The Dichotomous Wife

homemaking in a modern world

What is Meaningful to You

Simple advice, true. But it is all too easy to lose track of those small, meaningful things that make our inner lives rich. Things we may not necessarily share with others or even think to mention in regular conversation. And because we tend to keep them to ourselves, they can quickly slide down our list of priorities. […]

Made a Huge List

I’m an ideas kind of gal. Unfortunately, this means I often spend more time thinking, dreaming, and scheming than I do actually manifesting any of it into being. As a result, my life is full of many stops and starts. I have spurts of energy. I get flashes of inspiration. And I feel very motivated… some days. On others? Not […]

Why You Started

Each Spring, our department (at work) is made extra busy by lots of annual housekeeping tasks and records maintenance meetings. By the time I get home each night, all I want to do is watch a few hours of Netflix, eat a bowl of cereal, and fall asleep on the couch. Instead of giving in though, I try […]

13 Bean Beef Chili

Simple, but delicious. The combination of beans, peas, and lentils helps to make this a hearty and satisfying meal! 13 Bean Beef Chili INGREDIENTS: 1 and 1/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill 13-Bean Soup Mix* 1 lb of extra lean ground beef (organic is best) 1 large yellow onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced (suggest adding a […]

Keep Going

This morning has to be a quick one: I still have a few things to do before I leave for work. A few things like make my bed (which I rarely used to do), sort my breakfast dishes, set the dishwasher, and get a little hand washing done (as in: all that cannot happily survive a washing machine). These tasks […]

Profiles: The Minimalists

“Love people and use things, because the opposite never works.”   The Minimalists consist of Joshua Fields Milburn & Ryan Nicodemus, two genuinely interesting guys who figured out that less truly is more. They quit their corporate jobs, got rid of most of their stuff, followed their passions, began to write, started a blog, did some interviews, published a […]

Start Today

“Today” is always the best day to start anything: a new habit, a new routine, a new ritual. Challenge yourself to let go of old regrets — and give yourself permission to wipe the slate clean. Pick one small thing that, when done consistently, will make a positive contribution to the life you want. Do that […]

Embracing Low-Choice

This may sound super obvious to some and a bit of a no-brainer to others, but if it’s simplicity you’re after – try engaging (what I like to call) your inner auto-pilot. And, just so you know, world leaders and high-ranking executives actively practice this strategy on a daily basis. They deliberately structure their personal […]

March Madness

Okay, well not really madness. But I kinda’ feel like I’m on a bit of a roll here… Added a Monday motivational page (yesterday) called Be The Fish under the BLOG tab. It’s a good reminder to all of us (mainly me) to rise above and set each week up with the right mindset. The DIY tab went […]

The Up Side of Failure

I like quotes. I always have. At worst, they’re mildly motivational (even the pithy ones) and at best, they can really inspire you to look at the world in a different way. This week’s quote reminds me to keep trying new things, even when many (or even most) end up being complete flops. For instance, I introduced […]