Lessons From the Farmhouse

Black and white photo of an old farmhouse

Growing up, I spent my school-years in Florida with my mom and my summers in Ohio with my dad. While those two experiences couldn’t have been more different, it’s where I learned that life is mean to be lived fully. The farmhouse on my family’s 145-acre farm in Kimbolton, OH, became my sanctuary during the […]

How to Live Like a Manatee

swimming manatees at Homosassa Springs

Last week I visited the manatees at Homosassa Springs. It was pretty cold by Florida standards, so they were huddled together in the constant 72-degree Crystal River. Manatees are some of my favorite creatures. For one thing, they’re mysterious. No matter how many times you see them they’re mesmerizing to watch. But they also have […]

Book Club Discussion: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

woman wearing a white shirt holding a gift with a red bow

The Living Upp Book Club met for the very first time last night to discuss Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.* Brené does a great job convincing us that imperfection is perfectly okay. And I have to say, that […]

6 Reasons I’m Glad I Started Practicing Yoga

purple yoga mat

It’s been my desire to start practicing yoga more regularly. Not only does this act of self-care offer physical health benefits, but it also helps us experience more joy. And that’s why I decided to take a beginner’s yoga class. Sure, I’ve taken a yoga class or two over the years, but I never really […]