrote my About page, and it is the truest version of the reason I created this business that I’ve ever put into words. For purposes of this blog post, here is the part you most need to know: If you constantly chase beauty, love and usefulness, and release anything that is not one […]

Cleaning: A chore or self care?

So fresh and so clean clean

I recently caught myself telling a lie. I was changing into my comfy clothes for the night and tossed my jeans on the floor. “I’m too tired to hang them up,” I said. Later on, I got to thinking. I am really not good at keeping my closet floor clean (as in, 20% chance of seeing my […]

Bedroom decor inspiration (my breakthrough, in pictures)


The journey from “empty room” to “room that looks nicely decorated” has always been a winding one for me. I like to think that I’m pretty good at decorating….eventually. In my first decade as an adult, I have learned I need to live in a room—sometimes for months or years—before I really pull the pieces […]

5 things I love (November + December)

Alice in Tumblr-Land

1. My kind of fairy tales My new favorite book (and might I recommend, a dynamite gift idea for 20- or 30-something friends!) is Alice in Tumblr-Land.  If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve probably seen some of my favorite fairy tale snapshots already. Get a sneak peek on Tim’s blog here. After my brother […]


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