• Dear Intuition, thanks for always being there

    I’ve been writing letters to my intuition. That would have sounded crazy to me even a couple years ago. I used to say I didn’t hear that inner voice. Or maybe I didn’t have one. But I’m realizing my intuition actually has quite a lot to say. If I’m willing to quiet the external chatter […]

  • Here are 12 things that get in the way of ease

    My word for the year is ease…the absence of difficulty or effort. Just thinking about ease makes me take a deep breath and relax. Even feel a little happier. My life already has a lot of ease in it. I’ve made certain choices the last few years to move toward ease. Leaving a career I […]

  • 10 thoughts about voluntary downsizing

    It’s been a year. 10 thoughts about downsizing.

    It’s been a year since Hans and I moved from the hotel where we lived for six months into our current apartment. All in all, we went from a house of 1400 square feet to a hotel room of 300 to our current abode of 733. What a journey it’s been. At the one-year mark, […]

  • Are you doomed if you don't make the right decision?

    Are you doomed if you don’t make the right decision?

    A client and I were recently talking about how to make a no-lose decision. It reminded me how much I’ve benefited from Susan Jeffer’s approach to decision-making outlined in Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway We’ve been taught to be very careful about making decisions. Very careful as in highly anxious, second […]

  • Do you have the urge to go smaller?

    A friend said, I’m downsizing a dream. It turns out he’s letting go of a long-held dream to start his own business. Instead, he’s repackaging and repurposing that old aspiration into joining a small technology startup as an employee. While it won’t be his own business, he’s getting in on the ground floor and will have […]

  • Believing change is difficult doesn’t help

    I’m not suggesting change is always a piece of cake, but believing it will be difficult certainly doesn’t help. Time and again I’ve witnessed two people set a similar goal: Change careers, lose weight, downsize overhead, launch a business… Granted, these are unique individuals with distinct life situations and differing skills. But what I see over […]

  • Will you take the challenge?

    Will you take the one-a-day challenge?

    We are a culture of stuff. Consumerism is a pastime. One of the most difficult questions to answer—and live—is: What is enough? Hans and I recently—and very intentionally—downsized to a 733 square foot apartment from a 1400 square foot house. While even our former home was perceived small by today’s standards, the thought of our new […]

  • The day I decided to move to Sweden

    A few months ago I decided to move to Sweden. It was during the summer heatwave and the thought of a cooler climate sounded so appealing. As did being someplace more urban. I liked the idea of downsizing too. After all, Sweden is the birthplace of IKEA—the master at utilizing every inch of space with […]

  • Do you have a Big Goal?

    I am privileged to work with clients who have amazing, inspiring Big Goals. Starting new businesses, writing books, getting fit and healthy, changing careers, paying off significant credit card debt, taking their businesses to a new level—just to name a few Big Goals. “Make no small plans; they have no magic to stir men’s souls.” […]