There is more to life than increasing its speed — Gandhi.

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If I had my life to live over again, I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. I’d relax…I would eat more ice cream…I would try to have nothing else — just moments…instead of living so many years ahead of each day. — Nadine Stair

It’s a common sentiment. Things people say when they’ve reached their golden years or the end of their days due to an unexpected illness. I should have…I wish I would have…life goes so fast…

We’ve heard that we should stop and smell the flowers, take time to be present, and enjoy the little things in life because they are things that make up our lives. …

‘Should’ is the modern woman’s shackle.

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‘Should’ is the modern woman’s shackle. It ties us to guilt and shame and “never good enough.” — Mary Gallagher

I have my list of personal ‘shoulds’ and I am sure you do too. I’ve carried them around like a ball and chain. They kept me bound to societal pressures, family expectations, religious rules, and my own unrealistic expectations of perfection.

Our ‘should’ lists can contain the hard stuff: I should call the friend I lost touch with; I should visit my mother-in-law; I should lose 35 pounds. …

Trust in the magic of provision

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I have a fascination with stories about hikers who tackle trails like the Appalachian Trail (the AT) or the Pacific Crest Trail (the PCT). I’ve read dozens of these stories from the famous memoir, Wild, by Cheryl Strayed to the story of Grandma Gatewood, the first woman to solo-hike the AT, to the entertaining account of Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods. I’m enthralled with the adventure, the dedication of these individuals, the humorous and touching stories they each bring to their walks, and the lessons they learn along the way.

One theme that repeats itself over and over in these stories is what hikers come to understand and call “trail magic.” It’s the idea and experience that when something is needed on the trail somehow it is provided. Hikers tell of stories of being down to their last dollar and finding a $20 bill in the outhouse or in need of shelter and meeting a group who has a place to stay in town for the night. …

It’s not just for old ladies!

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lady floating in a pool

When I asked my husband if he wanted to go to water aerobics with me, he said that he didn’t want to be in the water with a bunch of old ladies! Ha! I didn’t think I did either until I tried it!

Two summers ago, to break the monotony of the intense Texas heat and humidity, I took my friend up on an offer to attend water aerobics with her. …

A little trick to shift your focus from your problem to God

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statue of Jesus with arms outstretched

Graham Cooke says something that I’ve been learning to ask myself regularly. Who does God want to be for you?

So many times we think of God in terms of what He can do for us. He can do anything for us, but you probably know that’s His secondary concern.

God is all about having a relationship with us. And when we have deep and trusting relationships, they're not based on what the other person can do for us, but rather on who they are, and who we are when we're with them.

God goes by many names, according to the Bible

These names represent who He is, and therefore, who He is for us in any given circumstance of life. …

Is your life trajectory pre-determined or do you direct your future?

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“It was my effort and determination that made new lines in my palm.” — Natalie Goldberg.

I read this quote from Natalie Goldberg in her book on writing, Writing Down the Bones. It’s part of the interview in the back of the latest edition.

Natalie said that when she visited a palm reader and an astrologist they told her to become an accountant. But she wanted to be a writer. So she wrote.

Her determination to be a writer, and the effort she put towards writing, changed the trajectory of her life, or as she says, “made new lines in her palm.” …

The world is swirling in fear; check your motives and choose love

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Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. — A Course in Miracles

Nothing real can be threatened.
God is real.
Love is real.

The opposite of love is fear, but what is all-encompassing can have no opposite. — A Course in Miracles

When we are operating from fear, it’s not so much the opposite of love or trust in God, but rather a misplacement of ourselves outside of God.

Fear is not of God or from God. Fear does not exist inside God.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. …

A collection of articles and resources that will help you begin simplifying your life and stay the course through stress and overwhelm.

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Hi, I’m Mary and I love to simplify my life so I have time for the things that I love to do, the things that really matter, and the things that leave me fulfilled and rested instead of stressed and exhausted.

It’s likely you’ve fallen into the same patterns and habits that nearly destroyed my health, my peace of mind, and my relationships.

Running from activity to activity, in constant pursuit of more or better. Neglecting your health to care for others or reach an unattainable milestone. …

Isn’t it time to devote your life to the things that really matter?

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Are you filling your life with more but coming up empty?

Do you desire to use your time in a way that brings you closer to God and makes an eternal impact?

Are you ready to simplify in order to make space for what matters?

Are you ready to clear out the spiritual and mental clutter and carve out a path to freedom and lasting fulfillment?

Click here for an easy-to-use course that will help you identify what the simple life means to you and assist you in developing a clear, strategic plan to walk you through the steps to achieve a simpler, fuller life. …

A program that teaches women how to work with their hormones and reset their metabolism.

middle aged women walking
middle aged women walking

Have you noticed that as you get older, it’s harder to lose weight and easier to put it on? That’s kind of an obvious question, right? But what can women do about it? That’s not so obvious!

What if I told you I’ve found a fitness program that requires only three, 15-minute workouts a week and no stringent diet plan? Oh, and I only paid $37.00. Would you believe me? Would you try it?

Stop following bad advice

Falling on the only fitness advice we’ve ever been given, most of us do what we’ve been told: try to eat less and exercise more. …


Mary Gallagher

Simplicity guru, nature lover, loyal friend, literacy coach, dreamer. Pick more daisies!

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