I started blogging in 2005 and have witnessed every trend imaginable. I’ve followed some and missed out on others. Almost fifteen years later, I’ve come to the conclusion that trying to keep up with the arbitrary, ever-changing online business guidelines heavily influenced by monopolistic platforms such as Google, Amazon, Pinterest, Facebook, Teachers Pay Teachers, etc. is soul-crushing.
Not only that, these demands are often in direct opposition to some of my deeply held values.
In recent months, these platforms I depend on for my online work (and income) changed yet again. In each instance, the changes required that I rework massive parts of my website, products, writing, etc. I’m not talking about a few hours here or there. I’m talking about many months of full-time work to do what these companies expect content creators to do on a whim.
This time I took a big step back and seriously contemplated my options. I’m not opposed to change that makes sense or hard work. I’m still here fifteen years later because I believe what I do has meaning and lasting value.
But this time the platforms crossed a line that required me to ask myself, “Am I really going to jump through all the hoops they are expecting me to jump through? Do I have to in order to continue to do what I believe God has gifted me to do?”
The answer inside of me was a resounding, “No. I’m going to do what I believe is right.”
But God also knew I needed encouragement that I was on the right track and so He sent it from multiple sources. Every time I took another step, He sent another confirmation. He didn’t have to do it, but He did. He sent another one this morning while I was rewriting my sidebar welcome bio and this page.
So that’s the update I wanted to provide.
If you are looking for a boring, predictable, formulaic niche website that follows the ever-changing and soul-crushing “expert” rules of internet writing and marketing in order to make everyone who stops by happy and never offend anyone, you are in the wrong place.
This website is not like that at all and that is a deliberate choice.
I honestly think this website I’ve been creating for the past fifteen years is far more interesting, more helpful, more thought-provoking, and more fun than any marketing-centered and Google-appeasing website can ever be. I hope you discover this as well.
What follows is an overview that explains who I am and the parts of my site. I encourage you to read it so you can make the most of everything I offer my online community friends.
I have created this website to be a beautiful, restful, thought-provoking, encouraging, and helpful place for women who like to think, learn, and discuss. This site is for women who desire to increase their knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
My website is centered around a few key themes so everything I write or create revolves around these ideas.
Cozy is living simply and purposefully according to our deeply held beliefs. It is what I call the coming together of purposeful living, simple living, and faithful living.
- Purposeful Living – Making purposeful choices rather than going with the flow, even if it means being different from the crowd.
- Simple Living – Including only those things in our life that bring real value.
- Faithful Living – Making choices that align with our faith and core beliefs.
When we choose cozy living we bring greater peace, understanding, joy, beauty, and faith to our homes and the lives of our loved ones.
This website is my home online, where I devote my time, and where I base my interactions so I can truly get to know people. For that reason, I do not utilize social media accounts.
So I welcome and encourage conversations in the comments of my posts (no matter how old they are) and do my best to respond to every comment in a timely manner. Many of my popular posts have excellent comment threads so don’t miss those!
My degree is in Elementary Education, but my passion has always been writing and helping others find answers to their questions and solutions to their problems. Because of this passion, my site is full of:
- stories from my own life related to my quest for a quiet and simple life
- ideas for how to bring cozy to your home
- thoughts on how to make big decisions in every part of life
- thinking out loud about big ideas
Other miscellaneous things to know about me so you understand my site a little better:
- My happy place is to sit by the fireplace and read
- I’m a recovering perfectionist
- I’m an INFJ
- I’m saved by Jesus and of the Baptist persuasion
- I‘m a Tri Delta (who fits none of the sorority stereotypes!) who was twice president of my chapter
- I like old-fashioned things and so I’m a reader of Grace Livingston Hill (such as The Christmas Bride, The Prodigal Girl, The Substitute Guest, Beauty for Ashes, April Gold, and The Honor Girl)
- I’m a gifted woman with an intellectual overexcitability
- I have Eosinophlic Esophagitis which has radically changed my life
David and I met online via AOL back in the days when no one knew anyone who had married someone they met online. We met and married in nine months to the shock of many. Twenty-two years later we’re still best friends and happily married. Not only that, we like each other enough to work together from home. 😀
Caroline is thirteen years old and every bone in her body is filled with creativity and imagination. She especially enjoys painting, drawing, and computer games that allow her to use her creative skills. Caroline was a long-waited for child as we were married nine years before we discovered we were finally pregnant. We’ve progressed through an interesting journey with her as an only child, high need infant, highly-sensitive and spirited child, and now understanding after two rounds of testing (round one and round two) that she is a twice-exceptional gifted child.
My Homeschool Philosophy
I taught in a variety of schools including private, Christian, Classical Christian, and charter. My educational philosophy has
evolved a great deal radically changed, especially since becoming a mother to the creative, right brained child I have.
I have forums instead of social media. There are two big forums with multiple subforums. I frequently add information, links, and personal thoughts there.
The two big forums are:
- A Quiet Simple Life (all the topics on my site)
- Finding the Truth in the Noise (cultural and political commentary)
- Both Forums
Please feel free to engage in conversation in the forums!
My Printables Shop
I have an extensive shop full of fun learning materials that are especially grouped around themes. Thematic learning is a powerful way for children to learn. (Some people call thematic learning unit studies. I use both terms.)
What Can I Help You With First?
There is so much here and I’d like to help you find what you need!
First, I encourage your to subscribe to my site. If you would like more information about what to expect when you subscribe, I detail that here. Or you can subscribe right here at the bottom of this page.
The big sections of my site are broken down by the following categories. There are also many drop-down navigation options in the site header menu.
- Cozy & Simple Living
- Christian Faith
- Parenting & Family
- Gifted & 2e Children
- Money & Retirement
- Home-Based Business
I hope you find a great deal to encourage you!