Let’s Talk About Resistance

Yesterday’s photo – a whimsical tree face

Most of us can identify a handful of activities that make us feel extraordinarily satisfied when we do them. A few on my list include exercising, writing, meditating, spending time with my family, praying, walking, gardening and creating. So why do I so often get to . . . → Read More: Let’s Talk About Resistance

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Learning By Messing Around

When I was just starting out in the business world in the 1980s, Tom Peters and Robert H. Waterman, Jr. wrote an international bestselling book called In Search of Excellence. One of the concepts the authors wrote about was an idea they called MBWA – Management by Wandering Around.

During their research they . . . → Read More: Learning By Messing Around

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

How I Spent My First Fifteen Minutes

In yesterday’s post, I invited you to participate with me in a six-day experiment to do something worthwhile for 15 minutes a day. I committed to taking photos each day, and thought you might like to see my first effort. I’ve recently been . . . → Read More: How I Spent My First Fifteen Minutes

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Flower Arrangement Idea: Tulips and Asparagus

I thought you might like to see the Valentine’s Day floral arrangement I made for my parents. The asparagus at the store is so beautiful right now, and when I saw a bunch with purple-tinged heads I was inspired to try combining it with purple tulips.

I first trimmed the ends of the . . . → Read More: Flower Arrangement Idea: Tulips and Asparagus

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Day 11 of the January Money Diet – Create Something

In case you’ve just joined us, the January Money Diet is a challenge to take a 31-day break from nonessential spending. You can learn more about the money diet here — and jump right in!

Photo by Stephen A. Wolfe

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, . . . → Read More: Day 11 of the January Money Diet – Create Something

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Still Time to Enter and Win a Copy of the Writing Book ‘Pen On Fire’

If you love to write and wish you could find more time to put words on paper, I’m sponsoring a giveaway over at my professional website of Barbara DeMarco-Barrett’s inspiring book Pen On Fire. The giveaway ends tonight at midnight MST, and you can read my interview with Barbara and get the . . . → Read More: Still Time to Enter and Win a Copy of the Writing Book ‘Pen On Fire’

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

A Bowl of Easter Memories

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~ Robert Brault

One of our favorite Easter traditions is a putting out our collection of colored eggs. Each year we unwrap these fragile Easter eggs and arrange them in a bowl on . . . → Read More: A Bowl of Easter Memories

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

15 Amazing Benefits of Small Steps, Consistency and Perseverance

“What amazes me is that most days feel useless. I don’t seem to accomplish anything – just a few pages, most of which don’t seem very good. Yet, when I put all those wasted days together, I somehow end up with a book of which I’m very proud.” ~ Louis Sachar, author of . . . → Read More: 15 Amazing Benefits of Small Steps, Consistency and Perseverance

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Make Your Own Recycled Valentine’s Day Cards

I’ve always loved making homemade Valentines, and this year I got inspired by the grocery and advertising newspaper inserts that were headed for the recycling bin. I simply cut out hearts from the paper and glued them on a plain card that I purchased in a pack of 50. The cards retail for . . . → Read More: Make Your Own Recycled Valentine’s Day Cards

About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.