Your Wild and Precious LIfe

Written By: Erin Smith

January 21, 2019

The Summer Day Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and […]

Praying Before Paying

Written By: Erin Smith

January 14, 2019

In 1765, the daughter of French philosopher Denis Diderot was engaged. But Diderot was too poor to provide a dowry. So he sold his collection of books, known as La Encyclopédie, to Catherine the Great for a great sum of money. Suddenly flush, he paid a handsome dowry for his daughter and bought a beautiful […]

A Morning Routine to Up-Level Your Whole Day

Written By: Erin Smith

January 7, 2019

The world’s most successful people all have a structured morning routine. They know that we should intentionally start the way we want to finish. Are you someone who hits the snooze button until the last minute and then rushes around to get to work or school? The snooze button is simply another arrival fantasy, a […]

Appreciations Over Apologies

Written By: Erin Smith

January 2, 2019

Izzie and I were in Target recently. It was close to Christmas and the store was full of shoppers. Every aisle was crammed with people, sardines packed tight with overfilled red carts. One woman in the make-up aisle seemed especially harried. She mowed over my child, clearly irritated that the sea of humanity wasn’t parting […]

Why Your Should Choose an Affirmation Instead of Make a Resolution

Written By: Erin Smith

December 19, 2018

We once had a dog named Maya that was obsessed with this specific neon green tennis ball. Nothing made her happier than retrieving that ball over and over for any human willing to toss it for her. The human tired of this retrieval game far quicker than Maya. The Universe is like Maya, loyal and […]

The Gift of Disappointment: When Life Doesn’t Turn Out The Way You Thought it Would (Should)

Written By: Erin Smith

December 3, 2018

When I was young, my parents had a friend who threw these amazing holiday parties at his cabin in Disputanta. Driving across the Rockcastle County line meant Christmas had truly arrived. We drank cider and strung popcorn and danced whenever someone picked up a fiddle or banjo to make the season bluegrassy. The host was […]