Grace in Small Things No. 980: Laguna Niguel, Decluttering, IKEA Delivery, the Flu, and Less Anxiety

  1. I spent the latter part of last week at the gorgeous location pictured above, Laguna Niguel, when I attended the Mom 2.0 Summit. Not too shabby.
  2. 1-800-GOT-JUNK came and took away a good chunk of our stuff today, so I got to meet our crop of dust bunnies and feel an unnecessary swell of moral superiority.
  3. It's two steps forward and one step back around here, because my IKEA order showed up just as the junk was leaving, but now I get to see if my creative furniture hacks work to turn bookshelves into a tv bench and a kitchen storage bench.
  4. I contracted a case of the flu at the conference, but it's proved to be an excellent excuse to take it easy during my first few days back. It's the couch with tea and kitties for me.
  5. Only one of my two suitcases has made it home so far, but I haven't started panicking too heavily yet, which is a sign that I might be getting better with this anxiety business.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

122/365: The Scale

The tilt of the bar
and soft clack along notches
is a thirst best gone.


I am writing one poem every day in 2016, and I am using the hashtag #365poems to document my progress.

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

121/365: The Flood and Ebb

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I note the angles,
square my hips with the gridwork,
and line up my feet
to hold steady against the walls' slow pulse,
as though they are pulled by an inaudibly low boom
in rhythm with my chest's own pull.
There is only me in this white room,
and then only this white room,
and then only white white white,
a clean border for containment,
bright and measured against the ticking of my watch,
my thrumming arteries,
until the pressure drags out a slow reverse,
that frees my edges,
spreads them out loose as breath,
until I can fathom the door
and its turning handle
and the other side.


I am writing one poem every day in 2016, and I am using the hashtag #365poems to document my progress.