“It’s dark because you are trying too hard.
Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly.
Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply.
Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”
In October 2015, I began writing a newsletter called Living Lightly, inspired by the Aldous Huxley quote from his book, Island. The letters began as a new, intimate way to write; it serves as a direct and personal line between me and another person. Consisting of personal essays, lists, a collection of things I loved that week, and (sometimes) a playlist, the letters serve as reminders to live lightly and everything that comes with trying to do just that.
You can subscribe here. See you next Sunday.
"This is everything I needed to hear to start 2018." — Ally
"Kelsey J Barnes is an online friend who I admire for her ability to bare her heart and soul, knowing it will encourage others to follow suit. I can always rely on her and her newsletter to inspire and enlighten me, as I smile reading it start to finish." — Jenna
"It always feels like advice from the older sister that I never had." — Logan from The Honestly Podcast