A German word we need in English

June 23rd, 2015


My toddler son, Niklas, is learning German words like “Elefant” and “Schuh.” They’re easier for him to grasp because he’s also attempting the English equivalents.

There is no translation for the German word I want to use, though.


It sounds like a train chugging up a hill. Clickity clack, clickity clack. The meaning of the word, however, gives you the opposite feel. Gemütlichkeit is like the word cozy, but it goes a dozen step further. Snuggling under a blanket while you sit in a camping chair by the campfire is cozy. Gemütlichkeit is surrounding yourself with close friends, a bottle of beer, s’mores, and lots of happy stories and jokes while you snuggle in your blanket by the campfire.

Gemütlichkeit is cozy, and it’s celebration. Gemütlichkeit is a word that describes the good life.

This story and this life that we’re living, especially as summer reminds us of everyday sunshine and joy, is a good life. We need a word to celebrate it!


Dear pregnant mama,

May 3rd, 2015

I know how you want to chronicle the joy in your heart right now. I also know how challenging a consistent journaling practice can be. I hear you. I’m listening.

I began journaling my experiences and writing a series of letters to my son when I was pregnant. Keeping that journal really helped me prepare for his arrival. I discovered a greater sense of love, joy, and gratitude each time I picked up my pen. Writing helped ease my doubts and fears. My heart opened wide. That journal is one of my most treasured keepsakes today. We’re talking grab-it-if-the-house-is-burning-down! And I want to guide you, so that you can put your pen to paper in the most heart-felt, gratifying, and consistent way as you prepare for your child, too.

That’s what this powerful new 6-week eCourse and paper kit is all about!

pregnancy journaling ecourse

Receive meaningful lessons and transformative guidance via email four times per week, so that you can develop a powerful and consistent journaling practice. Write a series of love letters to your unborn baby. Keep track of things you need to arrange for parenthood. And document your thoughts and feelings during pregnancy.

how to keep a pregnancy journal

Lessons are packed with content: PDF journal pages of thought provoking writing prompts, true stories (personal and otherwise), peeks in journals (including my pregnancy journal), inspiring motivation, photo challenges, documentation ideas, and suggested reading.

pregnancy journaling

Course begins Monday, May 18.

And because you are my friends, even if we’ve never met face-to-face, I have a special Mother’s Day gift for you:

Pre- course enrollment discount: 20% off!

I hope you join me or can share the heart-felt experience of this course with a pregnant mom you love.

Anne Frank on keeping a diary

April 28th, 2015

anne frank on writing a journal

Have you ever shrugged and thought, “My story’s not interesting. Nobody wants to hear it.” Those exact words might not be exactly what formed in your head. Something tells me that you’ve thought something along these lines, though. I think we all have. I think we all get into our rhythms of getting up and going about our days so much, that the things we do no longer seem fascinating, unique, or remotely interesting.

I first had this breakthrough about my own life in 2009. My husband, Martin, was teaching me how to fly a 4-seat airplane. Every morning, I got up and began my routine–a series of events that pretty much repeated themselves for the entire summer: Pre-flight plane. Go flying with Martin, practicing maneuvers and techniques. Land. Take off. Land. Eat breakfast. Pull out textbook. Ground school. Blog what I was experiencing.

It’s incredible how our seemingly ordinary experiences can actually be quite extraordinary when we look at the grand scheme of the world.

Your story is wanted and needed in our world. You might be so thick in the routine and craziness of everyday things that you don’t see the extraordinary. That’s totally okay. You’re just going to have to trust me on this. Listen to the gut that wants you to write. And start.