French Broad River

A mini float trip on the French Broad River

By On April 19, 2016

You may or may not know that we (Yukon & Bean) will be floating 150 miles of the French Broad River starting May 29, 2016. We’ll be on the water about 13… Read More

Grand Canyon trip
Getting Started

Have less, live more (thoughts on living tiny)

By On March 15, 2016

As a kid, I loved a TV cartoon called “The Littles,” about a family of tiny people who lived in the walls of a huge house – they were the epitome of… Read More

love of books

For the love of books

By On December 29, 2015

A bibliophile is one who collects or has a great love for books. I am, without a doubt, a devoted bibliophile. Many of my friends and clients are as well. For the… Read More

snails on trails

Trails, Snails, and Other Hard Stuff

By On December 17, 2015

One recent weekend, my husband Nelson and I loaded our yellow and black Labrador Retrievers into the back of our Subaru and headed out to hike a new-to-us trail near our house… Read More


Are you trading heart-space for floor space?

By On December 10, 2015

Recently, I spent a lovely weekend with my best girlfriends at Lake Keowee in South Carolina. It’s an annual tradition for us to enjoy a weekend away being pampered by my friend’s… Read More

Stuffocation James Wallman
Getting Started

Low, Medium, or High Life

By On November 13, 2015

I’m noodling a concept called “Low, Medium, or High Life.” In his book Stuffocation, author James Wallman tells the story of Dave and Jen, who are living a self-proclaimed “medium chill” (medium… Read More

sleeping under the stars

Sleeping under the stars

By On August 21, 2015

When I lived in California (maaaany years ago), I got to attend Cowboy Camp. We learned how to herd horses, care for horses, rope cattle, and barrel race. The pinnacle of the… Read More

camping chair failure

What does “camping” mean to you?

By On August 19, 2015

A couple months ago, Nelson and I loaded up our camping gear and our doggies to head into the woods for a friend’s birthday celebration. This trip was a hybrid backpacking/car camping trip… Read More


A love letter to my Chaco sandals

By On August 4, 2015

To my beloved Chaco sandals: Our love-affair has been long  – it’s spanned years, road miles, river miles, and even a country mile or two. Brand new, you were the prettiest shade… Read More

want to be free? skip the toe dip

You have to be a little bit mad to be free

By On July 30, 2015

“You have to be a little bit mad to be free.” – Mooji Nelson and I have been on our downsizing adventure for several months now. Mostly, people’s reactions include excitement, wonder,… Read More