Don’t wish for a life that’s too comfortable 

Don’t wish for a life that’s too comfortable. Don’t pray for Internet that always works. Don’t forget how good the sun feels and the air tastes long before it’s been conditioned for your mood or connivence. Don’t design a life around coffee from plastic pouches and miss the smell of espresso mixed with flame and…

Grow up, but don’t grow past…

When you’re little you think growing up means growing on, growing forward, growing past… But here’s the thing, all those times they said don’t grow up too soon, they didn’t mean don’t grow in ambition, in personhood, in character, or in purpose…even if that’s what your rebellious heart heard at the time.  When they said…

Getting as Close to the Truth as Possible 

I’m prepping for the shortest talk I’ve given in a long time. Probably about 8 minutes for me and the same for my sister. I just spoke for 6 hours in one day last week so this should be easy. But it could also become one of the more important talks I give. Or not….

The Essential Facts of Life

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.” -Thoreau The essential facts of life are so simple. Painfully simple. We can hardly stand to confront them. It is easier to add noise and diversions than to come to terms with these facts. It’s more…

The Steps Aren’t Numbered 

“I know I’m never going to have fewer responsibilities than I have right now” – Dakota Fanning, 22  Really? Why do people say this stuff? Or more frightening yet, could it actually be true?  While I admire the intent to seize the day, I find myself with this nearly primal rejection to the idea that…

Geography Changes Everything 

The biggest realization 17 days into this big [small], crazy new life is that geography changes everything. Your place has this extraordinary power to change your perspectives, your priorities, your actions, your trajectory. This is no small phenomenon. I’ve always had to LOVE where I live. I know this about me. Being consumed with school…

No promises, all commitment.  

We did it. We sold everything of value, hid some sentimental treasures with relatives, ditched all our “adult” investments and possessions (i.e. real estate, tenants, and housewares), and moved into our Airstream Lucy. Some have said we’re “homeless”, but I think our home is beautiful. Adam prefers the term “location independent” but I think we…

Running Towards

A wise person once said you should make sure you are running towards something rather than away from something else. While I am absolutely an advocate of running away when it is called for, we are certainly running towards. Our home sweet home is nothing to run from. This peaceful, lovely place is the home…

Better things to do

You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way. I’m not saying that you’re your own worst problem, but what I am saying is:  You are smarter than you claim, You are standing in your way, and  You know better.  So stop it, ok? Seriously, just stop. I firmly believe…

The Well-Loved Kitchen 

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, our Airstream has the heart of a giant. I love that about her.  Compared to her 31′ length, the kitchen counter spans 12 and a half feet, but the cooking space doesn’t stop there. We were intentional about our creative / cooking space stretching to the…

Love and Duty 

Duty causes us to do things well, love causes us to do things beautifully. There are so many things I could say about this quote [attributed to Zig Ziglar, although I’m not sure he was the first one to say it.]  On this Memorial Day, I am starkly reminded that I know nothing of duty….

Math only works with numbers 

I’m currently somewhere over the middle of the country heading from meetings in Houston to meetings in Chicago. The Airstream is currently somewhere between new sink and plumbing and new bed and curtains…. It kills me to not be there, putting on the finishing touches. Even more so, not sharing in the sweat equity required…