The Intentional Life

a better way to be

Why You Should Never Settle

never settle for less

Every human yearns for value and significance but many settle for mediocrity. We tolerate jobs we no longer love, deal with friends who let us down and choose complacency instead of change.  What if – we stopped settling?  If we are honest and given the opportunity most of us would willingly raise our hand and […]

Take the First Big Step of Faith

faith sticks her tongue out

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. -Martin Luther King, Jr. Faith is a funny thing. It has no problem believing your mistakes are going to be a good thing. She sticks her tongue out at doubt simply because. Faith does not make sense. It is both the best […]

Be The Girl Who Decides to Go For It

“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our own story is the bravest thing we will ever do.” Brene Brown It’s that time again. Year-end and new calendars. When it comes to keeping track of my days I find I am still a paper girl. While I have made friends with technology on many fronts, […]

A Holiday Revolution

The best of times and the worst of times.    We gather with people we love and some we don’t to consume massive quantities of food, spend crazy amounts of money we have not earned yet and drive great distances” over the river and through the woods” filling up our gas tanks at prices we […]

The Power of Words

Words are powerful, those we speak, thoughts we think and those others have spoken into our lives. Each color how we see ourselves and our place in the world. How often have you allowed the opinions of another to influence what you think of yourself?  Why do we so often give someone else the power […]

The Weekend Collective – Best Granola

nancy bouwens coach.wonder seeker shares the best granola

Granola can be made a million different ways. Which is one of the reasons it’s so much fun! In our home we sprinkle it on our cereal, as an added crunch on salad, in yogurt and for snacking right out of the jar. Because I love to share… today my “Weekend Collective” friends, I present to […]

On Vulnerability

Vulnerability Nancy Bouwens Coach.Writer.WonderSeeker

We like the idea of vulnerability. It sounds like a good plan and something we should probably embrace, but alas, it is almost always harder than we imagine. The biggest struggle with vulnerability is we see it as a weakness in ourselves but like a moth to the flame, we are drawn to those who are. Vulnerability is […]

On Being Thankful

Each year, late November in the United States we celebrate gratitude. We pause briefly amidst the frenzy of life to count our blessings. We gather with those we love around a table heaped with abundance. We bow our head and whisper a prayer of gratefulness for what we hold and those we love. We are […]

Do You Have Mud on Your Feet?

The way you see life affects how you feel and what you do with your life and the choices you embrace.  “Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud, the other stars”  If you were the one looking for the prison bars what would you see? In the past, if I were […]

Being Afraid But Not Alone

Writing is a daily dance with fear. Whenever I sit in my chair and begin the push to put words to paper (or fingers to keys)  I wrestle with the snarky voice of self-doubt and a  nagging whisper declaring epic failure over my efforts to tell story and verse.    Writing is doing the work needed to […]

Rest

Living well in the modern world is a challenge. The hurried pace of life has changed the landscape. We measure worth by how busy we can seem to others and have come to believe accumulating more things will make life more satisfying. We chase what we think will bring happiness, but come up empty. We have […]

The Weekend Collective: Eat More Ice Cream

chocolate ice cream no regret

Welcome to the Weekend!  To each of you who are tackling stress, overwhelm and the joy of a messy life, I invite you to take a breath, step away from the hustle and savor the moment. It’s a good one.  Every now and then, the internet shares a golden nugget which frankly I don’t feel I can […]

Live Without Regret

live a life without regret by not looking back

I wish life had a rewind button! Oh glorious greatness if we could go back in time and fix our mistakes and right our wrongs. Hindsight is always better than foresight because we can see how a decision or lack of one impacted us and others in a million ways. If we could live a life […]

How to Create Sacred Spaces in Your Life

In a culture which is distracted and impatient, there is a yearning desire among men and women alike to carve a sacred space away from busyness to recharge and refresh their soul. Many have lost touch with the sacred ritual of taking time for renewal. In fact, we seem to be rushing to relax. Busy is […]

A Prayer of Hope for America

America, sweet land that we love, today you have suffered another tragic wound in the fiber of your story. Our collective hearts grieve. We weep with you Nevada. We weep for you America. It seems we have forgotten how to be kind, civil and sane. Division, apathy, harsh words and politics divide and seek to rip […]

Living in Community and Reclaiming the Table

Modern life has not been kind to the table. We eat food packaged in sterile containers, packed in far away places. We eat on the move, in the car and while talking on the phone. It’s as if we are living in a world where eating, gathering and living in community is no longer seen […]

The Weekend Collective – Be Kind

Kindness is defined by Wikipedia as “a behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern for others.”  I think many would agree this ‘ole world could use a bit more kindness. The election year we experienced was like none other. Common courtesy is in short supply in the public and private arenas, but we […]

Facing Fear and Being Brave

Fear paralyzes, keeps us stuck and steals from us the opportunity to color outside the lines and experience a life without limits. When children first learn to walk, they are not worried about doing it wrong. Innately we are brave and curious beings. No one has to tell a child how to walk. They are […]

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Wonder of a Child Nancy Bouwens Life Coach

Ask a child what they hope to be when they grow up and you will get a variety of answers; nurse, firefighter, policeman, doctor, ballerina, pilot, mom or teacher. Wee ones are full of wonder, hope and dreams. They don’t yet know the word impossible. When I was growing up my sister and I played a […]

What Can You Change Today?

steps nancy bouwens Simpliciity Coach

Living a simple life requires intentionality and a willingness to change. In a world where busy is king and hurry is queen, simplicity and slow will bring up the rear in the race of life every time. In a culture which feeds selfishness it will take a collection of intentional choices each day to create […]