mourn with those that mourn

In the last five days, I’ve received an unexpected education on what it means to be a friend, what it means to love each other, and what genuine, heartfelt service can really accomplish. My dad had an accident last Saturday — he fell off some scaffolding at work and broke his hip. After surgery and […]

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MonicaDecember 23, 2013 - 7:45 pm

Kristin I am so sorry about your dad. It is so hard to watch someone you love experience such pain and feel at times just helpless. Our love and prayers go out to your family during this hard time.

I am right with you when you said ‘when it rains it pours’. It has a tendency to do that, but like you said it is so good to have great friends and family that help share the load (and of course the Lord). Ols and I just love you guys and are so grateful for your friendship and love.

Can’t wait to see you guys during the Holiday break!

the not-having makes us better

Over the last 12-15 months I’ve been really trying to understand how to be happy when circumstances try to convince me that I’m not. I wrote almost a year ago about that (part one and part two). In those posts, I was specifically trying to answer the question for myself of how I can be […]

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Tara SiddowayDecember 5, 2013 - 11:26 am

Love this, just like all of your posts. :) I think you would be a great therapist. And also, I think you should write a book. You talk about all these amazing self-help books that you’ve read, why not write one about all you’ve learned too? I would buy it. Next time you come to Utah come see me! And maybe bring Kenny so Paul and him can play nerd games while we catch up. I like that idea a lot.

KatieDecember 5, 2013 - 8:07 pm

You’re so inspiring. I don’t know how you are able to think things like this through. I really admire that about you and think you’re an incredible person.

what i know about life (so far)

Life is supposed to be hard but we are supposed to be happy. Being grateful turns what we have into enough. Selflessness is infinitely more satisfying than self-centeredness, especially when it’s intentional. Work is not the most important aspect of our lives. Where we live and how we spend our time should not be slave […]

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MonicaDecember 1, 2013 - 8:14 pm

Beautiful writing Kristin and I second your thoughts. You write in a way that is inspiring and uplifting to me. Thanks for such great thoughts!

Cindy SteelDecember 2, 2013 - 10:53 am

Kristin…I love you! I love this post. You are such a beautiful writer and PERSON! Miss you!!

KatieDecember 2, 2013 - 4:41 pm

Oooh! Favorite post so far! You should make a printable of this.

Aubrey HDecember 4, 2013 - 2:42 pm

I LOVE this. The last one especially, I’ve been thinking a lot about this week–not doing things because I’m bored or wasting time or impulsively spending–but doing it all with intent/ planning. Making my bed in the morning, planning how I’m going to moderate cookies throughout my day ;), etc.

Keep up the posting, I love to read your thoughts.

Also, I bought “A Thousand Years in a Million Miles.” Thanks for the recommendation!

Lastly, that was the sweetest comment you left on my blog the other day about the stress of being turned around and not knowing what’s around the corner. Your words couldn’t have been more gratefully accepted.

Okay, that’s all :)

get to work

I worry about a lot of stuff, but what I worry about most is not fulfilling my purpose. And on the bad days, I question if I even know what my purpose is. I believe that everyone has a calling in life (this idea was validated when I heard that Steven Pressfield and Oprah think […]

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Jenn ClaytonNovember 19, 2013 - 9:22 am

I feel the same way! I get ideas built up around starting or finishing something, and I don’t want to get to it. But then sometimes I stop to consider WHY I’m avoiding it, and the reason isn’t usually very good. Then I read the Two-Minute Rule to avoid procrastination and it’s awesome :) http://jamesclear.quora.com/How-to-Stop-Procrastinating-by-Using-The-2-Minute-Rule

work, pleasure, rest, repeat

For months (years?) I’ve been plagued with feelings of guilt and worry about how much/little I work. “I wasn’t productive enough today.” “I didn’t get anything crossed off my list.” “I’m so lazy for relaxing all evening.” Being self-employed and working at home is awesome, but it’s always a struggle for me to handle my […]

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KarinNovember 7, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Thanks so much for this post and the reminder to balance and to speak kindly to ourselves. :)